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Spirituals and Sunday School Songs in Singable Picture Books

Posted on: September 18, 2012

Always one of my favorite parts of going to any religious service is the music and songs.  Being among a group of people singing the same song is for me the most religious of experiences.

This is a list of Singable Picture Books representing songs (and hymns and spirituals) that might be sung on Sundays in church or Sunday School.

I have purposely not included most CHRISTMAS or EASTER Songs, since they have extensive lists all their own

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All Night All Day (A Child’s First Book of African American Spirituals)
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Edited by Ashely Bryan
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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Angels Watching Over Me
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Julie Durango
Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Words by Cecil F. Alexander
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
(This wonderful rendition of pictures from cut paper, includes a page of info about Mrs. Cecil Francis Alexander and printed music)
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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All Things Bright and Beautiful (Refrain Poster Card)
Words by Cecil Francis Alexander
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Many of the books which illustrate “All Things..” do not print the song refrain.  For the puprposes of singing the song, you can enjoy the refrain using this poster card.  To view or print the poster card, click here:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Poem by Cecil Francis Alexander
Illustrated by Carol Heyer
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Words by Cecil Frances Alexander
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Words by Cecil Francis Alexander
Illustrated by Anna Vojtech
Click here for the Sing Books with Emily “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Refrain Poster Card:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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All Things Bright and Beautiful (Refrain Poster Card)
Words by Cecil Francis Alexander
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Many of the books which illustrate “All Things..” do not print the song refrain.  For the puprposes of singing the song, you can enjoy the refrain using this poster card.  To view or print the poster card, click here:
all things bright and beautiful – refrain poster

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The Barefoot Book of Blessings From Many Faiths and Cultures

Words and Music by Various Artists
Compiled by Sabrina Dearborn
Illustrated by Olwyn Whelan
Published by Barefoot Books 

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A Children’s Treasury of Prayers

Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Linda Bleck

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Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (Heros of the Bible in African-American Spirituals)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Selected and Edited by John Langstaff
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Piano Arrangements by John Andrew Ross
(This book features printed music)

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Cumbayah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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David’s Songs (His Psalms and Their Story)
Tunes by Various Artists
Book by Colin Eisler
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
ISBN 978-0803710580

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Dry Bones (Classic Books with Holes)

Traditional Spiritual Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kate Edmunds

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Earth & All Stars
Hymn by Herbert F. Brokering
Illustrated by Preston McDaniels

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FLOWER CAROL
“Tempus adest floridum”
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated with Art by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print a copy of the BOOKLET, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo
To view or print a copy of the ONE PAGER, click here:
flower carol arcimboldo one pager

This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (Portrait Song Sheet with Guitar Chords)
Traditional Words and Music
Additional Lyrics and Adaptation by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Song Page Made by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page:
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God Bless the Child
Words and Music by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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God of the Sparrow
Words and Music by Jaroslav J. Vajda
Illustrated by Preston McDaniels

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Text by Debbie Trafton O’Neal
Illustrated by Fiona King

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Text by Debbie Trafton O’Neal
Page and Guitar Chords Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR: GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
SBWE Advent Calendar GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Go Tell It on the Mountain” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

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Grateful (A Song of Giving Thanks)
Words and Music by John Bucchino
Illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This book features historical information about the song.

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Hymns for a Kid’s Heart, Vol. 2
Hymns by Various Artists
Written by Bobbie Wolgemuth, Joni Eareckson Tada
Illustrated by Sergio Martinez
This book features a profile of Fanny Crosby and printed music for one of her hymns.  

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I’m Going to Sing (Black American Spirituals Volume Two)
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Edited by Ashely Bryan
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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I See the Rhythm of Gospel
Words and Music by Various Artists
Text by Toyomi Igus
Illustrated by Michele Wood

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Jesus Loves Me
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Tim Warnes

The last two pages of the book have a simple version of the tune and guitar chords so you can play for yourself.

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Let it Shine (Three Favorite Spirituals)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
For a list of the songs in this book and info, click the title.

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Let There Be Peace (Prayers from Around the World)

Edited by Jeremy Brooks
Illustrated by Jude Daly
(Singable Prayers include: “Make Me and Instrument of your Peace” (a prayer of St. Francis of Assisi) and “Let There Be Peace on Earth”)

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Let There Be Peace on Earth (And Let It Begin with Me)
Music and words by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller
Illustrations by David Diaz

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Lift Every Voice and Sing

Words by James Weldon Johnson
Music by John Rosamond Johnson
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
This book features printed music. 

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Lift Every Voice and Sing
Words and Music by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson
Illustrated by Mozelle Thompson

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Lift Every Voice and Sing (Pictorial Tribute to the Negro National Anthem) 
Words by James Weldon Johnson
Music by John Rosamond Johnson
Illustrated with Photographs by Various Artists
Introduction by Debbie Eton-Chin

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Lift Every Voice and Sing
Words by James Weldon Johnson
Music by John Rosamond Johnson
Illustrated by  Elizabeth Catlett
Introduction by Debbie Eton-Chin

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The Lord’s Prayer

Traditional Words
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig

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The Lord’s Prayer
Traditional Words
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Heidi Holder

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The Lord’s Prayer
Traditional Words
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Debbie Lush

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The Lord’s Prayer
Traditional Words
Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Heidi Holder

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Morning Has Broken

Music from Traditional Hymn, “Bunessan”
Poem by Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig
Sing-along with Emily:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/morning-has-broken-eleg-2010

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Music from Our Lord’s Holy Heaven
Words and Music by Various Artists
Music Gathered and Sung by Gloria Pinkney
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Brian Pinkney and Myles Pinkney

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The New Illustrated Book of Favorite Hymns (with Simplified Piano Arrangements)
Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
Piano Arrangements by Inez Bertail
Published by The Garden City Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1941
This link includes images of many pages from the book:
http://goldengems.blogspot.com/2008/12/coming-soon_21.html

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Now the Day is Over
Hymn Words and Music by Sabine Baring-Gould
Illustrated by Preston McDaniels

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Old MacNoah Had an Ark

Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”)
Words Adapted by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrated by Jill Newton

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One More River
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Karen L. Blumen
Illustrated by John J. Blumen

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One More River
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Diz Wallis
Illustrated byDiz Wallis

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One More River (A Noah’s Ark Counting Song)
Traditional Words and Music
Words Adapted by Joan Paley
Illustrated by Joan Paley

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One Wide River to Cross
Traditional Words and Tune
Adapted by Barbara Emberley
Illustrated by Ed Emberle

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Prayer for a Child
Poem by Rachel Filed
Illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
(Another lovely, charming verse that can be sung to the beautiful tune of “Greensleeves“)

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Prayers for Children (a Little Golden Book)
Prayers and Tunes by Various Artists
Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

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Prayers and Graces (A Lovely Collection for Boys and Girls)
Words, Tunes and Illustrations by Various Artists
Compiled by Gail Harvey
(Many of the prayers within this book are singable.)

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Psalm Twenty-Three
Illustrated by Tim Ladwig
This psalm can be sung with Martin Kalmanoff’s beautiful musical setting:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YZA9PA/ref=dm_ty_trk?ie=UTF8&qid=1290644345&sr=1-1

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Rise and Shine
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Tim Warnes

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Rise and Shine (Raffi Songs to Read)
Words and Music by Raffi
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
ISBN 978-0517709399

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Rock Steady (A Story of Noah’s Ark)
Words and Music by Sting
Illustrated by Hugh Whyte

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Shaker Boy
Traditional Hymns, Words and Music
Text by Mary Lyn Ray
Illustrated by Jeanette Winter

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Simple Gifts (the shaker song)
Words and Music by Elder Joseph Bracket
Illustrated with Photographs by Solomon M. Skolnick

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Simple Gifts (The Shaker Hymn)

Words and Music by Elder Joseph Brackett
Illustrated by Chris Raschka
(You might also enjoy a post about “Simple Gifts at the White House“:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/simple-gifts-at-the-white-house/
And other Related Posts as well.)

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“Tempus adest floridum”
FLOWER CAROL
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated with Art by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print a copy of the BOOKLET, click here:
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To view or print a copy of the ONE PAGER, click here:
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Them Bones
Traditional tune
Traditional words
Illustrated by Ian Dicks
(This books folds out to become a 4.5 foot tall skeleton.  Sing to the tune of the spiritual “Dem Bones”)

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This Little Light of Mine (Raffi Songs to Read)

Traditional Tune
Additional Words by Raffi
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett

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This Little Light of Mine (Sing and Read Storybook)
Traditional Tune
Adapted by Rachel Lisberg
Illustrated by Sylvia Walker

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This Little Light of Mine
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

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Turn! Turn! Turn!
Words From Ecclesiastes (c. 250 BCE, Translated into English in 1607)
Arranged and adapted with Music by Pete Seeger (in 1961)
Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin (in 2003)
Sung by US, Today

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Walk Together Children (Black American Spirituals Volume One)
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Edited by Ashely Bryan
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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We are Thy Children
Hymn Lyrics by Lois Lenski
Music by Clyde Robert Bulla
Illustrated by Lois Lenski

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Who Built the Ark? (Based on an African-American Spiritual)
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Pam Paparone

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Whole World

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Christopher Corr
(This book, published by Barefoot Books, includes a CD of the song sung by Fred Penner, pages of information for children about regions of the earth, and printed music)
Published by Barefoot Books 

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Sing Amen
Artwork by Ashley Bryan

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HANUKKAH

A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/singable-picture-books-for-hanukkah/

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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EASTER

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Easter
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/singable-picture-books-for-easter/

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NOAH’S ARK

A List of Singable Picture Book Songs about Noah’s Journey with an Ark Full of Animals
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/noahs-ark-in-singable-picture-books/

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate February is African American History Month
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
A Collection of Singable Picture Books Based on the Song “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil Frances Alexander
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/a-few-favorite-singable-books-part-32-all-things-bright-and-beautiful/

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FIRESIDE SONGBOOKS
Fireside Song Compilations: Singable Picture Books with Wonderful Vintage Illustrations
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/fireside-song-compilations-singable-picture-books-with-wonderful-vintage-illustrations/

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ILLUSTRATED COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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ASHLEY BRYAN
The Singable Picture Books of Ashley Bryan
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/the-singable-picture-books-of-ashley-bryan/

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