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Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance, Kindness and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)

Posted on: February 28, 2013

A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating tolerance and compassion and each person’s right to be proud to be happy in the knowledge that they are perfect exactly the way they are.

This is the second list inspired by an inquiry from Nikki who is involved with Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, which “was founded in 1997 to preserve the early civil rights history of Falls Church and vicinity.”

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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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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Being Green

Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert
Published by Western Publishing Company, Inc. in Conjunction with Children’s Television Workshop, 1973
A Golden Book
LOC Catalog Card No. 73-82468

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The Big Bell and the Little Bell

Words and Music by Martin Kalmanoff
Illustrated by Alastair Graham
(This book is packaged with a CD with two recordings of the song!)

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Blowin’ in the Wind
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Jon Muth

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Cumbayah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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Don’t Laugh at Me
Words and Music by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
Afterword by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Glin Dibley
This book features printed music and a sing-along CD.

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Forever Young
Words and Music by Bob Dylan
Illustrated by Paul Rogers

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Free to Be You and Me (Special 35th  Anniversary Edition)

Words and Music by Marlo Thomas and Friends, Various Artists
Illustrated with Originally Published and New Artowk by Various Artists

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Free To Be You And Me (and Free To Be A Family)
Words and Music by Marlo Thomas and Friends, Various Artists
Illustrated by Various Artists

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From a Distance
Word and Music by Julie Gold
Illustrated by Jane Ray

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Goodness and Love
Words and Arrangement by Emily Gleichenhaus
Sing to the Tune of GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
To view or print this page, click here:
goodness-and-love-eleg-sbwe-w-chords

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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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Hey, Little Ant
Sing to the Tune of “Five Little Ducks
Words by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Illustrated by Debbie Tilley

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Hush, Little Baby
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
Words and Music by Jeff Moss
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Imagine
Words and Music by John Lennon
Illustrated by Lynn Lancaster-Poh and Tilman Reitzle

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I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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In Harmony & Other Songs of Peace
Music and Lyrics by Sue Sheriff
Illustrated by Arabella Eldredge

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It’s a Small World
Words and Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Illustrated by Joey Chou

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let it shine
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’s Sing Together
Compiled by Peter Yarrow
Illustrated by Terry Widener
Collection of Folk Songs, Illustrated from the:
The Peter Yarrow Songbook Series

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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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The Little Elf
Words by John Kendrick Bangs
Music by Various Artists, Including Ginger Sands
Illustrated by Unknown
To print and sing this sweet poem, click here:
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make new friends carry a tune smithsonian
Make New Friends (Smithsonian Carry a Tune)
Traditional Words and Tune
Additional Words by Smithsonian
Illustrated by Nan Brooks

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The More We Get Together
Traditional Words and Music
Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis

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The Music is You
Music and Lyrics by John Denver
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This book is for classroom or home use only.

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Neighborhood of Friends
Words Adapted by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Tune by Frank Loesser, “Brotherhood of Man”
From the Musical: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
To view or download this booklet, click here:
neighborhood of friends

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no mirrors in my nanas house
No Mirrors in My Nana’s House
Words and Music by Ysaye M. Barnwell
Illustrated by Synthia Staint James
Book includes CD with recording of Sweet Honey in the Rock singing the song.

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Our Abe Lincoln
Traditional Tune, Sing to the tune of “The Old Gray Mare
Words Adapted by Jim Aylesworth
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Words by Edward Lear
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustrated by James Marshall
(The poem has been set to music a few times. But, for a tune to sing along, I suggest the “Owl and the Pussycat,” vocal track by Lorraine Nelson Wolf on her album “Come Follow Me,” Track 16)
Sing “O&P” along with Emily: http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/o-p-eleg-061909

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Published by World International Publishing Limited, Great Britain, 1989
ISBN #: 7235-8891-0

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Thanks a Lot
Words and Music by Raffi Cavoukian
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily
This book is for use in home, classroom or library only.

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Thanks & Giving: All Year Long

Marlo Thomas and Friends (Various Artists)
This book includes songs, printed music and singable poems by wonderful artists.
Companion CD includes recordings of many songs, poems and stories included in the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Thanks-Giving-Year-Long-Companion/dp/B000641Z54/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1274562057&sr=1-1

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
(This book, rich in detail, features printed music and a tribute to Woody Guthrie written by Pete Seeger.)

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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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We All Sing with the Same Voice (As Seen on Sesame Street)
Words and Music by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Green
Illustrated by Paul Meisel

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what a wonderful world tim hopgood
What a Wonderful World
Words and Lyrics by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Illustrated By Tim Hopgood

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What a Wonderful World
Words and Music by Goerge David Weiss and Bob Thiele
Illustrated by Ashely Bryan
(Watch a short/sweet video of Ashley Bryan talking about where he’d most like to be in the world:
http://books.simonandschuster.ca/What-a-Wonderful-World/Bob-Thiele/9780689800870
Find the video window and just press Play)

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When You Wish Upon a Star
Music by Ned Washington
Words by Leigh Harline
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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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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Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly

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Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.
Dalai Lama 

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Be happy
Do the best you can
Be good and kind

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The songs in this list work well paired with:

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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Related Posts

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ADVICE, GOOD ADVICE
Illustrated songs that dole out a healthy helping of sound counsel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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THANKSGIVING

A Song List to Help Us Celebrate Thanksgiving!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/thank-heavens-singable-picture-books-for-thanksgiving/

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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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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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ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Abraham Lincoln in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/abraham-lincoln-in-singable-picture-books/

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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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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.

A list of SPBs celebrating the life, legacy and January 16 National Holiday  of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/singable-picture-books-honoring-the-legacy-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/

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TOLERANCE, KINDNESS AND COMPASSION
Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/singable-picture-books-celebrating-tolerance-and-compassion-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/

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BE KIND, Good Advice from Dalai Lama
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/be-kind-good-advice-from-the-dalai-lama/

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PETE SEEGER
The Singable Picture Books of Pete Seeger
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song/

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BOB DYLAN
The Singable Picture Books of Bob Dylan
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/the-singable-picture-books-of-bob-dylan/

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WOODY GUTHRIE
The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-singable-picture-books-of-woody-guthrie/

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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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PETER PAUL AND MARY
SONGS OF PETER PAUL & MARY IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/songs-of-peter-paul-mary-in-singable-picture-books/

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK SERIES

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

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THANKSGIVING

A Songlist to help us Celebrate Thanksgiving!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/thank-heavens-singable-picture-books-for-thanksgiving/

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