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Bells in Singable Picture Books

Posted on: October 17, 2013

A reader wrote asking for ideas about songs in Singable Picture Books about or which incorporate bells.

I love the jubilant sound of bells from churches and clock towers, bells remind me of the joys of the holidays, and my dearest of girlfriends has long been a member of bell choirs so the subject of bells.  Bells are charming and joyous.

Click the titles with hyperlinks to get connected with posts written (which include resources and information) about the songs.

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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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big ben tells time
BIG BEN TELLS TIME

Traditional Words and Tune
Sing the words to Big Ben’s clock chimes with Eloise, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/big-ben-tells-time-epg-2013-02
To view or print this page, click here:
big ben tells time

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The singable poem “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), is found in this book and CD:
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The Lobster Quadrille (and Other Poems for Children)
Edited by Lucy Simon
Illustrated by Susan Bennett
CD: Carly & Lucy Simon Sing Songs for Children

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Jingle Bells,”
a page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR
SBWE Advent Calendar Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
To view or print this SBWE Singable Advent Calendar page for “Jingle Bells,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Jingle Bells

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Jingle Bells (Draw Me a Song)
Draw Me a Song (Singable Posters)
Traditional Tune
Poem excerpt by James Lord Pierpont
Illustrated by Nour Tohme

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Jingle Bells

Traditional Tune
Words Adapted by Iza Trapani
Illustrated by Iza Trapani

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Jingle Bells, A Pop-up Holiday Song

Traditional Tune
Poem excerpt by James Lord Pierpont
Illustrated by Eren Blanquet Unten

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Jingle Bells (Spin Me A Storybook)

Traditional Words and Tune
Published by Playmore Inc. (Hackensack, NJ)
ISBN 1-59060-592-6

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Jingle Bells (Golden Book)
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
Text by Kathleen N. Daly
Illustrated by J.P. Miller

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Jingle Bells (Sing and Read Storybook)
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
Illustrated by Darcy May

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Jingle Bells
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune
Illustrated by Michael Hauge

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“Oranges and Lemons” is an old English Nursery Rhyme about the sounds made by church bells in England.  It’s got a rather gruesome ending, but this can easily be altered for young children.
oranges&lemons baby opera gutenberg
Oranges and Lemons
From THE BABY’S OPERA
Words and Music by Various Artists
Shared on THE BABY’S OPERA Project Gutenberg eBook
Illustrated by Walter Crane
This rhyme-song is printed and illustrated in many Illustrated compilations of rhyme, song and poetry for children.

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Bells jingle all through OVER THE RIVER!

Over the River and Through the Wood
Traditional Tune
Poem by Lydia Maria Child
Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Post for this special illustration:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/a-new-ride-over-the-river/

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Silver Bells
Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Illustrated by Jane Dippold
ISBN 0-06-000045-7

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Silver Bells (a Musical Pop-Up Book)
Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Illustrated by Robert Steele, Iain Smyth, James Diaz

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A page for the Sing Books with Emily SINGABLE ADVENT CALENDAR:SILVER BELLS
SBWE Advent Calendar silver bells
Silver Bells
Words and Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Silver Bells” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar silver bells
This item is for home use only.

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This song begins with the lyric “Ding dong ding dong hear a bell a-ringing, all the children singing, you’ll be singing, too…”

There’s a Train Out for Dreamland
Music and Lyrics by Frederich H. Heider and Carl Kress
Illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer
ISBN 978-0-06-058022-3

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lucille Colandro
Illustrated by Jared Lee

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“A bell high up in a pear tree..”

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (FOR THE ORCHESTRA)
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Boston Pops
Picture Assembled by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this guide, click here:
12 days orchestra instruments

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Winter Wonderland (Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening?)

Words by Dick Smith
Music by Felix Bernard
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

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Related Posts

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SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
This page is a list filled with links to lists of Singable Picture Books for special occasions and interests
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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BELLS
Singable Picture Books that feature the sonorous delight of bells
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/bells-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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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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