Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

The Songs We Sang 12/14 – 12/17, 2015

Posted on: January 8, 2016

Christmas around the corner, this was the glorious week of visits in just before a glorious 2 week break from school.

We sang for Hanukkah and Christmas in the classes of Mr. Grasso (3), Ms. DiNardo (3), Ms. Bishop (K), Ms. Morgan (K), Ms. Eib (1), Ms. Trojan (1), Mr. Mitchell (K), Ms. Lechleitner (K), Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Dolinsky (2), Mr. Koppelman (2).

I also got to sing Forever Young for the first time in a couple of classes.


The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original Story by Robert L. May
Written for Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939
Illustrated by Denver Gillen
Set to Music by Johnny Marks (1948)
(I created a sing-along book for Johnny Mark’s tune with the Denver Gillen Illustrations.  Fun to sing!)


I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Words and Music by John Rox
Illustrations by Bruce Whatley


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


Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Word and Music by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Before we sing this song, we look at a notebook with images of the masterworks of art parodied by the illustrator in this delightful book!
old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

beethoven's wig (read along symphony)
Beethoven’s Wig
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Words by Richard Perlmutter
Illustrated by Maria Rosetti

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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


hanukkah oh hanukkah ivanov
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukka
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov


Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth


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


Related Posts

(Hanukkah, Hanukah, Chanukah, Hannukah, Hannukkah, Channukah)

A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah and other Jewish Holidays and Traditions


A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!



For a post dedicated to Singable Picture Books about Santa (with sing-along track suggestions and YouTubes), click here:

The Singable Picture Books of Bob Dylan


Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!


Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook


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