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The Songs We Sang 12/6 – 12/21, 2016

Posted on: December 29, 2016

This list comprises one and a half rotations.  I visit each group of classes once every two weeks.  In this list, since Winter Break came along to end out the year, I visited the week 1 groups, then the week 2 groups, then the week 1 groups again.  When the New Year comes, I will begin with the week 2 groups.

I am fortunate to share Sing Books with 22 classes of children at Tuckahoe Elementary, Carlin Springs Elementary, and Timber Lane Elementary.

More Notes On Visits, below.

In each class, we sang a selection from the following songs:


Here Comes Santa Claus
Words and Music by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley


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

This is a popup book with beautiful illustrations which depict scenes from New York (some Victorian) at Christmastime.


Feliz Navidad

Words and Music by Jose Feliciano
Illustrated by David Diaz

She’ll Be Coming Up the Mountain
Words Adapted by Kim Norman
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Liza Woodruff
NOTE: Sometimes traditional songs and their adaptations can feel like they go on too long.  But you can enjoy the fun of adorable adaptations like this one by skipping pages.  The kids will enjoy it even more!


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

Let There Be Peace on Earth (w chords by ELEG for SBWE)
Music and words by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller
Chords and Arrangement by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Arrangement for SBWE
Art by Eloise (2009)
To view or print this page, click here:

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)


The Hippopotamus Song
Words by Michael Flanders
Music by Donald Swann and Michael Flanders
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN: 0-316-28557-9
This book features printed sheet music

honeyky hanukah
Honeyky Hanukah
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz
With CD Recording by The Klezmatics


The Christmas Song: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Words and Music by Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Illustrated by Doris Barrette

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

Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Music by Johnny Marks
Sketch by ELEG
To view or print this song, click here:


Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

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


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


Winter Song
Poem by William Shakespeare
From Shakespeare’s play LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Introduction by Alice Provensen
Illustrated by Melanie Hall
Musical Settings by Various Artists (Including Thomas Arne)
Sing-along with Emily’s instrumental, prepared by Paul Raiman (
(This poem may also be known as “Winter Song,” “Winter’s Song,” “Winter,” “Owl Song,” and, by its first line, “When icicles hang by the wall”)

frosty the snowman wade zahares
Frosty the Snowman
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Illustrated by Wade Zahares

old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim


Twelve Days of Christmas

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Bill Bolton



In most visits, I brought along my guitar and fun instruments like jingle bells, limberjacks, kazoos, and train whistles.

I developed a big canvas sack full of homemade books for little songs and Mother Goose nursery rhymes.  Some of the rhymes I made myself and then wrote tunes and chords to go with them.  For others, I figured out chords for traditional tunes.  The kids love the chance to take turns and pick books from the bag.  They close their eyes and pull out a song and then we sing the surprise.

The published books are all in big canvas bags, too.  Sometimes, I pick out songs for the group and sometimes kids come up and choose a song at random.

It’s fun for everyone and keeps me on my toes, too!

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