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Birds of a Feather: a program about birds, with songs and picture books, for young people of all ages

Posted on: April 15, 2018

BIRDS OF A FEATHER OWL 2BIRDS OF A FEATHER OWL 1

I’m so looking forward to collaborating with a wonderful storyteller, Miss Marcia, who also happens to be one of the librarians at Reston Regional Library in Reston, VA.

With some encouragement from Miss Dorota, the library’s Youth Services Manager, we decided that we should do a program together.  When we started talking about what we might do, it quickly became obvious that we both love the subject of birds and that we both have a deep repertoire of bird related repertoire.  Given this, and our similar artistic sensibilities, BIRDS OF A FEATHER is born.

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The illustrated songs and picture books we will use in the program are listed blow in alphabetical order.  The titles in blue below posses a link which will take you to a post about that song or picture book.  Posts contain lots of information about the books and songs, including printable music, sound players, and reports about authors, composers, and song or story origin. The picture books are linked to posts in which Storyteller/Librarian Marcia Wines shares her thoughts and ideas about the book.

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bird lullaby 4 sbwe cover only
Birds, a Poetic Companion (Inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s “Bird Lullaby”)
Music by Jack Prelutsky
Photos of birds found online

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birdies dr jean
Birdies
Traditional Tune
Adapted by Dr. Jean Feldman
Illustrated by Karl Edwards

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Birdies (MW)

Birdies (Lyric Sheet, MW)
Traditional Tune
Adapted by Dr. Jean Feldman
To view or print this lyrics sheet, click here:
Birdies (MW)

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five little owls book for ELEG SBWE cover only
Five Little Owls

Rhyme by Anonymous
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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five little owls ELEG SBWE SBS no chords
Five Little Owls for SBWE Songbook Series (no chords)
Rhyme by Anonymous
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
five little owls ELEG SBWE SBS no chords

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five little owls w chords ELEG SBWE SBS 2

Five Little Owls w chords for SBWE Songbook Series (Updated) 
Rhyme by Anonymous
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this page, click here:
five little owls w chords ELEG SBWE SBS 2

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Green Grass Grew All Around - MW
The Green Grass Grew All Around (lyric and activity sheet, MW)
Audience Participation Activity by Marcia Wines
To view or print this page, click here:
Green Grass Grew All Around – MW

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one little bird miss marcia
One Little Bird
Felt Board Activity by Marcia Wines

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One Little Bird (MW)
One Little Bird (Lyric Sheet to go with felt board activity, MW)
To view or print this page, click here:
One Little Bird (MW)

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pie sat on a pear tree johnstone - 2
A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone
From: Dean’s Mother Goose Book of Rhymes (1977)

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pie sat on a pear tree eleg sbwe A7
A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree (for SBWE, w chords A7)
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
pie sat on a pear tree eleg sbwe A7

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pie sat in a pear tree eleg sbwe (no chords)
A Pie Sat on a Pear Tree (no chords)
Traditional Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
pie sat in a pear tree eleg sbwe (no chords)

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Red Red Robin Lori Lee Stultz Cover
Red, Red Robin
Words and Music by Harry Woods
Illustrated by Lori Lee Stultz

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you are my little bird elizabeth mitchell folkways
Scarf Dance with the song LITTLE BIRD, LITTLE BIRD 
Activity by Marcia Wines

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Little Bird Little Bird (MW)
Scarf Dance with the song LITTLE BIRD, LITTLE BIRD (lyric sheet) 
Activity by Marcia Wines
Song by Elizabeth Mitchell
To view or print this page, click here:
Little Bird Little Bird (MW)

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sing raposo lichtenheld 2
Sing…sing a song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

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sleepy songbird suzanne barton
The Sleepy Songbird
By Suzanne Barton

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OLD MAN BEARD ELEG SBWE da vinci (cover only)
There Was an Old Man with a Beard (for SBWE)
Poem by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Guitar Chords, Adaptation and Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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OLD MAN BEARD ELEG SBWE w chords
There Was an Old Man with a Beard (song sheet w chords for SBWE)
Poem by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Guitar Chords, Adaptation and Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
OLD MAN BEARD ELEG SBWE w chords

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OLD MAN BEARD ELEG SBWE da vinci (no chords)
There Was an Old Man with a Beard (song sheet for SBWE no chords)
Poem by Edward Lear
Traditional Tune
Guitar Chords, Adaptation and Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
OLD MAN BEARD ELEG SBWE da vinci (no chords)

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Tweedle Dee Dee
Traditional Words and Tune
Based on the old Folk song GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

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two little blackbirds SBWE no chords
Two Little Blackbirds (no chords SBWE)
Traditional Words and Tune
Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
two little blackbirds SBWE no chords
Sing the traditional rhyme with Emily (in the key of D) here:
https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/two-little-blackbirds-sbwe-scratch-sample-in-dwma

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welcome brown bird (Ray, Sylada)
Welcome, Brown Bird
By Mary Lyn Ray
Illustrated by Peter Sylvada

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wise old owl book eleg sbwe cover only
Wise Old Owl for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

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SBWE SBS wise old owl w chords

Wise Old Owl Song Sheet w Chords SBWE SBS
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this sheet, click here:
SBWE SBS wise old owl w chords

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SBWE SBS wise old owl (no chords)
Wise Old Owl Song Sheet w Chords SBWE SBS

Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this sheet, click here:
SBWE SBS wise old owl (no chords)

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Additional Info

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Link to the Reston Regional Library Website, here:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/reston-regional

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Related Posts 

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Birds of a Feather (a program about birds for young people of all ages)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/birds-of-a-feather-a-program-about-birds-for-young-people-of-all-ages/

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