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The school year is winding down and the children have grown so much over the year, ready now to rise to the next grade level.  Singing to Ms. Coffman and Ms. Strickland’s group on 6/5, I had my first in the parade of “last visit of this year” Sing Books performances.  All the visits from 6/9 – 6/12 were last visits with those groups and if any were 3rd graders, my last visit with them ever, children with whom I’ve shared Sing Books over 4 years from Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  I will miss these children.  I hope with all my heart they will carry the songs (and all the wonderful things associated with music and song, like language, art appreciation, beauty, joy) with them through life, and eventually pass the music along.

I visited with the classes of Mr. Mitchell (K), Ms. Sackett (1), Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Anctil (K), Ms. Coffman (3), Ms. Strickland (3), Ms. Morgan (K), Ms. Harris (K), Ms. Allen (2), Ms. Howard (2), Ms. Campbell (K), Ms. Everett (K), Mr. Grasso (3), Mr. Koppelman (2), and Ms. Mason (K) at Carlin Springs Elementary, Tuckahoe Elementary, and Ashlawn Elementary schools.

Just a little note on song order in these posts.  Sometimes I post them alphabetically (ascending or even descending order) and sometimes just at random.  I like to do it this way since the different orders give me new perspectives on the list.  Some of my THE SONGS WE SANG lists included many of the same songs, but the order in which you view or sing things changes the flavors, meaning and understanding.  This is often how I conduct the performances.  They are seemingly free form.  I will fill the bag with songs that seem right for the group and the season and with the songs that the children in this group had requested from the previous visit.  But the songs we sing and in what order depend on a lot of factors including, things the kids ask for, priorities in terms of “we have to sing this today or never” if it is a holiday or for a curriculum enrichment, or just what feels right at the time.

In each visit over the last 2 weeks, we sang a selection of songs from the following list (randomly posted),

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Presidents Name Song for Sing Books with Emily
Song Intro by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustrations and Layout Compiled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody
If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or leave a comment to this post.

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Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC
For classroom use only.

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Do Re Mi Poster for Sing Books
You can use this poster when singing Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
do re me poster 4 sbwe

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon
This edition gets a GOLD STAR for including the FULL song (both verses and chorus) and a fabulous recording of Carly Simon and her delightful arrangement she made for Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball.

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Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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Jamberry
Traditional Tune (Sing to the Tune of “One Little, Two Little”)
Text and Pictures by Bruce Degen

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The Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Linsay
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Priscilla Pointer
From: Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)p. 96
This poem is printed and illustrated in many books of poetry for children, including:
A Children’s Treasury of Poems
A Family of Poems (My Favorite Poetry for Children)
Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Sing LITTLE TURTLE with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/there-was-a-little-turtle-eleg-2010

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The Little Turtle/There Was a Little Turtle
Poem by Vachel Linsay
Traditional Tune
Book Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
Sing LITTLE TURTLE with Emily, here:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/there-was-a-little-turtle-eleg-2010

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A Fairy Went A-Marketing
Poem by Rose Fyleman
Illustrated by Jamichael Henterly
Musical Setting can be found by Ginger Sands on her collection “The Gift of Make Believe

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ZYX Sing Along Card with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this Sing Along Card, click here:
ZYX letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

Sing the ZYX’s along with me!  Just click here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/zyxs-eleg-2010

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ABCs Chart with ASL Alphabet and Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Card Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this card, click here:
ABC letters caps WITH SIGN and chords portrait ELEG 4 SBWE

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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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Preamble
Art by Mike Wilkins (1987)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
http://americanart.si.edu
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK   (and FIFTY NIFTY STATES, too!)
Preamble Song
Words and Music by Lynn Ahrens
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
From SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK

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Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
From SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 

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Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 
Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page, click here:
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Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America
Sing this with THE PREAMBLE SONG from SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK 
Preamble Song
Preamble Text by Gouverneur Morris
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page, click here:
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When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Words by Walt Whitman
Music by Various Artists
Pictures by Loren Long

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
tomorrow 4 sbwe i love ya tomorrow

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TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Rubber Duckie
Words and Music by Jeffrey Moss
Book Assembled for Sing Books with Emily

This book is for home and classroom use only.

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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I’m a Manatee
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…TERRIFIC!!

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
Words by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by David Catrow

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home and library use only.

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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The Backwards Birthday Party
Music and Lyrics by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Chuck Groeninck

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Sunshine on My Shoulders
Words by John Denver
Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor & Dick Kniss
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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You’re a Grand Old Flag
Words and Music by George M. Cohan
Illustrated by Warren Kimble

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Late for School

Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne
Published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, New York, 2010
ISBN 978-044-6-55702-3

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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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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Julie Morstad
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
ISBN 978-1897476482
Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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The Swing
Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
From Talking Like the Rain (a First Book of Poems)

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The Swing

Poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Esther Friend, p. 132 of Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
Originally Published in A Child’s Garden of Verses
To view or print this page, click here:
SWING RLS childcraft Friend ELEG type

Sing “The Swing” with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/the-swing-rls-eleg-sbwe

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional Tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the book:
twinkle bat book
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat”

Published in: Poetry for Young People: Lewis Carroll
Traditional tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Eric Copeland

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“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat”

Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

Words by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by John Tenniel

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Twinkle Little Bat Song Sheet w Chords  by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Poster Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the poster card:
TWINKLE LITTLE BAT (L. Carroll) song card w chords 4 sbwe

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Twinkle Little Bat SBWE Sing-Along Poster Card
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Lewis Carroll
Poster Card by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the poster card:
TWINKLE LITTLE BAT SBWE sing along card
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat” along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Old King Cole Sing Along Sheet with Guitar Chords for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Assembled by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this page, click here:
old king cole w chords 4 sbwe

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Old King Cole Sing Along Booklet for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Book Assembled by Sing Books with Emily

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Old King Cole
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by William Wallace Denslow

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Old King Cole’s Fiddlers Three
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustration by William Wallace Denslow

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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
To view or print this sheet, click here:
COTTLESTON PIE little song sheet sbwe

Sing the song with Emily’s sing-along track, here

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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson

Sing the song with Emily’s sing-along track, here

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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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A-You’re Adorable with ASL Alphabet
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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

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Related Posts

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A. A. MILNE

Almost all Pooh and Poetry by A. A. Milne and Illustrated by E. H. Shepard is Singable!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/a-few-favorite-singable-books-the-world-of-a-a-milne/

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BASEBALL SONGS
The Singable Picture Books of Baseball
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/the-singable-picture-books-of-baseball/

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CHILDCRAFT
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/childcraft-poems-of-early-childhood-a-singable-collection-of-poetry/

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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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FAVORITE SINGABLES ON PINTEREST
Of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of choices, this list onPinterest displays the top blockbuster favorite Singable Picture Books that we warble together at Sing Books visits:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
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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GARDEN SING-ALONG
A list of songs to inspire us to look around us in a garden and enjoy, observe, appreciate and preserve the natural world around us

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/garden-sing-along-song-choices-for-singable-expeditions-at-tuckahoe-elementary-or-for-any-garden-sing-along/

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GOOD ADVICE
A list of Illustrated Songs that convey really good ideas and great advice.

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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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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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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JOHN LITHGOW
The Singable Picture Books of John Lithgow
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-lithgow/

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KAZOO SOLOS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/a-few-kazoo-solos/

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

Vance Mo has created Musical Settings for some of our favorite rhyming books.

Here’s a list (with links to the videos) of many of Vance Mo’s Illustrated Songs:

The Foot Book (song in the style of Jack Johnson)

Geckos Surf

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Go, Dog. Go!

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck

Hop on Pop

I’ll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words (song in the style of Maroon 5)

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 

Old Hat New Hat

Put Me in the Zoo

The Rainbow Fish

Ten Apples Up On Top (song in the style of Jason Mraz)

The Tickle Tree

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! 

Where’s My Mom

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Here are the books from above list that have posts on Sing Books blog (titles linked to posts),

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Giraffes Can’t Dance
Words by Giles Andreae
Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Musical Settings by Various Artists (including

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Vance Mo’s YouTube page with his Books Songs videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/vancemo/videos

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Vance Mo’s FUN SONGS GUY website:
http://www.funsongsguy.com/home.html

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Book Songs page on Vance Mo’s FUN SONGS GUY website:
http://www.funsongsguy.com/book-songs.html

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Related Posts

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VANCE MO: ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF VANCE MO
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-illustrated-songs-of-vance-mo/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
Lists of Illustrated Songs for singing and exploring specific subjects

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

This post is an addendum to the post:
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/this-land-is-your-land-a-singable-picture-book-and-googles-singable-doodle-on-july-4-2012/

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I was just watching a fascinating TED Talk, EVERYTHING IS A REMIX:
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322910178/is-everything-a-remix

Speaker Kirby Ferguson mentions new creative work is the result of “the basic elements of all creativity” when artists, “Copy, Transform, Combine.”

As an example, he sited Woody Guthrie, who said, “The words are the important thing. Don’t worry about the tunes.  Take a tune, sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow, and you’ve got a new tune.”

One piece of evidence of this process is that Woody Guthrie used the techniques mentioned above to transform the Carter Family’s song WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE  into THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND.

Carter Family’s song, WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxo-zayI6tE

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
With a Tribute by Pete Seeger
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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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating the Fourth of July
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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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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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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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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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND Adapted from WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/this-land-is-your-land-adapted-from-when-the-worlds-on-fire/

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Questioning Myself, “Am I Original” After Hearing TED Radio Hour “What Is Original?”
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/questioning-myself-am-i-original-after-hearing-ted-radio-hour-what-is-original/

I frequently think about my creative work.  What am I really doing?  Is my work with Sing Books anything “new” or in any way original?  Does my Sing Books work matter?

Having these questions on my mind, I was fascinated to find:
NPR’s TED Radio Hour segment “What Is Original?”
http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/321797073/what-is-original

This TED Hour segment included samples from the following longer talks:

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EVERYTHING IS A REMIX, a TED Talk by Kirby Ferguson:
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322910178/is-everything-a-remix

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Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?, a TED Talk by Mark Ronson
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322721353/why-would-more-than-500-artists-sample-the-same-song

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Random notes and thoughts until I’m able to put my thoughts together with some clarity:

  • Everything is a remix:  Dylan’s songs, Guthrie’s songs
  • About 6m04s into the talk, Mark Ronson says, “…they heard something in that music that spoke to them that they instantly wanted to inject themselves into the narrative of that music.  They heard it and they wanted to be a part of it…”
  • About 6m10s into talk, Mark Ronson says, “In music, we take something we love and we build on it.”
  • This struck a chord with me.  This is what I want, to make myself part of the narrative of the music in Illustrated Songs, so that I become it’s voice.  I become part of that musical heritage when I sing it, share it, breathe my life into it, give it a voice, and pass it along.
  • SBWE, my intention, to:  Interpreting anew, bringing past to present, oral/music history, musicology, musical heritage, scop, gryo, passing it on, paying it forward…

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Relatd Posts

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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND Adapted from WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/this-land-is-your-land-adapted-from-when-the-worlds-on-fire/

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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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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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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/this-land-is-your-land-a-singable-picture-book-and-googles-singable-doodle-on-july-4-2012/

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Questioning Myself, “Am I Original” After Hearing TED Radio Hour “What Is Original?”
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/questioning-myself-am-i-original-after-hearing-ted-radio-hour-what-is-original/

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i like the country
I like the Country
Edited by James Mursell (and others)
Music for Living Series, California Department of Education (1958)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

This is a 1950’s California state music text book, part of a series that is printed as the California State Series and Music for Living Series.

The water color pictures by Feodor Rojankovsky are absolutely beautiful.  The songs are not particularly interesting on the whole, but those pictures move you though the book, looking at the songs to know more about what is going on in the illustrations.

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Song lyrics and printed melodies in this book include:

  • Cat in the Snow, The (Traditional)
  • Feeding Time (Alabama Folk Song)
  • Hay Ride (Words by Marion Abeson, Music by Charity Bailey)
  • I See the Moon (Irish Folk Song)
  • I Want to Be a Farmer (American Play-Party Song)
  • It’s a Pumpkin (Traditional Words, Music by Arthur Edwards)
  • Leading the Cows (V. S. Burrington, French Folk Song)
  • Let’s Go Walking (Satis N. Coleman and Alice G. Thorn)
  • Little Red Wagon (Play-Party Game)
  • Morning on the Farm (Words and Music by Lady Bell)
  • My Little Dog (Irish Folk Song, Collected by Jean Ritchie)
  • Now let Me Fly (African American Spiritual)
  • O Christmas Tree (German Folk Song)
  • Sawing Firewood (Adina Williamson, Danish Folk Song)
  • Work Horses (Poem by Edith H. Newlin, Music by Arthur Edwards)

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CALIFORNIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MUSIC FOR LIVING SERIES

This week I got to visit with the classes of Mr. Mitchell (K) Ms. Resutek (1), Ms. Hissong (1), Ms. George (1), Miss Robin (Pre-K), Ms. Sacket/Ms. Altvater (1), Ms. Anctil (K), Ms. Mason (K), Ms. Strickland (3), Ms. Coffman (3) at Tuckahoe Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary, Carlin Springs Elementary and Ashlawn Elementary schools.

In each class, we sang a selection of songs from the following randomly ordered list:

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Easter Parade
Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Illustrated by Lisa McCue
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York
ISBN 0-06-029125-7

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BEAUTIFUL SOUP
Words by Lewis Carroll
From ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Adaptation of the Poem “Star Of The Evening,” by James M. Sayle
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Illustration Adaptation of Andy Warhol’s Green Pea Soup Can from Campbell’s Soup I (1969)

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Take Me Home, Country Roads

Words and Music by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff
Words Adapted by Christopher Canyon
Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
ISBN 978-1584690726

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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!)

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Smokey the Bear (Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Conservation Pledge, Flip side of Smokey the Bear Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, 1952

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Smokey the Bear (Illustrated Song)
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Pictures Assembled from Resources Online
This book is for classroom use only.

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Words and Music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
Illustrated by Pamela R. Levy

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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Favorite Lyric from
TOMORROW
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
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TOMORROW Poster 4 SBWE
Poster by Sing Books with Emily
To view or print this poster, click here:
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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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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Words and Music by Jimmy Kennedy
Illustrated by Michael Hague
ISBN 978-0-8050-5349-4

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United States State Capitals Song
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

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United States State Capitals Song
USA Map with Capital Stars for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this map, click here:
USA map with colors & capital stars SBWE

Sing Along with Emily:

https://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/us-state-capitals-song-sbwe

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Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC
For classroom use only.

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Do Re Mi Poster for Sing Books
You can use this poster when singing Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer
do re me poster 4 sbwe

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Star Spangled Banner

Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home and library use only.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer
Illustrated by Amiko Hirao
Performed by Carly Simon
This edition gets a GOLD STAR for including the FULL song (both verses and chorus) and a fabulous recording of Carly Simon and her delightful arrangement she made for Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
ISBN 0-590-45668-7

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The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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Requests this Week
(Titles with stars got more than one request)

Do Re Mi / Doe a Deer

A Fairy Went A-Marketing

Fifty Nifty States ***

Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s) ***

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More

I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog***

Late for School***

Mail Myself to You

The Owl and the Pussycat

Puff the Magic Dragon***

Rhode Island is Famous for You***

Take Me Out to the Ball Game***

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

There’s a Train Out for Dreamland

Tomorrow

United States State Capitals Song ***(Before singing this song, I often close my eyes and pick two different states, and quiz the kids for the capital of that state.  A cute friend in one of the classes asked that I bring this the next time and could we please be sure to do the quiz at the end)

Waltzing Matilda

 

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Singing with the groups of kids creates a bond. I adore every one of them and they seem to feel close to me, too. They give me lots of hugs (so wonderful!) and they feel free to tell me what they think. There is a gathering of kids at the end of almost every visit where they put in their requests for next time. Sometimes I get marvelous comments. On Thursday a little boy was pulling at his hair with GLEE saying “Oh, Mrs. G, all these books are so wonderful, I wish I had every one of them.” Yesterday I visited a doubled up class of 3rd graders. Since they are older kids, there are some more advanced songs that I save just for them. The last two songs we sang yesterday were illustrations of Joni Mitchell songs THE CIRCLE GAME and BOTH SIDES NOW (which are two of my personal all time favorites to sing). One of the girls came up to me and said, “You know those last two songs? They are too sad. I don’t like them. You should stick with the happy ones.” I appreciate very much that she felt free to articulate her feelings to me. I told her that she is completely entitled to her opinion and her feelings are just as valid as anyone else’s. But I still think it is good to challenge the kids with some more advanced ideas and a ballad or two!

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Even if my friend didn’t like ’em, I do so love these:

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The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker

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I think my friend was a fan of these happy songs, which really are full of delicious delightes:

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The Backwards Birthday Party
Music and Lyrics by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Chuck Groeninck

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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