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I hope there will be more of these.

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goodnight my angel billy joel yvonne gilbert
Goodnight, My Angel (a Lullabye)
Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert

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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK

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Billy Joel wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Joel

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Billy Joel’s website:
http://www.billyjoel.com/

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Billy Joel YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/billyjoel

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Related Posts

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BILLY JOEL
The Illustrated Songs of Billy Joel
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/illustrated-songs-of-billy-joel/

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OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, THE CABARET
The song list for Emily’s Singable Picture Book Cabaret:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-books-with-emily-the-cabaret/

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play-a-song here comes peter cottontail
Play-a-Song’s Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Linda Dockey Graves
Sound Design by Kristan Nordine
Published by Publications International, Ltd.
ISBN 0-7853-1123-8

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This book features lyrics, electronic melody accompaniment and adorable illustrations for the following songs (or fragments of those songs):

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Related Posts

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EASTER

A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Easter
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/singable-picture-books-for-easter/

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HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/here-comes-peter-cottontail-an-illustrated-song/

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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/

Many of these are Sing Books repertoire favorites and also staples of my childhood.

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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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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring 
Words and Music by Peter Paul and Mary
Illustrated by Christine Davenier
This book features a recording of Peter Paul & Mary’s performance of the song.

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The Night Before Christmas
Poem by Clement C. Moore
Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary
Solo Performance of Music Setting by Noel PAUL Stookey
Music by Noel Paul Stookey
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
(This book comes packaged with a CD recording of Noel Paul Stookey’s performance of “Night Before Christmas” as well as a reading by Mary Travers, and Peter, Paul and Mary’s recording of “A’Soalin”)

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Peter Paul & Mary website:
http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/

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Peter Paul & Mary wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter,_Paul_and_Mary

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PETER PAUL AND MARY
SONGS OF PETER PAUL & MARY IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/songs-of-peter-paul-mary-in-singable-picture-books/

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PETER YARROW SONGBOOK SERIES

A list of the Singable Picture Books from the Peter Yarrow Songbook series:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-case-for-singing-with-children-from-peter-yarrow/

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PETE SEEGER
The Singable Picture Books of Pete Seeger
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/pete-seeger-the-power-of-song/

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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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we wish you a merry christmas pearse
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Traditional Words and tune
Illustrated by Asha Pearse

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas (A Traditional Carol)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Spin Me a Storybook)
Traditional Words and Tune
Published by Playmore Inc. Publishers
ISBN: 1-59060-593-4

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas wiki:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Wish_You_a_Merry_Christmas

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas Muppet Wiki:
muppet.wikia.com/wiki/We_Wish_You_a_Merry_Christmas

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As so often happens, one of my very favorite versions is sung by THE MUPPETS

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2DHvCc7MoY

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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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WINTER

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!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

This post is an addendum to the post:
PUFF AND THE ASTRONOMER: DON’T LOSE THE MAGIC
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/puff-and-the-astronomer-dont-lose-the-magic/

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I was looking around at friends’ news on Facebook last week to find that pal Molly posted a picture that her son made:

finn keep your imagination forever 2014 12 18
KEEP YOUR IMAGINATION FOREVER!
Art by Finn

It is perfect.  The message, the colors, the philosophy.

And it is good advice!

The art (and its idea) nutshells the wonderful messages in two favorite songs:

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when i heard the learn'd astonomer loren long
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
Words by Walt Whitman
Music by Various Artists
Pictures by Loren Long

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Puff the Magic Dragon
Words and Music by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret

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Let’s do what Finn says, Keep Your Imagination Forever (and, of course, keep singing)!

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Relates Posts

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PUFF AND THE ASTRONOMER: DON’T LOSE THE MAGIC
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/puff-and-the-astronomer-dont-lose-the-magic/

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GALLERY OF KID ART FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/praise-portraits-from-friends-of-sbwe/

I was given the honor of a request to select a list of my favorite Illustrated Songs published in 2014.  I’m always on the hunt for Illustrated Songs old and new, but putting this list together provided a wonderful opportunity to look and look again for Singable Treasures published just this year.  Looking again unearthed a couple of jewels I’d not run across before.  Most of my research and comments about each book in this list will be found in the posts about them.  Just click on the title for a book to arrive at a post I assembled about it.  Each post might include song history, videos, sing along tracks, personal musings and experience with the song, children’s artwork, audio clips and much more.  In a couple cases, I’ve written an additional comment directly below the book information.

The books are listed in alphabetical, not rank, order.  Not all these are in my regular repertoire, but they are all fantastic examples of Illustrated Song.

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further adventures of owl and the pussycat
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Music by Julia Donaldson
Words  by Julia Donaldson
Original Poem by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Charlotte Voake
ISBN 978-0141332888 (2013 hardcover)
ISBN 978-0141332970 (2014 paperback)

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goodnight songs
Goodnight Songs
Words by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by 12 Award-Winning Picture book Artists
Music by John Proutt and Emily Gary

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

This is one of the exciting discoveries I made when doing extra research for this list.  I’m currently working to get sing-along music made and can’t wait to add it to the Sing Books repertoire.

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hero in you2
The Hero in You 
Words and Music by Ellis Paul
Illustrated by Angela Padron

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

This is another exciting discovery that resulted from putting this list toghter.  Not only is this an adorable Chanukah song, but a terrific opportunity to explore masterworks of art and geography, too.

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itsy bitsy pumpkin
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Adaptation by Brandy Cooke
Illustrated by Sanja Rescek

This adaptation of Itsy-Bitsy Spider is a cute sing-along for the preschool set.

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may the stars drip down
May the Stars Drip Down
Words and Music by Jeremy Chatelain
Music by the Band Cub Country
Illustrated by Nikki McClure

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my country tis song reveals the history murphy collier
My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
Lyrics to “America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
Book by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Lyrics by Various Artists
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Importantly, this song has its roots in 18th century England as “God Save the King.”

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octopus's garden starr cort
Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

I knew that OCTOPUS’S GARDEN was coming out months in advance and eagerly anticipated it.  I love this book and it is one of my personal favorite Illustrated Songs in the Sing Books repertoire.

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old manhattan has some farms cover
Old Manhattan Has Some Farms
Words by Susan Lendroth
Traditional Tune, Sing to the Tune of Old MacDonald
Includes a downloadable song from Caspar Babypants
Illustrated by Kate Endle

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space song rocket ride
Space Song Rocket Ride
Words and Music by Sunny Scribens (using elements of the song AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND)
Illustrated by David Sim
CD Performance by Mark Collins
Published by Barefoot Books 

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what a wonderful world tim hopgood
What a Wonderful World
Words and Lyrics by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Illustrated By Tim Hopgood

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Honorable Mentions
These are wonderful editions of wonderful songs.  I’ve created this Honorable Mention category as the titles in it are reissues of previously published titles.  

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fox went out on a chilly night spier 2014
Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (An Old Song), 2014 Reissue
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Peter Spier

This reissue of Peter Spier’s FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT is a MUST HAVE.  It’s such a great song and this new edition includes newly colorized pages.  In the first edition of the book, only half the pages were in color, the other half were black and white drawings (in Peter Spier’s incredibly detailed style).  In this edition, everything has been newly colored, every page.  It’s beautiful and an improvement on the nearly perfect first edition.

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Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1623540449 (2014 boardbook edition)

The hardcover, original release of this book was a couple years ago, but I’m delighted to see that 2014 saw the release of the board book edition, so I could put this wonderful song (and gorgeous illustration) on the list.  This book, with its beautiful colors, and lyrics which have touched and inspired generations of dreamers all over, deserves to be poured over and sung again and again.

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star spangled banner peter spier 2014
Star Spangled Banner, 2014 Reissue
Words by Francis Scott Key
Music by J. Stafford Smith
Illustrated by Peter Spier

This is a reissue of Peter Spier’s incredible illustration for this song.  It is very detailed with restored color. This edition includes all verses from the poem, not just the first verse which Americans know as their National Anthem.  The last few pages include a historical account, giving context for the song.

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Published in the last half of 2013, these books are also marvelous and deserve a spot on a favorites list.

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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
ISBN 978-1-62354-012-8

Published in November 2013, so close to 2014 and this is a delightful rendition!  This is in the regular Sing Books repertoire, much loved by young and old.

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silver moon jack prelutsky
The Silver Moon (Lullabies and Cradle Songs)
Words and Music by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Jui Ishida
Link to page with sheet music

Published in September 2013, this lovely book of poems and lullabies includes sheet music (plus more of his music can be found on his website) and one of the favorite new songs in the Sing Books repertoire, BIRD LULLABY, so sweet and charming!

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maria had a little llama
Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía una Llamita
Written and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
(Henry Holt BFYR/Macmillan, $16.99)
978-0-8050-9333-9
Aug 20, 2013

Learn a little Spanish and delight in the wonderful Peruvian inspired pictures.

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senor pancho had a rancho
Señor Pancho Had a Rancho (and Old MacDonald)
Words by René Colato Laínez,
Illustrated by Elwood Smith
(Holiday House, $16.95)
978-0-8234-2632-4
Jul 1, 2013

Senor Pancho and the sounds the barnyard animals make in Spanish live side-by-side with Old MacDonald in this hilarious (and sneakily educational) Illustrated Song.

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Terrific Music Related (but not singable) Titles Published in 2014

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gus and me keith richards2
Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
By Keith Richards and Theodora Richards

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mister and lady day
Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her

By Amy Novesky
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
(Harcourt Children’s Books/HMH, $16.99)
978-0-15-205806-7

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tito puente
Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo
By Monica Brown
Illustrated by Rafael López
(Rayo/HarperCollins, $17.99) 978-0-06-122783-7

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frogs play cellos
Frogs Play Cellos (and other fun facts)
By Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot
Illustrated by Pete Oswald and Aaron Spurgeon

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Related Posts and Links

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Playing by the book
Reviews of kids’ books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do
http://www.playingbythebook.net/

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WINTER

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!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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BAREFOOT BOOKS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books and Singable Picture Book Videos put out by Barefoot Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/singable-picture-books-and-singable-picture-book-videos-from-barefoot-books/

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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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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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AMERICAN HISTORY: 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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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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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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THE SONGS WE SANG AT TUCKAHOE, CARLIN SPRINGS AND CLAREMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/the-many-marvelous-songs-we-sang-at-tuckahoe-claremont-and-carlin-springs-elementary-schools-in-arlington-va-in-the-2013-2014-school-year/

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JACK PRELUTSKY
The Singable Picture Books of Jack Prelutsky
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/singable-picture-books-of-jack-prelutsky/

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THE SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JULIA DONALDSON

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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/

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HANUKKAH, PASSOVER, SEDER AND OTHER JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah and other Jewish Holidays and Traditions
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/singable-picture-books-for-hanukkah/

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PINTEREST
NOT NECESSARILY SINGABLE, BUT MUSIC RELATED ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY’S PINTEREST
Music Inspired and Music Education Picture Books
Because of the ease of “Pinning” my PINTEREST list for Not Necessarily Singable but Music Inspired and Music Education Picture Books has overtime become more comprehensive than the list on my blog (please not, however that, though some have appeared in my blog, most are books I’ve discovered online)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/music-inspired-and-music-education-picture-books/

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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

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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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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Sing Books With Emily’s Top 10 Favorite Illustrated Songs of 2014 (and a few others, too)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/sing-books-with-emilys-top-10-favorite-illustrated-songs-of-2014-and-a-few-others-too/

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buffalo bob's kids are kids songbook
Buffalo Bob’s Kids are Kids Songbook
Words and Music by Robert E. (Buffalo Bob) Smith and Edward G. Kean
ISBN 978-0897247535

This songbook is chock full of adorably vintage sounding songs.  It includes printed sheet music and a CD that marvelously contains vocal tracks for the song, but also an instrumental track for each.

This will be a terrific resource for Sing Books with Emily and the Girl Scout Songbook with Mrs. G and Friends!

The songbook includes the songs:

  • A Very Merry Christmas
  • All Because of Santa Claus
  • Being Kind to Animals
  • Cross the Street
  • Don’t Talk to Strangers
  • Ha Ha Ha, Ho Ho Ho
  • Make a Friend
  • My Thanksgiving Song
  • Poppety Poppety Popcorn
  • Save for a Rainy Day
  • The Cowboy Song
  • What Am I Gonna Be?
  • What Kind of Animal?
  • Wouldn’t You?
  • Yell Cowabunga!

Plus, this book also includes teaching and song activity suggestions and TV trivia questions from the Howdy Doody Show.

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Related Posts

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK W MRS. G & FRIENDS (A GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK FOR EVERYONE)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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GOOD 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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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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PINTEREST
SING WITH ME SONGBOOK FOR SINGBOOKS WITH EMILY (ON PINTEREST)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/sing-with-me-songbook-sing-books-with-emily/

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SONGBOOKS WITH LYRICS ONLY
Songbooks and Collections of Children’s Song Lyrics (with or without illustrations, but no music)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/songbooks-and-collections-of-childrens-song-lyrics-with-or-without-illustrations-but-no-music/

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SHEET MUSIC RESOURCES
Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/


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