Music is something that connects people of all ages and backgrounds. It is best experienced by listening but can also be experienced through books. This week we have a list of books about music that ranges from the ABCs, to biographies, fictional stories and informational books that all focus on music. We hope these books will bring a new rhythm and sound to your library.
Books About Music for Kids
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.
M is for Music by Kathleen Krull – M is for Music is a very unique and artistic way to look at music. Each letter features a verse that talks about a style of music, band, instrument or something else related to music. The page also includes pictures and small words scattered around that begin with the letter. This is a great book to use with students or your own children as you talk about the many different aspects of music.
For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart by Elizabeth Rusch – This is a wonderful story of Wolfgang Mozat’s sister who was also an amazing musician. The illustrations are a combination of fabric collage, paper, and oil and acrylic on canvas, which create a beautiful backdrop to this amazing story.
Children’s Book of Music by DK Publishing – Children’s Book of Music is an excellent resource for all things music. The book includes music throughout time and from around the world. The photographs and illustrations do a wonderful job of showing the amazing world of music.
M is for Melody: A Music Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin – M is for Melody looks at instruments, composers, terms, and even musical styles from A to Z. Readers will enjoy exploring the many different parts of the musical world.
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow – Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo is a silly story of a concert gone wild! When animals from the near by zoo storm the stage and begin to play, readers will be in for a real treat. This is a great book for children of all ages.
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis – Squeak, Rumble is a fun book with a wonderful rhythm and rhyme. The book will make readers think about how noises around us create their own music.
Marsh Music by Marianne Berkes – In Marsh Music, readers experience the music that is made by a group of frogs at night in the marsh. The story begins slow and quiet and then builds as the orchestra of the marsh plays.
Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan – Passing the Music Down is a sweet lyrical story of a young boy and a musical man that he admires. Set in the Appalachian Mountains, the fiddle player passes down his love and knowledge to the next generation.
Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D’Arezzo by Susan Roth – Do Re Mi is a fictionalized story of how the writing of music first began. Older readers will enjoy learning the history of how written music came to be. This is also a great book to use as a jumping off point when researching the history of music.
Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with a Fully-Orchestrated and Narrated CD
by Janet Schulman – Peter and the Wolf is the classical tale told with classical music. Each character is played by a particular section or instrument. Readers will enjoy the whimsical illustrations and music that accompanies this story. This is a great read for younger readers.