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[ARCHIVED] Sing-able Picture Books!

The original item was published from July 17, 2020 10:45 AM to July 22, 2020 7:47 AM

Picture Books – SING! 

Today’s post contains a selection of picture books that were designed to be sung aloud. Singing together has the unique benefit of enhancing language development and even later learning. So, if you have a young child, check out these books. There are also some links included for inspiration.  

Have fun!  

Singable 1 

Singing in the Rain

by Arthur Freed, illustrated by Tim Hopgood 

All ages, young and old, will enjoy this book—share it with your children or grandchildrenYou don’t need to have a trained singing voice for your young audience to love hearing this joyful book. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Check out a musical montage of the book HERE 


    Singable 2

One Love, and Every Little Thing 

written by Cedella Marley, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 

Introduce your babies and young children to the hopeful lyrics of Jamaican singer, songwriter and musical legend Bob Marley. Written by his oldest daughter, these delightful books are adapted versions of Bob Marley’s well-known songs. You can sing the parts from the songs and read the rest. Or try reading the books while listening to his music in the background. 

Find these adorable books in the library catalog  HERE 

Available through Hoopla HERE 

Listen to Every Little Thing HERE and One Love HERE 


Singable 3 

Goodnight Songs 

by Margaret Wise Brown 
Illustrated by twelve award-winning illustrators 

Twelve previously unpublished lullabies by the author of Good Night MoonThis book comes with a calming music CD! 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 




Five Little Ducks 

The First Day of Winter 

by Denise Fleming 

Denise Fleming has done so many lovely books for young children. In 5 Little Ducks the ducklings go on an adventure and have a happy reunion at the end.  In The First Day of Winter, build a snowman while singing a remake of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Both books are helpful in teaching quantity and numbers. 

Find Denise Fleming’s books in the library catalog HERE  

Official book trailer for 5 Little Ducks HERE 




Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald Had a Farm 

by James Dean 

Are you a fan of Pete the Cat? He’s a busy cat with lots of personality who’s always up to something! You’ll be happy to know several of the Pete the Cat books are fun-to-sing classics! 

Find these books in the library catalog HERE 

Available through Hoopla HERE 

Available through Montana Library2Go HERE 

Need some inspiration? Check out another Pete the Cat book on YouTube 



Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Row, Row, Row Your Boat and many more! 

by Jane Cabrera 

There are so many delightful books to check out by this fantastic author/illustrator. Baa, Baa Black Sheepfeatures a generous sheep who shares her wool and knitting projects ensue. You’ll even find music for both guitar and piano contained right in the book.  

In Row, Row, Row Your Boat you’ll find lots of jungle fun and animal sounds making this book a popular hit.  

Check them all out! 

Find these books in the library catalog HERE 

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush on Hoopla HERE 






The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Row Row Row Your Boat, and many more! 

by Iza Trapani 

Iza Trapani is my favorite. Originally from Poland, she is a prolific author/illustrator who excels at writing additional verses for several traditional nursery rhymes and songs. Each of Ms. Trapani’s books enhance and expand upon the song. Her wonderful illustrations are full of color and character, too. 

Find these books in the library catalog HERE 

Iza Trapani books available on Hoopla HERE 

Listen to the author sing from The Itsy Bitsy Spider HERE 



La La La 

by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Jaime Kim 

Conceptualized by one of most admired children’s authors of our timethis book is beautifully designed with colorful, dynamic illustrations. You won’t find any words in this picture book, but with the help of illustration, “la la la” is enough to tell a story. Even the youngest of children can sing along, and if you’re patient, and sing it often, you may be rewarded with your young child singing this one on her/his own! 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Watch a musical rendition of the book HERE 



If You’re Hoppy 

written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic 

Featuring a variety of fun animals, you’ll sing to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it. Great for high energy release and learning about animals in a fun, silly way. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 



Cows in the Kitchen 

by Airlie Anderson 

I seriously would not like these cows in my kitchen, but read and sing on! You’ll be treated to the hilarious antics of a variety farm animals (not just the cows!). Sung to the melody of “Skip to My Lou,” your children will love imitating the various animal sounds throughout the book. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 



Puff, the Magic Dragon 

written by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton  
illustrated by Eric Puybaret 

Unforgettable Puff in bold, colorful illustrations and a music CD for further inspiration. Win! Win! 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Music available on Hoopla HERE 



The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk