Music can change the whole mood of a room, hasn’t it? In people’s lives, music can be a very powerful thing. Especially for kids, this can be very important. Books about music for kids can help them learn about this wonderful world of music.
Most kids love music, so there’s no better time to show them books about music! They can’t wait to learn the names of different instruments and about musical terms like dynamics and rhythm.
Because that’s why we use the Greatest Works Tour with our kids. For a music and art appreciation curriculum, there is no prep work, and you can do it in 10 minutes a day in 10 minutes each day!
You can listen to a song or look at art every day. In this class, we learn about the composer or artist, that time in history, some background on the song or art work, and we talk about some questions that the teacher has asked us.
There are 30 weeks in the curriculum, and it comes with a teacher’s guide, a student guide, and a student activity book for you to use.
Because the teacher’s guide is digital and has more than 200 links to music, art, and other things, it can always be at your fingertips.
To get a free sample of the Greatest Works Tour and learn more, click here.
Seeing our kids see the most important things in history has been so fun!
Now, let’s look at 20 kids books about music! Note: This list doesn’t include books about the lives of classical composers, so stay tuned for a post with those books in the near future.
88 Instruments by Chris Barton
A boy and his parents go to a music store to pick out a new one. If you want, there are a lot of great options. It’s hard for him to pick the right instrument after he has tried a lot of different ones.
Animal Orchestra by Ilo Orleans
There was a copy of this classic Little Golden Book that I had when I was little. Imagine a hippo conductor in charge of a group of animals. As a read-aloud book, this one is also very good.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carol Boston Weatherford
When John Coltrane was a child, this book is based on that. We see John hear the music allaround him in new ways. Kids can find music all around them after reading this book.
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Christopher Raschka
This book gives kids a taste of jazz and improvisation. Alliterations and a rhythm that sounds like music are in this book. It’s another great read aloud.
Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D’Arezzo by Susan Roth
How do you record the sounds of a song? When you think about the person who came up with the first way to write music, think about how they felt. This is a story about a man who workBy the way, Charlie Parker played Be Bop by Christopher Raschka.
s hard and doesn’t give up on making a musical notation system.
I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by Barbara S. Garriel
The story “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” comes to mind. This is a new way to tell that story, but only with instruments! You’ll laugh at the story and pictures as more and more instruments are shown.
M Is for Music by Kathleen Krull
We all love a good alphabet book, don’t you think? We have two of them on our list. M is for Music is the first one. Music terms that start with each letter are on each page of this book. It also has a lot of different types of music and musicians, from classical to modern.
M is for Melody by Kathy-jo Wargin
Melody is the second letter in our alphabet book, and the letter M is for her. This book talks about musical terms, instruments, styles, and composers in rhymes that are worth reading aloud. The illustrations are also very good, as well.
Marsh Music by Marianna Berkes
It comes to life with music at night. Some frogs each sing their own song to make the music of a marsh. This rhythmic story comes with real frog species, so it’s another good one to read aloud.
Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes
Animals come together to play in an orchestra. Each musician and instrument is shown in a beautiful way, and kids learn about the idea of a symphony orchestra as a whole.
Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman
Moses and his classmates, who are deaf, are getting ready to go to a show. It’s possible to read about important American Sign Language words in English and see pictures that show what they mean. Great for kids who are excited about concerts or want to learn about ASL, this book is for you!
Music over Manhattan by Mark Karlins
His cousin Bernie hasn’t been that big of a deal in the past. Because he didn’t know how to play the trumpet, Bernie did not have a unique skill. Then, his gift couldn’t be turned down.
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow
In this fun book, a show goes awry. They storm the stage and become the band. There is a CD that comes with this silly book that has John Lithgow singing a song with an orchestra.
Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan
In this heartwarming story, a young boy in Appalachia meets an old fiddler who takes him in and takes care of him. Each time the boy gets better at music, we see how their relationship grows as well. This book is based on two real-life fiddlers, Melvin Wine and Jake Krack, who are both in the book.
The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow
Another John Lithgow book for you and your family to read together and enjoy! When Farkle McBride wants to be a musician, he learns each one of them one by one. When he doesn’t find out what his true musical passion is, he feels like something isn’t right in his life.
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis
They all have one thing in common: they are all hungry. They play music! Take a rhythmic tour of the neighborhood and find out what sounds are all around you, too.
Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine
Orchestra Bob is going to teach you everything you need to know about the orchestra. This is the most detailed book on our list, and it talks about instruments, composers, and musical styles. It also comes with a CD so we can hear the music for ourselves!
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
This Old Man is a new version of the song “This Old Man.” This book introduces nine jazz greats. The text is so much fun to read aloud to the “This Old Man” tune, and the illustrations are great. Kids will be able to help with the counting, and they might even get up and dance!
Tubby the Tuba by Paul Tripp
This story is about a tuba that wants to play more than “oompah, oompah.” It’s fun to read the book and listen to the CD of the story being read by a narrator with an orchestra.
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss
A group of people start to form a group on the stage. This book introduces the instruments, helps kids learn how to count, and is another great, rhyming read aloud.