Children’s books about music can aid any child’s development whether they are in music lessons or not. Music books can combine the knowledge of music with literacy and learning life lessons.
Here are my favorite recommendations for children books about music based on my experience as a music educator
1. Musical Max
Meet Max, the musical hippo. He explores new instruments. His parents are supportive of his music. After practicing and some trouble with the noise level, Max is able to find appreciation from his neighbors as well. This is one of my very favorite children’s books about music all kids should have in their library. I recommend it to be read to the very young readers a well as kids around preschool or first grade years. Whether your child is in music or not, this children music book will provide a wonderful read and a story they may want to come back again and again.
2. Boom Chicka Books
The Boom Chicka books are a must for all parents developing early literacy with their child. The review below is written by an elementary music specialist. It offers ideas of how to use the book and activities for your child, as well as incorporating rhythm and music to help with language development.
3. Zin Zin Zin a Violin
This children’s book about music is a classic and a favorite of all! The book is a wonderful read for the younger readers. It is beautifully illustrated. It shows kids the instruments and how they can be grouped together. Every page introduces a different instrument. With the added number of instruments the kids also get to learn chamber music formations such as trio, quartet, etc. There is also a music DVD based on the book plus 5 more strories your child can watch. The video is very well done and highly recommended. I have not worked with a parent or a child who do not love this book!
4. I know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello
This children’s book about music exposes kids to the different classical musical instruments. The book does that in a funny way that rhymes throughout the story. The illustrations are well done and the story rhymes which helps children with early literacy and memory. Similar to the previous book, every page introduces a new musical instrument. This is a good book that is often used along with Zin Zin Zin a Violin.
5. What a Wonderful World
This children’s book tells the story of Louis Armstrong through a puppet show. The book has an opportunity for the child to read and sing along with the book. This music book touches on many concepts-early literacy and singing, introducing diversity of backgrounds, intriducing different styles of music. This is one of my favorite books to recommend to the youngest readers. I wish more parents had it in their homes!
6. Long Live Music
I cannot recommend this children’s book enough! The illustrations in it are exceptional! There is so much information that is being communicated through carefully crafted illustrations. It offers so much knowledge about music. It tells a story of how music started and the different period, and the different types of instruments. The information is presented in a funny but educational format. This music book is a favorite of my students all the way up to early middle school ages.
7. Irving the Frog and His Violin
This is a story about a frog that learned how to play the violin. Irving the frog feels shy about connecting with his friends. But music gives him an outlet for self-expression. Soon all other animals come to hear Irvin play music. This is a great story whether your child is in music lessons or not.
8. Max Found Two Sticks
This is one of my very best recommendations for children books about music which have also written about in my posts about Introducing Children to Jazz Music. It is a lovely story about creativity and making the best with what you have.
9. Mole Music
The book teaches character as it exposes children to music. It is a beautiful story that every child should read. It teaches more than music. The story examines how the arts can bring piece. It is probably one of my most favorite children’s books about music. It is beautifully written and illustrated. I highly recommend this book!
10. Journey to Jazzland
This is a relatively new children book published last year. The author is a long time music educator who also writes children books about music. This is a wonderful story introducing jazz music and the value of practice. The author contacted me last year to do an interview and review of the book which you can read here.