Stories that sing

My Bookmark - Laura Gardoski | September 5th, 2017 2:42 pm

Music is a language that brings people together. Try these musical books at the Abington Community Library and be inspired to learn a new song or instrument:

Express your happiness through movement! Babies and toddlers will enjoy the board book “If You’re Happy and You Know It!” by Jane Cabrera, which celebrates the popular song.

“Gus and Grandpa and the Piano Lesson” by Claudia Mills with pictures by Catherine Stock is a good choice for beginning readers who are ready for short chapter books. After Gus has a difficult piano recital, his Grandpa shows him how music can be fun.

You may have heard of Wolfgang Mozart, famous composer. But have you ever heard of his equally talented sister? “For the Love of Music” by Elizabeth Rusch, with paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, is a picture book biography that highlights a girl who loved the piano but was told she had to stop performing.

For a rousing book that’s perfect for sharing, try “Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn it Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood.” This assortment of classic playtime favorites was collected by Patricia McKissack and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

One boy used to drive his mother crazy by rocking out like Elvis Presley in preparation for a talent show. “Shake, Rattle and Turn that Noise Down!” by Mark Alan Stamaty is a fun picture book that describes how Elvis Presley “shook up” music and inspired fans like Mark.

Lost and alone in a forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise and a harmonica. Enjoy “Echo,” a Newbery Honor book by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

María Luisa O’Neill-Morales is twelve years old and she wants to start a punk rock band. It’s hard enough moving to a new school, but seventh grade brings a whole set of challenges. “The First Rule of Punk” by Celia C. Pérez is a story for middle-graders.

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Laura Gardoski

Laura Gardoski is Head of Youth Services at the Abington Community Library.