Why musical books?
I’m sure you know that reading is one of the most important things you can do for your child, especially in the first few years of life. But, did you know that musical books take reading to a whole new level? It’s true! They help your child listen for speech patterns in their native tongue, aid language development and memory skills, and are perfect for quality bonding time between family members.
So, what makes a book musical? First, we’ll look at books that rhyme, followed by books with a musical storyline and ending with books with a song. All of the musical books in this list are great for babies, toddlers and beyond. I also tried to highlight some lesser-known titles for this list.
Types of musical books
Books that rhyme
First, let’s explore books that rhyme. Rhythm is very soothing, especially for babies and toddlers, and can help them learn to self-regulate during big emotions. Now that’s something I can get behind 100%!
Well honestly, everyone can benefit from a good rhyming book. The flow of the words can lull you into a peaceful state, and wash away stress and worries… at least for a little while. Did you favorite rhyming book make the list?
Cement Mixer's ABC
Here's a Little Poem
There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
Engine, Engine #9
In The Tall, Tall Grass
The Way I Feel
Please, Puppy, Please
Llama Llama Red Pajama
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!
Books with a musical storyline
After discussing rhyming books, let’s look at books with a musical storyline. These books use music to tell their story. The story might be about the courage it takes to try something new, or maybe about the beauty and magic behind a name. No matter what the story is, these books pack a powerful bit of life lessons, intermixed with their lyrical and delightfully musical tales. Plus, beautiful illustrations, as well.
(This might be my favorite category… well, actually… I just love them all, what can I say?!)
Your Name Is A Song
The Song Garden
Drums Of Noto Hanto
The Flute Player
Music Class Today
Lazlo Learns Recorder
We Are Music
A Song For All Seasons
Books with a song
And finally, that brings us to our last section, books with a song. As the category suggests, these books all include a song. Most of these books have the sheet music in the back cover, or you could look them up on youtube before you read with your child. The songs really help these stories come to life. You may even find yourself singing the songs long after story time is over.
Singing In The Rain
Hush, Little Baby
Every Little Thing
Coat Of Many Colors
What A Wonderful World
Carnival Of The Animals (this one includes a CD!)
Over In The Meadow
Musical Books All Around
And there you have it! My top 30, lesser-known, musical books for babies, toddlers and beyond. We covered books that rhyme, books with a musical storyline and books with a song. I believe that books are such a magical tool to learn about the world, other people and our own selves, if we let them.
I hope you enjoy some extra cuddles while reading these musical books with your little one. Plus, don’t forget to enjoy the rhythms, songs and stories for yourself, too!
Wondering how to incorporate musical books into your family life? Make your own music zone at home! Learn how right here in this ultimate guide! You’ll discover how to choose the perfect location, what to include and how to keep the zone fresh and well loved for the long term.
Now, I'd love to hear from you
Tell us in the comments below >>> what’s your favorite musical book? Did it make the list?
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