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This Old Man

We sing this song with simple hand actions. If the group is young, just sing to five. As you say knick-knack-paddywack drum the rhythm on the floor or on your lap. You might have to […]

Sep, 24

Ten Red Apples

My favorite “musical” books are those that have a great rhythm and lots of repetition so little listeners can participate. This week at the library Mrs. Ford read Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins. It’s […]

Sep, 21


Robert Munsch is one of our favorite authors. His stories have onomatopoeias and sound effects that lend themselves well to dramatic and sing-songy voices. They’re great for reading aloud and repeating (with or without the […]

May, 18

Old MacDonald

One way to infuse a little excitement into songs you’ve sung a million times is to use a picture book. I’ve been researching different Old MacDonald titles for this very reason. It’s a nice addition […]

Apr, 04

Miss Polly Has a Dolly

This is one that I like to chant to my children.  The rhythm is obvious and the lines end with repeating words, so kids really latch on to it.  They love to play-act along. Sometimes […]

Feb, 06

The Journey Home From Grandpa’s

We just got home from a fun weekend trip to Grandpa and Grandma’s. When we got home we pulled out The Journey Home from Grandpa’s. All the vehicles, bright colors and accompanying CD make this […]

Dec, 12

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

What can I say about “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom? We love it, the pictures, the alphabet as characters, but especially for the rhythm of the text. Often when we read it, we like to stomp, […]

Oct, 20

Giveaway! Hooray!

Due to some technical difficulties on my end, I’m extending the book giveaway until Monday. To enter, go to this post and leave a comment. Three different winners will receive a copy of the fabulous […]

Oct, 14

Book Giveaway – All Together Singing in the Kitchen

GIVEAWAY! Have you seen All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make and Listen to Music as a Family (Book & CD)by Nerissa Nields and Katryna Nields? It’s fantastic. It’s a book and […]

Oct, 10

Snuggle Puppy

When my 12 year old was just a baby, her Aunt Sara gave her a Sandra Boynton book, Moo Baa La La La. It became one of her favorites. It was colorful and simple and […]

Sep, 21

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Do you remember the hand rhyme “five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head”? I love the way Eileen Christelow has captured this childhood favorite in Five Little Monkeys […]

Aug, 05

Hand, Hand, Fingers Thumb

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins, illustrated by Eric Gurney, is the first book I read to my babies because they really respond to the rhythms. We read it together in a steady rhythmic […]

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