Best Children's Books About Music

94+ Children's Books About Music

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Music Is . . . book
#1
Music Is . . .
Written by Brandon Stosuy and illustrated by Amy Martin
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles—because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages.

What's That Noise? Toot! Toot! book
#2
What's That Noise? Toot! Toot!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"What's that noise? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills--and simply joining in!"--Page 4 of cover.

Mockingbird Song book
#3
Mockingbird Song
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

In an updated version of the old lullaby, a baby is promised an assortment of presents from its adoring parent.

I Got the Rhythm book
#4
I Got the Rhythm
Written by Connie Scholfield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

On a simple trip to the park, the joy of music overtakes a mother and daughter. The little girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her- from butterflies, to street performers, to ice cream sellers everything is musical! She sniffs, snaps, and shakes her way into the heart of the beat, finally busting out in an impromptu dance, which all the kids join in on! Award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison and Connie Schofield-Morrison, capture the beat of the street, to create a rollicking read that will get any kid in the mood to boogie.

Today Is Monday book
#5
Today Is Monday
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Learn the days of the week with bestselling author/illustrator Eric Carle through song! String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week in this popular children’s song. Until Sunday. Then, all the world’s children are invited to come together and share in the meal. Celebrated artist Eric Carle brings new energy to these much-loved verses as lively animals parade across the page, munching on favorite dishes, and introducing young readers to the names of the days of the week. Both art and song invite children to join in the procession and sing along.

The Concert in the Park book
#6
The Concert in the Park
Written and illustrated by Kazuaki Yamada
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A little boy plays his harmonica, alone under the trees. Soon he discovers a lonely rabbit playing his piano, and he joins in. One by one other forest animals gather, some to play their instruments, some to listen. A little bird has no instrument, but her song completes the effort, turning solitary musicians into a glorious orchestra.

Kitty Alone book
#7
Kitty Alone
Written by John M. Feierabend and illustrated by Mina Echevarria
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Kitty Alone is the latest in a series of captivating picture books, each based on a beloved songtale from the great American folk music heritage. This beautifully illustrated version sets the song in the Appalachian Mountains and uses a bobcat, called a "woods ghost" by locals, as the title character. Like the other titles in the First Steps in Music series, Kitty Alone includes song history and notation, along with a free download link for the song, sung by Jill Trinka.

So Many Sounds book
#8
So Many Sounds
Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Andy J. Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Listen! Do you hear a sound? Noises come from all around. Soft and gentle, loud and clear. Oh so many sounds to hear! SoMany Soundsis a wonderful rhyming read-aloud featuring everyday sounds and a refrain that children will love repeating. The playful text and illustrations are sure to delight little ones while also inviting them to pay more attention to the world around them.

Perfect Piggies! book
#9
Perfect Piggies!
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Piggies rock! So does Boynton. Through her eyes, her words, her music, and above all her art, we see the world with whimsy and pleasure, appreciating round noses and curly tails, floppy ears and pleasing plumpness. And we’re lucky to give that gift to our youngest children. A member of the amazing Boynton on Board series that has over 21 million copies in print, Perfect Piggies! also comes with a free downloadable song. Reminiscent of a cappella swing, it’s a celebration of the homey—of beauty in the eye of the beholder, of sunshine and fresh air, and a place to put up our hooves when the day is done. And, of course, the catching energy and rhythmic language of a beloved original: We are all perfect piggies and we know what we need. It’s really very simple, very simple indeed: a troughful of food, a place in the sun, and a little bit of comfort when the day is done. That goes for the rest of us, too.

Rock ’n’ Roll Soul book
#10
Rock ’n’ Roll Soul
Written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Victor and Hugo book
#11
Victor and Hugo
Written and illustrated by Robert Blake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the creator of beloved stories about dogs–their bravery, loyalty, and companionship–comes a celebration of music, friendship, Paris, and puppies set against an exquisitely illustrated Parisian backdrop! On a beautiful bridge in Paris, performing dogs Victor and Hugo dance and sing as their Maestro plays his music. But when Maestro’s accordion falls over the side of the bridge and onto a barge, the music stops—not only for Maestro, but for everyone! Victor and Hugo must rescue the accordion, and as they chase after it, they know that saving the accordion for their Maestro will mean saving music for the entire city as well. In this rollicking adventure through Paris, Victor and Hugo show us that friendship and music can combine to create the greatest magic of all.

Down by the Bay book
#12
Down by the Bay
Written by and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Raffi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A classic silly song that toddlers know and love, Down by the Bay has been a favorite and best-selling Raffi Songs to Read/reg/ since it was first published in 1988. In this friendly board book edition, irresistible art by Nadine Bernard Westcott depicts wonderfully amusing creatures such as a bear combing his hair, a goose kissing a moose, and a whale with a polka-dot tail. Very young children will find this book both entertaining and instructive in early language skills such as rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, and will delight in hearing it read or sung aloud to them.

The Musical Life of Gustav Mole book
#13
The Musical Life of Gustav Mole
Written and illustrated by Kathryn Meyrick
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A baby mole born into a musical family begins a lifetime of learning pleasure along with his animal friends.

Melvin the Mouth book
#14
Melvin the Mouth
Written by Katherine Blanc and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet young Melvin (the future Mel Blanc of Looney Tunes fame) as he drives everyone a little nuts with the noisy soundtrack to his day-to-day life. Melvin is an imaginative and noisy little boy who grows up to be Mel Blanc, Looney Tunes cartoon character pioneer and the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, the Tasmanian Devil, and so many more familiar personalities. Readers are treated to a typical day for young Melvin, when ordinary tasks like getting ready for school, riding the bus, and completing his chores are charged with sound effects and accompanied by his own personal soundtrack. His knack for making funny noises and using the versatility of his voice was like no other–much to the relief of his teachers. Penned by Blanc’s daughter-in-law, this first-person fiction-based-in-reality story is a fun romp and is sure to inspire young readers to turn trouble into triumph!

The Croc Who Rocked book
#15
The Croc Who Rocked
Written and illustrated by Laura Casella
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

All alone, in a quiet part of the jungle, Little Croc hatches. He may be small, but he has a big voice and loves to sing. But the other animals don't like his snap-snap song and send him away. As time passes, he becomes a big croc, and his song gets better and louder, but he is lonely. He asks some birds to teach him their song, hoping the other animals might accept him. All goes well until he gets carried away, snap-snaps in the middle of the song, and is sent away. As he sings sadly to himself by the river, his song attracts an unexpected crowd of admirers, who finally join in on the music.

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro book
#16
Ossiri and the Bala Mengro
Written by Katharine Quarmby, Richard O'Neill and illustrated by Hannah Tolson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

A Traveller girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practise playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre, and will it appreciate her playing? Told by a Romani storyteller and a picture book author, this original tale offers a fascinating insight into Travelling lifestyles and cultures.

Feel the Beat book
#17
Feel the Beat
Written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Kristi Valiant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

An irresistible book of poems about dancing that mimic the rhythms of social dances from cha-cha to two-step, by the acclaimed author of Mirror Mirror Marilyn Singer has crafted a vibrant collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop. The rhythm of each poem mimics the beat of the dances’ steps. Together with Kristi Valiant’s dynamic illustrations, the poems create a window to all the ways dance enters our lives and exists throughout many cultures. This ingenious collection will inspire readers to get up and move! Included with the book is an audio CD of the author reading each poem accompanied by original music from composer Jonathon Roberts.

Trombone Shorty book
#18
Trombone Shorty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremâe and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.

Coat of Many Colors book
#19
Coat of Many Colors
Written by Dolly Parton and illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-99

Dolly Parton lends the lyrics of her classic song “Coat of Many Colors” to this heartfelt picture book for young readers. Country music legend Dolly Parton’s rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book. Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.” Beautiful illustrations pair with Parton’s poetic lyrics in this heartfelt picture book sure to speak to all young readers.

Rabbityness book
#20
Rabbityness
Written and illustrated by Jo Empson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Tells the story of a rabbit whose love of music and art inspires other rabbits even after he disappears.

Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender book
#21
Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender
Written by Elvis Presley and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The king of rock-and-roll’s #1 hit song “Love Me Tender” is now an endearing picture book Adapted from the unforgettable classic song, Elvis Presley’s Love MeTender is a heartwarming ode to the special bond between children and the adults who love and care for them–be they parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, aunts, uncles, or guardians. With its simple, timeless message, Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender is destined to join Guess How Much I Love You as a baby shower staple. And the sweet, inclusive illustrations make it a book every family will treasure “all through the years, ’till the end of time.”

Bounce and Jiggle book
#22
Bounce and Jiggle
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

Wiggle and Move book
#23
Wiggle and Move
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby. On board pages.

Leo Loves Baby Time book
#24
Leo Loves Baby Time
Written by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Ruth Hearson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

On Wednesdays, Leo and his mom go to Baby Time. There he plays peek-a-boo; sings the rolly song, the happy song, and the name song; plays with animals; and meets new friends. The Baby Time activities featured in Leo Loves Baby Time will be familiar to children and parents and are presented in bright, vibrant colors that will draw the attention of the youngest readers.

Calm and Soothe book
#25
Calm and Soothe
Written and illustrated by Sanja Re
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Features five songs and activities that encourage interaction between parent and baby, and helps to build a sense of security and confidence. On board pages.

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