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This list of the best kids books about song is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Go, Pea, Go! to Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about song? Let us know!

Go, Pea, Go! book
#1
Go, Pea, Go!
Written and illustrated by Chris Sonnenburg, Joe Moshier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Pea Junior has to go, go, go, go! The end feels so far away, but with his family and friends cheering him on, Pea knows he can make it and go number one! A potty chart, a sheet of stickers, and the lyrics and music notation for the "Go, Pea, Go!" song are included to make an easy, all-in-one, go-to book for parents to help ease the pressure of the race to the Pea Bowl.

Puff, the Magic Dragon book
#2
Puff, the Magic Dragon
Written by Lenny Lipton, Peter Yarrow and illustrated by Eric Puybaret
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

The adventures of a boy and his dragon friend are recounted in this classic song from the 1960s.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star book
#3
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written by and illustrated by Sylvia Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-12

In this tenderly illustrated edition of the classic rhyme, award-winning artist Sylvia Long touches the hearts of readers yet again. Her detailed watercolors depict a group of animal friends as they make their way home under the night sky to complete their bedtime rituals.

Hey Little Ant book
#4
Hey Little Ant
Written by Hannah Hoose, Phillip M. Hoose and illustrated by Debbie Tilley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A song in which an ant pleads with the kid who is tempted to squish it.

Do Your Ears Hang Low? book
#5
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Written by Melissa Everett and illustrated by Andrea Doss
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? These bunnies will know! This classic childhood song paired with fun illustrations is sure to have you and your little one singing and laughing along during storytime!

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep book
#6
Car, Car, Truck, Jeep
Written by Katrina Charman and illustrated by Nick Sharratt
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This book is bursting with cars, buses, planes, trains, trucks, diggers—and many more Things That Go. And with a text set to the tune of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, vehicle-obsessed little ones will never want to put this book down!

Hey Diddle Diddle book
#7
Hey Diddle Diddle
Written by Melissa Everett and illustrated by Mary Manning
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

"Hey Diddle Dilly, Its time to Get Silly, Like Mother Goose likes to do." Spinning a creative and entertaining tale from the original rhyme, this Re-Versed Rhyme picture book is designed as a read aloud tale to inspire rhyming fun with early learners. Extension activities add layers of fun and engagement to the book.

Are You the Pirate Captain? book
#8
Are You the Pirate Captain?
Written by Gareth P. Jones and illustrated by Garry Parsons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

First Mate Hugh has the whole crew and the pirate ship ready, but they can't set sail until they find a captain! Come on this swashbuckling adventure as Hugh and his scurvy seadogs try to find the perfect pirate for the job. Rather than a peg leg or a hook, it turns out that what their captain needs is the brains to lead! Endpages adorned with lively pirate songs make this book a seaworthy tale from beginning to end!

Song and Dance Man book
#9
Song and Dance Man
Written by Karen Ackerman and illustrated by Stephen Gammell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Illus. in full color. "In this affectionate story, three children follow their grandfather up to the attic, where he pulls out his old bowler hat, gold-tipped cane, and his tap shoes. Grandpa once danced on the vaudeville stage, and as he glides across the floor, the children can see what it was like to be a song and dance man. Gammell captures all the story's inherent joie de vivre with color pencil renderings that leap off the pages. Bespectacled, enthusiastic Grandpa clearly exudes the message that you're only as old as you feel, but the children respond—as will readers—to the nostalgia of the moment. Utterly original."—(starred) Booklist.

We All Go Traveling by book
#10
We All Go Traveling by
Written by Sheena Roberts and illustrated by Siobhan Bell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A group of children use various modes of transportation to get to school, beginning with the familiar and friendly yellow school bus that goes "beep-beep-beep" and continuing on to introduce other colorful and noisy vehicles.

Hey Diddle Diddle book
#11
Hey Diddle Diddle
Written and illustrated by Emma Schmid
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Hey diddle diddle, The cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such fun, and the dish ran away with the spoon! But what happens next? With new verses about piano playing pigs and chimps with cellos, the rhyming fun continues! Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. This is a board book edition.

Thread of Love book
#12
Thread of Love
Written by Surishtha Sehgal, Kabir Sehgal and illustrated by Zara Gonzalez Hoang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-8

Three siblings enjoy the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan—a celebration of the special relationship between brothers and sisters—in this vibrant reinterpretation of the classic song Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping) from New York Times bestselling mother/son duo Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal. It’s time for the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, the celebration of the special lifelong relationship shared by brothers and sisters everywhere. Join two sisters as they lovingly make rakhi—thread bracelets adorned with beads, sequins, sparkles, and tassels—for their brother. And then see their brother present them with toys and sweets and special gifts! New York Times bestselling authors Surishtha and Kabir Sehgals’ irresistible text, set to the tune of the classic song Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping), will have little ones singing along while they learn about Indian culture. And the vibrant illustrations by Zara Gonzalez Hoang will have readers wishing they could step right into the characters’ colorful crafting world. This enchanting picture book includes instructions for making rakhi!

This Old Man book
#13
This Old Man
Written and illustrated by Claire Keay
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Learn to count and add with this traditional rhyme. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. This is a board book edition.

Indestructibles: The Itsy Bitsy Spider book
#14
Indestructibles: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written by Maddie Frost and illustrated by Amy Pixton, Maddie Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Baby's favorite book series (rip-proof, drool-proof, and nontoxic--designed for the way babies "read" with their mouths) now features one of baby's favorite songs, with all the lyrics!

Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones book
#15
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is crazy-loco for dinosaurs! The kitty boy enters (via his closet) the land of dinosaurs in search of the fabled Skipposaurus. Instead he runs into his old amigos, the Chimichango gang. When a T-Mex threatens the pack, it’s El Skippito, the great sword fighter, to the rescue. With yips and yowls, he drives the big baddie away, so all the dino-dudes can rattle their bones another day. This fourth entry in a series that Kirkus Reviews called “ay caramba, mucho fun,” will win even more fans for the Siamese cat with oversize ears and an imagination to match.

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain book
#16
She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Written and illustrated by Anne Passchier
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

She’ll be coming round the mountain, when she comes. Toot, Toot! How will she arrive next? Featuring a range of vehicles, activities and sounds, this catchy song is a delightful way to learn new words. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Board book edition.

Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat book
#17
Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Written by Maddie Frost and illustrated by Amy Pixton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Baby's favorite book series (rip-proof, drool-proof, and nontoxic--designed for the way babies "read" with their mouths) now features one of baby's favorite songs, with all the lyrics!

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