Songs As Books: Books For Kids

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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to songs as books. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about songs as books.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about songs as books, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Other Bedtime Nursery Rhymes to popular sellers like After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) to some of our favorite hidden gems like Puff, the Magic Dragon.

We hope this list of kids books about songs as books can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

My Very First Mother Goose book
#1
My Very First Mother Goose
Written by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved, venerable words of Mother Goose. Now folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. From “Hey Diddle, Diddle” and “Pat-a-Cake” to “Little Jack Horner” and “Pussycat, Pussycat,” these are familiar verses that have been passed from parent to child for generations; these are the rhymes that are every child’s birthright. With watercolors by Rosemary Wells that may prove equally enduring, MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE captures the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose. Parents and children will find themselves exploring this volume together, savoring delightful details and funny surprises on every page. This is a book that promises hours of quiet smiles and merry grins for readers of all ages.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) book
#2
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
Written and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the New York Times–bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck book
#3
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

This is a book I enjoy reading over and over again. It’s a fun twist to the nursery rhyme that discusses the heavy machinery trucks that Old MacDonald has on his farm and the work they’re doing to prepare for Mrs. MacDonald’s upcoming leap! The illustrations are cute, but it’s really the fun twist and attention to detail that makes this book enjoyable.

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a…TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

Red Green Blue book
#4
Red Green Blue
Written and illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a cute book of colors. One can also spot some nursery rhyme characters being interwoven throughout the story. It is a fun combination in which you can point out both or either the color or the nursery rhyme for older children that may know those as well.

Characters from nursery rhymes populate this tale, which highlights the colorful aspects of the familiar poems. Includes a key to the nursery rhymes referenced in the story.

One Fine Trade book
#5
One Fine Trade
Written by Bobbi Miller and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This story definitely hits your silly bone. Georgy is determined to get his silver dollar but also seems so naive. He trades his only asset for something less valuable and it goes downhill from there. He is so optimistic and you never get a feel that there is any reason to be anything else. It is very fun to read and the illustrations are fabulous.

Georgy Piney Woods, the best peddler who ever lived, makes several trades so his daughter can buy a wedding dress.

  1. The Hugely-Wugely Spider - This funny and clever picture book, great for spring displays, is a twist on the classic Itsy-Bitsy Spider nursery rhyme.

  2. The Classic Collection of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes Oversized Padded Board Book - Rediscover the timeless nursery rhymes of Mother Goose in this beautiful padded oversized board book format, packed with beautiful, full-color illustrations! Let the wonder begin! Tumble with Jack and Jill, jump with the cat and the fiddle, pick a pepper with Peter Piper, and rediscover the timeless nursery rhymes of Mother Goose, brought to life with new and vibrant illustrations by Gina Baek. This stunning and original oversized, padded board book will make a wonderful addition to every family library.

  3. Mother Goose's Pajama Party - The Goodfather - Mother Goose’s Pajama Party does such a nice job of tying together many classic fairytale stories. It’s fun to see the diverse worlds and characters you know so well in their individual tales come together for Mother Gooses’s party. The reprinting of the traditional stories is a fun bonus at the end.

  4. The Muffin Man - Do you know the Muffin Man? He makes lots of tasty treats in his popular bake shop. Sing and dance along as you follow him through his day, making muffins and feeding all of the hungry people right on Drury Lane. This hardcover library bound book comes with CD and online music access.

Three Blind Mice Team Up with the Three Little Pigs book
#10
Three Blind Mice Team Up with the Three Little Pigs
Written by Paul Harrison and illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The Big Bad Wolf keeps trying to eat the three little pigs. The farmer’s wife keeps chasing the three blind mice. If they work together, maybe they can solve each other’s problems.

Mary Had a Little Glam book
#11
Mary Had a Little Glam
Written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Mary has STYLE! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion-forward Mary helps some childhood favorites go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and dons some fab footwear) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary’s friends look fine. But are they too well dressed for recess? Don’t worry—Mary always shows her flair for what to wear!

Sylvia Long's Mother Goose book
#12
Sylvia Long's Mother Goose
Written and illustrated by Sylvia Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

From bestselling artist Sylvia Long comes an enchanting collection of over seventy-five classic Mother Goose rhymes. Imbued with the artist’s love of nature and overflowing with charming details, this spectacular compilation includes such timeless favorites as Old Mother Hubbard, Mary had a little lamb, and Rock-a-bye baby. Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose is a perfect gift that, like the rhymes themselves, will be passed from one generation to the next

What Really Happened to Humpty? book
#13
What Really Happened to Humpty?
Written by Jeanie Franz Ransom and illustrated by Stephen Axelsen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Detective Joe Dumpty rushes to investigate the mysterious circumstances under which his older brother, Humpty, fell from a wall on his first day as captain of the new Neighborhood Watch program.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Other Bedtime Nursery Rhymes book
#14
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Other Bedtime Nursery Rhymes
Written and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An illustrated collection of twenty familiar nursery rhymes and lullabies, such as “Are You Sleeping?,” “Hey Diddle Diddle,” and “All Through the Night.”

  1. Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Nursery Rhymes - “Hey, diddle, diddle, The cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon…” Experience classic nursery rhymes in this beautifully illustrated board book. With adorable illustrations alongside modern typography of classic childhood rhymes, this book is both a great baby shower gift and a lovely introduction to the nursery rhymes we know and love.

  2. Star Light, Star Bright: A Mother Goose Bedtime Collection - Just in time for the holidays, this padded board book features original illustrations and your favorite Mother Goose rhymes Filled with lovely artwork, this is a padded board book treasury of the most popular bedtime Mother Goose rhymes. This soothing collection will whist every toddler off to dreamland. The rhymes include: • Twinkle Twinkle • Star Light, Star Bright • Hickory Dickory Dock …and more!

  3. Old MacDonald Had a Farm - A favorite nursery rhyme counting book with cute farm animals that disappear one-by-one! Each time a die-cut card page is turned a colorful card farm animal disappears, encouraging children to learn to count as they read and sing the familiar nursery rhyme with a twist, and find out where all the animals go to! Ideal for parents to share with children age 3 and up.

  4. Puff, the Magic Dragon - The adventures of a boy and his dragon friend are recounted in this classic song from the 1960s.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star book
#19
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.

With a Little Help from My Friends book
#20
With a Little Help from My Friends
Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and illustrated by Henry Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrate friendship with this lyrical picture book that beautifully illustrates John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s world-renowned words from “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

I get by with a little help from my friends…

In this gorgeously illustrated picture book, the universally loved words to “With a Little Help from My Friends” come vividly to life, showing that sometimes, all you need is a little help from your friends!

Old MacDonald Had a Farm book
#21
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Written and illustrated by Editors of Silver Dolphin Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Read along to the classic nursery rhyme “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” in this fun, padded board book.

Moo, baa, and quack along with this adorably illustrated classic nursery rhyme about all the animals on Old MacDonald’s farm. This padded board book is perfect to take with you for story time fun!

Do Your Ears Hang Low? book
#22
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
#23
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!

  1. Hey Diddle Diddle - “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.

  2. Rock-a-Bye, Dino - The classic lullaby, “Rock-a-Bye, Baby” gets a prehistoric twist as different dinosaurs get ready for bedtime in this board book with soft touch-and-feels on the cover! Rock-a-bye, T. rex, in the tree top When your feet stomp, the mountains do rock You give a big yawn, that means it’s nightfall So home you come, dino—claws, teeth, and all Written to the beloved tune of “Rock-a-Bye, Baby,” this adorable board book with soft touch-and-feels on the cover is a sweet bedtime lullaby that’s sure to put all sorts of dinosaurs—and children—to bed!

  3. We All Go Traveling by - 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.

  4. Hey Diddle Diddle - 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.

Indestructibles: The Itsy Bitsy Spider book
#28
Indestructibles: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Written by Maddie Frost and illustrated by Amy Pixton and 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!

Five Little Ducks book
#29
Five Little Ducks
Written by Annie Kubler and illustrated by Penny Ives
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

All children love this traditional rhyme and singing along will help to develop number skills. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.

Indestructibles: Row, Row, Row Your Boat book
#30
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!

The Croaky Pokey! book
#31
The Croaky Pokey!
Written and illustrated by Ethan Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Put your right hand in, Put your right hand out, Put your right hand in, And wave it all about, Hop the Croakey Pokey. As flies buzz all around, Right in the froggy’s mouth!

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain book
#32
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.

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