Terrific Books for Music Lovers (and Anyone Else!)


Terrific Books for Music Lovers (and Anyone Else!)


It’s been a year since I last wrote a post featuring books with a music theme. These are definitely ones to check out!


Journey to Jazzland

by Gia Volterra de Saulnier, illustrated by Emily Zieroth

Windy Flute played in an orchestra but she longed for something more. Not knowing just what she wanted, she went searching. She was joined in her search by other instruments who were also searching. This is a fun story of reaching toward dreams and searching with like-minded folk.


  The ABCs of Rock

by Melissa Duke Mooney, illustrated by Print Mafia

AC/DC, David Bowie, The Clash, Bob Dylan…Neil Young, ZZ Top. This book covers the wide range of Rock. The outstanding illustrations tell the story.



by Bob Brunning (sorry, no link)

Are you familiar with reggae music? It started in Jamaica, a tiny island country in the Caribbean Sea. Probably the most famous reggae musician in the US was Bob Marley (I love Bob Marley!). This book tracks some of the musicians of the reggae world. There’s a good chance that reggae helped influence the music you listen to now. This book is part of the Sound Tracker series. Other titles include Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1960s Pop, Heavy Metal, and others.


  The History of Pop

by Ben Hubbard

Pop is short for Popular Music. According to this book, all pop songs have things in common: a tune you remember, verses and choruses, certain instruments (guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and singing) and a few other things. Early pop music started in the 1950s with the world’s first pop star, Elvis Presley. This book covers the 1950s through the 1990s, plus into the 2000s.


  The History of Hip Hop

by Melanie J. Cornish

Hip Hop music began in the early 1970s on the streets of the South Bronx, in New York City. There are 4 parts that are important to hip hop. The MC writes the rhymes and then raps them over a beat. The DJ provides the musical background. The dancer dances to the music and beat. The graffiti artist creates art in places where DJs and MCs are making music. This book covers many hip hop artists.


  Moses Goes to a Concert

by Isaac Millman

Moses and his classmates are deaf. Together, they go on a field trip to a young people’s concert. Lucky kids, they get to sit up front. They are particularly interested when they learn that the percussionist is also deaf. After the concert, the kids get to go backstage to meet her. There are interesting sign language inserts throughout the book.


  Skeleton Cat

by Kristyn Crow, illustrated by Dan Krall

Skeleton Cat has one big wish—to be a drummer. He goes to an audition and he shows off drumming his stuff. With all the rocking rhythms, this book BEGS to be read aloud!


  Punk Farm

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

When Farmer Joe goes to bed, his animals are just starting their fun. Pig is on electric guitar. Cow plays her drums. Goat is on bass. And sheep sings out the lyrics. Another great read aloud!



by Stephanie Calmenson, illustrated by Bruce Degan

It all begins when a mouse hops on the piano and starts playing jazz. Then all the other animals join in, each with a different instrument. (You will not be surprised when you learn what song they play.) Sound far-fetched? Perhaps, but the parents and baby seem to like it a lot! And yes, a great read aloud.


What are your favorite books with a music theme? Write them in the Comments Box!



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