Previous #pb10for10 posts
Golden Lines about Night
Memories as Precious as Gold
As most of my regular readers know, I'm in a new relationship. I became a first-time grandma on June 22. We traveled to the east coast to meet Teddy (Theodore) in July, and I was swept off my feet. I'm head over heels in love! And as I thought about this new relationship, my theme for this year emerged - Picture Books to Sing.
I headed to Island Books on Monday where I spent a delightful afternoon perusing their shelves and snapping pictures of titles. At one point Lori asked if I needed anything. I explained that I was working on a blog post, and she left me to my own wanderings. We're lucky that Nancy Stewart, a pied piper of children's music and founder of Sing With Our Kids, lives in our community. Thanks to Nancy's influence and frequent storytimes/performances at Island Books, we have this special section in our bookstore.
So in honor of Teddy, my new grandson, I bring you 10 books to sing, 10 books to croon to the young ones in our arms . . .
1. I purchased the board book version of this title at Hooray for Books while visiting Teddy (and his parents). Exquisite illustrations and verses that I didn't know existed make this a top choice for all new parents (and grandparents).
2. I almost purchased this one too, so I was excited to see it in the bin at Island Books. The four preschool favorites include one of the songs that I frequently sang to my children: "You Are My Sunshine."
3. No child should grow up without this song in his/her repertoire. I love that this version by
Paul Zelinsky has celebrated 25 years in print.
4. Every child loves this simple tune and this book has the added bonus of including sign language to accompany the words and actions.
5. My mother sang the traditional verses to me which I also sang to my children. But I love Sylvia Long's version which focuses on comfort to be found in the natural world (as opposed to comfort found by buying things). I'm adding this title to my "books to buy for Teddy" list.
6. Old McDonal Had a Farm, a perennial childhood favorite starring Pete the Cat!
8. I'm in love with Jane Cabrera's illustrations and lyrics that begin with the familiar words of this round, but take Cat and Dog on a jungle journey through the rain forest with new lyrics as they meet various animals in the forest. A brand new discovery for me!
9. I purchased this title recently from the used book shelves provided by Friends of the Library and popped it into my church bag to share with Imi, my two year old friend. Oops, it's impossible to read. As soon as I opened to the first page, I wanted to belt out the words. Not the best one to share during church. Perhaps the series should be called "Bunny Sings Back" instead of "Bunny Reads Back."
10. Since I'm collecting these titles with my grandson Teddy in mind, this delightful version of a favorite children's song is a title that must be included. This board book pulled from my own shelves has all the verses.
It's been awhile since I've sung to a babe in my arms, so I'm sure you have some favorites that I've missed. What picture books to sing would you add to Teddy's list?