Living books about music

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    my daughter has requested books about music. We recently read The Cricket in Times Square, which she adored. Any suggestions on living books about music or picture books about music (for my younger kids)?


    We loved ben west and his cat grimlkin. MArtha


    Lots of people like Opal Wheeler’s books on the great composers.


    There’s a series of picture books by Anna Harwell  Celenza that tells about a composer and one of his works.  They also have a CD included of the work.  Some titles include Bach’s Goldberg Variations, The Farewell Symphony (Haydn), Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky.)

    Other picture books I have:

    Young Mozart by Rachel Isadora

    Mozart by Catherine Brighton

    Hildegard’s Gift by Megan Hoyt

    The Boy Who Loved Music by David Lasker (Haydn)

    Handel and the Famous Sword Swallower of Halle by Bryna Stevens

    Handel Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson

    Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pickney

    Tchaikovsky Discovers America by Esther Kalman

    Bravo!  Brava!  A Night at the Opera by Anne Siberell

    Can You Hear It? from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (book and CD- I really like this)

    Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes

    And we’ve always loved the Opal Wheeler books and most have been reprinted.


    We just read several great books about Beethoven:

    Beethoven by Opal Wheeler

    The Thirty Nine Apartments by Jonah Winter

    Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol

    The Heroic Symphony by Anna Harwell Celenza

    Honestly, we enjoyed them all!  The Heroic Symphony really helps you understand the story being told in a piece of classical music.  Don’t miss this one!

    (Actually we read these while doing a study on ears and eyes – here:

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