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Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades
Amy Brown
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1166-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $48.00
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184 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1166-2
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, G, H, Z

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Music programs have been scaled back or eliminated altogether from the curricula of many schools. Luckily, storytimes offer ideal opportunities for music and songs. In this collection of easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt library programs for children in grades K-3, Brown connects songs and musical activities directly to books kids love to read. Offering several thematic programs, complete with stories, songs, and flannelboard and other activities, her book includes
  • Music activities, lists of music-related books, mix-and-match activities, and additional web resources
  • Terrific tips on how to teach songs to young children
  • Ways to develop original songs and rhythms to enliven children’s books
Even if you can’t carry a tune in a bushel basket, this handy resource has everything you need to start the music in your storytimes.
Table of Contents


Chapter 1
The Importance of Music

Chapter 2
Incorporating Songs and Instruments into Library Programming

Chapter 3
Instrument Jam Band

Chapter 4
Feel the Rhythm

Chapter 5
Sing-Along Stories and Songs

Chapter 6
Moving and Grooving

Chapter 7
A Sound Hullabaloo

Chapter 8
Musical Potpourri

Chapter 9
Animal Antics

Chapter 10
Camp Do Re Mi

Chapter 11
Dragons, Monsters, and Ghosts, Oh My!

Chapter 12
Once upon a Time

Chapter 13
Earth Celebration

Chapter 14
Game Time

Chapter 15
Tasty Tunes and Tales

Appendix 1
Appendix 2
About the Author

Amy Brown
has 14 years’ experience working in libraries, and is currently a library manager for Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio. She has presented at state and national conferences, taught workshops for libraries, and written articles on using music and the theory of multiple intelligences in children’s programming. This is her first book.

"Every storytime presenter should take a look and a listen."
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