Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children's Story Programs

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"I hope that all libraries and classrooms are filled with young voices singing and playing musical instruments on a regular basis."
--Rob Reid, from the Introduction

Children's music has been strangely silent in library storytimes—until now. Rob Reid, renowned children's programming expert, offers a companion to accompany Children's Jukebox, Second Edition. Here's a comprehensive guide to make music an integral and engaging part of children's story hour!

Drawing on thousands of hours of listening and programming, Reid selects the best of the best into eight ready-to-use comprehensive lesson plans. Use this abundant mix of picture books paired with kid-tested musical recordings to

  • Get up to speed fast to make music an everyday part of your programs
  • Build your own storytimes with innovative and fun pairings of books and recordings
  • Enliven any storytime by incorporating simple song types—from call and response to ever-popular rounds
  • Identify children's picture books and stories rich with musical themes

    Annotated bibliography and resource lists make a wide range of materials accessible, including picture books featuring music, song lyrics, musicians, dance and dancers, along with directions to access to the recordings.

    Children's librarians, school library media specialists, early childhood educators, head start programs, preschool and elementary teachers—whether they're musically challenged or musically gifted—can grab Something Musical today, and incorporate music into their children's programs tomorrow!

  • Preface

    Musical Story Program Lesson Plans
    Animal Air
    Bon Appétit
    Boogie-Woogie Barnyard
    Family Tree
    May I Have This Dance?
    Morning, Noon, and Night
    School Talent Show
    Toot! Toot! Beep! Beep! Stories and Songs about Travel and Vehicles
    Fun Pairings: Matching Children's Songs with Picture Books
    More Musical Ideas
    Call-and-Response Songs
    Cumulative Songs
    Songs Sung in Rounds
    The Best Picture Books Featuring Music in Your Library
    Picture Books Based on Song Lyrics
    Picture Books Featuring Music and Musicians
    Picture Books Featuring Dance and Dancers


    Rob Reid

    Rob Reid, with more than 20 years' experience as children's librarian, teaches courses on children's and young adult literature and librarianship as full time lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of Family Storytimes, Something Funny Happened at the Library, Cool Story Programs for the School-aged Crowd and other ALA Editions favorites. A regular contributor to Book Links, he is also a popular and entertaining presenter at conferences, libraries, and schools.

    "This slim volume is nicely organized. A great resource for anyone who wants to spice up [children's] programs."
    --School Library Journal

    "If you would like a reference to discover ideas to inspire you or others, this book covers the topic thoroughly."
    --Library Media Connection

    "…recommend[ed] to any children's librarian or anyone working with children's programming, as a source for stories, songs and inspiration." –Australian Library Journal