Thematic Reading List: Tap me a Rhythm, Sing me a Song


Great books for kids ages 0-3 who love rhythm and music. These selections include a blend of traditional favorites and new hits that inspire movement and participation. Readers of all ages will enjoy sharing these books with their youngest family members, especially reading them aloud. Don’t be surprised if these books are requested over and over again!
Contributed by: Mary Lanni






0399232060 A-Tisket, A-Tasket
By: Ella Fitzgerald
Illustrated by: Ora Eitan

A-tisket, a-tasket, a green-and-yellow basket . . . a little girlie picked it up and took it to the market! Everyone knows these lyrics. But Ora Eitan’s wonderfully spirited art truly brings Ella Fitzgerald’s adaptation of the nursery rhyme to life with bright cut-paper images seeming to jump off the page. Was it red? No, no, no, no. Was it brown? No, no, no, no. . . . And if that girlie don’t return it, I don’t know what I will do. This is sassy, sweet, pure springtime fun.
9781627797238 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
By: Bill Martin
Illustrated by: Eric Carle

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them. Includes note to parents and teachers, and related activities.
9780763624293 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
By: Michael Rosen
Illustrated by: Helen Oxenbury

Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat. On board pages.
0152025227 Jazz Baby
By: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie

Baby and his family make some jazzy music.
9780805097795 The Babies on the Bus
By: Karen Katz

Presents lyrics to the well-known song, interspersed with additional verses about babies.
9781582462431 Down by the Station
By: Jennifer Riggs Vetter
Illustrated by: Frank Remkiewicz

This illustrated version of the traditional song expands and describes more vehicles, different locations, and their unique sounds, from puffer-billies to racecars and rockets.
0439578442 Tanka Tanka Skunk!
By: Steve Webb

This book uses animal names to introduce rhythmic language and rhyme, as Tanka the elephant and his friend Skunk play drums to keep the beat.
9780823422883 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
By: Jane Cabrera

A version of the well-known song featuring animals going to school, learning, going home, and getting ready for bed.
9780448434995 Hot Potato Hot Potato
By: The Wiggles

A rainy day sees the Wiggles playing a game of hot potato with Henry the Octopus. On board pages.
9780545281461 The More We Get Together
By: Caroline Jayne Church

Two young friends celebrate how the more they get together the happier they are, in an illustrated version of the classic song. On board pages.


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