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The Best Books About Music for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
April 14, 2008

Here are our favorite books about music for kids. These books are a fantastic exploration of sound and music, rhythm and rhyme.

Updated April 2024

Do your kids love music? Ours do! Turn story time into song time with books about music.

Here are a few of our favorite kids’ books about music and also some picture books that are more like illustrated songs.

These are FUN books, which is why we keep returning to them over and over again!

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The Best Books About Music for Kids

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins and Illustrated by Eric Gurney

My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox and Illustrated by Elbrite Brown

The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

The Wheels on the Bus adapted and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Knick-Knack Paddywhackadapted and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Over in the Ocean, In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jeanette Canyon

Fiddle-I-Fee, adapted and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Skip to My Lou  and The Lady with the Alligator Purse, and Miss Mary Mack, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt and illustrated by R.G. Roth

Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes and illustrated by Karmen Thompson

This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, Paintings by Kathy Jakobsen

Hip Hop Dog by Chris Raschka, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B. Williams

Night Noises by Mem Fox, illustrated by Terry Denton

Hush, Little Baby by Brian Pinkney

Crash! Bang! Boom! by Peter Spier

Jazz Baby by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Laura Freeman

We’re Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

What are your favorite kids’ books about music?

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