Friday, December 28, 2018

Music for a Library Dance Party

Scarves ~ younger children
Give a little time for the child within you... Love You by Free Design
The Party from Coraline

Scarves ~ older children
Boo'd Up by Ella Mai
Lost Boy ~ Ruth B
Thank U Next (Clean) by Ariana Grande
Daydreamin' by Ariana Grande
Honeymoon Avenue by Ariana Grande
Let You Down by NF
Boom Clap by Lennon and Maisy
Call Your Girlfriend by Lennon and Maisy
Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun
Alaska by Maggie Rogers
Mercy by Shawn Mendes
Rise Up by Andra Day
Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara
Don't Let Me Down by the Chainsmokers
Cups by Anna Kendrick

Shaker Eggs:
What I Need by The Kid Bryson
Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake (from Trolls)
Happy by Pharrell Williams
24K Magic (Clean) by Bruno Mars
I Like to Move It by Reel 2 Reel (from Madagascar)
Trashin' the Camp by Phil Collins (from Tarzan)
Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Baby Shark
Gummy Bear
Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon

Background Music ~ upbeat   (would also work with shakers)
Charlie Brown theme by Vince Guaraldi Trio (also called: Linus and Lucy)
Pinky and the Brain theme song
Kim Possible theme song
Proud Family theme song
Bare Necessities from Jungle Book
Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo from Cinderella
Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins
Hakuna Matata from the Lion King
Under the Sea from Little Mermaid

Background Music ~ cool down    (would also work with scarves)
The Party from Coraline
Once Upon a December from Anastasia
Who Will Buy from Oliver
My Own Home from Jungle Book
When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2
Part of Your World from Little Mermaid
Once Upon A Dream from Sleeping Beauty
When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2
Whistle While You Work from Snow White
Food Glorious Food from Oliver

Marching Songs
Going On A Bear Hunt
Going On A Lion Hunt

Axel F from Beverly Hills Cop
Inchworm by Danny Kaye
We Are Siamese If You Please from Lady and the Tramp
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by They Might Be Giants
I'd Do Anything from Oliver
Where Is Love from Oliver
By the Sea from Sweeney Todd

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Affirmation and Encouragement

Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne and Jess X. Snow

Chef Roy Choice and the Street Food Mix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

From the Heart of Africa: A Book of Wisdom by Eric Walters, 2018

Hey, Black Child by Useni Perkins

I Am Enough by Grace Byer

One of a Kind by Chris Gorman

Spectacularly Beautiful: A Refugee's Story by Lisa Lucas (2019)

Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Black Boy by Tony Medina

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Jazz books for K-2nd grade teachers

Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
Ben wants to be a trumpeter, but plays only on an imaginary instrument until one of the musicians in a neighborhood night club discovers his ambition.

Bring on the Beat by Rachel Isadora
This colorful introduction to rhythm is enhanced by the colorful, splashy illustrations.

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Christopher Raschka
Introduces the famous saxphonist and his style of jazz known as bebop.

Jazz Baby by Carole Boston Weatherford
A rhyming introduction to jazz instruments.

Rap a Tap Tap by Leo and Diane Dillon
Repeated phrasing: "Rap a tap tap, what do you think of that?"

The Sound That Jazz Makes by Carole Boston Weatherford
Based on the predictable cadence of "This is the house that Jack built."

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
Based on the song: "This old man, he played one..."

Twist With a Burger, Jitter With a Bug by Linda Lowery
A rhyming, rhythmic read-aloud.

Violet's Music by Angela Johnson
The world is a lonely place for Violet, until she finds other people who love music as much as she does.

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Superhero stories

Ralph Costentino's versions of:

Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe by Bruce Whatley
In the middle of the night, Brian transforms himself into Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe, in order to save his sister from attacking aliens.

Lorette, Ace Pinky Scout by Keith Graves
An unrelenting perfectionist is devastated when she fails to earn the Golden Marshmallow Badge, but her grandmother's picture gives her a new perspective on things.
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod
Silly superheroes such as "Goo Girl" represent the letters of the alphabet from A-Z.

John Himmelman's barnyard heroes:
  • Chickens to the Rescue
  • Cows to the Rescue
  • Ducks to the Rescue
  • Pigs to the Rescue

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Traditional Versions of Popular Fairytales

Byron Barton's versions of:

Paul Galdone's versions of: 

James Marshall's version of:

Jan Bretts' version of:

Janet Stevens version of:

Barry Moser's version of:

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My Favorite Fractured Fairy Tales

Betsy Who Cried Wolf by Gail Carson Levine
A serious young shepherdess finds there is more than one way to keep a wolf from eating her sheep.Cinderella's Stepsister and the Big Bad Wolf by Lorraine Carey (2015).
A new take on an old tale.Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka and Steve Johnson
When the princess kissed the frog, he did turn into a prince -- however, the two of them did NOT live happily ever after.

Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stevens
Rumpelstiltskin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom

True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
The wolf provides his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

Wide Awake Princess by Katherine Paterson
This beauty is sleeping no more; a clever princess shows her people how to make better lives for themselves

Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman
Little Wolf is tired of eating lamburgers and sloppy does, but when he tricks his parents into thinking there's a boy in the woods, they could all miss a chance for a real feast.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl


Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Always Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide, 2010. Ernest, a boy who always listens to his mother, learns to have fun with his new neighbor.

Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts, 2010. When her mother tarries in buying her a pet, a little girl satisfies her desire with a pet rock, a pet glove, a pet balloon, etc.

Big Bad Baby by Bruce Hale, 2014. With a big bad baby on the loose, what will the townspeople do?

Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato, 2008. Henrietta’s older sisters convince her that she is really a chicken, so she runs away to live in a chicken coop.

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown, 2010.  When a young bear discovers a boy in the woods, she asks her mother if she can keep him - only to discover that he is impossible to train.

Chip Wants A Dog by William Wegman, 2003. All Chip has ever wanted was a dog, and he can't understand why his parents won't allow it.

DogFish by Gillian Shields, 2008. Aoy longing for a dog decides to train his fish to catch sticks and wag its tail.

Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp, 2010.  Biff has bigger dreams than other dogs...

Don’t Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!  by Judy Cox, 2005. Silly teacher Mrs. Millie is always confusing words like stepping in a poodle instead of a puddle or hanging up goats instead of coats.

My Cat, The Silliest Cat in the World, 2006. An artist describes his "cat," who can usually be found either sleeping or eating.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, 2009. Wilbur horrifies his peers by wearing clothes.

Peanut by Linas Alsenas, 2007. Mildred names her new “puppy” after his favorite food.

Pie Went By by Carolyn Dunn, 2000. One fine day, Good King Bing walked along the path to the castle - with a pie on his head!

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright, 2010. A bear with a hearing problem misunderstands the words of Old Man Winter, so he drives a jeep, sweeps a house, and climbs a steep mountain.

Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach (2019). 

You're Finally Here!  by Melanie Watt, 2011. A rabbit is glad that children are reading this book, but has several complaints regarding what on earth took them so long.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009


Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judy Barrett, 1990. Pictures of animals wearing clothes demonstrate why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt.

Aunt Lucy Went to Buy A Hat by Alice Low, 2004. Rhyming tale of a woman who sets out to replace her lost hat, but ends up with a cat and a succession of other items instead.

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek, 2008. A serious girl meets a duck with a wacky wardrobe, and learns how to play.

Kettles Get New Clothes by Dayle Ann Dodds, 2002. When the small town store where they usually buy their clothes changes hands, the Kettles are in for a surprise on their annual shopping trip.

Mad About Plaid by Jill McElmurry, 2000. After she finds a lonely little purse in the park and takes it home, a young girl’s entire world turns plaid.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Deedy, 2007. Martina's grandmother advises her to deliberately spill coffee on the shoes of her many suitors as a test.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, 2009. Wilbur horrifies his peers by wearing clothes.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Badger’s Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza, 2007. A ravenous Badger yearns for yummy meals like mole taco, rat burger, and rabbit-banana split.

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler, 2004. A pink glob of bubblegum causes a series of animals to get stuck in the "chewy-gooey icky-sticky" mess.

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells, 1997. To Max, a birthday cake isn't complete without red-hot marshmellow squirters.

Burger Boy by Alan Durant, 2006. A boy eats so many burgers that he turns into one.

Chocolatina by Eric Kraft, 1998. Tina eats so much chocolate that she wakes up one morning and finds that she has turned into chocolate.

Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens, 1999. With the questionable help from his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake.

Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, 2010. The horse nays for his hay, and the geese flip for corn - but the cow has a sweet tooth! 

Froggy Bakes A Cake by Jonathan London, 2000. Froggy insists on helping his father bake a cake for his mother's birthday - with hilarious results!

Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson, 2005. A gorilla who is tired of eating nothing but bananas goes in search of a sweet treat.

Gulps by Rosemary Wells, 2007. A family of junk food junkies try their first taste of salad.

Gumdrop Tree by Elizabeth Spurr, 1994. When her father gives her a bag of gumdrops to eat, a little girl decides to plant them instead.

Ice Cream Bear by Jez Alborough, 1997. Bear dreams that it is snowing ice cream.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff, 1996. If you give a mouse a cookie, he will need a glass of milk to go with it...

Isaac the Ice Cream Truck by Scott Santoro, 1999. An ice cream truck develops an inferiority complex.

Jake Goes Peanuts by Michael Wright, 2010. Everything new makes Jake's list of books he doesn't like. Everything except peanut butter. 

Lawrence by Janet Stoeke, 1990. This hedgehog's favorite dessert is coconut cream pie.

Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake, 2010. When Mouse finds a delicious cupcake, all his friends ask if they can have a taste.

My Pop Pop and Me by Irene Smalls. Pop Pop and his grandson transform baking a lemon cake into a magical mystery tour of sound and rhythm.

On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson, 2006. Yodeler Jones is a hound dog who serves nothing but meatballs and spaghetti at his restaurant.

Oodles of Noodles by Diana Hendry, 2008. Mom's new pasta-making machine has a mind of its own!

Pie Went By by Carolyn Dunn, 2000. One fine day, Good King Bing walked along the path to the castle - with a pie on his head!

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann,2006. A little girl eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink.

Rodeo Ron and His Milkshake Cows by Rowan Clifford, 2005. A cowboy rides into town and proposes a "shake off" contest of milkshakes vs. soft drinks.

Simply Delicious! by Margaret Mahy, 2000. Mr. Miky rides home on his bicycle, carrying a double-dip-chocolate-chip-and-cherry ice cream cone for his son.

Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie by Judy Sierra, 2006. A good-natured monster thinks a pie made out of flies would be a good dessert, and invites all his friends and relatives over to try it.

Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler, 2010. 'Ol Bear has a hankering that nothing can satisfy - except ugly pie.

Wild Boars Cook by Meg Rosoff, 2008. Doris discovers a recipe for the messiest, stickiest, gooiest, chewiest, most delicious pudding in the whole wide world!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009


Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski, 2006. While trying to escape from a wolf, four frightened chickens keep getting themselves into the very predicaments they are trying to avoid.

Chicken and Cat by Sarah Varon, 2006. When Cat feels sad about living in the hustle and bustle of the city, Chicken finds colorful ways to make Cat feel better.

Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato, 2008. Henrietta’s older sisters convince her that she is really a chicken, so she runs away to live in a chicken coop.

Coriander the Contrary Hen by Dori Chacanas, 2007. A hen sits in the middle of the road, refusing to move, until a girl comes up with a wise solution.

Duck & Goose by Tad Hills, 2004. Duck and Goose find what they think is an egg, and fight over who gets to sit on it until it hatches.

Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek, 2008. A serious girl meets a duck with a wacky wardrobe, and learns how to play.

Four Hens and a Rooster by Lena Landstrom, 2005. When a rooster turns into a bully, four hens take a class in self-esteem and learn to stand up for their rights,

Gus, the Pilgrim Turkey by Teresa Bateman, 2008. When Gus learns what happens to turkeys on Thanksgiving, he decides to head South for the winter.

Hungry Hen by Richard Waring, 2001. A greedy fox watches a hungry hen growing bigger every day, knowing that the longer he waits to eat her, the bigger she will be.

Mr. Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer, 2011. Unexpected noisy visitors show up at the pond and ruffle Mr. Duck's feathers.

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. All of the other birds have an egg - except for Duck, who goes out and finds an enormous egg with a surprise inside.

Problem With Chickens by Bruce McMillan, 2005. When women in Iceland buy chickens to lay eggs, the chickens try to behave like humans, until the ladies hatch a clever plan.

Shelly by Margie Palatini, 2006. A late-bloomer learns to come out of his shell.

Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza, 1996. A hungry wolf’s attempts to fatten a group of chicks have unexpected results.

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I’d Really Like to Eat A Child by Syliane Donnio, 2004. A young crocodile decides one morning that he is tired of his diet of bananas. But the first child he encounters finds him absolutely adorable.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato by Lauren Child, 2000. A boy tries to convince his sister to sample her carrots by telling that they are really orange twiglets from Jupiter.

Jake Goes Peanuts by Michael Wright, 2010.  Everything new makes Jake's list of foods he doesn't like. Everything except peanut butter.

Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal, 2005. Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents won't let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.

The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster by Alice Flaherty, 2007. When a little girl who is forced to eat oatmeal three times a day decided to dump it off of a ship, the results are enormous!

Muncha Muncha Muncha by Denise Fleming, 2002. Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep rabbits out of his vegetables.

Pickin’ Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald, 1998. A little girl captures a rascally rabbit who has been picking the peas from her garden.

Stop That Pickle! by Peter Armour, 1993. The pickle-version of the Gingerbread Boy.

Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens, 1995. A clever rabbit strikes a deal with a rich but very lazy bear.

Trouble At the Dinosaur Cafe by Brian Moses, 2006. Vegetarian dinosaurs can no longer enjoy their meals when a ravenous Tyrannosaurus stomps in looking for meaty dinosaur stew.

Trouble With Cauliflower by Jane Sutton. Mortimer, the careful koala, will not eat cauliflower because he always has bad luck on the following day.

Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin, 1998. A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighborhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty but Chinese vegetable soup smells best.

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