Today I am going to post about children's literature in the music classroom.
In my studies in the Kodály institute at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, we had to take a class called "Children's Literature in the Music Classroom" as part of the masters program. This class was so very helpful in discovering picture books to use in the music classroom. I also learned about many books in each pedagogy class I took. Today I will blog about three of my absolute favorite books...the books that I see sitting on the counter, waiting to be read, and I have to smile because I'm so excited to read them!
#1: "Who Killed Cock Robin," illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
I first heard about this from Julie Swank, my Level I teacher, and immediately fell in love with the book. The book can be sung, using the melody of "Who Killed Cock Robin." This song is beautiful and haunting, and can be used to prepare or practice low la. The song can be found in one of my favorite song books, "150 American Folk Songs," by Erdei and Komlos (click on the picture below to view it at West Music.)
A couple months ago, I asked my librarian who the author/ illustrator visiting our school this year was, and she replied, "Kevin O'Malley." In shock and excitement, I replied, "THE Kevin O'Malley?!?!" She looked at me funny and said, "Yes, why?" I then told her how much I love this book, and that I would definitely be integrating with her lessons!
She had not seen the book, I think partly because it is out-of-print. When you click on the picture above to see the book on Amazon, you might get sticker shock, as it is $174. Yikes! Don't worry, though...there are a couple sellers on Amazon selling it for less than $20. You can also purchase it on www.alibris.com for $25 or so, and if all else fails, you might be able to find it at your local library. It will be well worth it!
#2: "Possum Come a Knockin'" by Nancy Van Laan and George Booth
#3: "Click Clack Moo" by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
I hope these ideas have been helpful to you! Lindsay Jervis and Amy Abbott will both be writing about more picture books to use in the Kodály-inspired classroom soon...stay tuned! We will also be introducing more of our collaborating teacher bloggers soon. Here are more blog posts about children's literature.