50 Musical Picture Books for Summer Camps

If you are ahead of the game and thinking about summer, like I am then it’s time to review and update your list of summer camp materials!

What’s your game plan for summer? I would love to hear what you do for camps or what your goal for this year’s summer is to increase your income. You can reach me at info@musicteachingsuccess.com

One of the things I love to have for summer camps is a nice pile of picture books that are about music, piano, composers, etc. Anything about music that I can use to educated and engage children during the summer months.

Even if you don’t teach summer camps – check out this list below. There are over 50 books and their authors, I am constantly adding titles as I find them.

If you know of a book that I missed – email me! I would love to add a new book you know of to the list.

Children’s Books about Music for Story Time or Quiet Reading Time

• Tuba Lessons by T.C. Bartlett
• This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
• I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by Barbara S. Garriel
• Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes
• Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
• Music over Manhattan by Mark Karlins
• Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka .
• M is for Music by Kathleen Krull
• Mole Music by David McPhail
• Sunny by Robin Mitchell and Judith Steedman
• Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss
• Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney
• Moose Music by Sue Porter
• Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carol Boston
• Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
• My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox
• The Wheels on the Bus – movable picture book by Paul O. Zelinsky
• Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids w/CD by Barrie Carson Turner
• The Piano Man by Debbie Chocolate
• Can you Hear it? by William Lach w/CD
• M is for Melody by Katy-jo Wargin
• Ah, Music by Aliki Brandenberg
• The Bat Boy & His Violin by Cavin Curtis
• Blues Journey by Walter Myers
• Carnival of the Animas by John Lothgow w/CD
• Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers w/CD
• The Django by Levi Pinfold
• Do Re Mi (If You Can Read Music , Thank Guido d’Arezzo) by Susan L. Roth
• Duke Ellington’s Nutcraker Suite by Anna Harwell Celenza w/CD
• The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives by Joanne Stranbridge
• Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags (The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols)by James Cross Giblin
• Frederick by Leo Lionni
• Grasshopper’s Song (an Aesop’s Fable Revisited) by Nikki Giovanni
• I See a Song by Eric Carl
• Jazz by Walter Dean Myers
• Jazz ABZ (an A-Z Collection of Jazz Portraits) by Wynton Marsalis
• Jazz on a Saturday Night by Leo & Diane Dillon
• Lean to Speak Music (a Guide to Creating, Performing, & Promoting Your Songs)by John Crossingham
• Lentil by Robert McCloskey
• Light the Candles! Beat the Drums! (a book of holidays)by Jane Sarnoff
• Listen to Learn (Using American music to understand language arts and social studies, grades 5-8) By Terri Tibbett
• Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
• The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
• Marvin Makes Music by Marvin Hamlisch
• Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
• Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan
• Ruby Sings the Blues by Niki Daly
• Sing (Sing-A-Song Storybook)by Joe Raposo
• Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward
• The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven by Johan Winter
• Beethoven for Kids: His Life & Music by Helen Bauer
• Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol