The Philharmonic Gets Dressed
by Karla Kuskin

This is a terrific book for adults and children that follows the ritual of a number of people who are getting ready in different ways to do one thing together. To make music.
The Jazz Fly
by Matthew Gollub, Karen Hanke

A Kid's Review 
The Jazz Fly is the catchiest book I've ever heard! You HEAR it because it comes with this awesome CD. You hear the narration, also a saxophone, bass, piano and drums alone and all together. The artwork is sharp, and the Fly is CUTE.
Mole Music
by David McPhail

Mole finds that digging all day and spending his evenings alone leave him unfulfilled. Upon hearing a musician on TV, he decides to create his own beautiful music. After much patience and practice, he learns to play the violin more magnificently than the man who first inspired him.
The Bat Boy And His Violin
by Gavin Curtis

It is 1948 and, as Jackie Robinson did the prior year, many top African American ball players in the Negro Leagues are defecting to join "white teams." Curtis's (Grandma's Baseball) plot centers on Reginald, a young violin player whose father manages the Negro National League's worst team, which has lost its best players. Hoping to tear him away from his beloved instrument, Papa drafts Reginald as the Dukes' bat boy, but soon discovers that his son is as clumsy with the bats as he is graceful with his bow. Yet when the boy plays his violin in the dugout, his music inspires the batters . . .
Musical Instruments from A to Z (Kalman, Bobbie, Alphabasics.)
by Bobbie Kalman


AlphaBasiCs is just what it appears to be. . . a series of alphabet books based on those subjects which interest young children. Such books encourage kids to let their imaginations soar. . . and to design their own alphabet books.

K. Dalby, Roberts Park School, Norfolk, Virginia
One of the best books for children on musical instruments I've seen.
I See a Song (Blue Ribbon Book)
by Eric Carle

Designed to stimulate a youngster's artistic sensibilities, this collection of shapes and colors by the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar features a musician and his violin.
Little Bobo
by Serena Romanelli, Hans De Beer, Hans De Beer

The boredom of Bobo's life in the rain forest ends the day he happens upon a violin. The little orangutan begins practicing incessantly, annoying his family and alienating the other animals. With time and perseverance, however, he makes beautiful music for an adoring audience.  But . . .
Fiddle Fever
by Sharon Arms Doucet

Grade 4-8-A superb story of a boy's coming-of-age in the bayous of South Louisiana in the early days of World War I. In a first-person narrative, F lix Octave LeBlanc tells about the first time he heard his long-absent uncle, 'Nonc Adolphe, play the fiddle at a get-together. "The music latched onto something inside of me, as if each note was plucking a string that I hadn't even known was there." From that moment on, all F lix wants to do is play the fiddle
Fiddlin' Sam
by Marianna Dengler, Sibyl Graber Gerig

Grade 1-4-A lovely journey of balance and harmony from the creators of The Worry Stone (Rising Moon, 1996). For years on end, Fiddlin' Sam travels the back roads of the Ozarks, fiddling away the people's cares, their worries, and even the aching in their bones. However, one thought always hovers in his mind: he must find someone to whom he can pass along his gift of music.
A Fiddle for Angus
by Budge Wilson, Susan Tooke

Gr 1-3-Young Angus, who lives in a Cape Breton village near the sea, longs to learn how to play an instrument so he can join his family's orchestra. When the day comes for the child to choose an instrument of his own, he takes the decision very seriously. Through hard work and concentration, he masters the fiddle and achieves his goal.
When Uncle Took the Fiddle
by Libba Moore Gray, Lloyd Bloom

Gray (My Mama Had a Dancing Heart) hits all the right notes with this toe-tapping tale. When family members settle down to relax at the end of a long day, they all feel the same way: "Tired." But as soon as Uncle reaches for his fiddle the mood changes.
Nina's Waltz
by Corinne Demas, Deborah Lanino

Kindergarten-Grade 3-A hymn to the transforming power of music. Nina's father is the best fiddler she knows-"The best in the whole state. In the whole country." Early one morning, the two of them leave for a fiddle contest that offers a first prize of $200, money the family desperately needs. Her father plans to play "Nina's Waltz," a song that he wrote for her birthday. After several wasps sting his hand and he is unable to play, Nina overcomes her own stage fright and takes his place.
Fiddle-I-Fee
by Melissa Sweet

This is a charming rendition of the old folk song. The illustrations are delightful, and whether you sing the book or read it as a poem, the rhythm and repetition will captivate your child. My 20-month old has had this book for nearly a year and it's still a favorite.
The Case of the Fiddle-Playing Fox (Hank the Cowdog)
by John R. Erickson, Gerald L. Holmes

As usual, Hank is up against an unusual problem. The fox is in the hen house, but he's been INVITED!! The rooster, Drover and Hank are all suspicious about music in the night, but no one seems to be able to stay awake to find out what it is...
Our Marching Band
by Lloyd Moss, Diana Cain Bluthenthal

Moss's (Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin) occasionally strained yet spirited rhyming narrative introduces 10 youngsters, most with alliterative monikers (Belinda Blore, Calvin Crum, Mel Mackelroy, etc.), who aspire to play different instruments. Practicing at their open windows in neighboring houses, the kids create quite the cacophonous clamor: "Throughout the start, each person's part/ Just didn't sound too good;/ The girls and boys produced a noise/ That stunned the neighborhood." But practice makes nearly perfect, and . . .
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Caldecott Honor Book, 1996)
by Lloyd Moss

"The STRINGS all soar, the REEDS implore, / The BRASSES roar with notes galore. / It's music that we all adore. / It's what we go to concerts for." In this exuberant tribute to classical music and the passionate, eccentric musicians who play it, author Lloyd Moss begins with the mournful moan and silken tone of one trombone. A trumpet sings and stings along, forming a duo, then a fine French horn joins in, "TWO, now THREE-O, what a TRIO!" The mellow cello ups it to a quartet, then ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! a violin soars high and moves in . . .
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