LIBRARIES ROCK! is the 2018 summer theme for the Cooperative Summer Library Program: www.cslpreads.org/. For libraries using the music-themed summer reading/learning program, BayNews will offer sound and music storytime outlines between now and June.
A fun all-ages storytime theme focuses on homemade musical instruments. Make these simple rattle drums: www.pinkstripeysocks.com/2013/01/make-rattle-drum.html .
Barton, Chris. 88 Instruments. A boy tries out the various musical instruments before choosing the one that is right for him.
Bunting, Eve. Hey Diddle Diddle. Various animals play instruments in this spinoff from the Mother Goose rhyme.
Garriel, Barbara S. I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello. A man swallows various musical instruments in this cumulative story based on the popular folksong.
Gerger, Carole. A Band of Babies. In this rhyming story, a group of babies grab instruments to march to the store.
Geringer, Laura. Boom Boom Go Away! In this cumulative tale, the toys tell a boy’s parents to “go away” until it is bedtime.
Isadora, Rachel. Ben’s Trumpet. In this Caldecott Honor book, Ben wants to be a jazz musician and play the trumpet.
James, Simon. Baby Brains Superstar. Baby plays electric guitar in this hilarious story.
Lionni, Leo. Geraldine the Music Mouse. Geraldine makes a statue out of cheese – it is a mouse playing a flute.
Moss, Lloyd. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin. Ten musical instruments join together to make an orchestra.
Pinkney, Brian. Two Sticks. A young boy drums on a variety of items.
Potter, Debra. I Am the Music Man. In this classic rhyme, six musical instruments and their players make up a band.
Richardson, Bill. The Aunts Come Marching. In this clever variation of the song “Ants Go Marching,” a little girl leads a band of women who play instruments.
Stinson, Kathy. The Dance of the Violin. A young violinist is nervous in a competition, but starts over and is a triumph.
Weinstone, David. Music Class Today! Toddlers play various instruments in music class, in this joyful rhyming story.