100+ songs to sing with your child

December 21, 2009

Here's a list of songbooks we have read together and enjoyed:

Nursery Rhymes/Traditional:

The Golden Songbook: A Collection of Favorite Songs and Singing Games for Children

Some songs inside:

1. Frere Jacques
2. Sing a Song of Sixpence
3. Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow
4. Hey Diddle Diddle
5. Pop Goes the Weasel
6. Did You Ever See a Lassie?
7. Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be?

8. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

9. I'm a Little Teapot as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

10. Shoo Fly! as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

11. Row, Row, Row, Your Boat as told and Illustrated by Iza Trapani

12. Mary Had a Little Lamb as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

13. How Much is that Doggie in the Window? as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

14. Old McDonald by Amy Schwartz

15. Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee by Paul Galdone

16. The Farmer in the Dell, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson

17. The Wheels on the Bus--Golden Book

18. It's Raining, It's Pouring by Kin Eagle

19. There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

Lullabies: An Illustrated Songbook, Music Arranged by Richard Kapp

You've heard me talk about about this one before. There was a time when we sang through this one every night before bed. Here is the list of ones we know (there are several more that I just am not familiar with.)

20. Hush, Little Baby
21. Dance to Your Daddy
22. Now the Day is Over
23. All the Pretty Little Horses
24. Sleep, Baby, Sleep
25. Brahms' Lullaby
26. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
27. All Through the Night
28. Skidamarink
29. Day Is Done
30. Rock-a-Bye Baby
31. Little Boy Blue
32. Kumbayah
33. Toora, Loora, Loora

Folk Songs:
Gonna Sing My Head Off! American Folk Songs for Children Collected and Arranged by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Allen Garns

This is the songbook I have been searching for ever since Juliet was born. It has some of my very favorites that I have been unable to find anywhere else. There are also a ton more that I don't even know and I am sure are just as wonderful. Here are the ones we love:

34. Buffalo Gals
35. Clementine
36. Down in the Valley
37. Git Along, Little Dogies
38. Go Tell it On the Mountain
39. Home on the Range
40. I've Been Working on the Railroad
41. Michael Row the Boat Ashore
42. Oh, Susannah!
43. On Top of Old Smokey
44. Red River Valley
45. The Riddle Song (I Gave my Love a Cherry)
46. Shall We Gather At the River?
47. She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
48. Sweet Betsey From Pike
49. Take Me Out to the Ball Game
50. There's a Hole in the Bucket
51. This Land is Your Land
52. This Little Light of Mine

53. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain by Suzanne Beaky

54. The Old Chisolm Trail by Rosalyn Schanzer

55. Buffalo Girls by Bobette McCarthy (no image available)

56. John Langstaff's Frog Went A-Courtin' Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

I had never heard of this song, but fell in love with it immediately. The illustrations in this version (there are many out there) are incredible. We LOVE this book and have recently added it to our home library.

57. Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats

Camp Songs:

58. Make New Friends Illustrated by Nan Brooks

Camp Granada by Frane Lessac

59. Make New Friends
60. Rise and Shine
61. Peanut Butter and Jelly
62. Worms
63. Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
64. Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh
65. Found a Peanut
66. Little Bunny Foo Foo
67. Taps


68. Over the River and Through the Woods

Christmas Carols by Priddy Books

69. Away in a Manger
70. Silent Night
71.We Wish You a Merry Christmas
72. Jingle Bells
73. Good King Wenceslas
74. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
75. O Little Town of Bethlehem
76. The Holly and the Ivy
77. I Saw Three Ships
79. The First Noel
80. O Christmas Tree

81. Deck the Halls Illustrated by Michael Hague (no image available)

82. The Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by Jan Brett

83. The Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

84. We Three Kings by Olga Zharkova

85. The Little Drummer Boy by Kristina Rodanas

86. Winter Wonderland, Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Religious/Spiritual: (I realize that this section is very limited as it only contains songs from our own religious tradition.)

Little Songs for Little Souls: I Can Be Happy in Jesus created by Steven Elkins, Illustrated by Lynne Davis (comes with a cd)

87. I've Got Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy
88. He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
89. O How I Love Jesus
90. Rolled Away
91. Jesus In the Morning
92. Jesus Loves the Little Children
93. He Keeps Me Singing as I Go
94. I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

95. The Lord is My Shepherd Illustrated by Tom LaPadula

Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals by Ashley Bryan

96. This Little Light of Mine
97. Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In
98. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Patriotic Songs:
99. You're a Grand Old Flag Illustrated by Todd Ouren

100. Yankee Doodle Illustrated by Todd Ouren

101. The Star-Spangled Banner Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(We also love another version by Peter Spier)

102. America the Beautiful Illustrated by Todd Ouren

104. When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Patrick S. Gilmore, Illustrated by Todd Ouren


105. Bake You a Pie by Ellen Olson-Brown & Brian Claflin, Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

I didn't know this was a songbook until after we got home from the library. It came with a cd and the song was an instant hit with Juliet. She was singing it to herself after just one reading/singing--it's that catchy. Each verse features a different style of music from gospel, to opera, to country, to robot! It's REALLY fun book and a fun song. We'll be singing this for many years to come.

106. Baby Beluga by Raffi, Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Believe it or not, I had NEVER heard this song before until we sang it at story time at the library a year ago. All the parents were singing along like it was as familiar as Twinkle Twinkle and I was just looking around thinking, "How did I miss this?" It's such a fun song with a catchy tune, Juliet and I have been singing it together ever since and just recently found a copy at goodwill, so now we have it in our home library.

107. Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender Illustrated by Tom Browning

Go In and Out the Window: An Illustrated Songbook for Young People (Music arranged and edited by Dan Fox)

If you are looking for one book with a GREAT variety of songs and amazing artwork (like the stuff that is in museums amazing), then this is the book for you. I recently checked it out at the library and fell in love. It's put together by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and it is just incredible. It's a beautiful combination of music and art.
Here's a sampling of some of the songs you can find inside:

108. Amazing Grace
109. Bringing in the Sheaves
110. Dixie
111. Greensleeves
112. Lavender's Blue
113. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
114. On Top of Old Smokey
115. Scarborough Fair
116. Shenandoah
117. Skip to My Lou
118. We Gather Together

Please leave a comment with your favorites!

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