I am always on the hunt for great children's books to share in the music room. Sometimes the books that I select are ones that I want to share with students myself. These are often ones that I will sing to students or we will create music with. Others I like to leave for subs. Often these books have more listening opportunities, tell about styles of music, different musicians, different instruments, etc. I have found that my subs really like when I leave these types of lessons. Sometimes the book I leave will come with a CD. If not, I leave YouTube links or burn a CD with music to go along with the books, or for listening examples to play after reading the book. Then I like to leave some questions for the sub to ask after reading the book and some type of worksheet to go along with it.I have been collecting books about jazz musicians for a few years now, and finally put together two sets of children's literature mini lessons to accompany these great books.
- Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
- A-Tisket, A-Tasket: Ella Fitzgerald
- Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
- Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her
- The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend
- The Little Melba And Her Big Trombone
- Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong