Storybooks for the Elementary Music Classroom

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialist

Siku’s Song by Julia Jordan Kamanda
Climb the mountains of Peru and enter Siku’s world, a place where melodies drift through the hills and valleys. Sing along with Siku, a young alpaca who breaks the rules in order to express herself by singing and humming the songs in her heart. This storybook helps children explore the musical element of melody. Siku’s song is like the pan flute’s voice, clear and strong. A companion CD includes a pan flute party jam track, an audiobook of the story, and easy-to-sing “In My Heart (There Is a Song),” written and performed by Julia Jordan Kamanda and her students.
– Love “Siku’s Song”? Don’t miss – Haja: The Bird Who Was Afraid to Fly

Freddie the Frog and the Invisible Coqui by Sharon Burch
Freddie the Frog® and Eli the Elephant are led by an unseen guide to the secret world of the invisible coqui. The coqui speak Spanish and love to play salsa music and dance through the night. Help Freddie and Eli learn the Latin rhythms to discover the identity of their mysterious hosts! Audio CD includes a read-along dramatization, a sing-along song, and play-along Latin rhythm tracks. Kid-friendly salsa dance steps are located at the end of the story. Suggested for Grades K-3.
– Love Freddie and his adventures? Find more here!

JP’s Sousaphone by Maritza Sadowsky, Andy Beck & Vanessa Christian
New band member JP is struggling to march with his hefty concert tuba, so a helpful director sends him in search of a solution—the amazing Sousaphone! Along the way, JP learns about America’s most famous bandmaster, John Philip Sousa. This fact-filled story is told with engaging illustrations and age-appropriate vocabulary, which can be read from each screen and heard each time you turn a page. Embedded audio plays background music, Sousa marches, entertaining sound effects, and a professionally-voiced narration. Watch the story come to life (and extend the learning) by clicking highlighted elements on each interactive page. Utilizes flash technology that works on individual computers and interactive whiteboards. Recommended for all ages.
– Love “JP’s Sousaphone”? Check out – The Tale of Guido d’Arezzo

Find more storybooks for the elementary music classroom on our website, or contact us for more information – remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

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