First Week of School: Music Book Recommendations
Keeping this list a little shorter this month because I want to be able to focus on the activities that you can do with your students during the first week of school! These are all amazing books to have in your music library and I encourage you to buy them and support the authors!
This one is a classic and huge on Instagram a couple years ago! It tells the story about of one girl's journey to becoming a composer and conductor. It's an inspiring story that is perfect for the beginning of the school year. This book has a piece of music in it that the students get so curious about. A great activity that I like to do with this book is to listen to the song and then have students draw and colour what comes to mind. This is more of an abstract thought kind of activity but it's a fun lesson for the first week of school!
I love this book and if you don't have it, you need it! This book asks the audience (your students) to be part of a band and goes through showing students how to play each instrument and asking them to mimic it. I read this book to my Grade 1's every year and they love it! It's a fun book to get kids moving and believing that they are playing the instruments but you really have to sell it! After reading the book, I like to do some imaginative instrument play and then we play some music and the students continue to pretend they are rocking out to the music. This book is such a good time!
If you haven't heard of Vicky Weber and her books, you need to! She's got so many great music books and I love this one for the first week of school. This is another interactive book where students get involved and try to help Tala on her musical adventure! Darlene (@thedarlingmusicteacher) shared some great ways to use this book in the music room over on @musicroomreads including giving students percussion instruments to play along and clapping out the rhythms to their favourite superhero names! Check out more of her ideas here.
This is a new book on my radar that I've been talking about quite a bit since I got my hands on it. You definitely need to have this sense of humour in order to enjoy this book. The story has a repeating phrase throughout the book which makes for a great opportunity to get students involved in the reading. I am using this book myself during the first week and my plan with it is to give students some egg shakers and get them to shake their egg and dance around during the repeating phrase. I think they are going to love this and have a lot of fun with it!