Last Week of School: Music Read Alouds
The last week of school tends to always be a fun and emotional time for everyone and this year is no different. Even though I am currently teaching virtually, I still like to end of the year with all my students using some kind of inspirational music picture book that shows them the impact the music they created has and to encourage them to keep the music alive in their homes as they head into summer break. Here are 5 amazing books to read with your students for the end of the school year!
Because by Mo Willems
This is a great books that really showcases many different music professions, how music connects us all and the impact of the snowball effect! I love this book and I know people read it at different times of the year but if you haven't read it yet, I HIGHLY recommend!
This is a beautiful story about how for one performance night there are many people involved to make it happen and how one girl is inspired to go center stage herself.
Your Name Is A Song by Jamilah Thomkins-Bigelow
We ALL used this book at the beginning of the school year but why not use it for the end of the school year?
What a great reminder for your students to know just how special they are and to advocate for themselves the things that they hold dear to their hearts.
We Will Rock Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
This book is AMAZING if you are hosting some kind of talent show or doing performances with your classes. It's about Penelope the T. Rex who loves to rock out on the guitar and signs up for her school's talent show. Is she confident? Is she nervous? All she knows is that she wants to perform and show her talents to her classmates and friends. I don't have this one in my personal collection but I need to add this to my cart and make sure I have it for next school year!
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
I love this book because it's about a boy who notices a violin player and he seems to be the only one to notice this beautiful music, while all the other people in the subway seem to be ignoring it. I like to use this book at the end of the year to remind students that music is everywhere, if you only just stop to listen and appreciate it. It's also a great way to teach a lesson on proper etiquette when you encounter a busker and how you can support them (other than just giving them money.)
Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song by Amanda Moeckel
This is an incredible book about chasing a dream and not giving up until you've got it. It's about getting through frustration in the pursuit of creating music and basking in the joy of what you have created. I love this for the end of the school year because you can read this book to your students and send them off with some websites to encourage them to experiment and create music during the summer break!
Songbird by Jenn Larson
Sydney Sparrow has a dream unlike other birds: she wants to be a conductor. She begins to question her dreams but with a little courage and focus, she knows she can do anything she sets her mind too! What a perfect book to share with your students for the end of the school year. I could also see ourselves reading this book at the beginning of the school year to get students excited and thinking about their goals for the school year.
All of these books you can find in the @musicroomreads Amazon Storefronts (CAD and US.) If you end up using any of these books for the end of the school year with your students, tag me @musicpluscoffee in your posts and stories! I love to see and hear how your students love these books!
Have another favourite music book for the end of the year that I've missed? Let me know in the comments!