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Music Picture Books About The Outdoors

In the warmer months of the year, I love taking students outside for music class! It's so nice to be outside to create music or listen to a story! If you need some lesson ideas about taking music class outdoors, read my latest blog post about taking music class outdoors. There are so many picture books about the music we hear outside that I want to share with you! Check out some of my favourites down below.

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The Song For Everyone by Lucy Morris

A cat, a boy, an elderly woman, and a line of students may appear to have little in common, but when they pass under the same window, each are swept up and transformed in different ways by the magical music that streams toward them and buoys their weary spirits. But one day, the music stops, and the town must work together to save the music that they grew to love.

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Noisy Night by Mac Barnett

It's a noisy night in this city building! The residents of each floor can hear their neighbors above them, and are wondering what's going on above their heads. Climb floor by floor and page by page to find out whose singing, dancing, cheering, and cooing are keeping a grumpy old man awake.

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A Neighborhood Walk, A Musical Journey by Pilar Winter Hill

One bright city morning, Penelope and her mom make their way to the farmer's market. On street corners and train platforms, musicians and performers enchant Penelope, speaking to her through their floating, booming notes. The noise of the city keeps the pair moving—until Penelope hears a sound so magical she knows she has to play the instrument that makes it.

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The Music Of Life by Louis Thomas

At night when everyone else is asleep, one artist sits awake--pencil in hand, stuck. Lenny is a composer, but this evening, no music floats from his head. Then as night breaks into dawn, Lenny's cat, Pipo, begins lapping milk. Lick lick lick. Birds yawn awake, singing in the trees. Tweet tweet! A bike bell tings on the street below. Suddenly, Lenny notices a rhythm to the world around him. He pulls on his coat and walks through the city to write down every sound he can find. Lenny listens to a gardener, a jogger, a dogwalker, and more neighborhood characters.

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The Walkabout Orchestra by Chloé Perarnau

The orchestra have an important concert to play… but all the musicians have gone walkabout! Can you help the Maestro and his faithful assistant to track them down using clues from their postcards? Take a trip from Reykjavik to Rio, through Greek islands, Venetian canals and Egyptian pyramids in this search-and-find tour of the world and learn all the instruments of the orchestra as you work your way through this spotting extravaganza.

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I hope you enjoy these recommendations and think about taking your music classes outside! These books will inspire your students and help them think about the music they hear outside or in their every day lives!

If you use any of these recommendations with your class and are sharing on socials about it, make sure to tag me in your posts at @musicpluscoffee so I can cheer you on!

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