Musicians in Picture Books and Culture Blog Hop

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Castle View Academy
Wise Owl Factory

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Here’s my favorite from last time:

Celebrating-Musicians-in-Picture-BooksA chapter book disguised as a picture book biography? A children’s picture book about the backstory of the birth of jazz in New Orleans? A picture book about the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane? A musician who had difficulty seeing? A musician who sold his first song for 37 cents? Pragmatic Mom has reviewed all these books as well as others in her post about musicians in picture books.

I taught grades 4 and 5 at FAIR (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School) middle school for a few years. There were never enough stories about musicians, painters, dancers, actors, and artists. Such stories and books were in constant demand. The focus of the students was on learning and participating in all the music, art, dancing, painting, acting, and performing arts as they could possibly fit in a single day. Sitting still was not their thing! They were active learners and so the videos in Pragmatic’s Mom post would have been nice to refer to, also, to allow for some movement after reading. We read books such as like I Like the Music by Leah Komakio, books about Thelonious Monk, and stories such as The Carnival of Animals and Pieter and the Wolf.

I don’t know if all the books described by Pragmatic Mom were available at the time I was teaching at FAIR, but her list would have been fabulous to have for that population of students. Pragmatic mom also has a list of famous woman musicians, which has a link from the first paragraph in her blog post. She wouldn’t leave out the woman.

Thank you for linking-up, and we can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!


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If you work with children learning about music notes, you might like this free printable game.

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The Carnival of Animals blog post has both an English and a Spanish version for active learning along with the story.

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Children who are learning about musical instruments might like this book and free work page.

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You might also like the blog post and free educational printable for Victoria Torres: Face the Music.

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About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.