Start the Music: 10 Fun Music Themed Picture Books for Young Children

Posted on August 7, 2018

by heather weaver

Get into the rhythm by sharing books with fun, musical themes.

Picture Books for Children with Musical Themes


Dooby Dooby Moo” by Doreen Cronin

While Farmer Brown sleeps, his animals prepare for a talent show at the county fair. Also available in Read-along Audiobook, DVD, eAudiobook and eVideo.

Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae

Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music. Also available in DVD (Video), eAudiobook and eVideo.


I Got Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison

On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other childen join her. Also available in eBook

My Family Plays Music” by Judy Cox

A musical family with talents for playing a variety of instruments enjoys getting together to celebrate.


Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo” by John Lithgow

A concert gets out of hand when the animals at the neighboring zoo storm the stage and play the instruments themselves.

Olivia Forms a Band” by Ian Falconer

A concert gets out of hand when the animals at the neighboring zoo storm the stage and play the instruments themselves. Also available in Audiobook and eAudiobook.


Punk Farm” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

At the end of the day, while Farmer Joe gets ready for bed, his animals tune their instruments to perform in a big concert as a rock band called Punk Farm.

Singing in the Rain” based on the song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown

A picture book adaptation of the song “Singing in the rain,” which celebrates the glory of clouds and rain.


Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums” by Audrey Vernick

Encourages the reader, through practical advice, to support his or her buffalo’s desire to play the drums, even if he has quickly lost interest in other activities in the past.

The Orchestra Pit” by Johanna Wright

Wandering into an orchestra pit, a befuddled snake interacts with instruments, scares the musicians and conductor, and causes general chaos.


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