Can You Feel the Beat? Picture Books that Boogie!

There are some books that just compel you tap your toes and snap your fingers. The rhythm of the words inspires you to get up and move, join in the story action, and fall into the musical beat of the rhyme. Pair that magic with dynamic illustrations and you are sure to have a book that will make for an entertaining read-aloud that appeals to both the reader and the read-to. Believe it or not, that jazzy rhyme is preparing kids for reading success. Learning to rhyme and guessing what the next word will be is a valuable early literacy skill that helps kids to become more successful when they are beginning to read. So, get up, join the fun and boogie to a book! Here are a few titles that will have the entire family dancing to the reading beat:

Boom Bah! , by Phil Commings; illustrated by Nina Rycroft

A little mouse inspires an entire barnyard of animals to find creative ways to make music with everyday objects and join in a parade.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Ehlert

This classic alphabet rhyme is irresistible! Join the letters of the alphabet, both big and small, in a tropical dance up and down a resilient coconut tree.

Chicky Chicky Chook Chook, by Cathy MacLennan

Chicks, bees, flowers and kittens celebrate the sounds of spring. Charming illustrations are paired with a sing-song rhyme that children can chant along with the reader.

Jazz Baby, by Lisa Wheeler; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Brother’s hands tap and sister’s fingers snap and all of the relatives are coming over to dance and sing with a very jazzy new baby.

Jazzmatazz! , by Stephanie Calmenson; illustrated by Bruce Degen

A piano-playing mouse who slips into a house to get warm soon has an entire town doo-dat, diddy-dat doo-ing!

Sing-Along Song, by JoAnn Early Macken; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A young boy greets a sunny day and sings along with all the animals he encounters in his urban neighborhood.

Tanka Tanka Skunk! , by Steve Webb

Pick up some sticks and pound out a beat as you read this rollicking book of animal rhythms. Shout-out-loud words are used to teach syllabic rhythm in this fun and innovative picture book.

Who Bop?, by Jonathan London; illustrated by Henry Cole

Jazz-Bo, a cool saxophone-playing cat, and his jamming ensemble have the entire forest swinging to the blues.

One thought on “Can You Feel the Beat? Picture Books that Boogie!”

  1. Zin! Zin! Zin! : a violin, a picture book by Lloyd Moss and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, has been one of my favorites for years. It oozes with the “voices” of instruments. Thanks for sharing these musical books!

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