September 6

Check out these Music Resources

Get your toes tapping and take a look at some of these music resources available in the Vanier LC. Learn about the lives of musicians, styles of music, inspiring biographies, musical jobs and enjoy some great lyrics and picture books.

61FP59QVp3L._SX493_BO1,204,203,200_Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. The most fun you’ll have reading a story aloud. Great rhythm and fun rhymes encourage children to join in this classroom favourite. 51TsFlvev5L._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle. Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule-until the drum dream girl. When at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that  both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.
Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers,  Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.


88 Instruments by Chris Engle. A boy who loves to make noise gets to pick only one instrument (at his parents urging) in a music store, but there is too much to choose from! There’s triangles and sousaphones! There’s guitars and harpsichords! Bagpipes and cellos and trombones! How can he find the one that is just right for him out of all those options?

61TWnipaXlL._SX387_BO1,204,203,200_Music is For Everyone by Jill Barbour. This book gets you excited about making music! A journey through many different kinds of music―hip hop, jazz, classical, folk―and instruments in an energetic, rhyming tour.51f9NDSxdoL._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_Let’s Play by Alborozo. From the tinkling tones of the tiny piccolo to the majesty of the grand piano or the deep rumblings of the mighty tuba this book celebrates the sounds made by the players in an orchestra.

61DyM-51UNL._SY456_BO1,204,203,200_Music Class Today by David Weinstone. As soon as the teacher starts to play his guitar and sing, the kids are whirling and twirling and having a blast. But for one hesitant little music maker, it is all a bit overwhelming at first. With energetic and bright illustrations, this is a reassuring story about the courage it sometimes takes to try something new.61nJkiqeXPL._SY397_BO1,204,203,200_The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson. A heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Try as he might, Dylan can’t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can’t forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.515Wd0cRvSL._SX387_BO1,204,203,200_What Does The Fox Say? by Ylvis The lyrics of Ylvis’s YouTube sensation “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” meet Svein Nyhus’s playful illustrations in this irresistibly entertaining read-aloud picture book. A great group read (and dance).51SjylzjS+L._SX474_BO1,204,203,200_Dizzy by Jonah Winter.  For Dizzy Gillespie, jazz was a ticket on a train to better days, and he left his hard life in a small town for New York City. But did Dizzy stand straight and play right? No! He hit high notes, low notes, never-been-heard notes, and before he knew it, Dizzy created a whole new music: Bebop. This is a story about a boy who breaks all the rules — and finds his own personal heaven along the way.51jHKRdOlKL._SY448_BO1,204,203,200_Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan. A stunning version of Bob Dylan’s beloved song. Jon J Muth is the perfect artist to interpret Dylan’s poetic lyrics for a new generation of readers. CD available for teacher check out.61XSu877kLL._SX426_BO1,204,203,200_Octopus’s Garden by Ringo Starr. The classic Beatles song comes to life with colorful illustrations from bestselling illustrator Ben Cort and a CD with a new music recording and audio reading from stellar musician Ringo Starr. CD available for teacher check out.519xrUk7PVL._SX440_BO1,204,203,200_Jobs if You Like Music by C. Guillian. Do you like music? Do you wonder what you might do when you grow up? Then this book is for you! Read all about different careers that are perfect for music lovers.61FM4DHK+tL._SX378_BO1,204,203,200_Being a DJ by Lisa Regan Featuring internationally acclaimed DJs such as David Guetta, Felix Da Housecat and The Chemical Brothers as well as turntablists such as Grandmaster Flash, this title takes a look at all facets of professional DJ-ing. It covers music genres from house, techno and drum and bass to hip-hop, reggae and dubstep, and looks at what it’s like to be a professional DJ.Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 4.23.20 PMPop Histories Series by Matt Anniss. 51+ww2K6xrL._SX416_BO1,204,203,200_The Children’s Book of Music by DK Publishing. A lively chronological journey around the world, exploring the sounds and rhythms of different cultures, the development of instruments, and the progression of musical styles. From the beginnings of music for ritual or magical purposes to the technological developments that have taken modern music in new directions, discover the fascinating history of music and how it has become an international exchange of ideas. The book also includes a bonus CD, for teacher check out, featuring a selection of music from around the world.


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Posted September 6, 2016 by acrosland in category Book Recommendations

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Anna Crosland, Teacher-Librarian in B.C. Canada: Focus on Personal and Social Core Competencies, Layering Authentic Indigenous Resources into the Curriculum, MakerEd and Digital Creation, Inclusiveness, Empowerment, Diversity and lots of Reading