Christine M. D’Alexander, DMA
Longy School of Music of Bard College
YOLA at LACHSA Program Director
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure
Author: Wynton Marsalis
Illustrated by: Paul Rogers
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! takes young children on a picture book adventure through the bustling, noisy neighborhood of New Orleans; emphasizing the onomatopoeic words and sounds of daily life. Jazz great Wynton Marsalis and illustrator Paul Rogers beautifully capture the essence of New Orleans. The narrator is a young boy from New Orleans who takes us on a journey through life and culture in the city, experiencing the different sounds he hears throughout the day. Musical instruments featured include piano, saxophone, washboards, violins, clarinets, trombones and trumpets. Paired with images and sounds of a house, church, motorcycle and train, everyday noises appear side by side with musical sounds. Marsalis’ rhythmic and rhyming text makes this a fun read-aloud piece and a wonderful book with a simple message: music and ‘noise’ surrounds us all as part of our daily lives...take time to stop and appreciate how everyday life makes its own music.
Music is a Rainbow
Author: Stephan Earl
Illustrator: Sarah Bell
Music is a Rainbow beautifully captures the whimsical connections between sound and color. Combining imaginative descriptions of the seven colors of the rainbow paired with seven notes of the musical scale, children will enjoy this board book very much. Each color may also be associated with a musical note from the solfège scale, enhancing introductory musical learning for young learners.
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo
Author: John Lithgow
Illustrated by: Leeza Hernandez
This amusing picture book follows a young boy who attends a concert next to the zoo. Bored with the performance, he begins to doze off when suddenly, the zoo animals storm the stage and chase away the musicians, borrow their concert wear and instruments, and begin playing the music themselves. The accompanying CD, including Lithgow singing the story and an orchestra performing the song, is very entertaining and an effective story enhancement. Great for home or music class, children will recite this marvelous book often. It is imaginative and well-illustrated, and Lithgow’s word choice is brilliantly descriptive.
Musical Instruments- My Little Song Book
Author & Illustrator- Christophe Boncens
This colorful board book is a wonderful way to introduce instruments and musical sounds to your little ones. Young children will enjoy the lovely illustrations paired with pushing buttons and listening to the sounds of the violin, guitar, piano, trumpet, and drum set. With a clear and loud sound quality, Musical Instruments-My Little Songbook is a wonderful introduction to musical curiosity.
This Jazz Man
Author: Karen Ehrhardt
Illustrated by: R. G. Roth
Year: 2015 (First Edition 2006)
This Jazz Man is a lively picture book sang to the familiar childhood tune of “This Old Man”, with a jazzy flair. It’s verses pay tribute to the great African-American jazz musicians as they count from one to nine. Each page features a different player including Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, and more. At the end of the book, a short biography of each musician can be found. A great book to teach children about the jazz legends! Preschool- grade 4