Picture Books to Sing With Your Child

These picture books are sure to encourage you and your child to break out into song.

Singing with your child is not only fun, it helps prepare them for reading.  Singing slows down words so children are better able to hear the different sounds that make up words.  Singing is also a wonderful bonding activity that helps build vocabulary. The following picture books are available for check out at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

"Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs." Meet Joe, the groovy new character created by Eric Litwin, author of the beloved "Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes" book and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.  When Groovy Joe spots the “Haagan Dogs” truck headed down the street, he starts rubbing his tummy, grabs a spoon and sings, “Love my doggy ice-cream! Love my doggy ice-cream!” But what will he do when a grumpy little dinosaur stomps into the room with a “Roar!” and a spoon of his own?  Don’t worry; Groovy Joe knows just what to do.  This fun, repetitive story is perfect for preschoolers and delivers a wonderfully positive message. 

"Old MacDonald Had a Truck" by Steve Goetz is a clever twist on a classic children’s song. The story begins with the familiar refrain, “Old MacDonald had a farm E–I-E-I-O,” but this farm is full of excavators that dig, front loaders that scoop and bulldozers that push. This book is a joy to share with preschoolers, especially those who are machine-lovers. Children will want to sing this again and again!

"One Little Two Little Three Little Children" by Kelly DiPucchio is a celebration of diverse families set to the tune of a classic children’s rhyme. The sweet, simple text along with Eda Kaban’s whimsical illustrations wonderfully depicts a day in the life of several different families. The story ends as the families come together to share an afternoon at the park as “One BIG family ‘round the world”. The perfect story to sing together with your preschooler.

  Andrea Schreiber is a children's librarian at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.