Singable Books

Let’s Read & Sing!

As the school year is back in full swing, we here at Project Play Therapy want to help you find creative and fun ways to support your child’s academic skills! Most children enjoy being read to and enjoy singing songs – but did you know that the two can be combined to support lots of skills? 


Click HERE to watch a video of our music therapist sharing about singable books.


What are singable books?

Singable books are any book that has a musical element. Some have a melody that is sung on every page (such as “The Animal Boogie” from Barefoot Books), while others may have one repeated musical part in them (like “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin). 


Here are 3 ways that singable books can support your child’s academic development:

  • Reading fluency: the elements of rhythm and melody can help children to read accurately, quickly, and with expression!
  • Answering WH questions: setting books to music can help children to remember more information, so that they can confidently answer comprehension questions!
  • Sequencing: music can help children to more accurately recall the order of a story! 


Here are some of our music therapist’s favorite books for practicing each of these skills. The songs and melodies for these books can be found on YouTube!

  • Reading fluency
    • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle)
    • The Animal Boogie (Barefoot Books)
    • Down by the Bay (Raffi)
    • 5 Little Ducks (Raffi)
  • WH questions
    • Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes (Eric Litwin)
    • Sunshine on My Shoulders (John Denver & Christopher Canyon)
    • What a Wonderful World (George David Weiss)
  • Sequencing
    • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Lucille Colandro)
    • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes (Eric Litwin)
    • A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (Barefoot Books)


Happy reading and singing! 


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