A review of this fantastic and fun book about music history and the lives of 6 Composers of Classical Music.
Music Book Review: The Story Orchestra -The Magic Flute
A review of a book from the fantastic Story Orchestra series- The Magic Flute based on Mozart’s opera of the same name. A great and fun, sound book for kids!
Music Book Review: Little People, Big Dreams: Dolly Parton
A review of a book from the Little People, Big Dreams all about the brilliant Dolly Parton.
Music Book Review: The Story Orchestra – In the Hall of the Mountain King
This review looks at one of the series of books from The Story Orchestra. This book is based on, and tells the story of Edvard Grieg's fantastic piece In the Hall of the Mountain King.
What’s My Instrument by Johnny Oddsocks
A review of the lovely and charming book, “What’s My Instrument?” by Johnny Oddsocks.
2022 in Music Book Reviews
A round up of all the music books I read and reviewed in 2022.
Music Book Review: Where Are All The Instruments?: West Africa
The Why Squad are a group of children who love their music classes, and finding out as much as they can about music. In this book written by Nathan Holder and illustrated by Charity Russell they learn about instruments from different countries in West Africa. Their exploration of these instruments takes them on an adventure.
Usborne Musical Books’ The Planets Illustrated by Morgan Huff & Written by Fiona Watt
A review of the sound book The Planets from Usborne Musical Books
Music Book Review: The Bear, The Piano and Little Bear’s Concert by David Litchfield
The Bear, The Piano and Little Bear's Concert by David Litchfield is a lovely follow up to the Waterstones Children's Book Prize winning book The Bear and The Piano.
Music Book Review: When Step met Skip by Vicky Weber
This Music Book Review is a lovely book When Step Met Skip by Vicky Weber, illustrated by Geneviève Viel-Taschereau. Written by an Early Years music teacher, the book introduces simple music theory concepts in a fun and engaging way for young readers.
Can You Buy Sheet Music From The National Book Chains?
Is it worth going into one of the National Chain book shops if you are looking to buy sheet music? I went into 2 in Birmingham, UK and this is what I found.
A History of Music for Children
This #MusicBookReview looks at a brilliant book for children about the history of music. Full of engaging and informative facts about all sorts of music throughout the ages, the authors have written a great, fun book that any music loving child will really enjoy.
Music Book Review: Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Music
This month’s Music Book Review looks at Usborne Books’ Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Music. This is a good book for younger readers to learn more about music. It is a lift-the-flap book which will engage even younger readers.
Music Book Review: Rhythm Rescue by Vicky Weber
Tala is a little girl who lives in Music Metropolis and who has special powers through the power of music. Read my review of the book Rhythm Rescue by Vicky Weber and illustrated by Geneviève Viel-Taschereau.
Music Book Review: Once Upon a Tune Stories from the Orchestra
Ever wonder what inspired some of the most famous pieces of music? Well in this wonderful book, Once Upon A Tune: Stories From The Orchestra by James Mayhew, the stories behind many brilliant pieces of music, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Flight of the Bumblebee and The William Tell Overture, are told.
Music Book Review: Wheels on the Bus from Cocomelon
This Music Book Review looks at the board book of children's favourite song Wheels On The Bus. This version of the song if from YouTube children's animation channel Cocomelon. I challenge you not to sing along when reading this with your children.
Music Book Review: The Bear and the Piano
In this blog post I review the gorgeous book The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield.
Music Book Review: Jazz Baby
This Music Book Review looks at the fun, rhythmic and joyful book Jazz Baby, written by Lisa Wheeler with beautiful illustrations by R. Gregory Christie.
Music Book Review: The Story Orchestra – Swan Lake
This Music Book Review tells the story behind Swan Lake with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s music for the ballet.
Music Book Review: Where Are All The Instruments
The Jumo orchestra have arrived at the concert hall to play their concert, only to find that their musical instruments have all gone missing. Lucky for the orchestra, the Why Squad are on hand to help them find their instruments. As the Why Squad find each instrument they tell the reader a little bit about that instrument of the orchestra in this lovely book by Nate Holder.
Music Book Review: Poppy and Mozart
This month’s Music Book Review is an introduction to the work of composer Mozart through two friends celebrating the festival of music in Paris.
Music Book Review: The 12 Engines of Christmas
This Music Book Review is a Thomas the Tank Engine themed re-writing of the classic Christmas song The 12 Days of Christmas.
Music Book Review: The Twelve Days of Christmas, or Grandma is Overly Generous by Alex T Smith
This month’s Music Book Review is a retelling of a Festive Favourite song, The Twelve Days of Christmas or Grandma Is Overly Generous, by Alex T Smith, 2014’s World Book Day illustrator.
Music Book Review: Welcome to the Symphony
My Music Book Review for today is the sound book Welcome to the Symphony by Carolyn Sloan and illustrated by James Williamson. It is an exploration of both the instruments that play in a Symphony Orchestra, and also the 5th Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. You almost certainly have heard this symphony before as it... Continue Reading →
Music Book Review: The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle
Music book review, The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle. A review of this book by David Litchfield. This is a lovely story about music and friendship.
Music Book Review: We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
A review of the book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and its musical qualities.
Music Book Review: Debi Gilori’s Nursery Rhymes
When I first had my son, my eldest, was home from the hospital,everyone had been to visit and we found ourselves alone for the first time, I thought I would sing to him. I was a musician and had spent a lot of time at school and Uni singing so I must know what to... Continue Reading →
Music Book Review: Usborne Listen and Learn Musical Instruments
Today’s Music Book Review is Listen and Learn Musical Instruments from Usborne Books. We do have quite a lot of Usborne books at home. They are quite fantastic for young children - and that is my experience so far as my eldest is 6 years old as I write this. My recommendations may change as... Continue Reading →
Music Book Review: Baby’s Bedtime Music Book
A review of Usborne’s Baby’s Bedtime Book of Music. This week’s review of a book about music for children.
Music Book Review: My Favourite Things
A review of the book “My Favourite Things” from The Sound of Music.