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Some of these titles are based on popular copyrighted songs, and some are new original childrenís songs. There are countless titles, and if you have a favorite song itís worth doing a search to see if itís been published in picture book format. As with the other book lists, some are out of print, but most seem to be available used, if not new. Many of the popular songs were not written for children but are often favorites of parents or grandparents. Having the song in picture book format is a wonderful way to share a favorite song using the illustrations that bring it to life and make it relevant to children.

Barefoot Books publishes lots of wonderful sing-along picture books, of both traditional and original songs. Iíve listed just a few that I have used. To find more, visit their website, ask your local bookseller, or look up at your public library by doing an advanced search by publisher. 

Animal Boogie, by Debbie Harter  *CD included
Repeated nonsense chorus, lots of animal antics, and colorful illustrations, this is a great book to read and sing and act out either  one on one or with a group.

Abiyoyo  Book and CD by Pete Seeger, Michael Hays (Illustrator)

A You're Adorable by Martha Alexander
Sing your way through the alphabet while singing this popular song from the 1940ís

Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter  *CD included
With a catchy repeated nonsense chorus, lots of animal antics, and colorful illustrations, this is a great book to read and sing (and act out!) one on one or with a group.

Baby Beluga by Raffi This song is a modern classic!

Blowin' in the Wind (includes CD)

Bob Dylan (Author), Jon J Muth (Illustrator)

Croaky Pokey by Ethan Long

Dinosaur Pet book and CD (to tune of Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka, Marc Sedaka

Doing the Animal Bop: With Music CD By Jan Ormerod and Lindsey Gardiner

Driving My Tractor  (A Barefoot Singalong) book and CD. By Jan Dobbins (Author), David Sim (Illustrator)

Every Little Thing Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley
Bob Marley's songs are known the world over for their powerful message of love, peace, and harmony. Now a whole new generation can discover one of his most joyous songs in this reassuring picture book adaptation written by his daughter Cedella and exuberantly illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

Grandma's Feather Bed with Audio CD (John Denver Series)

Inch by Inch: The Garden Song (Trophy Picture Books) By David Mallett (Author), Ora Eitan (Illustrator)

Jump Up! By Dan Zanes book and CD
Bright illustrations in this book are pure joy! You canít ever go wrong with Dan Zanes songs, and having one in book form is total fun!

Let There Be Peace on Earth: And Let It Begin with Me Book & CD
By Jill Jackson (Author), Sy Miller (Author), David Diaz (Illustrator)

Little White Duck  by Walt Whippo 

Marsupial Sue Book and CD, by John Lithgow (Author), Jack E. Davis (Illustrator)

My Favorite Things by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, illustrated by Renee Graef

One Love, by Cedella Marley, Vanessa Newton (Illustrator)

Over the Rainbow, book and CD by E. Y. Harburg, Eric Puybaret, Judy Collins and Harold Arlen

Portside Pirates, by Oscar Seaworthy, CD and sheet music included
Kids love this hearty pirate song with tongue-twister lyrics and colorful illustrations. And there are several pages of facts about all things pirates, from ship names and parts to geography and history. Perfect for the pirate fanatic and darned interesting for everyone else!

Puff the Magic Dragon, by Peter Yarrow
Puff, the Magic Dragon flies into a new dimension in this spectacular, deluxe pop-up book. Master paper engineer Bruce Foster, who created the bestselling Harry Potter pop-up, brings Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton's timeless song to life via nine lavish spreads, plus extra gatefold pops and enchanting special effects.

Riding In My Car, by Woodie Guthrie. Illustrated by Scott Menchin. This pop-up book brings thepopular song to life with lots of things that open, pull, or slide. Cartoon dogs ride in the car through photographs of American county scenes. Very well-done!

Shake My Sillies Out, by Raffi
"Rollicking pictures of a moonlit night in the woods of Camp Mariposa, where both animals and campers are struck by the urge to shake, clap, jump, waggle, and eventually yawn. Melody line and chords are provided at the end."--Language Arts.

Sitting on the Farm, by Bob King a little girl goes on a picnic only to have her lunch interrupted by a growing collection of animals. Nice repetition invites participation.

Spider on the Floor (Raffi Songs to Read) by Raffi and True Kelley (Illustrator)

Summertime: From Porgy and Bess, by Debose Heyward and Mike Wimmer

Sunshine on My Shoulders, by John Denver
A little girl and her father enjoy a day together in the sun with a guitar, butterflies, a cat, a mouse, and lots of other critters. This is the first of the John Denver & Kids series.

Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver & Kids Series)
By John Denver, Christopher Canyon (Illustrator)

The Carnival of the Animals (Book and CD) by Jack Prelutsky (Author), Camille Saint-Saens (Creator), Mary GrandPre, Illustrator

The Journey home from Grandpaís House, by Jemima Lumkey *CD included

This Land Is Your Land, by Woody Guthrie, Kathy Jakobsen (Illustrator)

We All Go Traveling By, by Sheena Roberts ,*CD included
This song is contagious and a favorite of my grandchildren and the children I sing with regularly. Bright illustrations with just the right amount of detail and an easy melody to sing. Great for one on one and sharing with a group

What a Wonderful World (Jean Karl Books)
by George David Weiss, Bob Thiele, and Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)

When You Wish Upon a Star (includes CD)
Judy Collins (Performer) (Author), Leigh Harline (Author), Ned Washington (Author), Eric Puybaret (Illustrator)