The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round

by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, illustrated by Lorian Tu (Orchard Books) Published June 1, 2021 This book is about a family gathering for a traditional Chinese dinner, and can be read or sung to the tune of “The Wheels On the Bus”, and uses repetition to highlight the sounds, such as Grandpa slurping noodles. There is …

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ROAR-chestra!: A Wild Story of Musical Words

by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Kids Can Press) Published May 4, 2021 A cartoonishly drawn conductor waves his baton at an attentive group of animals. They follow his commands and at allegro they “quickly, swiftly, race, run, fly!”. Children will love learning these musical terms and can move like the animals on each page.

Jazz for Lunch

by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Eugenia Mello (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books) Published September 7, 2021 A young girl and her aunt visit a jazz club at lunch time, then go home and cook dinner to a jazzy beat.

Venetian Lullaby

by Judith L. Roth, illustrated by Kendra Binney (Page Street Kids) Published January 19, 2021 The rhythmic text spoken by Papa describes the lapping of the water, rocking of the boat and sounds of dragonflies while the baby is soothed to sleep.

Bear Wants to Sing

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dena Seiferling (Tundra Books) Published September 14, 2021 A child accidentally drops a collection of instruments in the woods and Bear finds a ukulele. He announces he has made up a song he wants to sing to his friends. But the other animals have a different plan.