Every day of the year is celebrated for one reason or another. On Wed., May 22, it’s National Buy a Musical Instrument Day! Although no one knows when or why this day is more important than any other for purchasing a piece of equipment that can be used to play musical sounds, it was surely a music lover that invented it.
If the children in your life are interested in music, but are still a bit too young to buy an expensive instrument, you can always make one. The following list of books includes books about all sorts of music and the instruments used to make it. There are also a couple of books on the list that include dozens of ways to make musical instruments for kids of all ages from items most everyone has hanging around the house.
“Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” by Lloyd Moss and Marjorie Priceman (Aladdin, 2000) In this Caldecott Honor book, musical instruments are introduced one by one until the whole orchestra is on stage.
“Making Musical Instruments from Junk” by Nick Penny (A & C Black Publishers Ltd, 2005) Plenty of ideas for turning items found in the recycling bin into musical equipment.
“Can You Hear It?” by William Lach (Harry N. Abrams, 2006) Complete with a musical CD, this book is full of great works of art that focus on music and instruments.
“Making Musical Instruments with Kids: 67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children” by Bart Hopkin (See Sharp Press, 2009) While these projects definitely require an adult, the kids who use the instruments will be thrilled.
“Boom Bah!” by Phil Cummings and Nina Rycroft (Kane Miller Book Pub, 2010) From a small mouse tapping a cup in a spoon, an entire marching band develops.
“I Am The Music Man” by Debra Potter (Childs Play Intl Ltd, 2005) This “Books with Holes” edition of the classic nursery rhyme allows children to discover who is playing each instrument by peering inside.
“Shapes in Music” by Rebecca Rissman (Heinemann, 2009) Shapes are everywhere, even in the many musical instruments that make up the music of the world.
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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
A Caldecott Honor book, not only is this a book that introduces young readers to the various sounds and instruments of an orchestra, it also includes number recognition. The illustrations are vibrant and perfectly match the incredible text.
Making Musical Instruments from Junk
This book is a repurposing artist’s guide to turning everyday items into beautiful sounding pieces of equipment. Everything from rubberbands, plastic bottles, cardboard and more can be used to turn junk into musical instruments.
Can You Hear It?
Using classic works of art, children are asked to find the musical instruments in each piece. Accompanied by a musical CD that introduces children to 12 short works of classical music and the sounds of an orchestra, this is sure to become a favorite of kids of all ages.
Making Musical Instruments
Although kids will need help to complete these projects, they end result will be well worth the effort. Children as young as 4 and 5 will enjoy playing the one-of-a-kind stringed instruments as well as the other types of music makers. The book comes with a CD that sounds what each of the instruments sounds like when completed.
With lively and colorful pictures and simple sound words on each page, children will soon be reading this book on their own. They may start making musical sounds like those in the story, as well.
I am the Music Man
Another title in the “Books with Holes” series, this edition lets kids look through the pages to see who is playing what instrument. The sing-song rhythm of the rhyme is a great introduction into the rhythm and cadence of music.
Shapes in Music
At the same age young children are beginning to learn about the shapes around them, this book gives them another way to discover them. Musical instruments incorporate all sorts of shapes like the ordinary circle and square to the more interesting octagon and triangle.