Children’s Books About Musical Instruments

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Introduce children to books about musical instruments with good children’s books!

Classical to jazz, piano to trumpet, these books show kids a variety of musical genres, sounds, and instruments.

Children’s Books About Musical Instruments

Lost and Found What’s That Sound?
by Jonathan Ying, illustrations by Victoria Ying
At the lost and found, things are found by the sounds they make. A mouse looks for something that goes “toot! toot! toot!” Is it a bike horn, a trumpet, or a train? It’s a trumpet! You’ll love the noisy noises as you help the animals find their lost things. Smart-looking illustrations.

Play This Book
by Jessica Young, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
Learn about instruments in a band — guitar, cymbals, drums, maracas. Use your imagination and the illustrations to strum the guitar with your thumb, drum a beat, and tap the piano keys.

Look and Learn: Let’s Make Music

Learn about different instruments and their sounds with photos and simple text. A fun introduction to different instruments and how they’re played!

Potty Music
by Guido van Genechten
Take a whimsical musical adventure with animals using the potty… with some very interesting song effects that are potty-like but actual musical instruments. Each page has a music note to press and music plays.
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My Mozart Music Book
by Natacha Godeau, illustrated by Anne-Kathrin Behl
Read this oversized board to introduce children to Mozart and his music. Each page has a beautiful illustration, a few sentences about Mozart, and a button to press to hear his music.

Family Dynamics: Embrace Your Sound
by Courtney Vowell Woodward
Violin searches the music store to find the sounds that she hears. She meets families of woodwinds, percussion, brass, and strings.

A is for Oboe The Orchestra’s Alphabet
by Lera Auerbach and Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Paul Hoppe
Learn about the orchestra with poetic entries from A to Z. Vocabulary words for each letter are bolded however, there is no glossary in the back to elaborate on what the letters mean. Lovely illustrations.
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Clairnet & Trumpet
by Melanie Ellsworth, illustrated by John Herzog
This is a darling, punny story about friendship and…musical instruments! Trumpet and Clarinet are good friends who make harmonious music together. Until Obo arrives. Soon, the brass and woodwind sides each collect more instruments. When Saxophone arrives, the two sides see that they’ll all sound better together.

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
Ada dreams of playing the violin. When a music teacher helps her students make musical instruments from materials found in the trash, the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay was born and Ada realized her dream.

Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge
by Gary Golio, illustrated by James Ransome
Lyrical and poetic, the writing in this gorgeous picture shows Sonny Rollins’s passion for his saxophone. With his saxophone in hand, he spends his days on the Williamsburg Bridge where he plays anything and everything just as loud as he wants. He’s accompanied by the noises of the city; clanking clanging subway cars, bass notes from tugboats, and squeaking, squawking seagulls.
children's books about musical instruments
Birth of Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound
by Kathleen Cornell Berman, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown
Rhythmic free verse captures the big moments in Miles Davis’ life growing up in New Orleans, getting his first trumpet at age 13, embracing the energy of bebop, attending music school at Julliard, performing with failure and successes, following in Dizzy’s footsteps, then finding his own style, and leading his own group.

Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin: The Story of Young Itzhak Perlman
by Tracy Newman, illustrated by Abigail Halpin
In early childhood, Itzhak was paralyzed by polio. He spent his time learning and playing his violin, showing that he was a musical prodigy. His beautiful playing led to worldwide success.
children's books about musical instruments

The Story Orchestra: The Magic Flute illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
To rescue the princess of the Queen of the Night, Prince Tamino breaks into the Sun King’s palace. He plays the magic flute to charm the court and rescues the princess. While you read the opera’s retelling, press the button to hear the Mozart score.

Welcome to Jazz: A Swing-Along Celebration of America’s Music
by Carolyn Sloan, illustrated by Jessica Gibson
Three kitty friends are excited to listen to a jazz band in New Orleans. Each page introduces jazz vocabulary words and their meanings like groove, beat, melody, scatting, melody, and improv. The cats discuss the music and there are more facts that correspond to the numbers 1 – 12. You’ll hear the banjo, tuba, trumpet, and double bass as well as improvisation, clarinet solo, and call-and-response.

James Rhodes’ Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound
illustrated by Martin O’Neill (ages 9 – 12)
Rhode’s conversational voice and writing style make the wealth of information about classical composers surprisingly easy to read with flow and pizazz. Brilliant colors and design will appeal to readers as it brings the subject of composers into the modern-day world.

Made by Hand: Guitars
by Patricia Lakin
With an eye-catching design and interesting information, this book about guitars includes the history of the instrument, the background of making an electric guitar, full-color photographs, diagrams, a timeline, and more.

Before Music Where Instruments Come From
by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Madison Safer
In this oversized book, read about the music of rocks and found objects which were made into instruments like shells and gourds. Read about string instruments, bells, reed instruments, and all the innovations over the years.
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