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“Fiddle I Fee” by Paul Galdone (It’s the song Bought Me a Cat)-Aaron Copland has a wonderful arrangement of this folk tune!
“The Jacket I Wear in the Snow” (have the students decide on quarter-eighth note patterns for the pictures-then play them or create their own patterns)
“Jungle Drums” by Graeme Best (we drum Ostinati based on the ideas the main character feels)
“Who Killed Cock Robin” There are many wonderful versions of this folksong! (I like the one by Steven Mallory..it’s a mystery!-but out of print!)
“Drums of Noto Honto” You can do some cool Taiko drumming with this one! (Also out of print…many school libraries have it though)
Eric Carle books: “Have You Seen My Cat” “Brown Bear Brown Bear” “Grouchy Ladybug” etc.
Giles Andres books: “Rumble in the Jungle” “Commotion in the Ocean” They have wonderful poetry to add sound carpets, or use for improvisations or movement.
These are just a few off the top of my head…I have a cabinet full of books. I like all the others that were mentioned as well:)