Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids - Inspirations from Bye, Bye Birdie

This week’s recommendations are inspired by Kirkland Junior High School/Studio East’s Production of Bye, Bye Birdie, which will be playing the Lake Washington High School Performance Arts Center March 23-24. The energetic show features a musical score by Charles Strouse and such songs as “Put on a Happy Face” and “A Lot of Livin’ To Do.” The story follows a cast of characters as they say goodbye to Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-like rock and roll singer. The books chosen today celebrate rock and roll, as well as the magic of theatre and performing. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog. Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer, Illustrated by Dan Santat

Sterling, 9781402753664

Marge and Lola are chickens who just love Elvis Poultry. So when they see a poster for the talent show, grand prize - tickets to Elvis Poultry in concert, they know they have to win. Marge and Lola assess their talents – bowling, flying, swimming, juggling – but they fail at all of them. What will they do? And what will happen when Elvis Poultry shows up?


Soon Baboon Soon, by Dave Horowitz

Putnam Juvenile, 9780399242687

This colorful book is full of crazy drumming monkeys, lemurs, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. They play percussion instruments of all kinds in a joyful celebration. But when little Baboon wants to play his triangle they keep telling him, “Soon, Baboon, soon.” Finally Baboon gets his chance to shine and the audience goes wild.



ZooZical by Judy Sierra, Illustrated by Marc Brown

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375868474

It’s a wintery day at the zoo and all the animals are bored. What to do? Put on a show! A ZooZical! Sierra’s rhyming text is full of whimsical wordplay and the illustrations are jam-packed with a cast of colorful characters. There’s something exhilarating about rehearsing and performing a show and this book deftly captures that spirit. A great gift for a child who is making their theatrical debut.