Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Music


This week’s books feature musical stories to celebrate the many children’s concerts that are part of the Kirkland Summer Concert Series at Marina Park. All three of these books feature animals, from ducks to mice to pigs, that can’t help but sing, moo, or scat out their joy in musical riffs, trills, and arpeggios. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin, Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 978-1416996170


Duck finds an ad for a talent show at the county fair and the first prize is a trampoline, only slightly used. At the talent show, the cows and sheep sing, the pigs sleep through their interpretive dance, and Duck wows the crowd with his rendition of “Born to Be Wild.” A great story and wonderful characters propel this story along.


Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson, Illustrated by Bruce Degen

HarperCollins, 978-0060772895


A little field mouse scurries inside the house of a family and jumps on the keys. Jazzy music rises from his dancing feet, “Doo-dat, diddy-dat, Diddy-dat, doo!” Soon all the animals have joined in from the dog to the goldfish, each one adding their own colorful and rhythmic addition to the jazzy jam. Mama, Daddy, Baby, and even the neighbors join in. The text of the book trips off the tongue jazzy rhythms and is full of fun words and vocal scatting.



The Three Swingin’ Pigs by Vicky Rubin, Illustrated by Rhode Montijo

Henry Holt & Co, 978-0805073355


“Once and only once there were three pigs who kept perfect rhythm.” So begins this jazzy retelling of the classic three pigs story. The three pigs, Satch, Mo, and Ella, were the members of a jazz trio that perform to sold-out audiences. There was also a wolf, “the baddest cat to walk the land,” who is set on catching the pigs and eating them for dinner. This fractured fairytale parodies the classic Three Pigs story while at the same time celebrating and paying tribute to the world of jazz.