Books for Music Lovers
Apr 25, 2023
May is National Chamber Music Month and International Drum Month, so it has us thinking about music! Check out one—or all—of these books to combine a love of reading with a love of music! For more information on  Kern Literacy Council, call us at  661-324-3213, or check out our website at

Every Little Thing

by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley; Illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Publisher: Chronicle Books

$4.79, Ages 1-3

This board book tells the tale of a boy who won’t let anything get him down as long as he has the help of three special little birds. Parents and grandparents will love this book because it’s based on the upbeat lyrics of Bob Marley. Kids will love it for the fun story and brightly-colored pictures.

The Little Book of Backyard Bird Songs

by Andrea Pinnington, Caz Buckingham

Publisher: Firefly Books

$16.99, Ages 2-5

This book is officially recommended for ages 2-5, but we think it would be great for ages 1-10. Little ones will want to mimic the “tweet tweets” and what older kid wouldn’t enjoy being able to identify a bird based on its song? This book features recordings of 12 North American songbirds.

Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

by John Lithgow; Illustration by Leeza Hernandez

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books

$16.43, Ages 2-6

Actor John Lithgow lends his lyrics and voice to tell the story of a boy who attends a concert next to a zoo when he nods off and suddenly, the animals take the stage. This story is written in adorable rhyme. The Amazon edition comes with a CD of Lithgow’s song.

Coat of Many Colors

By Dolly Parton; Illustration by Brooke Boynton Hughes

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

$11.29, Ages 2-8

Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” this book by music legend Dolly Parton tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.”

Night Sounds

by Sam Taplin, Federica Iossa, Matt Durber

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

$18.40, Ages: 3-5

This beautiful book allows children to listen to the creatures of the night, while they interact through peep holes and fingertrails. A lovely bedtime treat for young readers.


by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Publisher: Scholastic Press

$10.99; Ages 10-14

Who’d have guessed a story featuring a harmonica could be full of hope, faith and love? The book follows four kids who face challenges. A 2016 Newbury Honor Book. Available in a variety of forms, from paperback to audiobook.

The Victoria in my Head

by Janelle Milanes

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

$12.99, Ages 12 and up

This youth fiction work is about 415 pages, but reads like 200. It follows the story of a shy, rule-following teen who joins a local rock band and finds herself torn between the life she thought she’d have versus the exciting life of a rock star.


by Vivi Green

Publisher: HarperCollins

$5.37, Ages 12 and up

Multi-platinum pop icon Lily Ross leaves her crazy life to head to Maine after getting her heart broken. She plans to spend the summer focusing on music—until she meets a new boy.

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