Songs are a natural way to learn about language. They help children develop listening skills and pay attention to the rhythms and rhymes of spoken language.


  • Sing with your child any chance you have: at home, in the car, during a walk.
  • You don't need a perfect voice, just some enthusiasm.
  • Play music that was especially written for children.


  • Make simple musical instruments. Fill a plastic bottle with cereal or use a pie tin and wooden spoon as percussion instruments.
  • Clap along while you sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
  • Sing nursery rhymes fast, slow and over and over.

How the library can help

CADL has lots of children's music to borrow. Check out our Staff Picks to get started. 

Here are some books that are fun to not just read, but sing.

Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

Hole in the Bottom of the Sea by Jessica Law

Frog Went a Courtin' by John M. Langstaff

Seals On the Bus by Lenny Hort

If You're Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera

Adapted from Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library, 2nd Edition