The following reviews were previously published in The Orff Echo, quarterly journal available to all AOSA members.

RabbitynessRabbityness is the story of a joyful, creative rabbit that positively influences those around him and encourages his friends to discover their own creative nature. The book lends itself to the incorporation of instruments and movement…and the story may spark discussions about individuality, loss, and moving beyond grief. Rabbityness (Spring 2015)


Calabash Cat coverThe Calabash Cat opens a window into a small part of the Arabic world, and reminds us that it is a rich and diverse world that our students need to learn to respect in the face of current events. The book offers a way to introduce or review basic locomotions as animals walk, gallop, and leap across the pages. Instrumental accompaniments to the movements can help young children discover different ways to “locomote” the mallets across the bars.  Calabash Cat (Winter 2008)

AOSA member Lisa Mandelstein has shared this list of her favorite literature to use in the music classroom. You can read more about ways to incorporate literature into music and movement in her article about Working with Literature. (Reprinted from Reverberations, Fall 2014)

Pictures and Words to inspire movement and sound:
Rain – Peter Spier
I See a Song – Eric Carle
Yo! Yes? – Chris Raschka
The Snowy Day – Ezra Keats
The Squiggle – Carole Lexa Schaeffer, illustrations by Pierr Morgan
Whistle for Willie – Ezra Keats
Listen to the Rain – Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
The Quiet Noisy Book – Margaret Wise Brown

Rhyming Texts, Repeating Refrains:
A House is a House for Me – Mary Ann Hoberman
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – Linda Williams
Possum Come a-Knockin’ – Nancy Van Laan
Frank was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance – Keith Graves
17 Kings and 42 Elephants – Margaret Mahy
Shoes – Elizabeth Winthrop

Adding Scenes and Characters, Building Rondos:
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain – Verna Aardema
Old Devil Wind – Bill Martin, Jr.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears – Verna Aardema
Northern Lullaby – Nancy White Carlstrom
Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Jan Brett
Night Noises – Mem Fox
Night Sounds – Anne Miranda

Related Song or Game Connections: (just a few of many)
John Henry – Julius Lester
John Henry, An American Legend – Ezra Jack Keats
Abiyoyo – Pete Seeger
Abiyoyo Returns – Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs
Let Freedom Sing – Vanessa Newton
Follow the Drinking Gourd – Jeanette Winter
Hello, Hello – Dan Zanes
Hush Little Baby – Sylvia Long
Hush Little Monster – Denis Markell
Froggie Went A-Courting – Chris Conover (old style)
Froggie Went A-Courting – Marjorie Priceman – (New York City style)
I know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie – Alison Jackson
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat – Lucille Colandro

Miscellaneous, Poetry and Chapter Books:
Rice is Life – Rita Golden Gelman
Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina
Frog and Toad Together – Arnold Lobel
The River That Gave Gifts – Margo Humphrey
The Way to Start a Day – Byrd Baylor
Joyful Noise, Poems for Two Voices – Paul Fleischman
Hailstones and Halibut Bones – Mary O’Neill
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell