Incorporating literacy into music is an important part of my classroom. Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month and Women’s History Month with these 5 books!
1. For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart by Elizabeth Rusch
Many people know about Wolfgang Mozart but his sister is lesser known. This story tells of a brilliant pianist who toured along side her brother. The book is based on actual letters written within the Mozart family.
2. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat Ella Fitzgerald by Roxanne Orgill
This wonderful story tells about Ella Fitzgerald’s life from her childhood to her professional singing days. A great biography written for children so they can understand.
3. Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso by Susanna Reich
This book is more suitable for older children. It is a chapter book with 118 pages on Clara Schumann’s musical life. The book includes diary entries and letters by Clara.
4. Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald
Just like Mozart, Mary Lou Williams began playing the piano very young and became a professional musician before she was a teenager. As a jazz pianist, she had the opportunity to arrange music for famous players such as Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.
This story features Florence Mills, a lesser known singer from the 20s. Her singing and dancing dazzled audiences on broadway.