July Monthly Activities

Monthly Activities

Websites to Explore

  • Children's Music Network Song Library - Browse songbooks full of music and lyrics to original children's songs provided by members of the Children's Music Network.
  • PBS Kids - Kids can explore their favorite PBS shows such as Curious George, Caillou, and Arthur while playing educational games.

Books to Read

  • 88 Instruments by Chris Barton; illustrated by Louis Thomas
  • Ant, Ant, Ant!: (an insect chant) by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by Trip Park
  • Barnyard Boogie! by Tim McCanna; illustrated by Allison Black
  • Bats in the Band by Brian Lies
  • The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
  • Bears in a Band by Shirley Parenteau; illustrated by David Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast retold by Cynthia Rylant; pictures by Meg Park
  • Because by Mo Willems; illustrated by Amber Ren
  • Birds by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Laura Dronzek
  • Cinderella retold by Barbara McClintock
  • Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton; illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes
  • Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs by Carol Murray; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  • The Dance of the Violin by Kathy Stinson; Dušan Petričić
  • Duck & Goose, Let's Dance! by Tad Hills
  • Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
  • Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King by Bonnie Christensen
  • Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood; illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Every Little Thing Adapted by Cedella Marley; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer; illustrated by Kristi Valiant
  • Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by Meilo So
  • Footloose by Kenny Loggins & Dean Pitchford; illustrated by Tim Bowers
  • Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-By-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates; illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder
  • Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki; illustrated by Qin Leng
  • Happy! by Pharrell Williams
  • Hog Wild!: A Frenzy of Dance Music by Sandra Boynton
  • The Hokey Pokey by Larry La Prise, Charles P. Macak, and Taftt Baker; illustrations by Sheila Hamanaka
  • Hush, Little Puppy by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by Susan Winter
  • I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison; illustrated by Frank Morrison
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani
  • Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrated by James E. Ransome
  • La La La by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Jaime Kim
  • Let's Clap, Jump, Sing, & Shout; Dance, Spin, and Turn it Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African-American Childhood collected by Patricia C. McKissack; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  • Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
  • Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems
  • Mason Jar Crafts for Kids: More than 25 Cool, Crafty Projects to Make for Your Friends, Your Family, and Yourself! by Linda Z. Braden
  • Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Ana Ramírez
  • Music Class Today! by David Weinstone; pictures by Vin Vogel
  • My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
  • One Minute Till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep Selected by Kenn Nesbitt; art by Christoph Niemann
  • Paddington Plays On by Michael Bond; illustrated by R.W. Alley
  • Perfect Harmony: A Musical Journey with the Boys Choir of Harlem by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
  • Pete the Cat: The Wheels On the Bus by James Dean
  • Play with Me! by Michelle Lee
  • Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
  • Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
  • Rubber-Band Banjos and a Java Jive Bass: Projects and Activities on the Science of Music and Sound by Alex Sabbeth
  • Shorty & Clem by Michael Slack
  • Sing Along Song by JoAnn Early Macken; illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood
  • Sing: Sing a Song by Tom Lichtenheld (story in pictures)
  • Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis; illustrated by Paul Rogers
  • The Star-Spangled Banner Lyrics by Francis Scott Key; illustrated by Peter Spier
  • Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz; illustrated by David Catrow
  • This Old Van by Kim Norman; illustrated by Carolyn Conahan
  • What a Wonderful World based on the song by Bob Thiele & George David Weiss; illustrated by Tim Hopgood
  • What This Story Needs is a Bang and a Clang by Emma J. Virján
  • The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal; illustrated by Jess Golden
  • When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
  • Zin! Zin! Zin!: A Violin by Lloyd Moss; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Read & Rhyme

Try out these alternative words for the song A-B-C, 1-2-3 by the Tokens

(You can sing the fun words together: Dilly dilly dum dum dum dum dilly dilly Don’t forget to clap your hands and even do the twist!)

I’ll Read To You And You Read To Me

Books Give You Wings; They’re A Bit Of Heaven

Books Give You Roots That Reach For The Sun

Hooray We’re Going To The Library Today


Original artwork by Helen Correll