Awesome Books With Musical Hooks

Themes and Variations


This collection of lesson ideas from author and educator Katie Grace Miller will make practicing music concepts fun and enjoyable in a whole new way.  Using picture books, you can capture children's attention and find creative ways to add music elements. Whether you're teaching fifth graders to play an Orff bordun or helping preschoolers discover the difference between short and long sounds, you will find something to help you in this resource treasure. It includes a CD-ROM with digital files of visuals to use with some of the lessons.

Getting Started
Lesson Plans for PreK-3

  • Good News, Bad News
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
  • The Bear Snores On 
  • Little Cloud
  • Up, Down, and Around
  • Baa-Choo!

Lesson Plans for Grades 4-6

  • Chicken Little
  • Roadwork 
  • Demolition!
  • A Frog in the Bog (Dynamics)
  • A Frog in the Bog (Solfege)
  • Farmyard Beat!
  • Mama Built a Little Nest
  • Bear's Loose Tooth
  • Too Old for Children's Literature!
  • The Pout-Pout Fish
  • The Straight Line Wonder
  • Ugly Pie