For Parents

Read Right Now! Music

04/27/2020 | Online Storytime, Reading Ready, Music

Music is everywhere! There's music in the rhythm of language, in the sounds of nature, even in the cars driving by. Listed below are musical stories you can read right now. Just click on a book cover to open it and hear the story. Read them together and listen for music all around you. Find materials around the house to make your own music. We have listed some printables and online activities you can do at home, including instructions for making your own instruments. You don't need any formal training . . . just have fun!

You can also use your IndyPL library card to check out e-books and audiobooks about music right to your device.

Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, message us on social media, or contact the webmaster.

To get you started, listen to Mr. Mike from our Irvington Branch sharing some of his favorite folk songs and then enjoy Monkey's Jungle Jam, a Read Along Story from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra!

FREE Online e-books about Music:

Tito Puente Mambo KingViolet's MusicWhen Louis Armstrong Taught Me ScatJazz BabyHip & Hop Don't StopThe Jazz ManBefore John was a Jazz GiantBello the CelloBerlioz the BearCreepy Crawly CalypsoThe Hole in the Bottom of the SeaKnick Knack Paddy WhackSenorita MariposaTo Be a DrumZin Zin Zin a Violin

Websites, Activities and Printables:

Try one of these streaming concerts or music workshops offered online for kids. Here is a preview of what you can find, a wonderful video of the legendary Ella Jenkins sharing a story time song that will be easy for your child to sing along with while doing the hand motions. You are going to be humming "Who Fed the Chickens?" all day!

Live Streaming, Virtual Concerts & YouTube Playlists for Kids

Laurie Berkner Break

Berkner Breaks

Children's music performer Laurie Berkner hosts a music break most weekdays. See the archive of past shows on her YouTube channel playlist.

See Laurie's music to check out with your library card on Hoopla.

Lincoln Center at Home

Lincoln Center at Home

See their lessons and concerts on demand at #ConcertsForKids on their website.

Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music

José-Luis Orozco, Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ella Jenkins and more appear on this channel dedicated to the living treasures of American music.

Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes

Family Band Workshop Music Lessons

Join Dan and his wife Claudia each day for their Social Isolation Song Series. They share traditionl folk songs, anthems, and gospel and more. Their rendition of Lean on Me be Bill Withers was especially enjoyable

Listen to Dan's album Dan Zane and Friends on Hoopla


Music is Everywhere

Lively e-books and downloadable audiobooks about music and musicians. These make great read-alouds. #indyplkids

One Love

Marley, Cedella

Based on her late father's music, Cedella Marley gives us the story of a girl who brings her community together to improve their neighborhood.

Bats in the Band

Lies, Brian

The bats put on their own show in the empty theater.

Drum Dream Girl

How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Inspired by the true story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who grew up in 1930s Cuba and broke the taboo against female drummers in her country.