Story Time

Jazzy Books for Kids
Submitted by: SL Pearson, Evelyn Meador
Audience
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Books
Jazz Baby by:Lisa Wheeler
The entire family claps, taps, snaps bops and dances until the baby is ready for bed.
Jazz on a Saturday Night by:Leo & Diane Dillon
A jazz greats "dream team" jams for a captivated audience. Includes short biographies of each artist at the end of the story and a cd with information about jazz.
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by:Chris Raschka
Nonsense phrases help to recreate the sound of Charlie Parker's style.
Mysterious Thelonious by:Chris Raschka
This one requires practice! A free verse ode to Thelonious Monk where the syllables are spaced on the pages of the book like music notes.
This Jazz Man by:Karen Ehrhardt
The children's rhyme This Old Man gets a swinging makeover from another jazz "dream team". Includes short biographies of each artist at the end of the rhyme.
The Jazz Fly by:Matthew Gollub
A fly turns the animal sounds he hears on the way to his gig into a jammin' jazz solo that wows the crowd.
Cool Daddy Rat by:Kristyn Crow
Ace hides in his daddy's bass case and gets to hear his dad play cool rhythms all over the city.
Jazzmatazz! by:Stephanie Calmenson
A mouse slips into the house, plays piano, and gets everyone else to add their own grooves.
When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat by:Muriel Harris Weinstein
Louis Armstrong appears to a little girl in a dream and teaches her to scat about bubble gum and other familiar things.
Songs
Looby Loo
Sung refrain: Here we go Looby loo, here we go Looby light, Here we go Looby loo, all on a Saturday night.

spoken verse: I put my right hand in, I put my right hand out, I give my hand a shake, shake, shake and turn myself about. Oh!

Refrain

spoken: I put my left hand in, I put my left hand out, I give my hand a shake, shake, shake and turn myself about. Oh!

(Continue as above for right foot, left foot, head, whole self.)


Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay,
My, oh my, what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way,
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
Mister Bluebird on my shoulder, it's the truth, it's actual, everything is satisfactual.
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay,
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sung refrain: Peanut, peanut butter and jelly!
(standing up, wave arms above your head, then touch your toes on jelly)

Peanut, peanut butter and jelly! (same as above)

Spoke verse: First you take the peanuts, (pretend to pick peanuts out of the ground) And you pick 'em, and you pick 'em and you pick 'em, pick 'em, pick 'em.
Then you smash 'em and you smash 'em (smash fist on palm of other hand)
and you smash 'em smash 'em smash 'em.
Then you spread 'em and you spread 'em (spread one flat palm across the other)
and you spread 'em spread 'em spread 'em.

refrain

Then you take the berries and you... (as above)

refrain

Then you take the sandwich (pretend to hold a sandwich in two hands) And you bite it, and you bite it, and you bite it, bite it, bite it,

Then you chew it (mumble the words like your mouth is full) and you chew it, and you chew it, chew it, chew it.
Hum refrain (while "chewing")
Mmmmm, mmmm, mmmm...etc.

Peanut, Peanut butter --AND JELLY! (at the end, throw your arms up and say the words triumphantly)
Oh When the Band Comes Marching in
sung to the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In"

Oh when the band comes marching in, Oh when the band comes marching in,
How I want to be in the number,
When the band comes marching in.

Oh when the drums, come marching in...
(continue with individual instruments: drums, bells, horns, etc.)
Other
This is a long list of books so, select three or four titles to read.
Play a recording of jazz music for kids such as Johnette Downing's "Dixieland Jazz for Children" or "Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake". Have the kids dance, or give them shakers or rhythm sticks and have them accompany the songs. "Jazz for Kids" has an awesome recording of Ella Fitzgerald singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm.
Notes
Songs were selected from "The Music Box" edited by Elizabeth Lund Zahniser, ELZ Publishing.