Many of you will soon be celebrating Spring Break. So, I wanted to highlight audio books for young children. The items that I have chosen not only include the picture book, but they also include a musical CD version. I encourage you to try these out during your next car trip.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and sung by Ray Charles
A told B, and B told C, "I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree" Countless children, and there parents, can joyfully recite the familiar words of this beloved alphabet chant. The perfect pairing of Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault's lively rhymes, and Caldecott Honor artist Lois Ehlert's bright, bold, cheerful pictures made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom an instant hit with children and a perennial favorite.
Late for school  words and music by Steve Martin
Getting to school has never been quite this difficult or hilarious. Celebrated writer and performer Steve Martin and dynamic artist C. F. Payne, have teamed up to tell a story of the adventure, danger, and laughs of the journey to school. Martin on banjo and vocals, singing the book's story with a bluegrass twist. Undoubtedly a new classic for readers of all ages, it is a book that you will want to listened to again and again.
Marsupial Sue presents the Runaway Pancake words and music by John Lithgow
"I'm too fast, you're too slow. Pan, pan, patty-cake pan, I can get away from you, I can!" The much-loved story of the Runaway Pancake who pops out of the oven and is sure he can escape all who want to eat him, is given a new spin when Marsupial Sue and her friends put on a play version for their neighborhood.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game  by Jack Norworth
Get out the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and get ready for fun with Americas national sport! The unofficial anthem of baseball has never sounded or looked better than it does in this joyful edition, complete with a CD featuring the inimitable Carly Simon. Colorful, collage like illustrations are kids tickets into Sluggers Stadium, where two animal teams step up to the plate and vie for victoryall cheered on by Katie Casey, the baseball-loving cat. And what a game it is! Giraffe winds up at the pitchers mound, hoping for a strikeout. But, with a thwack, ball meets bat and Crocodile is off and running. Can Tiger tag him out at first? He had better, because Elephants up next and that will cause a commotion! Performed by Carly Simon.
Puff, The Magic Dragon  by Peter Yarrow
The adventures of a boy and his dragon friend are recounted in this classic folk song from the 1960's. However, it is the imaginative and colorful illustrations by Eric Puybaret that bring this truly magical tale to life.
Man Gave Names to all the Animals Words and music by Bob Dylan
Whimsical and witty, "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" first appeared on Bob Dylan's album Slow Train Coming in 1979. Illustrator Jim Arnosky has now crafted a stunning picture book adaptation of Dylan's song that's a treat for both children and adults, with breathtaking images of more than 170 animals plus a CD of Dylan's original recording. The revered musical legend rarely allows his songs to be illustrated, and Arnosky has done the song proud with a parade of spectacular creatures ready to receive their names, until the surprise ending, when children get to name an animal themselves! Children will find delight in this search and find activity. If they have difficulty finding any of the animals there is a guide  on the Jim Arnosky website.
Day is Done by Words and music by Peter Yarrow
Peter Yarrow follows the blockbuster success of Puff, the Magic Dragon with a picture book version of his beautiful song, "Day Is Done." As night falls, animal and human parents everywhere tenderly tuck their children into bed. In the darkness, each child including the raccoon, doe, rabbit, field mouse, and a little boy, wonders:Will I be safe? Will you be there for me?And every mommy and daddy responds with the comforting words of Yarrow's refrain: "I am here." Caldecott Honor-winning artist Melissa Sweet has created gorgeous images that celebrate the loving bond between parent and child, as well as the connection between all creatures of the earth.
River Song by Steve Van Zandt with the Banana Slug String Band.
Rhyming text follows a river as it flows from its heart high in the snowy mountains, through a lake, and into the sea, and shows the animals and plants that live in and along its banks the entire way.
This Land is Your Land  words and music by Woody Guthrie
This classic ballad is brought to life in a richly illustrated edition for the the whole family to share. Woody Guthrie's powerful lyrics and Kathy Jakobsen's detailed paintings invite readers on a journey across the country, creating an unforgettable portrait of our diverse land and the people who live it. This well-known folk song is accompanied by a tribute from folk-singer Pete Seeger, the musical notation, and a biographical scrapbook with photographs.