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Best Musical Books for Kids

Whether they choose to sing or play an instrument, children can build brainpower and creativity through music. And not only can kids listen to and play music, but they can also read about it. Here are a few of the best musical books for kids, all of which feature fun songs with creative lyrics and eye-catching graphics.

Most Popular

Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Sound Book (Toy)

List Price: $24.99 USD
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This book for kids over the age of 1 is tailor-made for small hands so toddlers can sing along with their favorite shark characters on each page. The songs include the original “Baby Shark” song, along with other shark-themed songs. The pages are sturdy and tough, allowing them to maintain their shape even with frequent readings. The non-glare surface is easy on the eyes while the soft edges are ideal for kids. The pages are also waterproof. For added value, the book includes AAA batteries and has an on/off switch to ensure it can be read quietly.

Best Toy

VTech Rhyme and Discover Book (Frustration Free Packaging) (Toy)

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This short book is made for 6-month-olds and up, and features classic songs like “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Three Little Kittens.” It’s easy to use and allows youngsters to discover the joy of music and books at the same time. Four moveable pieces are also included to strengthen fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The book chimes each time a page is turned, then launches a new song or nursery rhyme. Two different volume controls accommodate child or parent preference. Due to the durable plastic materials used, this book holds up well when it’s dropped or mishandled by little ones. An on/off switch will also prevent the book from making noise when it’s not in use.

Easiest to Use

VTech Musical Rhymes Book (Toy)

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This book features piano buttons that play music when pressed. The book helps introduce children to specific colors and instruments, and serves as a great introduction to broader musical concepts. The book also features nursery rhymes, which help children practice memorization. We like the volume control to prevent the book from disturbing other people when used in a public setting. The colorful graphics and illustrations on each page keep children engaged and focused, helping kids to increase their attention spans. The durability is a contributing factor to the high value of this book — it can be dropped on hard floors multiple times without cracking or breaking.

Most Educational

Welcome to the Symphony: A Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (Hardcover)

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“Welcome to the Symphony: A Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5” teaches readers the basics of classical music through a focus on Beethoven’s work. Each page allows kids to learn the roles of each member of an orchestra, including what a conductor is and the definition of a symphony. The book also introduces musical concepts like tempos, themes and melodies. Various instruments are also introduced to ensure small children can have an understanding of percussion, brass, strings and woodwinds. The best feature of this book is the soundbar, which allows readers to hear the sounds of each instrument and helps children recognize what instruments they hear in songs. They may even be inspired to learn a new instrument! The book is recommended for children ages 4 to 8.

Best for Bedtime

Bedtime Songs: 11-Button Interactive Children’s Sound Book (Early Bird Song) (Hardcover)

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“Bedtime Songs: 11-Button Interactive Children’s Sound Book” offers toddlers and preschoolers an introduction to classic songs. Kids can include it in their bedtime routine as a way of winding down. The 10 sleepy-time songs included are paired with adorable illustrations of children in whimsical settings. The sturdy construction of the book prevents it from bending easily and the speakers deliver crisp sound, making it easy for kids to recognize the various tunes played when the buttons are pressed. Children can have fun pushing each button and controlling what they want to hear while reading or singing the lyrics. The soundbar is larger than those on other similar books, with beautiful graphics used on each button. It’s recommended for kids in preschool through second grade.

Expert Commentary

“I have found that musical books are perfect for keeping kids entertained, as well as for introducing more advanced musical concepts. Since they feature songs your child will hear over and over again, books with classic nursery rhymes are often useful for both memorization skills and introducing your child to rhythm and melody.”

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