Yes, we know that today is February 28.  But that means that tomorrow is March 1, and March is National Reading Month in the U.S. And what exactly do reading and early literacy skills have to do with music, you ask? More than you might think!

Here are just a few of the connections between music and reading – and just some of the reasons why literacy and books are an important part of our Kindermusik curricula and the musical learning that is so foundational to all we do:

• Music incorporates rhythm and tempo just like words and sentences do.
• You read music the same way you read music – from left to right.
Patterns are as much a part of music as they are of reading.
• Music helps children learn to listen which is also an essential skill for literacy.
• In both music and reading, symbols are used when writing music and words.

In celebration of National Reading Month which kicks off with National Read Across Amercia Day on Monday, March 3, here are a few of our favorite music-themed books.

Meet the Orchestra Ann HayesMusical Instruments from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman

Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes

Ah, Music! by Aliki

Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B. Williams

Hand Hand Fingers Thumb by Al Perkins

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss

Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett

The Musical Life of Gustav Mole by Kathryn Meyrick

And here are some additional resources to help you and your child get reading.

Also, enjoy these Read Across America printables and resources from Seussville.com.

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”  ~ Dr. Seuss

Shared by Theresa Case, who has an award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC.

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