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Folk Song Books



How to Teach a Folk Song to Children

1. Learn song well by ear, e.g. "Frog Went a'Courtin.' 

2. Sing song to children many times until well known.

3. Sing-read the book together.


Animated Videos of Folk Songs
Barefoot Books


Abiyoyo Hays, Michael 0-590-42772-2
All My Little Ducklings Wellington, Monica 525-444459-9
All the Pretty Horses Jeffers, Susan 0-590-40353-2
America the Beautiful Bates, Katherine Lee & Chris Gall  
America the Beautiful Bates, Katherine Lee & Wendell Minor  
America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book Bates, Katherine Lee & Robert Saluda  
America the Beautiful Bates, Katherine Lee & Neil Waldman 0-689-31861-8
Appalchian Lullaby Lambert, Paulette 1-57098-012-8
A-Tisket A Tasket Fitzgerald, Ella 399-23206-0
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Trapani, Iza  
Cat Goes Fiddle-i-Fee Paul Galdone 89919-336-6
Crabfish Feierabend, John M. & Jill Trinka 1-57999-383-4
Darby Ram Feierabend, John M. & Jill Trinka  
De Colores Orozco, Jose Luis  
Dem Bones Barner, Bob 0-8118-0827-0
DePaseo Par La Selva Orozco, Jose Luis  
Down by the Bay Westcott, Nadine Bernard 0-517-56645-1
Down by the Station Hillenbrand  
Earthsong Rogers, Sally & Melissa Bay Mathis 0-525-45673-5
Eensty, Weensty Spider fingerplays Cole, Joanna 0-688-108059
Eensy-Weensy Spider Westcott, Nadine Bernard 0-439-29516-5
Erie Canal Spier, Peter 0-385-05234-0
Farmer in the Dell Adams, Pam  
Farmer in the Dell O'Brien, John 1-56397-775-3
Farmer in the Dell Adams, Pam 0-85953-886-9
Father Grumble Feierabend, John M. & Jill Trinka  
Fiddle-I-Fee Stanley, Diane 810401
Fiddle-I-Fee Sweet, Melissa 0-316-82516-6
First Song Ever Sung Young, Ed  
Five Little Ducks Adams, Pam  
Five Little Ducks Ives, Penny 0-85953-935-0
Five Little Ducks Paparone, Pamela 0-590-96581-6
Five Little Ducks Raffi 0-517-56945-0
Follow the Drinking Gourd Winter, Jeanette  
Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night Spier, Peter 0-385-01065-6
Frog Went A-Courtin' Langstaff, John 0-590-42531-5
Frog Went A-Courting Barbaresi, Nina 0-590-33301-1
Frog Went A-Courting Catalano, Dominic 1-59078-285-2
Froggie Went a Courtin' Trapani, Iza  
Frosty the Snowman Cowdrey, Richard 0-439-72990-4
Go Tell Aunt Rhody Brandenburg, Aliki 0-02-700410-4
Great Kapok Tree Cherry, Linda 0-15-200520-X
Gunnywolf Delaney, A. 0-06-443304-8
Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush Trapani, Iza  
Hickory Dickory Dock  Baker, Keith 978-0-15-205818-0
Hokey Pokey Hamanaka, Seila 0-439-04534-7
Hush Little Baby Frazee, Marla 015-201-429-2
Hush Little Baby Long, Sylvia 0-8118-1416-5
I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello Garriel, Barbara & John O'Brien 159078-043-4
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Westcott, Nadine Bernard 0-316-93127-6
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie Jackson, Alison & Judith Byron Schachner 0-439-10667-2
If You're Happy and You Know it Carter, David 0-590-93828-2
Inch by Inch The Garden Song Mallett, David 0-439-26501-0
It's Raining, It's Pouring Eagle, Kim 1-879085-71-2
Itsy Bitsy Spider Trapani, Iza 1-879085-77-1
I've Been Working on the Railroad Westcott, Nadine Bernard 0-590-10702-X
Jingle Bells Trapani, Iza  
John Henry Keats, Ezra Jack 0-394-89052-3
John Henry Lester, Julius  
Johnny Appleseed Jakobsen, Kathy 0-316-52634-7
Lift Every Voice and Sing Johnson, James Weldon 0-7868-0626-5
Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything Williams. Linda 0-06-443183-5
Little White Duck Paley, Joan 0-316-03227-1
London Bridge is Falling Down! Spier, Peter 0-385-08025-5
Mama Don't Allow Hurd, Thacher 0-06-443078-2
Mary Had a Little Lamb Hale, Sarah Josepha gg0-590-43774-7
Mary had Little Lamb Trapani, Iza 1-58089-009-1
Mary Wore Her Red Dress Peek, Merle 0-89919-701-9
Miss Mary Mack Hoberman, Mary Ann & Westcott 0-316-07614-7
Miss Mary Mack Westcott, Nadine Bernard 0-316-93118-7
Mommy, Buy Me a China Doll Zemach, Harve & Margot 0-374-45286-5/0470
Mortimer Munsch, Robert 0-920303-11-0
My Aunt Came Back Feierabend, John M. & Jill Trinka  
My Country 'Tis of Thee Smith, Samuel Francis  
Night Before Christmas Whatley, Bruce 0-439-28974-2
Nutcracker Schulman, Janet 0-06-027814-5
O Beautiful for Spacious Skies Bates, Katherine Lee  
Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go Langstaff, John 0-689-71503-X
Oh, John the Rabbit! Dugan, Karen 0-395-74316-8
Old MacDonald Souhami, Jessica 0-531-09493-6
Old MacDonald Had a Farm Adams, Pam 0-85953-053-1
Old MacDonald Had a Farm Dudley, Dick 0-8120-6107-1
Old MacDonald Had a Farm Jones, Carol 0-395-90125-1
One Light Raffi  
One Light, One Sun  Fernandes, Eugenie 0-517-57644-9
One, Two, Skip a Few!  First Number Rhymes Arenson, Roberta 1-84148-130-0
Over in the Arctic Roop, Connie and Peter & Carol Schwartz  
Over in the Meadow Adams, Pam  
Over in the Meadow Keats, Ezra Jack 0-590-40981-6
Over in the Meadow Langstaff, John 0-15-670500-1
Over in the Meadow Voce, Louisa  
Over in the Meadow Vojtech, Anna 0-7358-1871-1
Over in the Meadow Wadsworth, Olive  
Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef Berkes, Marianne & Jeanette Canyon 1-58469-062-3
Over on the Farm Gunson, Christopher 0-590-29891-7
Over the River and Through the Wood Manson, Christopher 1-55858-959-7
Peanut Butter and Jelly Westcott, Nadine Bernard 0-14-054852-1
Peter and the Wolf Malone, Peter 0-375-82430-8
Puff, the Magic Dragon  Puybaret, Eric 13; 978-1-4027-4782-3
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town Kellogg, Steven 0-439-82088-X
She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain Demarest, Chris 0-439-43177-8
Simple Gifts Raschka, Chris 0-8050-6817-1
Sing a Song of Sixpence Adams, Pam 0-85953-627-0
Skidamarink Karas, G. Brian 0-694-01595-4
Skip to My Lou Westcott, Nadine Bernard 0-316-93140-3
Sloop John B Pickering, Jimmy 0-689-03596-9
Star-Spangled Banner Spier, Peter 0-440-84314-6
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Hague, Michael 13: 9780688152512
Teddy Bears' Picnic Hague, Michael 0-8050-1008-4
There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan Hoberman, Mary Ann & Westcott, Nadine 0-316-36301-4
There Was a Man and he was Mad Feierabend, John M. & Jill Trinka  
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Adams, Pam 0-85953-018-3
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Taback, Simms 0-670-86939-2
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout Sloat, Teri & Reynold Ruffins 0-8050-4294-6
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow Colandro, Lucille & Jared Lee 0-8050-4294-6
There Were Ten in a Bed Adams, Pam  
There's a Hole in the Bucket Westcott, Nadine Bernard 0-06-443195-9
This Land is Your Land Jakobsen, Kathy 0-316-06564-1
This Little Light of Mine Lewis, E.B. 0-689-83179-X
This Old Man Jones, Carol 0-395-90124-3
This Old Man Adams, Pam 0-85953-026-4
Three Little Kittens Galdone, Paul 0-89919-796-5
Three Little Kittens Siomades, Lorianne 0-439-29161-5
Today is Monday Baum, Susan 0-694-00407-3
Today is Monday Carle, Eric 0-698-11563-5
Turnabout Raphael, Elaine & Don Bolognese 0-670-73281-8
Twelve Days of Christmas Brett, Jan 0-590-06228-X
Twelve Days of Christmas Hartelius, Margaret A. 0-553-15638-1
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Adams, Pam  
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Straw, Wendy  
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Trapani, Iza 1-879085-87-9
We Wish You a Merry Christmas Pearson, Tracey Campbell 0383-120
We're Going on a Bear Hunt Rosen, Michael 0-689-85349-1
We're Going on a Ghost Hunt Vayghan, Marcia 0-439-44523-X
What a Wonderful World Bryan, Ashley 0-689-80087-8
What Will You Wear Jenny Jenkins? Whatley, Bruce 0-06-028263-0
Wheel on the Bus Wickstrom, Sylvie Kantorovitz 0-517-57645-7
Wheels on a Bus Adams, Pam  
Where the Buffalo Roam Geis, Jacqueline 0-8249-8661-X
Who Killed Cock Robin? O'Malley, Kevin 0-688-12431-3
Who Killed Cock Robin? Stobbs, William 0-19-279862-6
Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? Manning, Jane 13: 9780694015153
Yankee Doodle Goodnow, Patti 0-439-44530-2