Learning an Instrument

88 Instruments

Author: Chris Barton
Illustrator: Louis Thomas
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 3 to 7

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Author: Susan Hood
Illustrator: Sally Wern Compost
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 4 to 8

Ah, Music!

Author: Aliki
Illustrator: Aliki
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Range: 4 to 8

Before John was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator: Sean Qualls
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Age Range: 5 to 9

Ben’s Trumpet

Author: Rachel Isadora
Illustrator: Rachel Isadora
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Age Range: 4 to 8

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop

Author: Chris Raschka
Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Range: 4 to 8

Drum Girl Dream: How One’s Girl’s Courage Changed Music

Author: Margarita Engle
Illustrator: Rafael Lopez
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Age Range: 4 to 7

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Age Range: 5 to 9

Hey Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

Author: Anne Rockwell
Illustrator: Colin Bootman
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Age Range: 7 to 11

I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello

Author: Barbara Garriel
Illustrator: John O’ Brien
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Age Range: 5 to 8

I Like the Music

Author: Leah Komaiko
Illustrator: Barbara Westman
Publisher: Harper & Row
Age Range: 4 to 8

If I Only had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong

Author: Roxane Orgill
Illustrator: Leonard Jenkins
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 5 to 9

Listen to my Trumpet (An Elephant & Piggie Book)

Author: Mo Willems
Illustrator: Mo Willems
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Age Range: 4 to 8

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Author: Katheryn Russell-Brown
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Age Range: 6 to 10

Lulu’s Piano Lesson

Author: Arlene Alda
Illustrator: Lisa Desimini
Publisher: Tundra Books
Age Range: 4 to 6

M is for Music

Author: Kathleen Krull
Illustrator: Stacy Innerst
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 4 to 7

Maisy’s Band (Maisy Pop-Up and Play-Book)

Author: Lucy Cousins
Illustrator: Lucy Cousins
Publisher: Candlewick
Age Range: 3 to 7

Mole Music

Author: David McPhail
Illustrator: David McPhail
Publisher: Square Fish
Age Range: 4 to 8

Music Class Today!

Author: David Weinstone
Illustrator: Vin Vogel
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Age Range: 3 to 6

My Family Plays Music

Author: Judy Cox
Illustrator: Elbrite Brown
Publisher: Holiday House
Age Range: 4 to 8

Play, Louis, Play! The True Story of a Boy and His Horn

Author: Muriel Harris Weinstein
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Age Range: 7 to 10

Scott Gustafson’s Animal Orchestra: A Counting Book

Author: Scott Gustafson
Illustrator: Scott Gustafson
Publisher: The Greenwich Workshop Press
Age Range: 2 to 5

Sweetheart of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World

Author: Marilyn Nelson
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Publisher: Dial Books
Age Range: 10+

The Bear and the Piano

Author: David Litchfield
Illustrator: David Litchfield
Publisher: Clarion
Age Range: 4 to 8

The Man with the Violin

Author: Kathy Stinson, with a postscript by Joshua Bell
Illustrator: Dusan Petricic
Publisher: Annick Press
Age Range: 5 to 8

The Orchestra Pit

Author: Johanna Wright
Illustrator: Johanna Wright
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Age Range: 2 to 6

This Jazz Man

Author: Karen Ehrhardt
Illustrator: R.G. Roth
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 4 to 7

Trombone Shorty

Author: Troy Andrews
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Age Range: 4 to 8

Violet’s Music

Author: Angela Johnson
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith
Publisher: Dial Books
Age Range: 4 to 8

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

Author: Lloyd Moss
Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman
Publisher: Aladdin
Age Range: 4 to 8