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Library Summer Reading Program Theme Songs
A Universe of Stories

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The Collaborative Summer Library Program has announced their 2019 theme, "A Universe of Stories" to encourage students in grades K-8 to read for the summer of 2019. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Many of our artists have created wonderful songs about favorite children's books which we think your children will love! After all, music provides us with a natural and rhythmic way to learn.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:

Children are motivated to read.
Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

2019 Theme: A Universe of Stories
3-2-1 Rocket Opera – Lin Brown
A Race in Space Album Download – Jim Thorne
Gravity Vacation –Marsha Goodman-Wood
Joey Chrome's Guide to the Solar System – Johnny and the Raindrops
Journey to the Other Side (Downloadable Album and Book Set) – Carl Sherrill
Outer Space – Jason Anderson
Read A Book – Katherine Dines
Why Can't You Dance On Jupiter? –Marsha Goodman-Wood

See our Space Theme Unit Songs

2018 Theme: Libraries Rock!
Libraries Rock! - Let's Rock n' Roll n' Read! – Steve Blunt 
Reading Rocks – Jack Hartmann

2017 Theme: Build a Better World
Building A Better World – Ellen Allard
Building A Better World – Steve Blunt
We Can Make A Better World – Jack Hartmann

2016 Theme: On Your Mark, Get Set . . . READ!
On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! – Steve Blunt

2015 Theme: Every Hero Has A Story
Every Hero Has A Story – Steve Blunt
Hanging Out With Heros At the Library – Two of a Kind
Super Reading Man – Steve Blunt

2014 Theme: Fizz, Boom, Read
Experiment With Reading: Fizz, Boom, Read! – Steve Blunt

2013 Theme: Dig Into Reading
Dig Into Reading– Steve Blunt
I Dig Reading– Two of a Kind

2012 Theme: Dream Big!
Dream Big—Read! – Steve Blunt

2011 Theme: One World, Many Stories,
One World, Many Stories – Steve Blunt
One World, Many Stories – Two of a Kind

Songs Inspired by Classical Children's Books
Abdul Gasazi’s Garden  – Sam Jones 
A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog  – Recess!
All Around The Pond – Sam Jones
A Story, A Story – Recess! 
At The Great Ball Game – Sam Jones 
Big Bushy Mustache – Sam Jones
Cool Books (Common Core K-1 Exemplars) – Recess! 
Crack a Book – Mrs. Kate
The Dot – Liz Buchanan
Dream Big—Read! – Steve Blunt 
Frog and Toad Forever – Recess!
The Gingerbread Girl Rap – Jim Rule 
The Gingerbread Man – Ron Brown 
The Gingerbread Man – Susan Harrison
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – Songs For Teaching® 
Harriet the Spy – Two of a Kind 
Hey There, Goldilocks – Ron Brown
Hi! Fly Guy – Recess!
Jalapeno Bagels – Sam Jones
Jamaica Louise James – Sam Jones
Julius – Sam Jones
Keep On Reading – Jack Hartmann 
Kitten's First Full Moon – Recess! 
The Lamplighter – Robert Louis Stevenson
Literacy in Motion – The Learning Station
Little Bear – Recess!
Little Henny Penny – Ron Brown
The Little Red Hen – Fran Avni 
The Little Red Hen – Ron Brown 
The Lion and the Mouse – Jack Hartmann 
Looking Glass River – Robert Louis Stevenson
Miss Lucy Had a Baby – Traditional Song 
Moses Goes To A Concert – Sam Jones
Mr. Popper's Penguins – Recess!
Mrs. Brown Went To Town – Sam Jones 
My Shadow – Robert Louis Stevenson 
My Shadow (in Span. & Eng.) – Jim Rule
The Nights of the Pufflings  – Sam Jones 
Officer Buckle and Gloria – Sam Jones
Pancakes for Breakfast – Recess! 
Pepita Knows Two Languages – Sam Jones 
Poppa’s Pants – Sam Jones
The Ramona Quimby Blues – Sam Jones 
Ranger Dockett – Sam Jones
Read a Book – Two of a Kind
Reading Our Way Across the USA – Judy Pancoast
Slow and Steady – Susan Harrison
Surfing with the Seals  – Sam Jones 
Stone Soup – Stephanie Burton 
Swimmy – Two of a Kind 
The Tortoise and the Hare – Liz Buchanan
The Three Bears Rap – Ron Brown 
The Three Little Pigs – Ron Brown
The Three Little Pigs Rap – Jim Rule
Three Pig Jig – Andrew Queen
Thunder Cake – Sam Jones 
Trapped in the Icy South Pole – Sam Jones
The Ugly Duckling Blues – Susan Harrison
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Liz Buchanan
Wild Things – Two of a Kind

Also see our March is Reading Month, Reading Encouragement and
Folk & Fairy Tales song collections.

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