Create A Musical Storytime with Singalong Storybook “One Little Owl” (Giveaway)

by Susan

Children are born musicians. They naturally want to create sounds and rhythm and they will instinctively bounce to a beat or calm to a soothing lullaby.

Our role as parents is to nurture their gifts and provide opportunities for them to participate in music.

One amazing experience for families with young children is to join a family music class such as Music Together. These group musical classes are so much fun and allow you and your children to learn and grow from the teacher’s expertise.

But most of the time you spend with your children is at home, so it’s important to find ways to bring music into your home yourself.

One Little OwlSingalong story books are the perfect way to enjoy music, bond with your children and practice reading at the same time.

I was delighted to have the chance to review (together with my girls, Sophia age 5 and Julia age 7) the new Singalong Storybook from Music Together® called One Little Owl.

As soon as I pulled out the book, Julia saw the fun owl on the cover and was excited to read it. Before Sophia and I could even get seated on the couch, Julia was reading it out loud to us.

I then explained that it was a Singalong Storybook and we can sing the story as we read it. We played the accompanying song and followed along in the book.

They loved it!

We spent time together counting the animals as they sat in the tree, we sang the words and we pretended to fall out of the tree.

Music TogetherSince we also had the Music Together CD, after we finished the story, we listened to each song and the girls ran and got chopsticks to drum to the beat. They danced around the living room and turned tables, chairs, pots and pans into instruments.

This book and CD clearly became instant favourites and I foresee many more living room singing and dancing storybook times.

I absolutely recommend getting the CD as well as the book so that you have lots of other songs to sing together, but you don’t have to… when you purchase the book, you get a FREE DOWNLOAD of the song so you have it to listen together while you read the book.

I was pleasantly surprised by the value you get from this book. It is priced similar to other hard cover children’s books, but you get so much more.

Inside the book, in addition to the story, you’ll find…

  1. A song page with the music and lyrics so you can see the tune and could play along on a piano or other instrument
  2. Tips and ideas for how to use the book and the recording to enhance your children’s experience
  3. 5 Activity suggestions: Exploring, Variations, Literacy, Imagination and Counting
  4. Free download of the “One Little Owl” song.

10 Tips for Creating A Musical Storytime

This video on the Music Together website does a brilliant job breaking down exactly how to create a musical storytime with your children.

In the video, you’ll see examples of the following 10 tips to use while reading your singalong book…

  1. Linger on each page and let your child explore before you move on.
  2. Point out different objects in the picture and talk about them and perhaps count them.
  3. Tap to the beat on the pages – use little beats and big beats.
  4. Tap on what you are singing about as you are singing.
  5. Use the tune to point and name objects or colors on the pages.
  6. Trying leaving off the the last word of a line to let your children sing it.
  7. Read the story without the melody, but with the rhythm and words.
  8. Make a “duet” with your children as you sing one page and they sing the other.
  9. Personalize a story by inserting your child’s name in the song, for example “Sophia sells seashells by the seashore.”
  10. When you all know the song, you can put the book down and experience it in a musical way without the book.

I love how through the tips, ideas and activities in the book, I learned how to make the most of a singalong book.

One Little Owl is the third singalong storybook from Music Together… now I can’t wait to get the other two.

Win A Copy of the Book and CD

One 5 Minutes For Mom reader will win a copy of the book and CD! Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!
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Disclaimer: We received sample products and monetary compensation for our time. All opinions are my own.

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Breanna February 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I LOVE Music Together! I’m so glad they came out with the storybooks, I will be buying all 3! Not just for my son, but for myself as well!


2 Garrett February 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

My nephew would get a kick out of this.


3 Heather Hayes Panjon February 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

My Niece Would Love This !


4 Karen February 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Ohhh boy would my little boy love this. Whoo whoo? My little boy. Sorry, that was foul.


5 Nancy February 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I love music together classes! What a fun way to continue the fun at home with these cute books!


6 Mary Beth Galloway February 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm

My boys would love this book. We listen to our Music Together CD’s daily….home and in the car.
Thank you for this chance! :)


7 Kathy Stevenson February 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm

My girls would love this!


8 Jill February 16, 2013 at 12:22 am

We love Music Together!!


9 Staci A February 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

My 18 month old would enjoy it.


10 Mozi Esmes Mom February 17, 2013 at 1:43 am

My 5yo wants to be a dancer and singer – what fun!


11 Natalia February 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

My son like to sing and we would like to record his singing with the help of this book.


12 June February 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

My grandson, we could sing together.


13 amyc February 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

My daughter would definitely enjoy this.


14 Missy February 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

My son would love it


15 Jenny February 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

My daughter would enjoy this.


16 Chuck February 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

Our grandson would like this.


17 HappyMomC February 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

My daughter would love this, she is always creating her own tunes and singing to herself!


18 Jeannie February 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

My son would LOVE this! Are are currently in a music together program and he has absolutely loving it.


19 nannypanpan February 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm
20 Darlene Ysaguirre February 20, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Me and my little olivia would have a blast singing along lol


21 jessica February 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

both my girls would like these


22 Terri Moore February 22, 2013 at 4:25 am

My grand – daughter would enjoy the musical story-time very much.


23 Lenora D February 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

My twins would love it


24 Yesenia February 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I would love this for my sons.


25 tina reynolds February 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm

my three kids


26 Shannon Baas February 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

my nephew would love this.


27 Charlene S February 23, 2013 at 3:38 am

I would enjoy this with my little ones.


28 EMMA L HORTON February 23, 2013 at 10:38 am



29 chelsea February 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm

All 3 of my daughters would love singing along to this!


30 Kara Marks February 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

My grandson Elliott would love this.


31 sandra davis February 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

my nieces would love


32 sarah p February 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

My husband, my daughter and I would love to singalong with this book and CD :)


33 Lori D. February 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

What a great giveaway, thanks


34 nikki c February 23, 2013 at 11:12 pm

My daughter would love this!


35 Tamar February 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm

my two kiddies


36 Heather Hughes February 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

My 2 little neices would love this!


37 Allie February 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm

My little one would like it.


38 Lori Walker February 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm

My niece would enjoy singing along.


39 Candie L February 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I would give it to my great niece. Thank you


40 aimee mcpherson February 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

My son would LOVE this!


41 Dawn K February 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

my grandson would love this!


42 Michelle B February 25, 2013 at 3:55 am

My daughter would love this. she loves Owls!


43 Karla February 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

My son and his playmate, whom I watch on a daily basis, would LOVE this!!!


44 Van February 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

Our nephew would like this.


45 Tarah February 25, 2013 at 12:54 pm

My son would love this!


46 MJ February 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Ella would love this!


47 Daniel M February 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

my niece would love it!


48 Katie Roch February 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm

My niece would love this


49 Lauren E February 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

With my daughter


50 Jason February 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

My niece and nephew would love it


51 Angela E. February 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Will give to my niece if I win!


52 susan smoaks February 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

our son would enjoy this!


53 christina moore February 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

My granddaughter would love this


54 Andrew L. February 27, 2013 at 1:55 am

My 2 year old :)


55 Stephanie Larison February 27, 2013 at 7:37 am

My daughter would love it!


56 Karen February 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

My little girl.


57 Don February 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Great for our little one, thanks


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