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10 Amazing Nonfiction Picture Books For Music Lovers and More

This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl is setting. Pick a setting, and pick ten books in that setting. Mine is not a physical setting but they are all nonfiction picture books for music lovers, so set in the world of music!! Plus, it is Nonfiction November so wanted to ensure I make a mention of it sometime this month though I did review/feature many nonfiction books this month and this year as well.

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Nonfiction Picture Books For Music Lovers


Mozart (Little People, BIG DREAMS). Another beautifully done book by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara of the LPBD series! Read about Mozart’s genius here. (4 – 7 years, and up)

The Girl Who Heard the Music

The Girl Who Heard the Music by Marni Fogelson with Mahani Teave and art by Marta Álvarez Miguéns. Stunningly illustrated picture book tells the story of pianist and activist Mahani Teave and her mission to save her native (is)land and it is a story I had not heard before though we are all familiar with the islands in the story – Easter Island. (4 – 8 years, and up)


ROAR-chestra! by Robert Heidbreder and illustrated by Duýan Petricic. This is a fun sort-of-dictionary-via-art-using wild animals to explain musical terms for young readers. Cute and delightful  (3 – 7 years, and up)

The Story of the Saxophone

The Story of the Saxophone by Lesa Cline-Ransome with art by James E. Ransome. I first heard about this week on NPR during an interview with the author. And as soon as I knew this author-illustrator duo had a new book, I had to look for it. As with their other books, this one is a must-read that takes you on a journey to the starts of the saxophone, and what a cool story it is, as cool as this instrument itself.  (6 – 9 years, and up)

Rise Up With a Song

Rise Up with a Song by Diane Worthey and illustrated by Helena Pérez García. A much-needed biography of Ethel Smyth, composer and suffragette, who deserves more recognition. Inspiring story of a multi-talented brave woman  (6 – 9 years, and up)

Debbie’s Song

Debbie’s Song by  Ellen Leventhal with art by Natalia Grebtsova. Debbie Friedman’s determination, bravery, passion for music, and her talents all shine through the pages of this book with Ellen Leventhal’s aptly melodic and lyrical narrative and Grebtsova’s emotive pastel illustrations. (4 – 8 years, and up)

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift: A Little Golden Book Biography by Wendy Loggia with illustrations by  Elisa Chavarri. I did not realize there were so many Little Golden Book biographies too until I saw this one in the Cybils nominated books for this year (I am a round 2 judge). This book is sure to be a great gift and a hit at that with all the Swifties (young and old!!) (4+ years)

The First Notes

The First Notes: The Story of Do, Re, Mi by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton with illustrations by Chiara Fedele. This is the fascinating story of how the musical notes came to be! I had no idea, or rather, had not given much thought to that part of it but now that I have read this book, am totally ready to learn more. (5+ years)

The Stories of Musical Instruments

The Stories of Musical Instruments by Stepanka Sekaninova and illustrated by Jakub Cenkl. So many familiar and cool instruments presented in this book in a friendly and informative manner. I love the tone of the text throughout, the layout that helps you read through all the details, and the detailed drawings of the instruments themselves. A great gift for all music lovers. (6 – 9 years, and up)

I am Mozart, Too

I am Mozart, Too: The Lost Genius of Maria Anna Mozart by Audrey Ades with art by Adelina Lirius. The fascinating story of Mozart’s sister who was also a talented musician and composer on her own. Adelina Lirius’s flowing vibrant artwork complement Ades’ straightforward and sweet narrative that provides marvelous insights into Maria Anna as well as the life of women in general at the time. (4 – 8 years, and up)

Disclaimer: Thanks to Edelweiss Above the Treeline and Netgalley for the digital copies of some of the books above (I am Mozart, Too; Mozart; The Girl Who Heard the Music; First Notes; Stories of Musical Instruments; Rise Up With a Song)

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Dear reader, have you read any of these books mentioned? Which of them appeals most to you? They all make great gifts for the little music lover you know!! Which is your favorite music genre and/or instrument? Do you play any instrument/sing? If you are planning to, do check out the LyxPro store for the musical instrument you wish to learn!

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21 thoughts on “10 Amazing Nonfiction Picture Books For Music Lovers and More

  1. No, I haven’t seen any of these books so thank you for introducing them to me. I am interested in a few of these for holiday gifts.

  2. Being from Austria, any mention of Mozart is interesting to me. 😀 I’d probably get the one about Maria Anna first, thanks for the list!

  3. I haven’t seen any of these books before, but I would like to check them out because my daughter loves to read, and she loves music. Great recommendation.

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