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Wonderful Children’s Books About the Violin

December 13th is National Violin Day so of course I am bringing you a selection of reads – more specifically, wonderful children’s books about the violin, or featuring the violin in some way or the other.

Everyone in my family plays an instrument (including my DH who plays the violin) except moi. I listen! For don’t performers need a rapt audience? That is me always!!

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Children’s Books About the Violin

  • Across the Alley by Richard Michelson and Illustrated by E. B. Lewis (4 – 8 years, and up). A heartwarming story of friendship, sports, and music.
  • Ada’s Violin. Inspired by a true story, this one is sure to inspire everyone to follow their dreams. My thoughts on the book are here.
  • Ayumi’s Violin by Mariko Tatsumoto (9 – 12 years, and up). Inspirational and a much-needed read.
  • The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis and Illustrated by E.B. Lewis (4 – 8 years)
  • Broken Strings by Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer (10 years and up). A must-read for all ages.
  • Chinese Violin
  • The Dance of the Violin by Kathy Stinson with art by Dusan Petricic (4 – 7 years, and up). This book features the violinst Joshua Bell as a child. Read my complete thoughts here.
  • Family Dynamics by Courtney Vowell Woodward and Illustrated by Thu Vu (6 years and up). A great book to introduce young ones to different instruments.
  • Hana Hashimoto: Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng (4 – 8 years, and up). I read this book years ago and loved it. A book about creativity, perseverance, and one that is sure to appeal to all who are learning an instrument and/or nervous about performing.
  • Itzhak : A Boy Who Loved the Violin by Tracy Newman and Illustrated by Abigail Halpin (4 – 8 years, and up). A stunningly illustrated beautiful heartwarming picture book biography of a violin virtuoso. Inspiring read in so many ways,
  • The Man With the Violin by Kathy Stinson with art by Dusan Petricic (4 – 7 years, and up).Another book by the same duo from earlier once again featuring Joshua Bell, this time with the story that you most definitely read online one time or the other…
  • Something Wild by Molly Rutan (3 – 9 years and up). Enchanting, endearing, and so very entertaining too.. this book is for all those who have stage fright.. and oh, I love the artwork too in this book!
  • The Violin: A Little Book of the Orchestra by Mary Auld and Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (7 – 9 years and up). I have read a couple other books by this duo related to the orchestra, and each one is informative and so very creative too. Learn about music and instruments in a fun way through this series.
  • Violin and Cello by Catherine Greer (Author), Joanna Bartel (Illustrator), and Alexander Lau (Composer). For 4 – 8 years, and up. A sweet story of friendship and music with stunning artwork to accompany the lyrical narrative. Bonus: a musical piece written for this book!
  • A Violin for Elva by  Mary Lyn Ray with artwork by Tricia Tusa (4 – 7 years, and up). A book that is heartwarming, a little sad, a lot hopeful, and about dreams that never die, and persistence and passion, and so much more. And the illustrations – they are whimsical and so very lovely!
  • When Rubin Plays by Gracey Zhang (4 – 8 years and up). A sweetly encouraging book that is sure to motivate all to follow their dreams, to practice, to keep at it.. try, try, and try again, and you will succeed..
  • You Can Do it, Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells(4 – 8 years). Read my review here.
  • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss and Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (3 – 8 years, and up). I loved everything about this book. find my review here.

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Dear readers, have you read any of these children’s books about the violin? Which of these books would you pick first? Do you have any favorite books about the violin or other instruments? And of course, don’t forget, books make great gifts!!

12 thoughts on “Wonderful Children’s Books About the Violin

  1. I’m amazed by the breadth of recommendations in this list! As a parent, finding books that celebrate music and instruments is a delight!

  2. Okay, I’m going to grab a few of these books for my granddaughter who is playing the Violin now. These will make great gifts for her. These books sound interesting.

  3. I see a few that I know that my nephew would love as well. All these books do sound like wonderful stories for our children to learn the message that goes along with them.

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