Music was a big part of my childhood. I remember distinctly trying (and failing) to sing the words to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” at four years old. I remember evenings filled with the sounds of Jackson Browne, Elton John, Genesis, Asia, Boston, James Taylor, Carole King, and other music that makes me sound really old. I didn’t realize it until later, but the music I listened to as a kid was totally undergirded by the sound inventions of the Beatles.
The magic of the Beatles was on display a few years ago at a Paul McCartney concert. As I stood in line to enter the arena I noticed a beautifully multigenerational mass of concertgoers. Fathers held little ones on shoulders. Teenagers held hands. Parents chatted with college age kids. Grandparents played with grandchildren. It was a remarkable thing to see such a diverse group of people energetically anticipating the same event.
I thought this month I’d share some Beatles materials with you in anticipation of Global Beatles Day. Maybe the Beatles are totally not your thing. That’s cool. Share music you love with your kids—and don’t be afraid to let them catch you singing along! If kids see you enjoying music they will often enjoy it right along with you. What’s super cool about music (and especially beneficial to preschoolers) is that our brains will naturally recall information that is put to a melody. Don’t believe me? Try teaching your little one The ABCs by simply reciting the letters. Then try by singing them The ABC Song. One method will be vastly easier for your kiddo. Until next time, keep reading (and singing) together!
Baby Beatles! by Caspar Babypants
If you know me, you know I love the former President of the United States: Chris Ballew! His solo project Caspar Babypants is so much fun. I think you’ll really dig his playful versions of Beatles classics.
Beatles Baby! by Caspar Babypants
Volume two is just as much fun as the first batch!
Imagine by John Lennon, illustrated by Jean Jullien
Beautiful illustrations are set to the words of Lennon’s iconic song in this picture book. If you’ve never heard the song, you may preview it before sharing with your little one. There are some pretty heavy themes like death, religion, hell, etc.
High in the Clouds by Paul McCartney, Geoff Dunbar, and Philip Ardagh
I had no idea McCartney wrote a picture book until a few days ago! It’s actually not horrible (most celebrity children’s books are awful). It is very, very long so it won’t hold a kindergartner’s interest very long. Probably best for ages 7+.
Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
This book, like its movie counterpart, is totally surreal. There are meanies, peace, love, and a yellow submarine. Your kiddo may totally dig it, but be prepared with the DVD if they don’t.
The Beatles Were Fab (and they were funny) by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
This is a unique look at the role humor played in the history of The Beatles. Due to length, this is probably best for ages 10+.
Who were The Beatles? by Goff Edgers, illustrated by Jeremy Tugeau
This book contains a short biography of each Beatle. It’s a beginning chapter book, so there are some black and white illustrations throughout but is probably most appropriate for ages 8+.
The Beatles by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
This is another biography but with lots of colorful illustrations throughout. There are a lot of words, so this book would be perfect for a report or a young Beatles superfan.