Why? Because "They're fun! Children love the predictable text, rhythm, and rhyme. Children are instantly engaged and motivated to learn to read the words. The words and tunes are easy to learn... and repeated readings increase phonemic awareness and build sight word vocabularies. Once [you've] warmed up with songbooks, read aloud one or two other types of books, depending on their length and the children’s mood."
-Debbie Miller, author of "Reading with Meaning" 
Studies show that kids with active exposure to language have social and educational advantages. Language and emergent literacy is developed by reading, singing songs, play rhyming games, talking throughout the day... [this] sets the foundation for their later independent reading. 
We have sang enough songs in Play Music programs to give you weeks of music conversation. So I selected an hours-worth of the cream of the crop, and wove it into a FREE 20-page eBook for you- along with 10 reading tips from the pros.
View the 20-page Kids Play Music Songbook below. Download it 100% FREE by right clicking and saving it to your iPad, iPhone, Kindle, or other e-Reader. If you would like to browse songs with lyrics that encourage children to read, visit Songs for Teaching.
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Cheers from the other sunshine state. The kids call me Miss Sara, or Sara Dee. I am a globe-trotting Play Music and kids music ambassador. If you ask me how old I am, I will tell you- exactly one year younger than the last. I have a wicked penchant for music, guinea pigs, food, vintage, traveling, and instagram. This blog is here to share some of the (music) inspiration and happenings along the way. Glad you found your way here!