Preschool programs

Colorful Notes

Books To Share

  • Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora.
  • Grandma's Records by Eric Velasquez.
  • Mama Don't Allow by Thatcher Hurd.
  • Rainbow Joe and Me by Maria Diaz Strom.
  • Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band by Christine M. Schneider.

Books To Show

  • Blues Journey by Walter Dean Myers.
  • John Coltrane's Giant Steps by Chris Raschka.
  • Musicians of the Sun by Gerald McDermott.
  • Rap a Tap Tap by Leo and Diane Dillon.
  • When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan.


Cut out shapes of musical instruments to decorate the wall. For a display, show off musical instruments and recordings from the library’s collection.


Cut out musical notes for each child.


Purchase musical stamps to stamp each child’s hand after storytime. Try Boynton Musicale (#7016) or Dance to the Music (#482) available from Kidstamps.


Mama Don't Allow

(Music for this traditional song is at

Mama don't allow no guitar playing here.

Mama don't allow no guitar playing here.

I don't care what Mama don't allow,

I'll play my guitar anyhow.

Mama don't allow no guitar playing here.

Mama don't allow no banjo picking here.

Mama don’t allow no banjo picking here.

I don’t care what Mama don’t allow,

I'll pick my banjo anyhow.

Mama don’t allow no banjo picking here.

Mama don't allow no jazz band playing here.

Mama don't allow no jazz band playing here.

I don’t care what Mama don’t allow,

We'll play that jazz music anyhow.

Mama don’t allow no jazz band playing here.


Cool Shades

  • Frame pattern
  • Cover weight paper that is stiff but not thick
  • Colored cellophane
  • Markers,
  • Fake fur, feathers rickrack, sparkles, and other items for decoration
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencils

Use the pattern for eyeglasses to trace lenses onto the cover weight paper. Fold the cover weight paper in half and cut along the fold to create a double frame to hold the "lenses." Tape cellophane pieces between the frames to create colored lenses. For fun, mix two colors of cellophane together to create new colors or use a different color in each lens. Use glue to add decorations to the top of the frame. Note: Do not use glitter that could get into an eye.

Fuzzy Notes

  • Black and bright colored knitting wool
  • Craft glue
  • Colored tag board or cardboard
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Musical note pattern

colorful musical note

Trace the musical note onto tag board. Squeeze glue along a short section of the edge of the outline. Place black yarn along the glue, continuing to add glue and yarn until the outline is complete. Fill in small sections inside the black outline, making smaller and smaller patterns until the entire note is filled, as shown in the illustration above.

Guest Speakers

Invite a music teacher or musician to bring instruments and demonstrate the sounds each can make. Hold a mini-concert in the library.

Audio Recordings

  • "Get the Rhythm" on Nora's Room by Jessica Harper.
  • "What Will You Wear, Jenny Jenkins?" on Not For Kids Only by Jerry Garcia.
  • "Yo-Mo Concerto" on Making Faces by Rick Scott.


Note: Show one section of longer videos or DVDs as part of your program. For a storytime program, limit the film to 10-12 minutes. Display the other videos for parents and caregivers to check out.

  • Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa. (18 minutes)
  • Jazztime. (26 minutes)

Web Activity

Arts Alive

Web Sites

Jazz Kids

Smithsonian Jazz


Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011