Music is so much more than an art form; it’s communication, it’s joy, it’s connectedness, it’s emotion.

Music is always in the background of our lives, marking so many of our rituals, from the very first nursery rhyme we’re sung as babies to the very last song that accompanies our funerals (find out more by reading musician and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin book This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession). Music has always been fundamental to human culture, even going back as far as 40,000 years. Some scientists even believe that music may actually predate language.

Singing makes us happy, and hearing our favorite tunes can lift our moods, energize us, and evoke the very best moments of our lives. But it can have even more incredible benefits for children in learning, language development, spatial-temporal skills, abstract reasoning, art appreciation and more. Is there anything that lifts our hearts more than a child singing?

Exploring music through books written for children is a great way to establish in them a lifelong love of music, whether it’s through books about exploring instruments, learning to read music, or simply appreciating all the aspects of music. Music can enrich a child’s life and become an important artistic outlet and vehicle of expression at any age. Help them discover the beautiful world of music through these books.

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