The Five Best Books about Music for Students

2 min readApr 20, 2022


Finding the perfect book for someone so much younger than you can be a tough challenge. Use this carefully curated list of essential books that we guarantee your students will love.

Turn It Up!: A Pitch-Perfect History of Music That Rocked the World by National Geographic Kids

Starting off, National Geographic Kids chronicles the history of music of all types — from classical to blues, swing to pop, and ragtime to hip hop. Students will learn about the most famous compositions and musicians of all time in a fun compendium.

RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford

Considered one of the best artists of all time, Aretha Franklin is portrayed beautifully by Carole Boston Weatherford in this vibrant celebration.

Sound: Shhh…Bang…POP…BOOM! by Romana Romanyshyn

Reveal the top secret of music to your students — that music is nothing more than a collection of sounds. Expand your students understanding of the world with a book that combines the wonders of sound with excellent, flashy visuals that will surely catch your students’ attention.

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt

In this toe-tapping jazz tribute, the traditional “This Old Man” gets a swinging makeover, and some of the era’s best musicians take center stage. Easy on the ear and the eye, this playful introduction to nine jazz giants will teach children to count — and will give them every reason to get up and dance!

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander

A glossary of musical terms and instruments rounds accompany fun illustrations in a perfect introduction to jazz for young readers.

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