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Folk Music:  A Pathway To Literacy
Folk Music: A Pathway To Literacy

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     For years Timmy has presented folk music and storytelling with a focus on various educational elements including historical perspectives, southern culture, American heros, musical styles, instruments and so on. Now he has designed a new program which integrates a solid focus on the links between the music and literature.

     It is astounding how many folk songs have counterparts which can be found in the library. Timmy is compiling an extensive bibliography which includes books appropriate at every age level found in many school resource centers. Before each program, Timmy will contact the media specialist to design a specific repertoire of songs and stories which have links to specific books in that schools own library.

Timmy Abell

     Students who participate in this presentation will leave with an excitement for reading that they have never felt before. This will be a program designed to draw out the richness of American folk music with the specific goal of drawing students in to the library.

Partial Bibliography (under development)
  • Aliki, illustrator, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, New York: MacMillan, 1974
  • Aliki, illustrator, Hush Little Baby, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall
  • Allen, Jonathan, Two By Two By Two By, Penguin USA: New York, 1995
  • Bangs, Edward, Yankee Doodle, Four Winds Press: New York, 1976
  • Bates, Katherine Lee, America the Beautiful, Atheneum: New York, 1993
  • Bullock, Kathleen, She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • Butterworth, Nick, Jingle Bells, New York: Orchard Books, 1997
  • Catalano, Dominic, Frog Went A'Courting, Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, PA, 1998
  • Chalk, Gary, Mr. Frog Went A Courtin', Dorling Kindersley: New York, 1994
  • Chase, Richard, Billy Boy, San Carlos, CA: Golden Gate Junior Books, 1966
  • Chase, Richard, Grandfather Tales, Berkeley Williams, 1990
  • Chase, Richard, Jack Tales, Houghton Mifflin, 1953
  • Clarke, Gus, E I E I O, Lothrop, Lee & Shephard Books, NY, 1992
  • Cohn, Amy, editor, From Sea to Shining Sea, New York: Scholastic Inc., 1993
  • Dunaway, David King, How Can I Keep From Singing: Pete Seeger, DaCapo Press, 1990
  • Elliott, Doug, Wildwoods Wisdom: Encounters With the Natural World, New York: Paragon House, 1992
  • Ferris, Helen editor, Favorite Poems Old and New, New York: Doubleday Dell Publishers, 1957
  • Frazee, Marla, Hush Little Baby, Browndeer Press, Harcourt Brace & Co., San Diego, 1999
  • Guthrie, Woody, This Land is Your Land, K. Jakobsen, ill., Little, Brown and Co., New York, 1998
  • Guthrie, Woody, Mail Myself to You, Let Me Read Level 2, 1994
  • Hale, Sarah Josepha, Mary Had A Little Lamb, 1984 Tomie DePaola, illust., Holiday House, NY
  • Hoberman, Mary Ann, The Eensy-Weensy Spider, 2000 Little, Brown and Co., Boston
  • Hays, Michael, Abiyoyo (Pete Seeger's Storysong), New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1986
  • Jackson, Alison, I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie, Dutton Children's Books, New York, 1997
  • Jones, Carol This Old Man, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990
  • Karas, G. Brian, I Know An Old Lady, Scholastic, Inc., New York, 1960
  • Keats, Ezra Zack, John Henry, An American Legend , Alfred A Knopf, 1987
  • Kellogg, Steven, Yankee Doodle, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1976
  • Kellogg, Steven, Give The Dog A Bone, Sea Star Books, New York, 2000
  • Kimmel, Eric A., The Old Woman and Her Pig, Holiday House, New York, 1992
  • Kovalski, Maryann, The Wheels On The Bus, Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 1987
  • Kroll, Steven, It's Groundhog Day , Scholastic Trade, 1995
  • Lester, Julius, John Henry , Puffin, 1999
  • Langstaff, John, Frog Went A Courtin' , New York: Harcourt Brace & World, 1955
  • Lipton, Lenny, Puff The Magic Dragon, Cherry Lane Music Company, 1994
  • Lomax, A, The Folk Songs of North America, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1960
  • Lomax, J.A. and Lomax, A., American Ballads and Folk Songs, New York: Macmillan, 1967
  • McClelland, Linda, I Know An Old Lady, New Zealand: Nelson Price Milburn, 1985
  • O'Brien, John, The Farmer In The Dell, Caroline House, Honesdale, PA, 2000
  • O'Malley, Kevin, Bear Hunt , American Education Press, 1996
  • O'Malley, Kevin, Who Killed Cock Robin? , Lothrop, Lee & Shephard, NY 1993
  • Opie, Iona, Here Comes Mother Goose, Candlewick Press, Cambridge, MA, 1999
  • Priceman, Marjorie, Froggie Went A'Courting , Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 2000
  • Raffi, Raffi's Top Ten Songs To Read, New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1995
  • Ransom, Candice F., Jimmy Crack Corn, Carolrhoda Books, 1994
  • Rosen, Michael, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, MacMillan Publishing Co., New York, 1989
  • Rounds, Glen, I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, Holidy House, New York, 1990
  • Paley, Joan, Ill. The Little White Duck, Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 2000
  • Parkes, Brenda and Judith Smith, illustrated by Heather Philpott , The Gingerbread Man, Crystal Lake, IL: Rigby ed., 1984
  • Paxton, Tom, Goin' to the Zoo, Morrow Junior Books, 1996
  • Paxton, Tom, The Marvelous Toy, Morrow Junior Books, 1996
  • Prelutsky, Jack, editor, The Random House Book of Poetry, New York: Random House, 1983
  • Prelutsky, Jack, Ride a Purple Pelican, William Morrow and Co., 1986
  • Raschka, Chris, Simple Gifts, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 1998
  • Saport, Linda, All The Pretty Little Horses, Clarion Books, New York, 1999
  • Schwartz, Amy, Old MacDonald, Scholastic Press, New York, 1999
  • Seeger, Ruth Crawford, American Folk Songs for Children, Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Co., 1948
  • Seeger, Ruth Crawford, Animal Folk Songs for Children, Hamden, CT: The Shoe String Press, reprinted 1991.
  • Silverstein, Shel, Where the Sidewalk Ends, New York: Harper Collins, 1974
  • Siomades, Lorianne, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, PA, 1999
  • Slavin, Bill, Ill., The Cat Came Back, Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co., 1992
  • Sloat, Teri, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Trout, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 1998
  • Spier, Peter, The Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961
  • Spier, Peter, The Erie Canal, Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1970
  • Staines, Bill, All God's Critters Got A Place in the Choir, 1993
  • Taback, Simms, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, Penguin Books, New York, 1997
  • Trapani, Iza, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Whispering Coyote Press, New York, 1993
  • Wallner, Alexandra, The Farmer In The Dell, New York: Holiday House, 1998
  • Westcott, Nadine Bernard, There's A Hole In The Bucket, Harper and Row, New York, 1990
  • Westcott, Nadine Bernard, I've Been Working On The Railroad, Hyperion Books for Children, New York, 1996
  • Winter, Jeanette, Follow The Drinking Gourd, Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1988
  • Wright, Blanche Fisher, The Real Mother Goose, Chicago: Rand McNally, 1916
  • Ziefert, Harriet When I First Came To This Land, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1998

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