Lullabies, Lyrics and Gallows Songs

Christian Morgenstern wrote this collection of lyric verses and nonsense poetry, and Lisbeth Zwerger’s work is a perfect counterpoint to Morgenstern’s unusual imagery.

 

Lullaby and Good Night: Songs for Sweet Dreams

It’s bedtime, that special time when parents tuck their little ones in for the night and lull them to sleep with their favorite lullabies. In this gorgeous book, author-illustrator Julie Downing has selected her favorite lullabies and illustrated each one with expressive watercolor paintings. Parents will delight in the familiar, soothing rhythms of beloved songs like “Rock-a-bye Baby,” “Kumbaya,” and “Lullaby and Good Night,” while little ones are enchanted by fresh and dreamy lullabies, such as “El Coquí” and “Wynken, Blynken and Nod.” Each lavish illustration celebrates the precious moments shared between a parent and child, from sighting the first evening star together to sharing a last good-night kiss. Music is included for each lullaby so that parents can sing their young ones to sleep.

Nine O’clock Lullaby

When it’s 9 P.M. in Brooklyn, it’s 10 P.M. in Puerto Rico, and midnight on the mid–atlantic. Far from the vroom of New York traffic, the Puerto Rican night is filled with conga music, sweet rice, and fruit ice. In India, villagers begin their morning chores as well ropes squeak, buckets splash, and bracelets jangle. Meanwhile, in Australia, a sly kookaburra is ready for a noontime feast. Marilyn Singer’s rhythmic lullaby, with bright illustrations by Franc. Lessac, gently transports children through different time zones and distant lands. Young readers will travel far from home, then back again, on a glorious bedtime journey.

Skip Across the Ocean

A collection of traditional rhymes and lullabies from different countries.

Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury

This lovely compendium includes lullabies, finger games, lap games, sayings, nursery rhymes, jump-rope songs, proverbs, riddles, tall tales, a ballad, birthday songs, and Christmas carols. The format is spacious, with lots of room for both the Spanish and English text and clear, charming watercolor cartoon illustrations that vary from spreads to small insets.

Rhymes for Annie Rose

A collection of more than twenty poems about young Annie Rose and the daily activities of a child.