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Here are my ten recommendations of piano books for kids. They will help your child learn how to play the piano and keyboard, including identifying and playing notes and reading sheet music, plus some simple collections of children’s songs that you or your child can learn to play.
1. Usborne’s First Book of the Piano (with CD)
Featuring cute cartoons, large easy to use pages and diagrams, and plenty of well-known pieces of music to learn with, the Usborne First Book of the Piano is a great introduction to the piano for children.
2. Usborne’s First Book of the Keyboard
Has similarities to the “First Book of the Piano” but is great if you’ve just bought a child’s first electronic keyboard because it also covers the basic features found on most music keyboards.
3. The Fantastic Big Book of Children’s Songs
A huge collection (67) of piano music for kids including some modern favourites: The Addams Family Theme, Blue’s Clues Theme, Bob the Builder, Linus and Lucy, SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, Thomas the Tank Engine and Welcome to the Blue House.
4. Really Big Book of Children’s Songs
Another “big book” from the same publisher as above.
5. Very Easy Piano Tunes
A lovely piano book for kids in the same style as Usborne’s First Book of the Piano, featuring a lot of easy to play traditional songs including Merrily We Roll Along, The Grand Old Duke of York, London Bridge is Falling Down, Home on the Range, Lavender’s Blue, Scarborough Fair and Auld Lang Syne.
6. Disney’s My First Songbook for Easy Piano: 1
The first in a series of books that will help your child to play Disney favourites, including Cruella De Vil, A Whole New World, The Bear Necessities, Under the Sea, Beauty and the Beast and more.
Very simple arrangements and delightfully presented.
7. The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes & Children’s Songs: 169 Classic Songs Arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar
Also useful for those wanting to play the guitar, this is a huge collection of more traditional songs for you and your child to play and sing together.
8. Kid Songs: Easy Play for All Keyboards
Book can be used with piano and keyboard instruments and comes complete with coloured stickers for labelling the notes. It’s also well illustrated.
9. Progressive Electronic Keyboard for Young Beginners: Book 1 / CD Pack
The first in another series of electronic keyboard learning books. This piano book for kids comes with an audio CD and features graded lessons using 20 well-known children’s songs as examples.
10. The Music People
Quite an old book (1980) and one that I grew up with. Cute cartoon notes and rests explain basic musical theory and example using the piano among other instruments.
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