Music changes our mood and the entire atmosphere of a room. If we hear a happy song it makes us happy, and if we hear a sad song it can make us sad even if we are happy. Music can be a powerful force in our lives – especially for children.

Good King WenceslasGood King Wenceslas

Ages 4-8
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5209-0
32 Pages
This story, based on actual events that occurred in the tenth century, tells of a kind-hearted king and his page who set out to help a poor man on a cold winter’s night and experience a miracle along the way. Tim Ladwig’s energetic paintings bring new life to the familiar words and remind readers of all ages that helping others is a blessing.

I, Vivaldi children's booksI, Vivaldi
Janice Shefelman
Ages 7-11
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
Lexile: AD570L
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5318-9
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 10 x 11
In this dynamic picture-book biography, told as if by Vivaldi himself, the famous musician’s energetic personality and steadfast dedication to music come alive.

Despite his mother’s vow for him to become a priest, young Vivaldi is only interested in music. He soon grows from a feisty boy who wants to play the violin into a stubborn young man who puts his musical training ahead of his studies for priesthood.

Beautiful, ornate artwork portrays the spirit and splendor of Vivaldi’s hometown, Venice. A historical note, musical score, and glossary will help readers more fully appreciate Vivaldi’s life and musical genius.

The Song of Francis and the AnimalsThe Song of Francis and the Animals

Ages 4-8
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5253-3
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 9 x 12
With lilting verse and playful imagery, award-winning author Pat Mora celebrates the tender relationship between the beloved saint and the animals he loved. Woodcut artist David Frampton captures the exuberant songs of Francis and the animals in charming, colorful woodcuts that underscore the harmony between humans and the natural world.

Inspired by Saint Francis’s own reverence and love for animals, this book will encourage readers young and old to join in with the clucks of the chickens, the whirring of the cicadas, and the songs of the nightingale.

A Story Like the Wind children's book for kidsA Story Like the Wind

Gill Lewis
Jo Weaver
Ages 9 to 14
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5514-5
80 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.5 x 8.25

A masterful story about the power of hope

Rami is in a small dinghy filled with strangers, all of them refugees seeking a safe harbor. But with no motor, no oars, and a rising tide, their situation looks bleak. So Rami pulls out the only thing he brought with him—a violin—and begins to tell his fellow refugees a story through his music. And his story, about an indomitable white stallion and its struggle for freedom, gives them all the strength to remember the past and hope for the future. 

A Story Like the Wind is a beautifully illustrated fable that shows how music and stories can bring people together. Readers of all ages will be entranced by this sweeping story that feels both new and timeless.