Ready to Rock? Books About Music!

January 25th, 2011 by

A budding musician’s first piano recital. A local competition for expert violinists. A kid’s introduction to jazz during the Harlem Renaissance. And the inside scoop behind the lives of The Beatles. Like a medley of different songs, this booklist covers a variety of tunes — from classical composers to contemporary RAWK. Pump up the volume with these books about music (in no particular order):


  1. Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes (Karen’s pick)
  2. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
  3. Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
  4. The Mozart Season by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  5. Fame School series by Mariah Fredericks
  6. Fiddle Fever by Sharon Arms Doucet
  7. Mountain Solo by Jeanette Ingold
  8. The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt by Patricia MacLachlan


  1. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles, Beatlemania, and the Music that Changed the World by Bob Spitz (Nancy’s pick)
  2. All Shook Up: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley by Barry Denenberg
  3. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls: How to Start a Band, Write Songs, Record an Album, and Rock Out!!
  4. Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought), written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

(Also, here’s a printable version of our Music booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or keep by the computer while you surf iTunes!)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about music.

UPDATE 2/8/11: We revealed the answer to our Music Mystery Book Theater in the “Face the Music” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen and Nancy make fun of one of their friends &#151 always a delight!

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