What a Wonderful World music book by Kidioke Media

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Disclosure: This product was provided free of charge by Kidioke Media LLC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

The benefits of reading and listening to music for children are undeniable. According to KidsHealth.org, “Between the ages of 1 and 3, kids respond best to music when they actively experience it. Passive listening (like in the car) is fine, but look for opportunities to get your child rocking, marching, rolling, tapping, clapping, and moving to the beat.” I honestly couldn’t agree more with those statements. So ever since Ry was born and even when he was still in my womb I would read to him popular nursery rhymes, play him music from Rockabye Baby, and sing to him. Eventually, I even made up a song of my own that even now he’d request during bedtime or when he’s feeling blue.

Between the ages of 1 and 3, kids respond best to music when they actively experience it.

So when I was approached by Kidioke Media to review one of their music books, I just had to accept. I’ve said this before, I’ve been offered countless of products since I began blogging and I’ve declined the majority of them. Unless Ry or I can see a benefit for our readers then I can’t wholeheartedly endorse them. But these music books, which combine classic songs, reading, karaoke, and even counting were just way too cool to pass up and not share with you folks.

Currently, Kidioke Media offers three song book options for purchase, My Girl by the Temptations, What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, and Lullabye by Billy Joel.  Kidioke Media was able to acquire the master recording rights to the first two songs, but unfortunately not to the latter. So what that means is that you’ll hear the song as it was originally recorded by the artist, except for Lullabye, but the cover version is just as good.

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I have to admit though, Louis Armstrong is one of my favorite artists of all time and What a Wonderful World is one of my favorite songs of all time. It’s a beautiful song with a universal message of loving thy neighbor regardless of color, so the book was already a winner in my eyes. But beside the fact that both the song and performer are top notch choices to use as a book theme, the quality of the music book itself is spectacular. The sound is crisp and clear as if you were listening to Mr. Armstrong on your MP3 player or the radio. The text of the book is composed of the lyrics of the song and the lovely illustrations act out those lyrics.

When I handed Ry the book for the first time he immediately went for the play button. As soon as it began playing the music he was taken aback a little because he wasn’t expecting it. After I started singing the lyrics of the song and pointing it out to him on the board book he began to sway side to side in rhythm with the music. At the end of the song he went for the play button again. I was so delighted to see that he enjoyed the same music as me. As soon as you know it he’ll be a teenager and we’ll probably be disagreeing on his music choices, so for now I’m grateful that Kidioke Media offers a product that both child and parent can enjoy together.

With the gift-giving season in full swing, a children’s music book from Kidioke Media makes for the perfect holiday present. Actually, it’s perfect to give all year ’round – for baby showers and birthdays or to just add to your children’s book collection. So head on over to their website before they sell out for the holidays. Kidioke Media has also designed an app, so check that out as well.

Lyrics to What a Wonderful World

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

19 comments Add yours
  1. I love children’s books that are educational and fun! I remember enjoying myself with them as a kid and I love how this still continues on today even with the abundance of technology around us. Thank you for sharing your review!

    1. Thanks, Katrina. I especially like this book because it combines music and reading. It’s the perfect gift for families who enjoy karaoke. 🙂

  2. Oh this song has so many sweet memories for me. Even my little one year old would love this book as she thoroughly enjoys music.

    1. That’s nice to hear, Chloe. I think this book is perfect for bonding time with our kids. We get to reminisce while they get to hear something new and different to them.

  3. I love music books because they’re double purpose! Not only will the kids have something to read but they’ll also have something to listen to!

    1. Absolutely, Elizabeth! Music books do double duty and what’s great about this one in particular is that it’s a song that the adult won’t mind listening to over and over again either. Beats “wheels on the bus” any day. 🙂

  4. I used to have books like this when I was little, they had a cassette tape of classical music/ story and the book to read along with. I always love these fun and educational books for little ones to help them learn.

  5. I can’t imagine a world and my life without music. I’d say you gotta start ’em young so kids appreciate it early on. And hopefully, they take it with them when they become older.

    1. So true, Russ. Kids are so impressionable at such a young age, so instill in them a love of music and reading and it’ll go with them for the rest of their lives.

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