Storybooks Based on Folk Songs

Storybooks based on folk songs provide an ideal way for children to learn and sing stories passed from one generation to another. Here are some of our favorite storybooks that relate to songs on this website; just click on the title to find the folk song.

A PDF version of this page (with links) can be downloaded here.

Arroz con Leche

Natalí Tentori

Lyndhurst, NJ: Lectorum, 2017

Bought Me a Cat

Melissa Sweet

New York: Scholastic, 1992

Cock Robin

Barbara Cooney

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1965

Farmer in the Dell

Ilse Plume

Boston: David R. Godine, 2004

Farmer in the Dell

Alexandra Wallner

New York: Holiday House, 1998

Hush Little Baby


New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968

Froggie Went A Courting

Chris Conover

New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Aliki Brandenburg

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996

London Bridge is Falling Down!

Peter Spier

New York: Doubleday, 1967

Mary Wore Her Red Dress

Merle Peek

New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1985

Mommy, Buy Me a China Doll

Harvey and Margot Zemach

Chicago: Follett Publishing, 1966

Oh, A-hunting We Will Go (Noble Duke of York)

John Langstaff and Nancy Parker

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1974

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Carol Jones

Mooloolaba, QLD, Australia: Sandpiper, 1998

Over in the Meadow

John Langstaff and Feodor Rojankovsky

New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1957

Over in the Meadow

Ezra Jack Keats

New York: Viking, 1999

Over in the Meadow

Anna Vojtech

New York: North-South Books, 2002

Skip to My Lou

Nadine Bernard Westcott

Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1989

Soldier, Won't You Marry Me?

John Langstaff and Anita Lobel

New York: Doubleday, 1972

The Tree in the Wood

Christopher Manson

New York: North-South Books, 1993

This Old Man

Carol Jones

New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1990