5 Picture Books for Black History Month Music Appreciation
Celebrate Black history this February with these musical picture books, teaching guides, playlists, and singalong lyric videos.
Ring in the Lunar New Year with Chinese Songs and Stories
Learn about Chinese culture with these children’s picture books and traditional folk songs performed on the erhu, pipa and zheng.
18 Musical Ebook and Audiobook Stories for Kids
Every musical story published by The Secret Mountain is available in enhanced ebook formats. On this list, we round up some of our favourites.
Discover Musical Instruments from Africa and the Caribbean
Learn about Africa and the Caribbean’s rich musical history through traditional instruments like the valiha, Peul flute, and caxixi.
Meet Some of the Musicians Behind Songs on the Vanilla Trail
The enchanting collection brings together eight musicians, 20+ singers and totals more than 30 contributors from Africa and beyond.
8 Singalong Books that Children and Parents Will Love
Everyone in the family will be singing along to these musical books, including everything from timeless folk classics to rockin’ tunes about emotions.
12 Picture Books to Introduce Children to Classical Music
These musical picture books make classical music accessible to budding musicians and composers through clever storytelling and engaging themes.
8 Children’s Picture Books Featuring Musical Instruments
Violins, pipas, and bobres, oh my! Delve into these stories that feature musical instruments, from classical orchestra staples to the traditional Chinese erhu.
Gift Guide: Find A Musical Picture Book for Everyone on Your List
This holiday season, give the gift of stories and music. We’ve put together this guide to help you find children’s books for everyone on your list.
My Music Box: Little Classical Masterpieces for My Baby
With this musical picture book, open up the fairy tale and dreamlike worlds imagined by renowned classical composers for the piano.
Contest: Share a Post Inspired by Maestro Evarista’s Orchestra
On November 14, participate in our Maestro Evarista’s Orchestra contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice.
12 Musical Picture Books by Canadian Writers and Illustrators
This November 2, celebrate #IReadCanadian Day with this reading list by The Secret Mountain, featuring French and English Canadian artists.
The Four Seasons of the Pipa, A Musical Picture Book
On a cold winter night, a young girl dreams of visiting her grandfather in Kunming, China, a magical place known as the eternal city of spring.
Meet Raquel Bonita the Creator of Maestro Evarista’s Orchestra
Explore her new accordion picture book from cover to cover and learn why all the animal members of this orchestra are women.
Meet the Sunflowers, the Musical Duo Behind “Free to Be Me”
Get to know Aaron and Julie Harris, the singer-songwriters behind the musical picture book, and learn why songs are a great way to learn languages.
Back to School: 5 Musical Picture Books Students Will Love
Whether for playtime, storytime or even movement fun, make the classroom a little more musical with these song and picture books.
See What’s Coming Fall 2022 From The Secret Mountain
Meet a maestro in search of an orchestra, discover the seasons of the pipa, express yourself through song, and more with our new titles.
Summer Road Trip Playlists for Kids That You’ll Play on Loop
From classic folk songs to the perfect tunes for a picnic in the sun, both kids and adults love these summer playlists from The Secret Mountain.
Introducing Free to Be Me, a Musical Book by Sunflowers
Awaken children’s vocabularies with this sunny collection of folk-pop songs written to help budding readers learn how to express themselves.
The Secret Mountain Artists Share Indie Bookstore Love
In anticipation of Canadian Independent Bookstore Day, we asked contributors past and present to share why indie bookshops are special to them.
Discover our Audiobooks and Enhanced Ebooks for Kids
Read along and sing along to The Secret Mountain’s children’s picture books in interactive ebook and audiobook formats.
4 Children’s Books with Fearless Female Characters
This Women’s History Month, inspire young readers with these female characters, imagined by authors from Spain, China, and Quebec.
Limited time Enhanced eBooks Promotion on Apple Books
From now until June 5, 2022, you can find these titles from The Secret Mountain on Apple Books for only 99 cents.
Illustrator Beatrice Alemagna Shortlisted for #HCAA2022
Congratulations to Beatrice Alemagna, who was shortlisted for the 2022 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.
Celebrate Black Stories With These Popular Songs
Discover the origin and stories behind popular children’s songs such as “Frère Jacques,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “Day-O!”
6 Books with Inspiring Adventures for Young Readers
Give the gift of inspiration with these musical children’s books about friendship, adventure, community, and belonging.
8 Books that Encourage Kids to Explore the World
Find the perfect book for young readers who love to discover cultures, customs, and music from around the world.
Discover the Collection: Little Stories of Great Composers
Travel back in time with a little mouse named Minim, who bumps into Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Schubert, Haydn, and Paganini.
Explore the Stories Behind Songs on the Vanilla Trail
Navigate our collection of 25 traditional lullabies and nursery rhymes from East and Southern African with these learning resources.
Relive the Magic: A Picnic in the Sun in Concert at Kids POP
Picnics, puppets, and parades! Oh my! The Secret Mountain was overjoyed to co-host Kids POP in celebration of A Picnic in the Sun.
Create a Playlist for a Chance to Win Five Books!
This holiday, share the gift of music! Make a playlist with five songs from The Secret Mountain for a chance to win five books of your choice.
Sneak Peek: Songs on the Vanilla Trail
Discover a new children’s collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from East and Southern Africa, slated for release October 1, 2021.
Join The Secret Mountain at Kids POP for A Picnic in the Sun
Come one, come all for a puppet-building workshop, parade, and concert at this year’s Kids POP festival, celebrating the release of A Picnic in the Sun.
Behind Little Stories of Great Composers with Marie Lafrance
Marie Lafrance shares how she combined history and imagination in the artwork for the six-part series, Little Stories of Great Composers.
Christiane Duchesne On Imagining A Picnic in the Sun
Acclaimed Quebec author, Christiane Duchesne, shares the inspiration behind her song-filled tale and its companion story, Une fête sous la lune.
NAPPA Awards Sing Out! and That’s My Piano, Sir!
The Secret Mountain is honoured to receive National Parenting Product Awards for Sing Out! and That’s My Piano, Sir!
Behind the Art of A Picnic in the Sun with Marianne Ferrer
Illustrator Marianne Ferrer talks about the inspiration behind the splashy scenes and creative characters in A Picnic in the Sun.
Listen, There’s Music All Around, Says Gema Sirvent
Children’s literature editor and author Gema Sirvent shares the inspiration behind her enchanting picture book, Music All Around.
A Summer Moonlight Concert in China With Han Han
Acclaimed Chinese author and artist Han Han shares the inspiration behind her dreamy children’s story, Summer Moonlight Concert.
Behind the Artwork of Music All Around With Lucía Cobo
The talented Spanish illustrator takes us behind the musical picture book’s intricate scenes and shows us how she created them.
Behind the Illustrations of Sing Out! With Sophie Casson
Sophie Casson shares how she created the zany illustrations for the musical picture book Sing Out! Six Classic Folk Songs for Tomorrow.
Watch TSM at the Children’s Africana Book Awards
Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees was honoured at the 28th annual Children’s Africana Book Awards ceremony.
Ana Gerhard on Penning Little Stories of Great Composers
Author Ana Gerhard explains how her new series brings young readers closer to classical music and composers like Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi.
Celebrating 20 Years of Stories for All Eyes and Ears
This year marks the 20th anniversary since The Secret Mountain published its first children’s title.
Coming Soon: The Secret Mountain’s Spring 2021 Releases
The Secret Mountain is pleased to share six forthcoming titles that will be released in Spring 2021.
Multiple Awards for Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees!
Our an enchanting collection of 23 traditional songs received the prestigious Children’s Africana Book Award (CABA) in the category “Honors Books for Young Children”!
Classical Spring at The Secret Mountain
Celebrate Spring with some classical music featured in the musical picture books Listen to the Birds and Amazing Water, both Parents’ Choice Gold Award winners.
Let the good times rouler in your living room!
A Spotify playlist to rock in French at home
We’ve prepared a special Spotify playlist for kids who want to rock in French!
Celebrate this holiday season with the majestic melodies of Handel, Roussel, and Josquin des Prez! Our Introduction to Classical Music series by Ana Gerhard includes award-winning titles Amazing Water, Listen to the Birds, Simply Fantastic, and our most recent book, Little Creatures.
Conferences & Book Fairs
Our new titles, Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees, Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music, and Animal Musicians have been a hit throughout North America for their beautiful illustrations, enchanting sounds, and captivating narratives.
Praise & Awards for Songs in the Shade
Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees was just selected for the Kirkus Best Books of 2019 list and also won a NAPPA Award.
Discover our Enhanced Ebooks on Apple Books
Our 30-title list of Enhanced Ebooks in both English and French brings the experience of beautifully-illustrated storybooks to your iPad and iPhone. Check out the links below to download your special story today!
Pedro Alcalde & the wilderness orchestra
Pedro Alcalde, author of Animal Musicians, is a renowned composer and conductor. He has conducted numerous prestigious orchestras throughout the world–in Madrid, Berlin, Rome, Osaka, and St. Petersburg, among others.
More Gold and Silver from Parents’ Choice!
Two new Secret Mountain releases have won Parents’ Choice Awards!
New titles are the talk of the town!
Over the past month, our three new releases have garnered a great deal of praise from several blogs and reviews across the continent that focus on children’s music and literature.
Great gift ideas for new parents!
Whether it’s for birthdays or holidays, The Secret Mountain’s collection of award-winning musical storybooks will always provide thoughtful, inspiring, and exciting gifts for the newborn.
Ana Gerhard talks about kids, little creatures, and classical music
Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music is out September 2019
The Midwest Book Review praises Little Creatures
Ana Gerhard creates another wonderful music storybook. Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music by celebrated children’s author Ana Gerhard hits the shelves September 2019.
Two new titles get the nod from Kirkus
Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees earns a Kirkus Star.
Kirkus celebrates Animal Musicians.
Timeless Spanish songs for the whole family
A book-and-music combo that grows on you. The Hummingbird Sings and Dances, published in 2018, continues to garner positive reviews.
Books with stories and music in English and Mandarin!
10 musical picture books coming out in China.
The wide wild world of music !
3 new books with audio to be published this fall. Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music, Animal Musicians and Songs in the Shade of the Cashew Coconut Trees.
A new release that will delight the whole family
The Secret Mountain has just published a charming, original audio picture book by Chinese author and illustrator Jiu Er describing the simple pleasures that fill a day in the life of Little Sun…
Praise for The Hummingbird Sings and Dances
The Secret Mountain’s new book-CD combo featuring 19 time-tested traditional nursery rhymes and lullabies in Spanish originating from 17 Latin American countries has been getting rave reviews.
Travel the world this fall!
Discover this fall a few of our superb award-winning world music titles!
A Dozen Parents’ Choice Gold Awards!
The Secret Mountain is proud to claim having received the prestigious Gold Award 12 times over the years. Here’s what the selection committee had to say about some of the winners:
Looking forward to 2018!
The Secret Mountain is pleased to announce that it has already secured the rights to two wonderful albums that will be coming out next year.