The wide wild world of music !

3 new books with audio to be published this fall

Coming September 1st are two books inspired by the natural world: Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music, and Animal Musicians. In October, a new book-with-music in The Secret Mountain’s acclaimed World Music series will be Songs in the Shade of the Cashew Coconut Trees: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from West Africa and the Caribbean.

The fourth book in The Secret Mountain’s award-winning classical music series, Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music is a 72-page picture book by noted concert pianist and music educator Ana Gerhard. The book pairs five centuries of music history with stunning illustrations of fascinating little creatures—insects, arachnids, and amphibians; wasps, butterflies, frogs, and snakes. Like the New York times acclaimed Listen to the Birds, this book-with-music offers an original and exciting way for young listeners to discover awe-inspiring classical music and how animals and insects have inspired composers. Listen to excerpts of the recordings here.

A variety of creatures, from whales to wolves, cicadas to canaries, and even exotic animals like the sac-winged bat and the club-winged manakin, inspired Pedro Alcalde, the author of Animal Musicians. This 64-page “Audio Picture Book” includes information about the characteristics, habitats, and behaviors of 14 animal virtuosos, featuring humorous illustrations by Julio Antonio Blasco. Alcalde, a noted orchestra conductor, invites readers to travel across the globe to discover nature’s best musicians. The colorful hard cover book includes information about each animal’s characteristics, habitat and behavior, along with a link hear them making their signature sounds in the wild. Listen to excerpts of the recordings of animal sounds here.

In October, The Secret Mountain will add to a growing collection of World Music titles with Songs in the Shade of the Cashew and Coconut Trees. This enchanting collection of 23 traditional songs and rhymes, collected by Nathalie Soussana, pays homage to the rich cultural heritage and multilingual communities of West Africa and the Caribbean. Jean-Christophe Hoarau arranged the 23 musical selections on the enclosed CD, hailing from many countries and cultures, including Gabon, Cape Verde, the Congo and Jamaica. Julie Gueyfier’s vibrant illustrations depict people and musical instruments. The Secret Mountain’s World Music collection continues to be popular, with Songs of the Baobob (2011) one of the publisher’s best-selling titles that received a Children’s Africana Book Award. Listen to excerpts of the recordings here.