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There are perhaps no two men more qualified to talk about their pursuit of music and literature than Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa. So when I discovered that the two had sat down at various intervals over the course of a few years to discuss music and transcribe their conversations, I knew I had to read Absolutely on Music.

Last May, I wrote a post about “10 Great Children’s Books about Classical Music.” Even now, months later, you, the readers of this blog, continue to show overwhelming interest in that post, so I decided to expand upon it with another annotated list of great children’s books about music and, this time, also dance, but with an even greater focus.

Opera Columbus

The way to a kid's heart maybe less through music at first, but more through stories. Here's a list of some of my favorite books about opera, suitable for kids. This is by no means exhaustive, just a sampling. Feel free to send in your own favorite titles:

Sing Me a Story, the Metropolitan Opera Book of Opera Stories for Children by Jane Rosenberg

Suitable for grades 3-6; and beautifully illustrated. Breaks down the intricacies (impossibilities!) of some opera plots.

color photo of eleven children playing glockenspiel-like instruments beore a black and blue backdrop
Jodi Miller / WOSU Public Media

This Mother's Day, why not put a little music in your life at Classical 101's Youth & Family Day?

Sunday, May 10, WOSU Public Media and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus present the second-annual Youth & Family Day, starting at 12:30 pm at WOSU@COSI. It's a free event celebrating children and music with hands-on musical activities, crafts and a 3 pm concert by ProMusica.