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Happy July, everyone! We’re halfway through the Handpicked Series. I can’t believe it! If you’re just joining, I’ve been sharing a weekly song recommendation for preschoolers for all of 2014. Truth be told, much of what I’m recommending is appropriate for children of all ages. But in order to make the cut, it has to be great for preschoolers.

Today, the first week of the month, I’m sharing a music related book AND a song recommendation. This month they’re very connected (though some months they’re not!). In fact, this week, they’re the same song!

If You’re Happy

Likely, this song is not new to you! It’s an old favorite of many and has probably had a million different verses created in its time.

If you’re happy and you know it, clean your room…
If you’re happy and you know it, eat your veggies…

Jane Cabrera is a prolific author and artist that I’m thrilled to introduce you to. She has a whole series of books based on classic children’s songs. They’re beautiful, fun, creative, and so, so accessible.


Check her out from your library or at your local bookstore. If You’re Happy is one of my favorites, but you really can’t go wrong with the books. Other titles include: Twinkle, Twinkle, Ten in the Bed, The Wheels on the Bus, and Row, Row, Row, Your Boat.


Now if you’re looking for a great version for listening and singing along with, check out Susie Tallman’s version. It’s classic and fun. You can find it on Amazon.

And, one last recommendation:

Make live music with your child to If You’re Happy.

It’s pretty straightforward so even if you don’t feel like an expert musician, I know you can handle this one! Dust off the guitar or get out the keyboard. I’ve written out the first verse with some chords for you, so it’s as easy as possible! Find some instruments for your kids and start the family band. (By instruments, I mean anything from a pot to a kazoo). Use the traditional verses or make up your own.

Start by downloading the chords here: If You’re Happy lyrics and chords

You can do it! And, you should do it! There is no substitute for making music together with your kids. And, this happy preschool song is a great chance to do just that. Once you master If You’re Happy, check out another one of my recommendations with a chord sheet.

I’m so glad you’re reading along.

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.