The Reading Rap


My girls were inspired by the Trains’ video from the other day and begged to do one of their own.  This is what we came up with.  The lyrics are written below in the post, as they can be a little hard to understand in some spots in the video.  The rap is based on books we have read together during our “Read Aloud” time.

The Reading Rap by the Tutus

We searched the Mixed-Up Files for Michaelangelo.
Watched Tom and Becky share a cave with Injun Joe.

Led by Willy Wonka, we toured the factory.
Where Oompa Loompas sang, with Grandpa and Charlie.

Cheerily we watched as the villains were defeated.
The White Witch, You-Know-Who, IT’s reign was completed.

Our dear, beloved Anne, who broke a slate on Gilbert’s head
Left the cheesecloth off the pudding and found a mouse – DEAD!

Hey!  Unto you a child is BORN!!

Our mother wept while reading Where the Red Fern Grows
And again when retelling of the March sisters’ woes.

Oz, Hogwarts, and the land of All Wild Things
Adventures in a Secret Garden much joy to us did bring.

Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, Dickon and Colin too,
Ermingarde, Becky, Lavinia & Sara Crewe.
All these characters brought to life by the same author’s hand.
When time to put the book down, one more chapter we demand.

All these things and more are found in pages
Of books and stories passed down through the ages.

The Reading Rap.


On the Page.

Books referenced in our rap:  (Did you catch them all??)

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by EL Konigsburg

The Adventures of Thomas Sawyer
by Mark Twain

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

The Chronicles of Narnia
by CS Lewis

The Harry Potter Series
by JK Rowling

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

Anne of Green Gables
by LM Montgomery

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson

Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by Frank Baum

Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

A Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett


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About Laura

A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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13 Responses to The Reading Rap

  1. Mallory February 19, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    I hope you like it! It was a lot of fun to make!

    • L. G. Odom February 19, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      Fantastic, Cool, Funny! A superb performance–each one of you brings so much to the video! When does the show go on the road or on YouTube?

      • Mallory February 19, 2013 at 11:40 am #

        It is already on YouTube, but I don’t think we should hit the road just yet. (:

  2. Anne Marie February 19, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    AWESOME!!! Girls, you did a great job. I recognized nearly all the books and they are some of my favs too! Give your mom a big hug and double high-5s for raising 3 beautiful, talented, and SMART girls!!

  3. Jen L February 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Love it! Y’all did a great job!

  4. Mim February 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    LOVE this! Luke watched with me. He remembered meeting you in Philadelphia.

    • Laura February 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks! To this day, that still remains one of our favorite trips! ;)

  5. Debi Kirksey February 20, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Now that was AMAZING!

  6. lila February 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    I love this mom thanks trains

  7. lila February 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    mallory is right it was fun to make

  8. Clara February 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Trains and totoes rocks!

  9. lila February 25, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    we did this over and over again till every one got it right

  10. Donna Z March 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    You girls all did an awesome job! Great rap.

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