The Story of Music

The Story of Music:
A history of music for children.

A friendly and inspiring introduction to music history, telling the stories of the world's greatest musicians from Bach to Beyonce.

The Story of Music begins with the early drums and flutes of our ancestors, which date back to the last icea age, through to the modern day. Mick Manning and Brita Granström take your on a tour of their personally selected music library which showcases the work of some of the world's most famous artists and few a less well-known ones. The musicians featured include Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry; Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Blondie, Grandmaster Flash, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce as well as Bjork and Kraftwerk. The friendly text and illustrations help children to appreciate the music, highlighting interesting biographical details and picking out key details to spot. The book's large format means the music artwork is reproduced on a wonderfully impactful scale. This really is a book to give and treasure.

The creative team of Mick Manning and Brita Granström are well-known for their ground breaking children's information books. Their many awards range the TES Information Book Award for What's Under the Bed? and the English Association Non-fiction award for Charlie's War Illustrated.

Year 1: Human Body
Is it human or animal? Draw around your child for them to paint and label different body arts. Test physical skills by balancing on one leg, race against the clock and play ball games.

Year 1: Five Senses
Play and discover your senses with our Best Selling topic! Make a feely box, guess what’s inside the shakers and throw balls into a bowl whilst blind folded. Use all 7 activities to engage and excite children.

Key Stage 1: Music
Play games to discover body percussion, make up silly rhythms and enjoy listening to recorded music. Design and create your own musical instruments.

  • Format: Hardback
  • Print length: 88 pages
  • Dimensions: 24.6 x 1.2 x 30 cm
  • Reading age: 7 - 9 years old
  • Publication date: 22 Oct. 2020
  • ISBN: 1445163667


Mick Manning and Brita Granström have now been collaborating together, sharing both illustration and text, for over twenty years. Their critically acclaimed children's picture books mix words and images in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways and appeal to all ages. For example, their books about the Brontes and The Beatles appear to have been bought by as many adults as children.

Mick Manning

Mick studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He is also an exhibiting artist and printmaker.

Brita Granström

Brita Granström was born near Eskilstuna in Sweden and studied at Konstfack in Stockholm. Although her Nordic roots remain self-evident in work made on location; both indoors and outdoors, and in all weathers, she has lived and painted in the UK since 1994. Her paintings are in private and public collections around the world and she has appeared on television and radio. She is represented by Thompsons Galleries and her work is also exhibited at other select galleries across the UK.

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