What to Read: Children’s Books about Handel

Studying the life and music of George Frideric Handel in your homeschool? These children’s books about Handel can help you learn!

Studying the life and music of George Frideric Handel in your homeschool? These children's books about Handel can help!

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If you’re looking for Handel books to enjoy with your kids, I can help! In our search for books about Handel, we found a great variety of reading options: nonfiction and fiction, picture books and chapter books, and books that are perfect for kids of all ages, tots to tweens.

Children’s Books About Handel

Before we jump into this list of books about Handel, keep in mind that all of the links below lead to Amazon. If you’d prefer to support independent booksellers through your shopping, see this list from Bookshop.org. It doesn’t have all of these books about Handel, but it does include several of them, along with other music appreciation books.

1. Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers: Handel

This book from Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers series provides a mix of biographical and career information about Handel along with full-color images and fun illustrations. It’s a great place to start learning about Handel and his contributions to the world of music.

2. Handel at the Court of Kings

Opal Wheeler’s Handel at the Court of Kings is a lovely living book read aloud to work through while you study Handel. An added bonus, it includes illustrations and sheet music references to go along with Zeezok Music Appreciation.

3. Handel: Famous Children Series

Handel from the Famous Children Series tells about Handel’s early years in picture book form. That makes this one an ideal read if you’re introducing Handel’s music to younger kiddos.

4. Handel Who Knew What He Liked

Another great picture book option, Handel Who Knew What He Liked presents Handel’s biography in more detail than you’ll find in the Famous Children Series referenced above. In addition to the presentation of Handel’s story, it includes rich illustrations, a timeline of Handel’s life, and recommendations for listening and further reading.

5. George Frideric Handel, Composer of Messiah

Recommended for ages 9-12, George Frideric Handel, Composer of Messiah is a good option if you’re looking for a chapter book about Handel for older kiddos and middle schoolers.

6. Hallelujah Handel

Hallelujah Handel is one of my favorites on this list of children’s books about Handel. It includes stunning illustrations and focuses on the connection between Handel’s Messiah and London’s Foundling Hospital.

7. Why Handel Waggled His Wig

At nearly 300 pages, Why Handel Waggled His Wig offers a humorous twist on Handel’s life that’s sure to make for an interesting homeschool read aloud.

What about you? Do you have a few favorite children’s books about Handel? If so, I’d love to hear about them!

Studying the life and music of George Frideric Handel in your homeschool? These children's books about Handel can help!

Looking for more help teaching music appreciation at home? Check out all of the offerings from Music in Our Homeschool. In particular, we recommend A Year of Charlotte Mason Music Lessons. I had a great experience working through it with both of my kiddos. 

A Year of Charlotte Mason Music Lessons from Music in Our Homeschool

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