The ukulele seems, more than just about any instrument, to have been designed to strum and accompany singing. I am hoping that this page will become a destination for library children’s services folks who might be interested in learning the ukulele for singing with younger children in story programs. You can come here and get songs and uke information.
Little by little, I’m posting my repertoire of easy-to-play songs to this blog. I’m beginning with the idea that all you need are three chords on a C-tuned uke to play a great many songs suitable for storytimes – C, F, and G7. (In time, I want to add to those chords, but these three are the best to start with.)
and here’s Ukulele Tonya’s Beginner’s Pages, a PDF document with information on how to tune a uke, plus a list of all the basic chords you’ll need, along with a few basic songs.
And here’s the 1917 NY Times story of Fannie, the chimp who loved playing the uke!
Another post on the uke from August 2008: “Hooray for the ukulele”
Here are the songs that I like to sing in library programs, so far:
A goofy holiday song: “Jungle Bells”
I am also happy to answer your questions if you want to send them. More coming!