No, I am not reading these to Citcat. One of the best things about homeschooling is the opportunity to learn with your child. We will definitely include composer study in our homeschooling day when she is a bit older. For now, we listen to classical music ("mommy music") in the car and when we are at home. Often Citcat insists on listening to her music. I am thankful that she has decent taste in kids music.
The books pictured above are wonderful for older children. They are a perfect example of why picture books must stay in the forefront of learning at least through middle school. My knowledge of classical music is not extensive. Pictures at an Exhibition introduced me to Modest Mussorgsky. I am sad to say, I had never heard of him before reading the book. I realize now that I had heard his music but could not name it. I was familiar with Gershwin but the book Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue brings the musical work to life. The author Celenza and the illustrator Kitchel are an exceptional team. They have written three other books, The Heroic Symphony about Beethoven, The Farewell Symphony about Haydn, and Bach's Goldberg Variations. I should add that each of the books (except the paperback of Farewell Symphony) include a CD of the music.
A great source for composer study is a Classics for Kids. The show is produced in our old home town of Cincinnati. Naomi Lewin has a wonderful way of drawing in the listener. All the past shows (segments) are available on line. Here are the segments about Mussorgsky. The third segment is about Pictures at an Exhibition.
And finally, I cannot say enough good things about early music education programs like Musikgarten. Like most children, Citcat loves to listen and move to music and play instruments. She is never more delightful than the hour we spend at her music class each week. She is truly transformed. Citcat's wonderful music teacher (hi Miss Sophie) is a shining gem in our small community.