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Grateful Dead related books for kids

This page lists kids books that have some sort of connection to the Grateful Dead.

This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Additions and corrections are welcome



Related bibliography pages:
Grateful Dead bookshelf
Grateful Dead related fiction
Grateful Dead comics/graphic novels
Grateful Dead songbooks
San Francisco sixties music books
Source and reference books
Record label bibliography


Grateful Dead related kids books

Panther Dream: A Story of the African Rainforest, Wendy and Bob Weir, 1993

A children's book with audio cassette produced by Bob and Wendy Weir. The cassette soundtrack was produced, narrated and performed by Bob Weir.

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Baru Bay: Australia, Wendy and Bob Weir, 1995

A children's book with audio cassette produced by Bob and Wendy Weir. The cassette soundtrack was produced, narrated and performed by Bob Weir.

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Open Ears: Creative Adventures in Music and Sound, Sara DeBeer (Editor), 1995

A children's activity book in which well known musicians contribute suggestions for helping children explore the world of sound. Includes a section by Mickey Hart called Coming Full Circle.

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The Teddy Bear's Picnic, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Bruce Whatley, 1996

A 32 page, 8 x 10, children's picture book with illustrations by Bruce Whatley accompanied by an audio cassette of Garcia and Grisman performing the song Teddy Bear's Picnic.

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There Ain't No Bugs On Me, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Bruce Whatley, 1999

A 40 page, 8 x 10, children's picture book with illustrations by Bruce Whatley accompanied by an audio cassette of Garcia and Grisman performing the traditional song There Ain't No Bugs On Me.

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What Will You Wear, Jenny Jenkins, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Bruce Whatley, 2000

A 40 page, 8 x 10, children's picture book with illustrations by Bruce Whatley accompanied by an audio cassette of Garcia and Grisman performing the traditional song Jenny Jenkins.

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My First Dancing Bears: Colors, 2001

A 10 page velcro book for children. The colored bears have to be matched and stuck to the correct page.

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Monkey And The Engineer, Jesse Fuller / David Opie, 2007

This children s book is a beautifully illustrated depiction of a classic folk song by the late Jesse Fuller. A train engineer s pet monkey drives off with locomotive 99, leaving the engineer with a worried mind.

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Grateful Dead: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been, Michele C. Hollow, 2009

A short biographical work aimed roughly at ages 9 to 12.

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Ava's Grateful Bears, Douglas P. Bratt / Maggie High, 2014

Looking for a special way to connect with his granddaughter, Ava's grandfather secretly places a large box under the Christmas tree. Within that box is a collection of over 100 Grateful Dead Bears. Over the next seven years, the connection that occurs between granddaughter, grandfather and that magical collection of bears takes all of them on a special journey together.

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The Grateful Book of Letters, Pete Mason & Ryan Kerrigan, 2019

The Grateful Book of Letters is the third children's book written by Pete Mason and illustrated by artist Ryan Kerrigan. Kids of all ages can take a trip through the alphabet with Grateful Dead inspired references for each letter.

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Terrapin's Travels for Toddlers, Ryan Peter Anderson and Sara Clark, 2019

Book one in the Terrapin's Travels toddler series exists so that now even the youngest head can get a taste of the world created by the band beyond description. In this tale, Terrapin the turtle is struggling to find a place in which he belongs.

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Last updated February 2020