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The Little Drummer Boy {free book-inspired printables!}

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I am so excited to provide these Drummer Boy printables for you!!

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It is no secret that Ezra Jack Keats is my favorite children’s author (you can see posts here and here).  And I really didn’t love The Little Drummer Boy (Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum) song for Christmas — it kind of annoyed me — I think it was the versions I had been listening to.

But when I saw that Keats’ illustrated into a book, I gave the song another chance.  His always-glorious illustrations show the lowly environment our Savior was born in — and the majesty of the first glimpses of the King.  Keats was Jewish, and if you are familiar with him, you will notice that all of his books express diversity and acceptance of all people.  (His book, The Snowy Day, was the first Caldecott Winner to have a child of color on the cover!)

So now I love the song — I haven’t heard the “perfect” version yet.  (I think that version would be a young boy singing the song, with very few instruments.)  But if you’ve been under a rock and haven’t heard the Pentatonix — an acappella group — version, here it is — you will not be disappointed!  It is breathtaking!


The book-inspired printables include:

  1. Figures to cut out — for imaginative or popsicle stick play
  2. Tracing page to learn proper pencil grip, straight lines, and left to right orientation {See Early Literacy Stage 3.}
  3. Mini book with pictures and words to cut out and read
  4. Mini book with words only for child to draw his/her own pictures
  5. Black and white coloring pages


This Christmas song expresses the Gospel.  We can do our very best for our King.  But no matter what, good or bad, He gives us His grace through His shed blood and His resurrection.

I played my drum for Him,

I played my best for Him,

Then He smiled at me,

Me and my drum.

Pure beauty.

My son loved this song, and book, last year.  But this year, oh, he can’t stop singing it.  And playing it on his little drum.  (Shhh, don’t tell him, but he is getting this drum-set for Christmas.)

I wanted to share these as soon as they were done — Christmas is right around the corner — so I don’t have pictures of John with the printables.  But I do have some of him and his beloved drum!  He loves singing Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum all day, every day!



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You can download the Little Drummer Boy printable pack here

Merry Christmas!


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  1. Love this! We’ve been reading this book and watching the Pentatonix video. :) Lots of drumming here, too.

  2. Your son is soooo adorable!!! I LOVE your printables! I’m making a trip to my local library today and keeping my fingers crossed this book is in. My daughter would love this! :)

    1. Oh, Thanks Rachel!! He adores this book and has loved being a drummer boy this season :) His favorite of the printables is pretending to hit the drum lol — I hope it’s in!!

  3. I like Ezra Jack Keats too, but am not familiar with this book. We will have to check it out. Your blog was featured today on the Yahoo Group Homeschool Blogger’s Haven. It looks like you are doing a great job staying home with your little ones. My kids are now 6, 10 and 12. We are homeschoolers too and do lots of hands-on activities. Happy New Year.


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