I was entering some new book titles into our database this morning and ran across the late, great Walter Dean Myers’s novel On a Clear Day (Crown, September 2014). Now for the last hour I’ve had Barbra Streisand in my head singing “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” from the musical and film (starring Babs, of course) of the same name.
This got me thinking about other book titles I’ve run across over the years that also automatically make me think of a song title or lyric I know well — and then inevitably get stuck in my head all day:
Out of My Mind (Atheneum) by Sharon M. Draper / “Out of My Head” by Fastball
Across the Universe (Razorbill/Penguin) by Beth Revis / “Across the Universe” by The Beatles
Stars (Beach Lane/Simon) by Mary Lyn Ray; illus. by Marla Frazee / “Stars” from Les Miserables
Stay with Me (Dial) by Paul Griffin / “Stay with Me” from Into the Woods
The Space Between (Razorbill/Penguin) by Brenna Yovanoff / “The Space Between” by Dave Matthews Band
How to Save a Life (Little, Brown) by Sara Zarr / “How to Save a Life” by The Fray
Just Call My Name (Little, Brown) by Holly Goldberg Sloan / “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5 and by Mariah Carey and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
I inherited this habit from my musically-inclined mother who, any time she hears a line from a song she knows, will break out into song. But I’m sure we’re not the only ones who do this. What children’s book titles remind you of a song title or lyric?