How Do You Celebrate Birthdays with your Little Ones?


In 1893, two kindergarten teachers, sisters Patty and Mildred Hill, wrote a song called “Good Morning to All.”  The song was published the same year in a collection, Song Stories for Children, issued in Chicago by Clayton F. Summy.  No one knows who made the slight change in the lyrics to make it a birthday greeting song, but, since 1910, not a day has passed that someone, somewhere, hasn’t sung “Happy Birthday to You.”

Most people thought that “Happy Birthday” was in the public domain — not so!  Clayton F. Summy owned the original copyright, and his company was not above suing the likes of Western Union and Irving Berlin for copyright infringement.  Of course, there isn’t much that the copyright owner could do about “Happy Birthday” being sung all over the country, every day of the year, in private homes.  In fact, “Happy Birthday” is the most frequently sung song in the English language, followed by “Auld Lang Syne.”  Ironically, the authors not only earned practically nothing from the unprecedented and unequalled success of the song, their names are not even remembered!

“Happy Birthday” was originally written as “Good Morning to All.”  Change the words to make it a greeting song for the start of the day:

Good morning to you

Good morning to you

Good morning my sweet one

Good morning to you

Sing “Happy Birthday” to toys, animals, friends and anyone else that you can think of. Little children never, never tire of this song.

Two different websites feature my songs each month for a free download and activities:

1. Teaching Young Children magazine

2. – Early Childhood News Online

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sapna
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 07:12:25

    hi jackie would like to know from where can i order for ur books and cd’s asi am in india


  2. elizabeth Nuti
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 14:24:03

    Dear Miss Jackie, I have been a fan of yours for years and am wanting to add some new songs to my repertoire. I loooooove My toes are starting to wiggle and I am ordering the other book of yours I love children. I work at seven different schools teaching ages 2-6. Which of your cd’s would you recommend for teaching music for this age? I love your work and thank you for sharing it with the world. Love elizabeth Nuti


    • jackiesilberg
      Jun 24, 2011 @ 16:51:53

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Just found this and thank you for your sweet words. It means a lot to me to know that I am making a difference in the lives of children.
      I would recommend the big green book (Complete book of rhymes, etc.) Also two CDs….Sing About Martin and Tuched by a Song. These have won many awards.

      You can find lots of goodies at my website.
      Thanks again,


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