- Mid-20th Century Hymnbooks
Margaret Cropper and A.R.B. Wylam (editors). Hymns and songs for the church kindergarten. London: National Society, Central Council of the Church for Religious Education, 
by Margaret Cropper, an English kindergarten superintendent, Hymns and songs for the church kindergarten
is especially designed for children of preschool age or just starting on school
life. Cropper’s intention was to compile a hymnal “so simple that a little
child from the simplest home can sing it and understand it.” It comprises both
traditional and specially-composed hymns, utilising words within the range of a
young child’s vocabulary.
The Children's hymnal. Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1955.
hymnal from the official publishing arm of the Lutheran Church in Missouri is
intended for the training and edification of older children, between the ages
of eight and fourteen. The compilers carefully sought a selection of
traditional and more recent hymns whose concepts were thoroughly in line with
the Bible and whose words and ideas were appropriate to the understanding of
young Lutheran worshipers.
Songs for early childhood at church and home. Illustrated by Ann Eshner. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1958.
American hymnal was compiled by professional educators and intended for
preschool children. The songs were selected to reflect the sensory experiences
which are important to young children – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
The collection also emphasises the relationships which are of basic importance
to a young child – to God, family, church, and the community. Certain familiar
tunes and texts are slightly altered for the ease of singing and understanding
of young children.