I taught myself to read music...I learned a bit about how music worked from watching my Dad, and occasionally asking questions. But the theory was something that I had to work out. Thankfully, one of the most amazing children's books ever was invented to help me on my way:
Image sourced from here.
The book is a crazy mix of awesome pop-ups and interactive choices. A group of farm-yard animals guide us through ideas of rhythm, pitch and melody. And on the final page- this is the best bit- there's a mini keyboard.
Amazingly, that keyboard still works an entire decade later...kind of. It's not really in tune, and it doesn't make a confident sound, but it's still there.
I adore this book...it's just so funny and interesting and noisy (in a really good way!).
Amazingly, you can buy this book here.