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Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the...Electric Guitar?

As a new mom, I was delighted to discover that children's music has come a long way from Wee Sing and Raffi. Modern "kindie" music spans genres and covers topics from the joys of cheese to dealing with bullies. You might find yourself playing some tracks even when your kids aren't around (I know I do!) Here are a few staff favorites from our collection.


Amazon Says: Grammy nominated and bestselling children s author, songwriter and music producer, Sandra Boynton, presents her first Country album, Frog Trouble. The album features 12 origin more...
Amazon Says: Grammy nominated and bestselling children s author, songwriter and music producer, Sandra Boynton, presents her first Country album, Frog Trouble. The album features 12 original songs by Boynton, arranged and mixed with Michael Ford. Boynton produced the tracks mostly in Nashville, with renowned session musicians and an All-Star roster. Each artist was hand-picked by Boynton for this retro sounding album, including Dwight Yoakam, Fountains of Wayne, Mark Lanegan, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Linda Eder, and Falls Mountain Cowboys. With composer Michael Ford, Boynton has written and produced five albums, three of which have been certified Gold. She also received a GRAMMY nomination for the Boynton/Ford album Philadelphia Chickens. Frog Trouble has tracks ranging from Country to Bluegrass to Rockabilly to Honkytonk to Blues. It s truly an album for everyone or, as the cover says, "For ages one to older than dirt." less...
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Amazon Says: In Little Seed, Elizabeth Mitchell embraces the gentle genius of America's musical bard Woody Guthrie, reminding us of how the loving bonds between parent and child endure and more...
Amazon Says: In Little Seed, Elizabeth Mitchell embraces the gentle genius of America's musical bard Woody Guthrie, reminding us of how the loving bonds between parent and child endure and are strengthened through song. Moved by Guthrie's simple yet profound songs created for his daughter, and his ability to inhabit both the perspective of a loving, protective parent and the voice of a freewheeling child, Mitchell makes them her own, joined by family and friends to offer us a re-imagined rendition of classic favorites. less...
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Amazon Says: On June 1st 2011, The Okee Dokee Brothers began a canoe trip in Minneapolis, MN and continued down the Mississippi River for the next 30 days until they arrived at St Louis Ga more...
Amazon Says: On June 1st 2011, The Okee Dokee Brothers began a canoe trip in Minneapolis, MN and continued down the Mississippi River for the next 30 days until they arrived at St Louis Gateway Arch. During their month long journey, they camped, canoed and filmed but most importantly, composed the songs that make up their new album for family and kids, Can You Canoe? Produced by Dean Jones in his Rosendale, NY hay-bale studio, the record features guest appearances from Garth Hudson (The Band), Elizabeth Mitchell (You Are My Flower), as well as Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak (Gustafer Yellowgold). Package includes the 15 track CD, as well as a DVD about the Brother's 30 day canoe trip! Can You Canoe? won the 2013 Grammy for Best Children's Album. less...
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Radio Jungle by Pop Ups
Amazon Says: 2012 album from the POP UPS (Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein), the Grammy-nominated musical duo which the Wall Street Journal says 'reflects the creativity percolating on the more...
Amazon Says: 2012 album from the POP UPS (Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein), the Grammy-nominated musical duo which the Wall Street Journal says 'reflects the creativity percolating on the independent children's music scene.' RADIO JUNGLE garnered a Grammy nomination and accolades from Parents' Choice, the Fids and Kamily Awards, PopDose and as well as heavy rotation on Sirius XM's Kids Place Live radio show, and other national acclaim. A love letter to pop music, RADIO JUNGLE assimilates pop idioms into something new and altogether unique. The songs are polished, sonically cohesive and inviting with themes ranging from where 'Bananas' come from, to the artistic potential presented by a 'Box of Crayons.' less...
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Hot Air by Recess Monkey
Amazon Says: Recess Monkey takes to the sky in this ambitious, multilayered album of songs produced by John Vanderslice. The record blends complex orchestrations, high energy hooks and cle more...
Amazon Says: Recess Monkey takes to the sky in this ambitious, multilayered album of songs produced by John Vanderslice. The record blends complex orchestrations, high energy hooks and clever lyrics for the whole family. The 15-song release accompanies a vivid, 40 minute animated story on a second disc which follows Andrew on his unlikely entry into the Windybrook AIR Race, available only in the physical format. As seen in Time, People, USA Today, NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times and hundreds of news outlets coast to coast, Recess Monkey excites audiences of all ages and has earned a dedicated national following. less...
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Fascinating Creatures by Frances England
Amazon Says: A unique blend of folk and indie influences merge to create an album that will charm both parents and children. more...
Amazon Says: A unique blend of folk and indie influences merge to create an album that will charm both parents and children. less...
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Amazon Says: "Growing up music was an important part of my childhood," Marley says. "I see it being just as important in my children and all children's growth and development. Music helps more...
Amazon Says: "Growing up music was an important part of my childhood," Marley says. "I see it being just as important in my children and all children's growth and development. Music helps children to grow with open minds and open hearts and this is my message. This record represents my daily family life and is inspired by my three-year-old daughter Judah and baby Gideon. It was a joy to make and opened up new avenues in my creativity. Family Time is for all families and especially the world family." less...
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Amazon Says: Music is an intrinsic part of life in Africa, and from the earliest age, the lullaby is used to sooth and calm children into quiet time and sleep. Featuring some of the bigges more...
Amazon Says: Music is an intrinsic part of life in Africa, and from the earliest age, the lullaby is used to sooth and calm children into quiet time and sleep. Featuring some of the biggest names in African music, let the peaceful voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and soothing sounds of the mbira and kora gently lull your baby to sleep. Bonus CD: Virginia Mukwesha: Matare: The Power Of Mbira. Five overlapping and interlocking themes are played on seven mbiras, creating about 35 thematic variations. The sound of Matare is deliberately cool and soothing perfect for sending children to sleep. less...
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Amazon Says: Gustafer Yellowgold s Dark Pie Concerns continues the earthly adventures of Gustafer Yellowgold, a friendly fellow who came from the Sun and landed in the Minnesota woods. Thi more...
Amazon Says: Gustafer Yellowgold s Dark Pie Concerns continues the earthly adventures of Gustafer Yellowgold, a friendly fellow who came from the Sun and landed in the Minnesota woods. This DVD/CD set presents the question, what is our relationship to food beyond eating it? Each animated video navigates a different culinary related scenario. A fat steak on a black eye, onion voodoo dolls, and a love poem to a perfect piece of fruit are each represented in this ten-song collection, where the track list reads more like a café menu than alt-pop record jacket. less...
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