We’re All Young Together
by Walter Martin
This is one of those CDs that parents will likely love just as much (or even more ) than their kids! Walter Martin (a member of the indie band The Walkmen) has a wonderful sense of humor that really shines through the songs on this CD. Some of the songs have a quieter, low key mood while others are great for dancing around the room. You’ll find a sweet, simple love song, a song that celebrates and agonizes what it means to have a sibling, and more. This is my favorite CD of the year so far!
A Little Love
by Renee & Jeremy
This CD is made up of covers from other musicians such as REM, Monkees, Queen and Red Hot Chili Peppers which will make them recognizable to parents but they’re redone in a sweet and simple way with calming, lovely harmonies that will appeal to children. A great way to please both parents and children and somehow they pull this off without being cloying. It’s a delightful little album.
You Are My Sunshine
by Elizabeth Mitchell
Elizabeth Mitchell’ CDs are always a treat to listen to but this CD especially has some winners. It tickles funnybones with a sweet versions of “Ladybug Picnic” and “Car Car”, reminds parents of our own childhoods with “3 Is the Magic Number” and includes a version of the song “Here Comes My Baby” that adults will love to sing along with. This collection of songs ranges from melancholy to pure joy that the whole family can enjoy.
by Charlie Hope
This is one of those children’s CDs that is easy to listen to again & again. Charlie Hope’s sweet voice with upbeat songs that never sound cloying will entertain the whole family. Some of the songs will be familiar, like “Mister Sun”, while others might become new favorites, like “Train Song”, a musically very interesting song. Utterly delightful and highly recommended. We’re looking forward to trying her other albums in my house.
Growing Up with Ella Jenkins
by Ella Jenkins
This collection of songs, rhymes, stories and games is a lovely CD for the car or for home. The repetitive nature and call and response style of many of the songs will quickly invite listeners of all ages to join along. Several of the tracks may be familiar (like Hickory Dickory Dock & Sailor Went to Sea) while others not. The simple songs are sung along with kazoos, mandolin, guitar and more with topics such as first and last names, counting, the jobs people have, greetings and more. Great for toddlers & up.