Does the lack of well produced children's music make waking up from naps hard or give you the stomach flu too? During the two years I taught elementary school music I was always on the hunt for good kids songs or song books. It's pathetic how little is really out there. It's either super childish, like to the point of being patronizing, or super cheesy, like if I have to listen to that I am liable to loose my sanity right here on the spot.
Even though I'm no longer teaching, I'm still on the look out for songs to rock out to with Keyton. So for all you who are in a similar pickle, here are some of my favorites. Post your favorites too. Together, perhaps we can find something both us and our kids can bear.Laurie Berkner
She is my favorite by far. All of her her albums are great. I especially like her songs: "Victor Vito" and "I Know a Chicken". Her latest album, I think, doubles as a DVD and has a music video?Sesame Street, Fiesta!
I'm not sure if that's what it's called but it's a the Spanish one. Other sesame street albums I've listened to are annoying (beware of the bath time album, it is bad news), maybe you'll think this one is too, but I like it.Fisher-Price Little People's ABC Sing-along.
Has a cute song for each letter of the alphabet, also not annoying.Arthur and Friends: the first almost real not live CD
: This is a childhood favorite of Nick's. I especially like the "library card" and "my night light" songs.Sandra Boynton
Has many good books that can be sung, or explore animal noises --which is good for young children. Vocal exploration will help them find their singing voice when they're muscles are ready for that, if you wanted to know. I'm partial to the books "snuggle puppy" and "your personal penguin". She also has produced two albums I think, "Philadelphia Chickens" is one I'm familiar with. I really like some songs and don't care for others. Overall I think it's okay.
Well, these are pretty cheesy. They're words sung to famous orchestral works, like to Bethoven's 5th symphony (you know, da-da-da-duuuuuuuuu, da-da-da-duuuuuuuuuu), they sing: "betthoven's wig, is very big. . .". Think Weird Al meets Baby Einstein. The classical songs are also on there without any singing.Jack Johnson
I really like the soundtrack from the Curious George movie. It has a grown up feel with kid themes. The Oregonian in me especially likes the reduce, reuse, recycle song.Phil Collins
Tarzan soundtrack. The song "Trashing the Camp", performed with Incync is classic.
Do you have any recommendations?