Thursday, May 7, 2009

Music for kids

Peanut and I stopped by the library yesterday. No, not to crash story time...I was looking for some CDs.

My children's songs repertoire is vast, but that requires remembering them. Right now, I have been singing Peanut the extent of an EP: Itsy Bitsy Spider; If All The Raindrops...; ABCs; If You're Happy and You Know It. I know there are others floating around in my brain, I just need a little help remembering them. Enter: children's songs CDs.

I've spent a lot of time with children in my life - cousins, foster siblings, babysitting, etc. I am very aware that these CDs can be hit or miss. Fortunately, our local library has quite the selection of said CDs. I was able to find everything from Veggie Tales to Radiohead for babies (providing the link so you'd know I'm not making this up).

I selected a Disney Collection CD (I have listened to this one before. Very good), Toddler Tunes (not sure how I feel about this one yet), and a Sunday school songs CD.*

I'll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate it (NO Raffi, please).


* - ShankRabbit has asked me a couple times to sing little kid Christian songs to Peanut. One problem: I never learned them. I can hum through "Jesus Loves Me" and maybe sing a few lines of "Arky Arky"...but that's where it ends. So, I am hoping this CD is decent enough to learn the songs.

1 comment:

Eternal Lizdom said...

Veggie Tales are most fun for learning Christian songs. We love to listen to Worship Songs and Sunday School Songs. We also just love their Toddler Tunes (or whatever it is called) CD.

And don't knock Raffi!! I recently got his 3 disc set and the third desk has a lot of great songs- Good Night, Irene... Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot (fantastic arrangement)... Jump Down Turnaround (Pick a Bale of Cotton)... Frere Jacques (and a few other songs in French)... Plus, he's a big time advocate for children and even has this whole "Covenant for Honoring Children" thing.

We also love the "Land of Nod" compilations- music played in the Land of Nod stores. Introduced us to artists like Laurie Berkner, Justin Roberts, Dan Zanes, and more.

Imagination Movers are fun because their sound is kid friendly and kinda ska-ish.