The most popular CDs in the children’s collection have something in common– they all have Kidz Bop or Disney in the name. If you’re looking for something new and different, try one of these children’s albums reviewed in School Library Journal.
Australian Playground by various performers
“This excellent album showcases the diversity of Australia’s music for children, featuring aboriginal folk, rock, blues, and Dixieland jazz styles. The many musicians give excellent performances on such instruments as guitar, ukulele, saxophone, drums, percussion, harmonica, brass, and didgeridoo. Several of the singers belt out their songs with strong Aussie accents….upbeat and fun”
You can sample some of the music at http://www.putumayo.com/shop/australian-playground/ –and you might want to explore some of Putumayo’s other great World Music albums for kids.
The Bossy E. Performed by Mister G.
“Mister G makes his message about reading and creativity nonstop fun. Mixing a variety of beats and musical styles… with great success.”
You can listen to the title song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBP-AW29YDk. Mister G is also known for his bilingual songs in Spanish and English.
Just Say Hi! Performed by Brady Rymer
“This well-crafted, musically thoughtful album of original songs leads listeners into another world… Toe-tappin’ rockabilly, funky New Orleans beats, cool reggae, and always-fun ragtime… Adults may find themselves listening to this CD even when the kiddos are nowhere to be found. ”
http://www.bradyrymer.com/ has a video for the title song and a link to his youtube channel.
Precious Child: Love Songs & Lullabies, performed by Darryl Tookes & Joe Beck.
“The combination of Tookes’s beautiful baritone, amazing arrangements, and tender lyrics makes this album completely unique to children’s music. Pop/jazz/gospel influences are evident as Tookes and Beck put their own spin on traditional songs, such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” … Original songs “Daddy’s Girl” and “Precious Child” will pull at every parent’s heartstrings.”
You can listen to samples of the music at http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Child-Love-Songs-Lullabies/dp/B00KEWE1SG