Hidden Gems: Songs in Spanish

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to check out some new music!  Here are five great children’s albums to sample:

Aqui Alla
Aqui, Alla performed by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Their website has samples of wonderful music performed by these Latin Grammy winners.
School Library Journal called it “a fantastic children’s album… Entertaining for non-Spanish speakers and Spanish speakers alike.”

Arrorro mi nino
Arrorró mi niño: Latino lullabies and gentle games performed by Cecilia Esquivel and Patricia Vergara of Cantaré (from the award-winning book of songs selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre)
Tim Wadham, who writes Libro por libro, says this “should be on every storytime playlist.”  It’s a collection of traditional rhymes and songs for young children from several Spanish-speaking countries.
There are very short samples of the songs at Amazon.com.

The Rough Guide to Latin Music for Children
The Rough Guide to Latin Music for Children by various performers
You can hear samples of the music at http://www.worldmusic.net/store/item/RGNET1321/

Sabor Spanish Learning Songs
¡Sabor! Spanish Learning Songs performed by Jorge Anaya
If you’re learning Spanish, this album has songs that will introduce vocabulary and also get you moving.  You can listen to samples at Amazon.com.

1 2 3 con Andres
¡Uno, dos, tres, con Andrés! performed by Andrés Salguero
“Latin rhythms and bilingual lyrics make this album fun and educational.”–Caitlyn Walsh in School Library Journal
You can find videos, music, and photos at http://www.123andres.com/

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