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Age: Infants

 


2012 Award
Blue Clouds
(Smithsonian Folkways $14.99 Score:)

You know that moment when you're in your child's nursery and the sun pours in?  No one's crying, no one needs a diaper....you're just enjoying being together.  Elizabeth Mitchell's new release Blue Clouds feels like the soundtrack for that perfect moment. A collection of deliciously accessible songs that highlight Mitchell's voice. The arrangements are simple--with guitars, piano, fiddles, and bass.  While the press release for this recording highlights that some of the music is from the likes of such legends as David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Van Morrison, none of that seems very important here.  The take away, is a lovely collection of music to share. Click here to hear a sample.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie
(Smithsonian Folkways $11.99 Score:)

Elizabeth Mitchell rocks this collection of Woody Guthrie songs. Right from the start with Riding in My Car we knew we were in for a treat. Her bright, strong voice makes you relax and enjoy these great songs in a new way.  She makes each song her own.  You could imagine Woody listening for a bit, smiling and then joining in.  Children's music at its best. This CD was just nominated for a GRAMMY! Click here to hear a sample.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Sing to Your Baby, Book and CD
(by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Community Music $19.95 Score:)

If you know a family with a new baby or one on the way, give them this book and CD! Designed to inspire moms and dads to sing, dance and play with their baby, the colorful hard covered book is illustrated by James Nocito with verve and a happy blend of playfulness to match the songs. As always, Cathy and Marcy have created music that has a variety of styles and rhythms to make the sound interesting and they've kept the lyrics easy enough for parents who are musical or not. These songs have a Pete Seeger kind of sound to them that make you want to tap your foot, dance around and sing along. Although the cover says there are 22 songs, in fact, there are eleven original songs, each one is sung by a female and then a male voice with banjo and other stringed accompaniment. This is pure Cathy-and-Marcy-wonderful!

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Little Ditties for Itty Bitties
(Michele Valeri, Cathy & Marcy Songshop $12 Score:)

Michele Valeri's songs are just the right size for the infants and toddlers in your life. Not overproduced with too many words and too many instruments, this is scaled down with repetitive vocabulary and simple enough for tots. The tunes invite interactions between child and caregiver and lyrics. There is enough variation between songs (some of them done both in English and Spanish) and the rhythms to make them interesting to play and sing. 1 & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2010.

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2009 Award
Beautiful Baby, Wonderful Child
(by David Kisor, Growing Sound $15.95 Score:)

There are some lullaby and quiet time songs along with interactive dance-about tunes. Together they make for a lively listening and doing experience that fit into the day of infants and toddlers. The CD opens with the title song, Beautiful Baby, Wonderful Child, sung with Kisor's original words put to Bach's Prelude in C and moves on to several other songs that one might call love songs from parent to child. Among the loveliest is a lullaby, A Blessing, played and sung to the haunting music of a Native American flute. About half the CD is dedicated to action songs that will get toddlers up on their tippy toes and turning round and round. Also charming is a little tune called I Keep Kiss in My Pocket, that just might make separations a little easier. At the end of the CD there is a reprise of three totally instrumental renditions of three of the quiet tunes introduced earlier. These three will be perfect for a bit of naptime music. http://shop.childreninc.org/beautiful-baby-wonderful-child.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
At Quiet O'Clock
(Sally Rogers, Round River $8.98 Score:)

These lullabies are just the ticket for a quiet time-whatever the hour might be. Accompanied by guitar, dulcimer, or piano, this wonderful collection of traditional and original lullabies by award-winning vocalist Sally Rogers is still our favorite!

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1997 Awards
Childhood Memories & Lullabies On Guitar
(Michael Kolmstetter, Kolmstetter Musik $9.98 Score:) You'll know these songs and be able to sing along to Kolmstetter's wonderful classical guitar recordings of familiar lullabies and nursery songs such as "Kum Ba Ya" and "Hush, Little Baby."

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1997.

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Counting Sheep
(Collin Raye, SonyWonder $16.97 Score:) Collin Raye, well-known country artist, will sing your little one to sleep with old standards such as, "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Blackbird," and a duet with Melissa Manchester.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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Disney Lullaby Album
(Disney $14.95 Score:) Classic lullabies and some familiar favorites like "What a Wonderful World," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "When You Wish Upon a Star," spun with an understated lushness-piano, guitar, harp, oboe, violins, flute all arranged to send everyone off to dreamland! A little Lawrence Welk-ish, sans bubbles.

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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Award
DreamSongs
(Pacific Rose $9.98 Score:) Seductively soothing music to lull you and your baby to dreamland... just let the baby go first! Laurie Burke's voice is like the binding on a blanket-smooth and silky!

Age: Infants,Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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