"Favorite Cousin" - The Pop Ups

Artist: The Pop Ups

Song: "Favorite Cousin"

Album: N/A

Description: I'll have a separate post on Christmas and holiday music in a few days, but didn't want the free nature of this track to go unnoticed any longer than it had to.  Yes, it's nominally about Christmastime and Hanukkah-time, but really it's about jamming with your favorite-but-not-often-seen family member.

Source: Soundcloud

Food Songs for Thanksgiving - Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists

Album: N/A

Description: Eight songs free for the downloading (for a limited time, anyway), courtesy of artists from Sugar Mountain PR.  Ostensibly they're songs for Thanksgiving, but that's really just because they're food-related.  But with music from Kira Willey, Lisa Loeb, Heidi Swedberg, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke, the Okee Dokee Brothers and more, I think you'll find enough to be grateful for.

Source: Soundcloud

Fire Prevention Songs - SteveSongs and Recess Monkey

Artists: SteveSongs / Recess Monkey

Songs: "Little Rosalie" and "What's That Sound?"

Album: N/A

Description: The National Fire Protection Association's kid-friendly site Sparky Schoolhouse recruited SteveSongs and Recess Monkey to write, record, and film music videos promoting fire safety techniques. TL;DR - have a fire alarm and a fire safety plan.  But TL;DR doesn't work as well with kids, so I'd stick with the free downloads of Steve's "Little Rosalie" and five (5!) different versions of Recess Monkey's "What's That Sound?" (plus you can see the videos, too).

Source: Sparky Schoolhouse website

Four Free Book-Related Songs - Caspar Babypants

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Artist: Caspar Babypants

Album: N/A

Description: Chris Ballew aka Caspar Babypants is already super-productive, turning out album after album, but even beyond his stellar full-length stuff (Rise and Shine, out September 16!), he occasionally does some one-off stuff.  He's done 3 songs for books he's written with his wife Kate Endle, and his latest, "Old Manhattan" is for a new book written by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Endle.  Just like all of Ballew's Caspar Babypants work, it takes an old song and rejiggers it for the 21st century.  Best of all (for you), you can download all 4 of these book-based tracks for free.

Source: CB's Songs for Books page

"Shakin' Up the Pollen" - ScribbleMonster

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Song:  "Shakin' Up the Pollen"

Album: N/A

Description:  It's an educational song about the plight of bees that turns "Flight of the Bumblebee".... wait, where are you going?  This song rocks, really!  Great for kindergartners...

Source: ScribbleMonster's website

"Little Soccer Player" - Stacey Peasley

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Artist: Stacey Peasley

Song: "Little Soccer Player"

Album: Lucky Day

Description: There are very few songs about soccer/football in the English-speaking kindie world, so in the midst of 2014 World Cup fever, this high-energy tune (featuring drums by Marty Beller, They Might Be Giants' drummer) is one of your few samba-free options.

Source: Bandcamp

The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow EP - S.S. Bungalow

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Artist: S.S. Bungalow

Album: The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow (EP)

Description: Titled an EP, this is really just a sampler of the full-length album funded via Kickstarter.  You've already heard their demo tracks, perhaps, now listen to five tracks of the intricately crafted Americana weirdness (that's a compliment, folks) and download 'em for the price of an e-mail (and anything you'd like to tip the fine folks from Portland).

Source: Noisetrade

Father's Day Playlist - Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists

Album: N/A

Description: An eight-song collection of free music (at least through Father's Day) via Sugar Mountain PR.  Includes the title track from Raffi's upcoming album Love Bug and other upcoming albums from Brady Rymer and The Not-Its, plus some classics ("When I Grow Up," "The Elephant Song").

Source: Soundcloud