Artist: The Kinkajous
Album: Nursery Rhymes
Description: There are lots of albums that ply the formula a + b = c, where "a" = classic preschool songs, "b" = non-folk genre, and "c" = something that is lucky to hold the family's attention unless they're diehard fans of "b," but the Caribbean twist the English band The Kinkajous apply to classic nursery rhymes (natch) has much longer staying power than most such albums. And from a United States perspective, the handful of unfamiliar tunes (e.g., "One Man Went to Mow") also helps keep it fresh.
Artist: Emily Dale
Song: "The Dot Song"
Description: There is a good chance that you and/or your kids have read The Dot, a lovely little picture book from Peter H. Reynolds about creativity and in particular the importance of simply starting anywhere. Now Los Angeles-based musician Dale has teamed up with Reynolds to pen this poppy song to accompany the book. If you were charmed by the book, the song is a nice accompaniment.
Photo: Christine Eaves
Artist: Ella Jenkins
Album: More Multicultural Children's Songs
Description: A follow-up to her 1995 album Multicultural Children's Songs, this new album will be released on August 5th to celebrate the music legend's 90th birthday. Twenty songs from her catalogue, plus a liner note essay from Ella herself. Here are three tracks...
Album: Road Trip
Description: It's May, which means it's time to start thinking about road trips, traveling across the state (or even the country) to experience new things. The 2011 album from the San Diego-area band has a whiff of the open road that's a sweet match for your family's summer travels. (Original review here.)
Album: Cat Doorman Songbook (sampler)
Description: You can now stream most of one of 2013's most distinctive-sounding albums. The debut kids' album from Portland, Oregon's Bright has an Etsy aesthetic and a brave emotional tone. (And sometimes it rocks out, too.) Listen to nine album tracks via the widget below.