Music is a pretty amazing thing. For children, music and rhythm is a gateway to early literacy, language development, empathy, emotional growth, different cultures, movement, coordination, and even math! (Obviously, I could go on…) At the library, we love using music to help babies and adults bond, to share great energy, and to pave the way for early literacy and a love of words and books.
For older kids, I’ve been really delighted with the amount of great children’s artists there are to choose from these days. Today, I’d like to feature some of our new music here in the Children’s Department: original, fun, and well-reviewed albums that kids and adults can enjoy together.
My Best Friend is a Salamander by Peter Himmelman
“…A [Fred Koch] favourite…for its originality and child-like splendor,” Peter Himmelman’s first CD for children has been compared to Shel Silverstein in terms of its sometimes wacky wordplay.
No! by They Might Be Giants
All Music Guide gave the album a great review (among many other great reviews), calling it “one of the group’s most creative albums in years, and undoubtedly one of [the year’s] best children’s releases, because it says yes to fun and individuality.”
Nora’s Room by Jessica Harper
A great album to dance to for preschool and up, in Nora’s Room, “Rhythms and rhymes play across the album in unpredictable, delightful ways.”
– Billboard Magazine
Meltdown by Justin Roberts
Justin Roberts came up again and again in my search for music that both parents and kids can appreciate. “Roberts has been compared to James Taylor, a comparison earned mostly because their voices are similar. But Roberts’ musical strengths are his uptempo rockers…and this album shows off his guitar-based pop-rock to fine effect” (Zoogobble). Recommended for ages 5-10.
Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well by Jennifer Gasoi
Grammy-winner Jennifer Gasoi is a Canadian artist who “writes happy songs for happy kids. In her orchestration and target audience, she’s like a jazzier Laurie Berkner” (Zoogobble), and is recommended for ages 3-7.
Stay tuned for Part II, featuring wonderful folk and world music for kids from toddler to ten!