Music for children and their families is alive and well. Indie artists shone brightly in the NAPPAs 20th annual awards, as they blended with established performers who continue to deliver. What a tremendous mix of new takes on traditional songs, terrific original songs, and outstanding musicianship.
Music Together Lullabies, various artists, Music Together, LLC, 2009; $14.95; age birth-6.
Party Like a Twinkle Star, Charity and the JAMband, 2010; $17.98 Double CD; age birth-9.
Sing Me Goodnight, Lisa Redfern, Hurricane Music, 2010; $15; age birth and up.
Sing Me to SleepIndie Lullabies, Various Artists, American Laundromat Records, 2010; $13.95; age birth and up.
A Mighty Good Day, Hullabaloo, Hullabaloo Music, 2010; $12; age birth-6.
Rock and Roll Garden, Bari Koral Family Rock Band, Loopytunes, 2010; $10.99; age 1-5.
The Wild World of Wildlife, Birdie Mendoza, Birdies Playhouse, 2010; $10.99;age birth-5.
A Cow Says Moock, Alastair Moock, Moockshake Music, 2010; $15; age 2-10.
Eat a Bowl of Cherries, Rhythm Child, The Rhythm Child Network, 2009; $15; age birth-6.
Funky Fresh and Sugar Free, Sugar Free Allstars, Wiser Music, 2010; $12.97; age 3-10.
Jungle Gym, Justin Roberts, Carpet Square Records, 2010; $16; age 3-9.
The Kids Are All Id, Randy Kaplan, Randy Kaplan Music, 2010; $12.99-$17.99; age 4 and up.
Swimming in Noodles, Jim Cosgrove, Hiccup Productions, Inc., 2010; $13; age 3-8.
Ranky Tanky, Rani Arbo, Mayhem Music, 2010; $15; age 3 and up.
Take It Outside, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Okee Dokee Music, 2010; $15; age 3-9.
Sunny Day, Elizabeth Mitchell, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2010; $11.98; age 9 and up.
Were Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar, various artists, Rainbow Morning Music, 2010; $14.95; age 9 and up.
For more on the season’s must-haves, return to our 2010 Toy Guide or check out the following “best-of” lists:
- Best DVDs
- Best music
- Best video games and software
- Best books and magazines
- Best toys for infants and toddlers
- Best toys for preschoolers
- Best toys for ages 5+
- Best toys for ages 8+