Then one day, a friend introduced us to Dan Zanes, and set us off in a whole new direction. Liberated, we searched more widely and found some truly great kids’ music – songs and whole albums even that we could love, laugh about, and listen to a hundred times over, together.
Of those albums, here are 9 standouts that stand the test of time. They feature songs with catchy tunes and clever lyrics, the kind that my kids (now 10 and 13) and I can still chuckle at when meaning dawns years later.
Why a selection of music albums in a blog about reading, you might wonder. Because I believe many of these songs, with their rich vocabulary and intelligent wordplay, laid the early ground work for my children to truly pay attention, to work at decoding language, and fall in love with what words can do.
Sesame Street: Sing the Alphabet
Sing Along with Putumayo
Meltdown – Justin Roberts
Rhinoceros Tap – Sandy Boynton
Dog Train – Sandy Boynton
House Party – Dan Zanes
Family Dance – Dan Zanes
Farkle & Friends – John Lithgow
Singin’ in the Bathtub – John Lithgow
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