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Kids' Songs for Halloween (2016 Update!)

I've not a big Halloween fan -- I'm mostly repelled by the vast amounts of really bad candy, though I love the community feel of the holiday (given the climate in late October in Phoenix, the holiday in our neighborhood is a giant block party). Show More Summary

Video: "Washington, D.C." - The Not-Its!

It's easy to make green screen technology look kinda good, but not really. Or I don't know, maybe it's hard. In any case, I often look at kindie-budget-level green screen technology and think, "meh." (Maybe I've been spoiled by one two...Show More Summary

Top Kids and Family Podcasts (October 2016)

If it's approaching the end of the month, that means it's time once more to take a look at the nebulously-ranked world of podcasts, this time for October. (Here is September's list of top-ranked kids and family podcasts.) For the most...Show More Summary

Radio Playlist: New Music October 2016

Near the end of October, and there's a whole bunch of music as the Grammy window comes to a close. I've probably missed a few, in fact, but that just means next month's list might also be full of stuff. (As for last month's list, you...Show More Summary

Video: "Me on the Map" - Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Still image from Brady Rymer's "Me on the Map" video Nothing fancy about this brand new video from Brady Rymer -- just a well-done video with shots of Rymer playing music by himself, making music with kids, and roasting marshmallows in the woods, fields, and beaches near his Long Island home. Show More Summary

Interview: Justin Roberts

Justin Roberts with ukulele and some lemonade Some of my favorite power-poppy songs for kids ("Recess," "Trick or Treat," My Imaginary Rhino") have come from kids music superstar Justin Roberts, but on his just-released album Lemonade, the Chicago-based musician took a slightly different songwriting approach. Show More Summary

Video: "Two Trees, Old Friends" - Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly

This video for "Two Trees, Old Friends," the sweet and wistful song from Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly's incredible album Trees is... well, I hesitate to describe it too much, because you and your kids will only get one chance to see it for the first time, and I firmly believe in the power of wonder and awe. Show More Summary

Video: "Love Light Shine" - KB Whirly feat. Mista Cookie Jar

So for those of you needing a little positivity and sunshine as we head towards the short, cloudy days of winter, I present to you KB Whirly and Mista Cookie Jar teaming up for a bicoastal jam. A little soul, a little hip-hop, and a bunch of flowers, this brand-new single will make you and your kids feel allllllll right. Show More Summary

Video: "Cousin Party" - Karen K (World Premiere!)

Karen K -- AKA Karen Kalafatas -- doesn't make a lot of videos, but when she does, they're slick and they're fun. Consider "(I Woke Up) In a Firetruck," which delighted a bunch of firetruck-obsessed preschoolers and their families and, as a result, she won the 2014 KidVid Tournament. Show More Summary

Itty-Bitty Review: Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast - Andrew & Polly

Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast cover Readers of the site over the past year or so know I've paid a lot of attention to podcasts made for kids, and one of the most delightful of the bunch is Ear Snacks, a funny and occasionally surreal podcast for preschoolers from Los Angeles-based duo Andrew & Polly. Show More Summary

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel: Introducing the Adventure Podcast for Middle Schoolers

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel logo What is the allure to you of a serialized story?I think the chance to tell a long story, something that moves from season to season that the kids can look forward to. I don't know if...Show More Summary

Video: "Lemonade" - Justin Roberts

Justin Roberts Lemonade cover Yay for new music from Justin Roberts! In the wake of a successful PledgeMusic campaign, his brand new album Lemonade will quench the thirst of families wanting more of his folk-pop goodness. (I swear, that's the only drinking-related pun I'll be making here. Show More Summary

Video: "Banana Bread" - Caspar Babypants

Away We Go album cover You can view Caspar Babypants' song "Banana Bread" (from his new album Away We Go!) as an ode to that wonderful baked treat, or perhaps as a metaphor for life and value of being flexible. Either way, I think you should watch the brand-new hand-animated video for the song. Show More Summary

Top Kids and Family Podcasts (September 2016)

Sliding in just under the wire, it's time for a September look at the nebulously-ranked world of podcasts. This month's list differs slightly from last month's list of top-ranked kids and family podcasts. For the most part, the order...Show More Summary

Monday Morning Smile: "Vote for Jim Gill" - Jim Gill

Vote for Jim Gill cover As you're aware, usually these Monday Morning Smiles are not kid-music-specific, but when I saw this video from Jim Gill, I knew that this movement-based song would be perfect for this morning of the first presidential debate of 2016. Show More Summary

Video: "Superhero" - The Laurie Berkner Band

Superhero album cover It's September 23, a very busy day for Laurie Berkner. Her new album Superhero is released today, featuring a bunch of brand-new original songs and duets with folks like Ziggy Marley, Kira Willey, and Brady Rymer. Show More Summary

Practice For The Rest of the Year: XOXO 2016

"Long Live the Wildcards, Misfits & Dabblers" -- seen from the Burnside Bridge, southeast side At the risk of losing most of my readers for this secular kids' music site, let me kick off this essay about a conference about the intersection of the internet and creativity with a story about church. Show More Summary

Interview: Amy Lee

Amy Lee and rubber duckie friend I will admit that Amy Lee was not high on my list of artists I expected to release a kids' album, but after doing this for fifteen years, I probably shouldn't have been, given the long list of artists who have dipped their toes into the kindie pool. Show More Summary

Interview: Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner performs at the Krannert Center Laurie Berkner is without a doubt a kids' music superstar, known for her albums, TV shows, videos, and so much more. One might even say that to many preschoolers (and probably not a small number of current aspiring kids' musicians), she's kind of a hero. Show More Summary

Video: "Phone" - Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies

Normally a video posted on a Monday morning might qualify for a "Monday Morning Smile" designation, but the latest video from Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies is all about the impending collapse of Earth and its inhabitants due to humans' obsession with those tiny glass screens. Show More Summary

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