Friday Favorite: Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs

Laurie Berkner band(Note: I received a promotional copy of this album for review).

When Laurie Berkner releases a new album it’s a good day.  Her latest album, out in late October, doesn’t disappoint.

Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs is a 2 disc album packed with 51 traditional kids songs and 6 bonus tracks of Berkner originals.  Adults will recall many of the songs from their own childhoods, but these classics have a fresh sound. One of my major complaints about kids albums featuring “classics” like The Itsy Bitsy Spider and The Ants Go Marching is the grating sound of kids singing slightly off key to poorly arranged tunes. You won’t find that here.

There’s a playful rock and folk influenced feel throughout the album. Familiar tunes like “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” (track 4) and “Frog Went A Courtin” (track 16) have a modern approach perfect for today’s preschool crowd.  Her versions of “Where is Thumbkin” (track 10) and “Wheels on the Bus” (track 14) could be great for storytime programs. One of my favorites from this album is “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (track 6); it features a jazzy, upbeat trumpet accompaniment. If you’re a parent of young children or work with kids, I recommend adding this album to your core music collection.

You can find a sampling of songs (plus lyrics to all the songs) on her website.

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