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Children love singing! Singing is a fun way to use language and learn new words. Songs break down words into smaller parts, allowing children to hear different sounds. They also learn about syllables and rhyming while singing and listening to songs, because each syllable of a word is associated with a particular note.

Songs are great ways to introduce new vocabulary to children. Unique words are often used in order to make rhymes, so children hear more interesting words. Songs also help children learn the letters of the alphabet and how to count, and they’re also great memory boosters!

Tips for Singing With Your Child

  • Sing songs everyday with your child. It's a great way to improve vocabulary.
  • Sing slowly to draw out the word sounds.
  • Dance while you sing with songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and The Chicken Dance.
  • Sing the ABC song to practice the alphabet.
  • Using tapping sticks while singing to tap out the word sounds.

Great Music for Kids

Raffi
Laurie Berkner
Greg & Steve
Jim Gill
The Wiggles
Justin Roberts
Hap Palmer
Elizabeth Mitchell
Happy Toddler Hits
Imagination Movers
Johnette Downing
Georgiana Liccione Stewart
Kidz Bop

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Reading Suggestions!

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
    James Dean

    a groovy rendition of the classic favorite children's song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," sung by cool cat Pete and perfect for sing-along time with young readers.

  • Sing with Me
    Naoko Stoop

    Thirteen favorite nursery songs, including "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Itsy, Bitsy Spider," and "Pat-a-Cake," are beautifully brought to life with sweet animal characters and charming scenes.

  • Imagine
    John Lennon

    Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a journey to spread a message of tolerance around the world.

  • Let's Play in the Forest
    Claudia Rueda

    As the animals play in the forest, Wolf gets dressed: undershirt, pants, T-shirt, socks, and shoes. What will happen to the animals when the wolf is done?

  • Farmyard Beat
    Lindsey Craig

    As soon as the sun goes down, the animals are up! Before long, there's a giant farmyard dance party, complete with funny animal sounds.

  • Over in the Meadow
    Jill McDonald

    Children will relish the vivid descriptions of the animals and their activities, from a bumpy mother toad and her baby basking in the sun to a hairy mother spider and her ten children spinning webs in a den.