3 New Kids’ CDs For Your Summer Family Roadtrips

Thank you Hope Harris, winner of the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award, for your newest children’s CD, “Picasso, That’s Who! (And So Can you!)!”

This CD celebration of visual artists from the 19th & 20th century is not only packed with entertaining tunes, it is a fun way for kids to receive mini musical lessons about art and artists – Romare Bearden, Jackson Pollock, Paul Klee, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Grandma Moses, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Claude Money and Georgia O’Keeffe.

My kids’ favorite on the CD is “A-C-T-I-O-N,” an upbeat ode to the “action painting” of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock.

Be prepared for lots of questions about the artists from your little listeners. And get ready for them to be inspired. In the CD’s eleventh and final track, “Paint a Picture, Too,” Hope encourages children to make all kinds of art. After listening to “Picasso, That’s Who! (And So Can You!),” chances are your little ones will be inspired too,
“PICASSO, THAT’S WHO! (AND SO CAN YOU!)” released in May 2012

Other children’s CDs worth checking out:

Putumayo Kids “Cowboy Playground” is the newest release from the prolific purveyor of international music. Your little buckaroos can groove to tunes by 12 artists (Johnny Bregar, Victor Johnson, Buck Howdy and Riders in the Sky among them) www.putumayokids.com



Alastair Moock’s family music CD, “These Are My Friends” is a collection of warm new real-life songs that won a NAPPA Gold Award. My kids and I love this CD and each and every one of its 14 rootsy songs especially the fractured nursery rhyme “CBAs and a Twinkle Baa”. Preschoolers (and their parents) will identify with Moock’s “Three Like Me.” A big bow to the Boston-based Moock for creating this creative hootenanny.


Disclosure: We received CDs at no cost to review.

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