Bill Kelly's adventurous songwriting mixes clever lyrics with a range of musical styes.He brings complex themes to simple songs.
"You Gotta Hold It" is a potty song that takes a grownup approach to a lifelong challenge. Also reviewed: The Not-Its!' latest CD, Kidquake.
Music critic Kathy O"Connell lauds the Diggity Dudes' Presidential Fitness Test, a Jeremy Zmuda EP and a song by the Sugar Free All Stars.
Kathy O'Connell also likes the song “Escalator,” from David Tobocman's CD of the same name, and she tracks Trout Fishing in America's December appearances.
Reviewer Kathy O'Connell declared a 20-way tie for 2012's best children's music. Scroll her choices and see videos from the artists.
Through kid-friendly language and themes, Randy Kaplan brings the blues form to family music. Also recommended: Justin Roberts' "Trick or Treat," a non-scary Halloween song.
Rockers Big Bang Boom make big noise with their third family CD. "Summer Baby (Let it Ride)" is a rocking daddy/baby love song by Caspar Babypants.
Children's CDs encourage girls to study science and engineering, look at friendship and teach little folks to be nice.