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The best family CDs of 2012

The best family CDs of 2012

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.

November 2012
A brilliant bridge to the blues

A brilliant bridge to the blues

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.

October 2012
Big Bang Boom and Caspar Babypants

Big Bang Boom and Caspar Babypants

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.

September 2012
3 collections with a message

3 collections with a message

Children's CDs encourage girls to study science and engineering, look at friendship and teach little folks to be nice.

August 2012
14 Awesome Kids' Summer Concerts

14 Awesome Kids' Summer Concerts

Among the many groups performing in July and August, The Plants sprout up at the Abington Art Center's Kidfest and Phoenixville's Colonial Theater.

July 2012
Spellbinding Lullaby Love Songs

Spellbinding Lullaby Love Songs

Broadway's greatest composers, singers and lyricists are raising funds for breast cancer research with a stunning collection of original lullabies

June 2012
The Okee Dokees Brothers’ Excellent Adventure

The Okee Dokees Brothers’ Excellent Adventure

Available in CD or DVD, this chronicle of a trip down the Mississippi River is a treasure for family music and traditional folk fans alike.

May 2012
Hot Band To Pop Up at Festival

Hot Band To Pop Up at Festival

The new Radio Jungle CD establishes The Pop Ups among family music's best groups. They will perform at the Phila. International Children's Music Festival.

April 2012
Lullabies Open Dreamy Worlds

Lullabies Open Dreamy Worlds

The best lullaby CDs soothe stressed parents long after baby outgrows them, says reviewer Kathy O'Connell. Here are some recommendations.

March 2012
Jazzy, Piano-Centric Wit for Kids

Jazzy, Piano-Centric Wit for Kids

The CD Coal Train Railroad Swings is a phenomenal, jazzy collection of kids' experiences.

February 2012

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