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The Hipwaders reinforce control

"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.

Good grade for Dudes' Fitness Test

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.

Mighty Sky: an astronomical success

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.