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The best family CDs of 2012

In a year with many candidates for “best” CD, I’m declaring this year’s high quality as the new normal for kids’ music. Each release is unique, both musically and educationally. Consider this alphabetical-by-artist list a 20-way tie for the Best Family CD of 2012.

Choose any CD and scroll through the list, or Start Here.

Hot DogCaspar Babypants

A PotluckLucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Middle of Nowhere, Elska

Picasso, That’s Who!, Hope Harris

Raise a RuckusHullabaloo 

Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, Randy Kaplan

Kinder Angst, Kinder Angst

Spicy Kid, Lunch Money

Ultramagnetic Universal Love RevolutionMista Cookie Jar

ChocolalalaMister G

Can You Canoe?Okee Dokee Brothers

Ozomatli Presents OzokidzOzomatli

Rabbit Days & DumplingsElena Moon Park & Friends

Radio JungleThe Pop-Ups

In Tents, Recess Monkey 

A Little Love, Renee & Jeremy

Lullaby, Justin Roberts

Make Believers, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Science FairVarious Artists

Year in the DayGustafer Yellowgold

Kathy O’Connell is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM.

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