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Parents’ Choice Awards: Top 10 CD’s of 2016

What lands a children’s album on a gift list? The subject matter, storytelling approach, or musical genre may differ, but whether funny or soulful, fanciful, educational, or grounded in a child’s everyday life, the hallmarks of the finest recordings for children and families are authenticity, inspired vision, an irresistible invitation for repeat listening, and above all, absolute respect for their listeners, whatever the age.

Here are the Parents’ Choice Awards Top 10 CD’s of 2016. Alphabetically, of course.

 

Amazing Water: An Introduction to Classical Music (by Ana Gerhard)

Ages: 4 – 9 yrs.
Producer: The Secret Mountain
CD Price: $16.95

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Explorer of the World by Frances England

Ages: 4 – 10 yrs.
Producer: Frances England
CD Price: $14.00

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Holiday and Everyday Songs

Ages: 5 – 12 yrs.
Producer: Hap-Pal Music
CD Price: $14.95

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I Can Be Anything! EP by Freckleland

Ages: 3 – 7 yrs.
Producer: Freckleland
CD Price: $5.99

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Owl Singalong

Ages: 2 – 6 yrs.
Producer: Sugar Mountain PR
CD Price: $15.00

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Press Play by Brady Rymer

Ages: 5 & Up
Producer: Bumblin’ Bee Records
CD Price: $15.00

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Road To Dreamland

Ages: All Ages
Producer: Running Pine Music
CD Price: $12.95

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Saddle Up! A Western Adventure Album

Ages: 3 & Up
Producer: The Okee Dokee Brothers
CD Price: $15.00

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Striking Up Gold Mountain: Stories & Songs of the California Gold Rush

Ages: 9 & Up
Producer: Hive-Arts.Org
CD Price: $20.00

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You’ve Got Me

Ages: 3 – 8 yrs.
Producer: Sara Lovell
CD Price: $15.00

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 About the author
Parents’ Choice Foundation’s beloved and stalwart music critic Lynne Heffley, a former staff arts writer and children’s arts and entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times, writes about the arts and general topics for various publications and non-profits. She is a manuscript editor, theater critic, book reviewer and a founding member of the Journalism Shop, a freelance cooperative consisting of ex-LA Times professionals. In her spare time, Lynne is apt to be found strumming American Songbook standards and Tin Pan Alley novelty songs on one of her seven ukuleles.

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