At Plenty, you know we love reading and recommending books for kids, but we also keep our eyes peeled for great children’s music too. Today we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite selections by women musicians that will keep your littles singing, dancing, and hopefully making music of their own! These albums are great for kids 1-7 years old (although this 40-something definitely finds herself humming along).
We find ourselves often reaching for Vanessa Trien’s Wonderful YOU, winner of the Parents’ Choice Silver Award. I like the acoustic folk-pop flavour of the album, and the kids like its catchy tunes and rhythms. The songs celebrate community, and the many ways in which neighbourhoods, families and friends come together. Vanessa also has a master’s degree in education from Harvard so we can assume she knows a thing or two about children, but mostly I know she does because her music makes the kids stop, listen, and sing along.
Sara Lovell describes her recent album You’ve Got Me as a love letter to her son, and to other parents and children. This is her first album for families, who are invited into a magical world that includes alligator puppies and runaway socks. You’ve Got Me follows a day in the life of a child, starting with an upbeat wake-up ditty, and ending with a lullaby as night falls. My kids love the whimsy of this album, which also offers for them an early introduction to different genres of music
Laurie Berkner, who recently released Superhero, has been called “the queen of children’s music” by People and “a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow” by Time Magazine. As a former preschool music teacher, writing children’s music was an easy extension of her musical career and “opened up creativity in me that I never knew I had.” Superhero may well open up your kids to undiscovered musical and even personal discoveries themselves. The album is called Superhero because it’s “about self-empowerment — being our best selves and discovering the superhero in all of us,” Laurie says.
Thank goodness for women in music!
And happy International Women’s Day!!