Director Jewels: Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs {Children's Music Review}

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs {Children's Music Review}

Disclosure: I received this album to review. No other compensation was received. All views expressed are my own. 


We love Laurie Berkner! I've been a fan of her music since way back in my pre-mommy days, when I sang children's songs at storytime when I worked at the library. Kids love catchy tunes and Laurie supplies some of the best children's music out there. We always have at least one album in our minivan in case we need to turn an ordinary day a little more exciting.

Laurie's new release this fall, Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs, is a collection of just about every famous children's song out there. While a number of the songs included are re-mastered, previously released tracks, there is a vast collection of additional new recordings to round out the 2-disc set.

Here's some info about the new release!

Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will release a two-disc album, Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs, on October 23rd.  The album includes 51 well-loved, traditiional children's songs, plus six "bonus" tracks of favorite Laurie Berkner originals.

Says Laurie Berkner, "I grew up with many of these songs, and I'm sure parents and grandparents will remember a lot of them from their own childhoods.  I'm excited about sharing these classics with kids who may not have heard them before and also introducing my versions of songs that might already be family favorites.  In the true folk tradition, I've added some of my own lyrics and my own spin to many of these traditional songs.  I've kept a folk or rock feel for most of the numbers, with a little reggae thrown in here and there for fun!"

Here's the track list -

Disc 1:
1. Over in the Meadow
2. There Were Five in the Bed

3. The Animal Fair
4. I've Been Working on the Railroad

5. Alouette
6. Take Me Out to the Ballgame
7. Rum Sum Sum 

8. Children Go Where I Send Thee
9. New River Train
10. Where Is Thumbkin?
11. O Susannah
12. Shortnin' Bread

13. Daisy Daisy (Bicycle Built for Two)
14. The Wheels on the Bus
15. There's a Hole in the Bucket

16. Froggie Went A-Courtin' 
17. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
18. I Gave My Love A Cherry (The Riddle Song) 

19. The Erie Canal
20. Jack In The Bod

21. Loch Lomond
22. One Two Buckle My Shoe
23. There's a Little Wheel A-Turnin' In My Heart

24. All The Pretty Little Horses
25. When the Saints Go Marching In
Bonus Tracks: 

26. Victor Vito
27. Moon Moon Moon

28. Under A Shady Tree

Disc 2:
1. Shoo-Fly 

2. The Cat Came Back
3. Little Boy Blue
4. Sing a Song of Sixpence

5. ABCD Medley (TWinkle Twinkle/Row Row Row Your Boat/Frere Jacques)
6. This Old Man
7. I Love My Rooster
8. White Coral Bells 
9. A-Tisket A-Tasket
10. The Ants Go Marching
11. Little Red Caboose
12. All Through the Night
13. Open Shut Them
14. The More We Get Together
15. Hush Little Baby
16. Old King Cole
17. Oleanna
18. The Great Big Dog
19. If You're Happy and You Know It
20. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
21. Down Down Baby
22. Billy Boy
23. This Little Light of Mine
24. Zodiac
25. She'll Be Comin' Round the Mounain
26. Amazing Grace
Bonus Tracks:
27. Rocketship Run

28. Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)
29. We Are The Dinosaurs

I can't pick a favorite track - there are just too many good ones. This is a perfect collection for any household with kids, for a preschool, or for a grandma to keep in the car for when the grandkids are riding along with her. My kids are learning the words to all the songs and I know this album is one we'll return to again and again.

Hop over Laurie's website, where you can read all about Laurie Berkner and the band. You can also follow along on Facebook or Twitter.

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