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Miss Nina / Recess Music / Young Avenue Kids {FOUR Giveaways!} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

I have played the piano since I was four years old, taught piano lessons for 10 years, and enjoy singing in choir and small groups, so people always assume that I really like music.  While it’s true that I am usually most touched by music and that I enjoy creating music, I’m not overly creative and I’ve never been the type to stay very up-to-date on new bands.  It took me a while to even figure out who the Backstreet Boys were when I was in high school, and I watch Gilmore Girls and just know that Lane would be so incredibly disappointed in me.

I know of several people who have complained about listening to kids music after becoming a parent, but we haven’t had that same sentiment.  I think part of that reason is because some of the kids music is so fun for parents, too!  We were sent a couple of CDs to review, and we all love all of them.  It’s not uncommon for one of us (especially the boys!) to break out in one of these songs over the past couple of weeks.


“Sha Doo Be Doop” from Miss Nina is my four-year-old’s favorite CD, and we have been known to sit in the van just a little longer after getting home to finish listening to the song from the “Miss Nina” CD.  My favorite part of this CD is the literary connection, and we were lucky enough to already own all three of these books so we could read them while listening!

Nina Stone has established a reputation for creating engaging songs inspired by some of her favorite children’s books.  On Sha Doo Be Doop kids can sing along with Miss Nina to Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? or groove to “The Brown Bear Rap,” based on Bill Martin’s classic children’s book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  A particular treasure is “Wild Things,” an interactive ode to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, in which kids can gnash their terrible teeth, roll their terrible eyes, show their terrible claws, and get up and jump when the “wild rumpus” starts!”

Here’s a free download of Miss Nina’s “New Alphabet” song, found on the Sha Do Be Doop CD (giveaway below!).

We also received two CDs from Recess Music — Share from their “Best Foot Forward” series and La Bella Stella from their “Celebrate Earth” series.  SHARE_Cover_72dpi_1500x1404

“All the songs on Share! celebrate sharing and generosity as key actions for bringing harmony and understanding into classrooms, neighborhoods, and homes.  The album features 15 tracks that showcase contributions by some of today’s most gifted kids’ musicians, including Renee & Jeremy, Dog on Fleas, Ben Rudnick & Friends, Charity and the JAMband, and Noel Paul Stookey (“Paul” of the legendary folk-singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary).”

We were especially excited to listen to the “Give Said the Little Stream” song by Inside Out since it’s a song that we’ve learned since we were young and a band we know and love. 


“This album of children’s music features many contrasting styles and teaches kids about galaxies, solar systems, and other wonders of our universe.  These songs were chosen for LA BELLA STELLA because they engage, educate, entertain, and encourage children to think about the natural setting of their lives to balance the ‘virtual’ world they live in.”

My oldest son was enthralled with the solar system and planets before he got on his instruments and United States kick, so he was especially excited to see this CD!  Some of the songs on this CD have a slower tempo, so we really like this one to put in his CD player at night.

Whatever I Want To Be Cover Art_ 300 dpi   “Whatever I Want To Be takes off in grand style with everyone singing the “rocket ship” lyrics to the fanfare from Franz von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture” and proceeds in jolly fashion to “The Orchestra Families,” which employs a marching tune by Johann Schrammel to capture the thrill and excitement of an outing to a symphony concert. Other highlights include the clever lyrics of “The Gorgeous Butterfly,” which grace a Johann Strauss march, and the galloping tune from Rossini’sWilliam Tell Overture,” which finds new life as the humorous “William Tell Is Oh So Swell.” 

I have really loved this CD!  I taught a music camp in my home over the summer for a couple of years, and I know that this would be a perfect addition to that program, should I decide to hold another one.  I love introducing my boys to classical music at such a young age in such a fun way.

If you’re looking for some fun and engaging CDs to add to your kids’ music library, I would highly suggest these ones! 

Each of these CDs is available for as a giveaway item here at Dandy Giveaway — be sure to enter to each Rafflecopter widget to enter to win each one!  

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of April 10th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Miss Nina, Recess Music, and Young Avenue Kids, but all opinions are strictly my own.



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