Finding music that young kids and adults can agree on can prove to be a challenge — there a lot of albums out there with debatable content (do you REALLY want to hear a group of kids sing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” for the 85 millionth time?). I recently stumbled into a whole treasure trove of folk music for children, including albums by Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash. So if folk is your thing.. come on down and listen:
Songs to Grow on for Mother & Child
Woody Guthrie included some pretty direct advice to parents in the liner notes of this record: “Don’t just buy this record and take it home so your kids can listen to it while you go off and do something else.” This album is super upbeat and nonsensical at times, but will appeal to folk music fans across the ages. It’s definitely one you can clap and dance along to WITH your kid, instead of running in the other room and plugging your ears.
Woody Guthrie Children’s Songs
The songs on this record aren’t actually sung by Guthrie, but they’re definitely all his. This one is notoriously difficult to track down (Amazon only has three copies available), but songs like “Dance Around” (you can hear it here on Grooveshark) make it worth finding!
American Folk Songs for Children
Forget about purple dinosaurs and inept adults dumbing down low quality music to hypnotize children with insincere emotion. This is the real stuff. This album is quality authentic music that children love! My kids wear this album out and better yet I like it.
The Johnny Cash Children’s Album
“Fun children’s music” might not be the first three words that spring to mind when you think of Johnny Cash, but as The Johnny Cash Children’s Album proves, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be! Granted, these songs are decidedly different from the rest of Cash’s discography, but they’re perfect for your little folk singer in-training.
What kid’s music by adult artists have you shared with your kids?