Notable Children's Recordings

About the Notable Children's Recordings
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's recordings on the Notable Children's Recordings list.

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2013 Selection(s)

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion

10min. Weston Woods. PreK to Grade 2.

The Willems family recalls the story of when Knuffle Bunny took a major detour during their trip to visit Trixie's grandparents.

The Library Dragon

21min. Peachtree Publishers, 1-800-241-0113. Grades K to 3.

Carmen Agra Deedy is on fire with enthusiasm as she voices her own tale of a thick-skinned library dragon who loses her scales.

Little Seed: Songs for Children

Woody Guthrie, 30min. Smithsonian Folkways. 1-800-410-9815. All Ages.

Elizabeth Mitchell’s gentle voice embraces the genius of America’s musical bard, Woody Guthrie.

Merry Christmas, Splat

6min. Weston Woods. PreK to Grade 2.

John Keating’s narration and Scotty Huff’s jazzy music set a festive mood as Splat tries to be good enough for a visit from Santa.

The Mighty Miss Malone

8hr. Listening Library. Grades 4 to 7.

The hardships and courage of Deza Malone and her family during the Great Depression are read passionately by Bahni Turpin.

The Mighty Sky

31min. BNC Records, 1-800-342-0295, Grades 2 to 5.

A beautiful amalgam of science and art, this album and outstanding accompanying materials celebrate astronomy through a variety of musical genres.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold

7hr. Listening Library. Grades 6 to 8.

The story of Benedict Arnold, America’s first traitor, is narrated with suspense and intrigue by Mark Bramhall.

One Year in Coal Harbor

5.5hr. Listening Library. Grades 4 to 7.

With a great deal of wit and charm, Kathleen McInerney voices Primrose Squarp's continuing story in Coal Harbor as she plays matchmaker and supports an effort to stop logging on the town mountain.

Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz

37min. Hornblow Recordings/Megaforce Records, 1-845-358-7270. All Ages.

The lively blend of hip-hop, rock, reggae, funk, and Latin music will have kids and parents dancing and singing along.

The Red Hen

5min. Weston Woods. PreK to Grade 2.

A creative rendering of the traditional “little red hen” story with Walter Mayes’ narration and Caleb Miles’ music that matches the lively, zany illustrations accompanying the story.