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January 2004 | Vol. III - No. 1
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Greene Street Records Releases Second Album for Kids

Uncle Robot: Songs for Young Families, a new musical CD produced by Greene Street Records (ToyDirectory) and performed by Karl Williams, features a compilation of songs about special moments in a young family’s life. Included are a series of songs recounting the arrival of a baby, the celebration of a first Christmas, potty-training and learning to tie shoelaces.

Kidz Bop 4 Goes Gold

Kidz Bop 4, the most recent title from Razor & Tie, features hit pop songs sung by kids for kids, such as “Sk8ter Boi,” “Miss Independent,” “Jenny From the Block,” and others. The newest album from the best-selling Kidz Bop Kids children’s music series recently was certified gold. Kidz Bop 5 is coming out in Feb 24th.

Mommy & Me Music Series On CD

Concord Records announces the first releases in an all-new Mommy & Me music series that enhances parent-child interactions. Featuring activities and music developed for the international playgroup phenomenon, Mommy & Me launches with two “Together Time” CDs: Playgroup Favorites and More Playgroup Favorites. Video and DVD versions of Mommy & Me Together Time will also be available from Universal Home Entertainment on January 20.

The Animal Band DVD/VHS Hits Shelves

They’ve performed at the White House, had their own PBS special and sold out the Grand Ole Opry five years in a row. Now, kids can enjoy The Animal Band live in a 45-minute concert film on DVD/VHS produced by KOCH Entertainment (ToyDirectory), featuring state-of-the-art special effects and digital animations. Special features include an additional song, a photo gallery and coloring pages.

Madacy Wants Kids to Meet the Care Bears

Madacy Kids (ToyDirectory) is planning the release of their first audio product in the Care Bears audio series called Meet the Care Bears. The Care Bears are a team of adorable bears, each with its own way of sharing feelings and its own bright tummy symbol. The CD features a collection of 12 original songs and traditional favorites celebrating key Care Bear values.

Singing & Doodling

KIDZUP (ToyDirectory) has released a value added package called the Crayon Series, containing a 36-track music CD, crayon and 5-page coloring book. Four new CDs from the Crayon Series include Kid´s Favorite Songs (Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle, A Bicycle Built for Two, etc), Kid´s Party Songs (Ring Around the Rosey, If You´re Happy And You Know It, etc), Kid´s Playtime Songs (Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Hokey Pokey, Miss Mary Mack, etc) and Kid´s Sing-Along Songs (The Wheels On the Bus, Yankee Doodle, The Ants Go Marching, etc).

Whacky Music, Inc. Introduces Products to Its Award-Winning Boomwhackers Line

Whacky Music, Inc. (ToyShow, ToyShow) is introducing a wide variety of new products for its award-winning line of Boomwhackers Tuned Percussion Tubes, including an entire series of educational materials for assisting teachers in using the musical tubes to teach music in the classroom. Made Top 25 toys in 25 years for Parenting Choice. Some of the many products introduced include the Boomophone XTS Whack Pack combines the 8-note C Major Diatonic Scales Boomwhackers set with the new XyloTote Tube Holder and Boomwhacker Whacker Mallets, the color-coded Whack-a-Doodle-Doo! Children’s Songbook and an Octavator Tube Cap. The new Treble Extension Set contains 7 Boomwhackers Tubes in pitches above what was previously available, running chromatically from high C# sharp to high G. Named one of the Best 25 Toys in 25 YEARS by Parent´s Choice.

Susan Salidor Announces New Children´s CD

Award-winning Singer Songwriter Susan Salidor (ToyShow) announces the release of her latest children’s CD, “Come and Make A Circle” – 20 Terrific Tunes for Kids and Teachers. The CD, Salidor’s 5th, features 12 original songs and 8 classics, all designed to make children smile and sing through music class, play time and car trips.

Original songs include “The Boo Boo Gets Better By and By,” “The Month Song” and “Me Llammo Susana.” While the classics include a bluesy version of “The ABC song,” a spirited “Skip to My Lou” and everyone’s favorite goodbye song, “Adios.”

Featuring Susan on her autoharp and an accompanying group of talented musicians, Salidor’s “Come and Make a Circle” is sure to garner the critical praise her earlier recordings (Little Voices in My Head, 1995) (By Heart, 1996 Parent’s Choice Gold), (Color Me Singing, 1998 Parent’s Choice Gold, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum) Shiny New Shoes, 2001 (Parent’s Choice Silver Award) received.

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