Barney Saltzberg: In case you’re thinking you were going to learn about a purple dinosaur, this Barney is a children’s author/illustrator/singer/songwriter. His goal is to encourage everyone to find his or her own stories, songs, poetry and art!

The Okee Dokee Brothers: As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outside. Now, as The Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music. Their goal with their music is to inspire children and their parents to get outside and experience nature while gaining a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves. The Okee Dokee’s received the Grammy for Best Children’s Album 2012!!

Bill Harley: “Humor is my weapon,” says Harley of his award-winning recordings. Touring nationally in theaters, schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, as a workshop leader, keynote and inspirational speaker, Bill’s work affirms our commonality and reminds us to laugh out loud.

Elizabeth Mitchell: “Elizabeth Mitchell’s light, effortless soprano and natural warmth shine on her latest release Little Seed. On this compilation album, Mitchell’s talents match the simplicity of the timeless songs by Woody Guthrie, who spun their melodies, lyrics and wordplay with the first-hand knowledge of a father’s heart and a child’s wonder.

Jumpin’ Jazz Kids: JumpinJazz Kids is a unique line of children’s music that combines classic narrative storytelling with fun, pop-influenced jazz songs performed by world-renowned jazz artists, a jazz quintet and a full Symphony Orchestra

And our favorite children’s CD when Katie was a wee one, before we knew all this other great music
Kenny Loggins, “Return to Pooh Corner”, still as good now as it was then!

Great Blogs for Moms and Dads

Daily Cup of Jo: No navel gazing, just a half caff with room. JoAnn Neil a LA based writer and Mom of three girls, captures a wide variety of joys, issues and thoughts about parenthood. This post includes a article about the playroom makeover and a review of both my CD’s. You’ll love JoAnn’s writing!

Family Man Online: Connecting to the heart of fatherhood, day by day.
Gregory Keer is an award-winning columnist, educator, and on-air expert on fatherhood. He has written his Family Man® column since 2001, when he began the monthly stories of life as a modern dad while he served as editor-in-chief at Los Angeles Family magazine. Over the years, the column has been read by hundreds of thousands of readers across the country in dozens of parenting magazines both in print