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NAPPA 2004: Lullabies

By John Wood






Nappa Award Winners
Any time is mighty fine for the best that children's music has to offer. Music can settle a baby, tickle a preschooler's funny bone and inspire a child to dance. But with so many performers making music for kids today, how is a well-intentioned adult to know which ones will really work magic? By choosing among these winners, that's how! Hats off to these talented musicians whose recordings hit the mark.

Gold Award Winners

Dream a Dream, by Mary Stahl, Jibber Records, 2003; $15 CD; www.cdbaby.com. Twenty-one original and traditional lullabies from around the world, beautifully performed and produced.

Island Dreams: Songs and Lullabies Carried On the Wind, Koto World, 2004; $15 CD; www.kotoworld.com. Gentle songs and lullabies, produced to sound as though they're floating on a warm breeze.

The Lullaby Collection, The Music Class Inc., 2000; $15 CD; www.themusicclass.com. The true meaning of lullaby, this one is sure to "lull" the baby to sleep.

Honors Award Winners

Daddy's Lullabies, Twin Sisters Productions, 2004; $12.99 CD; www.twinsisters.com; for newborns to 5 years. Lullabies with the daddy in mind: 12 gentle, familiar songs to "listen and learn" then instrumentally repeated to "sing and bond."

Little Yogis Daydream, by Wai Lana, Wai Lana Productions, 2004; $14.95; www.wailana.com; for all ages. This CD will help you and your child totally relax.

Lullaby Classics - A Soothing Collection of Music for Bedtime, The Baby Einstein Company, 2004; $6.98 CD; www.babyeinstein.com; for all ages. I put this classical-music lullaby recording on determined to stay awake. I didn't.

Mommy's Lullabies, Twin Sisters Productions, 2004; $12.99 CD; www.twinsisters.com; for newborn to age 5. Lullabies with the mommy in mind: 12 gentle, familiar songs to "listen and learn" then instrumentally repeated to "sing and bond."


Sleep, My Baby, Sleep - Lullabies and Classical Piano Pieces, by Elena Riabinina, 2003; $12.99; www.cdbaby.com/cd/elenar; for newborns to age 3. This recording includes lullabies written by the artist, as well as classical piano pieces.

Sweet Dreams - Lullabies For Guitar, by Nina Gerber, Goatscape Music, 2003; $15 CD; www.ninagerber.com; for all ages. The guitar is a wondrous soothing instrument and in the gentle hands of a virtuoso, can put even the savage beast to sleep.

Return to NAPPA 2004 Award Winners: Music to see winners for other age groups.

See also: NAPPA 2003: Music

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