By John Wood
Gold Award Winners
Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Funsies Vol. 2, Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music, 2004; $15.99 CD; www.hunktabunkta.com. A consummate and seasoned performer, songwriter and teacher cuts to the early-childhood chase with 15 tunes designed to promote the development of early motor skills and language.
Like a Flower to the Sun, by Jack Grunsky, Casablanca Kids Inc., 2004; $9.99 CD; www.casablancakids.com. This guy's got the goods: good lyrics, good music and downright good fun.
One Little Sound: Fun With Phonics and Numbers, by Hap Palmer, Educational Activities Inc., 2003; $15.95 CD, $12.95 cassette; www.edact.com. A collection of clever humable songs from one of children's music's finest edutainers.
Sing With Fred, by Fred Penner, Casablanca Kids Inc., 2004; $9.99 CD; www.casablancakids.com. This is simple, straightforward family music that speaks right to the heart.
Sittin' Around Grover's Corner, by David Grover, NCMP, 2003; $20 for two CDs; www.davidgrover.com. Do the child in your life - and yourself - a favor and pick up this double CD. Steep yourselves in the wonders of Americana with this compilation from Grover's public radio programs.
Toddler, by Sara Hickman, Sleeveless, 2001; $15 CD; www.superpaluniverse.com. Hickman's songs are in English, French, Dutch, Hawaiian, Spanish and Hebrew, but in any language this woman can sing.
Honors Award Winners
Come and Make a Circle - 20 Terrific Tunes for Kids and Teachers, by Susan Salidor, 2003; $15.99; www.susansalidor.com. Parents, if you're looking for creative aid in the home, help has arrived. Put on this CD and let Susan take over.
Julie and Friends, by Julie Knie, Snorkel Dog Records, 2004; $13.99 CD; www.julieandfriends.com. Fun, bouncy, original participatory songs for the young at heart.
Jumpety Jump, by Graham Walker, Laughing Fox Music, 2001; $12.95 CD; www.grahamwalker.ca. An upbeat, friendly mix of original tunes and clever remakes.
Ride 'n' Sing Along, Lemon Jam Inc., 2004; $10.95 CD; www.lemonjam.com. If you ever take a long car trip, or any type of trip for that matter, take this CD along and have some fun-filled peace.
Time to Sing! II, Center for Creative Play, 2004; $16.99 CD; www.time2sing.org, 800-977-5708. A wonderful collection of familiar sing-alongs specifically designed for children with speech or language delays.
Toucan You Can, by Donna Lisa, Donna Lisa Music, 2004; $13.99 CD; www.donnalisa.com. Donna Lisa shares favorite animal songs in an easygoing way.
Wake Up & Go To Sleep!, by Francie Kelley, Artsong Music, 2002; $15.99 CD; http://www.artsongmusic.com/. A day in the life of a youngster is musically enacted.