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This month we feature songs about animals! Sing, dance, and identify all of the different animals in the songs! Be sure to come back each month to hear a new selection of children's music—and don't miss the growing archive of children's songs.

I’m a Little Fish

Laura Doherty

 
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Tell us about your music:  I create fun, upbeat folk-pop music for children.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  Along with all of the interactions that happen in the song, I like the idea of moving forward in life with someone by your side. It’s a love song really. You can hear mandolin, guitar, bass, keyboard, and great vocal harmonies. You can also find the “I’m a Little Fish” video on YouTube.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  An appreciation for ocean life!

 
 
© Laura Doherty
 
Kangaroo

Don Spencer

 
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Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  The Kangaroo is one of Australia's iconic marsupials. It is such an amazing unusual animal and is only found in Australia. People around the world are enthralled and excited to see a kangaroo but in Australia, they can be seen in vast numbers in country and outback areas of Australia. They move effortlessly with such speed and grace hopping on their back legs only. It is an enchanting sight to see. The music is a reflection of their beauty, grace and elegance.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  I hope through the words and the rhythm of the music, it can enable children, families or teachers to use their imagination and visualise this unique and wonderful gift of nature.

 
 
© Don Spencer
 
 
Dancing Bear

Bari Koral Family Rock Band

 
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Tell us about your music:  I’m a singer and songwriter for children and families. I love to play music that inspires children and gets them moving. Our band is known for playing folk/pop/rock and I have always played with great musicians. I try to make the music sound great for children and adults!  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  This song works particularly well for movement and children's yoga. Families can follow the bear’s movement through different yoga poses: the bear is in a tree (try tree pose), the bear is in a boat (try boat pose), a slide (slide pose), and a chair (chair pose). Plus there is lots of dancing! You can see fun examples of the “Dancing Bear” poses on our website.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  “Dancing Bear” is a fun song to listen, move, and dance to! This is a great opportunity to teach children poses they will love, even if they find them challenging at first.

 
 
© Bari Koral
 
 
Sea Turtle

The Whizpops!

 
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Tell us about your music:  We are really fascinated with the natural world, and, since several of the band members are teachers, we focus on the educational aspects of music. Our most recent album really focuses on oceanic creatures — especially endangered animals. We hope listeners understand and respect these animals and become active in protecting their environment.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  This song features piano and our lead vocalist, Margi Cates. She has such a vocal range — from soft and sweet, to powerful and secure. We also quote a line during the piano solo from a hilarious YouTube video that has over 45,000,000 views. Can you guess which video?

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  We hope that children will become more fascinated with these amazing sea creatures. There’s so much to learn and many ways to help them live long healthy lives in the ocean. We hope parents enjoy this song as much as their children. We really try to make our music accessible for all ages!

 
 
© The Whizpops!
 
 
If I Were a Tiger

Walter Martin

 
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Tell us about your music:  Walter Martin, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from The Walkmen, released his debut solo album in May 2014. The music follows the tradition of classic family albums by Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and Roger Miller.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  "If I Were a Tiger" was inspired by Ferdinand (the bull) from the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand in which Ferdinand would rather sit and smell flowers than fight. In the song I imagine myself as a tiger in the shade, cleaning my claws, watching the river flow, and occasionally chasing birds. Sounds like a great day! But in the end the song is about love.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  I hope listeners enjoy the song's simple story and peaceful spirit. And’ I hope the song encourages children to use their imagination and endless creativity. After all, songs and stories don't exist until someone dreams them up.

 
 
© Walter Martin
 
 
Mister Rabbit

Caspar Babypants

 
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Tell us about your music: My music is made for all ages. I want the whole family to be able to love the same song. I make soothing music that gives people something to smile about and enjoy long after the song has finished playing. 

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): This is an old Civil War popularized by Burl Ives. Paul Westerberg, from The Replacements, also did a great version. I altered the words and made it my own. It appears on my third album. 

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song: My goal is to reduce stress and bring families into the same room to dance and sing.

 
 
© Caspar Babypants