Katie Stone is the volunteer host and producer of The Children’s Hour radio show and podcast. The show’s goal is to bring informative, entertaining and engaging radio programming to listeners of all ages, showcasing local kids and kid-friendly organizations, while involving kids in all aspects of the production. Katie works with a crew of dedicated children who help produce the show, including writing and voicing scripts and reviews, helping choose jokes, show themes, music and guests, and assisting in all aspects of the live broadcast.
What an honor to be able to talk to Paul Reisler about Kid Pan Alley on the occasion of the amazing organizations 20th anniversary. You may remember that I talked with Paul back on episode 112, and we got a lot of backstory on him and what his incredible organization does. Be sure to listen to the title track ‘Best Friends’ from the brand new Kid Pan Alley record ‘Best Friends’.
“Kid Pan Alley celebrates its 20th Anniversary inspiring and empowering children to work together to create their own music. What better way to mark the occasion than with the new CD Best Friends, arriving October 11 on Kid Pan Alley Records. Best Friends features songs co-written by students in 10 different schools and Kid Pan Alley songwriters led by KPA’s Founder Paul Reisler. Among the highlights are guest vocals by an array of popular children’s artists including GRAMMY® Award winners and nominees and multi-award-winning artists: Lisa Loeb, Bill Harley, Sonia De Los Santos, John McCutcheon, Randy Kaplan, Robbie Schaefer, The Not-Its! Dazzling vocals, expert production, vibrant instrumentation and delightful lyrics are among the hallmarks of this fifth Kid Pan Alley release.”
There’s really not a cooler sound than a tennis ball being hit. I can’t even do an impression. I love tennis. It’s a great game. I was so excited to talk to Esther Forrester from Brainiac Tennis about her program, and what she does. Now get out there and work on your backhand!
“From Parker & Alexander, creators of the popular children’s rock duo Spaghetti Eddie, comes a family-friendly musical take on beloved Bible stories, All of Us: Bible Songs for Everyone.
All of Us: Bible Songs for Everyone presents story songs that, in these days of cross-cultural exploration, really do belong to “all of us,” told through upbeat, eclectic music with a lilting sense of rhythmic pulse and a laid-back, melodic charm. The result is a vibrant musical experience designed to engage the whole family in absorbing the timeless – and timely – lessons that have come to us from so long ago.”
Be sure to stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode to hear Parker & Alexander’s song ‘Noah’.
Here’s a great conversation with M Dorsett about her new book ‘The Lion and the Elephant’. She’s got a great approach to how she created the book, and it’s a different and very creative way for kids to get involved with the story. If you want to purchase the book go to chibur.info/books and enter the code GOODSTUFF to save 10%.
Mr. Doug is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter who loves making music for kids and family. Talk about prolific – he’s released 7 EP’s and there’s so much great music still to come. He’s making kid tested and father approved music which you all will love. He’s silly, and he “knows nonsense”. Be sure to check out ‘The Gross Song’ at the end of the episode. It’s gross… and great!
Get ready to Moove to the Moozika! “Bilingual singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music educator Jesse Goldman brings an even dozen of the biggest hits from his acclaimed, Brooklyn-based Moozika! music classes and Moozika! band to his debut family album, Moove to the Moozika!” Be Sure to listen all the way through the episode to hear his song ‘Brooklyn Baby’!
PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. ” I had the opportunity to chat with Meredith Lewis who is the Director of Content at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Library. We talked about the PJ Library program’s beginnings as well as PJ Listen and their new podcast ‘Have I Got A Story For You’.
It’s Purim! One of the most festive times on the Jewish calendar! Make sure that you celebrate with all that PJ Library has to offer your family, you can sign up at the link here!
I can’t really say much more about Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies than this: “Hand crafted Progressive Funk with sweet caramelized ear candy and subtle nutty Reggae overtones that fills a void on the Children’s Music Scene.” Tasty! Be sure to check out ‘Belching Fire’ from the Halloween themed album ‘Something’s Brewing it’s Halloween’. You’re kids (and you) will love it!`
“Kare Strong began her creative life as a poet but it wasn’t until she discovered songwriting that she found her creative home. “My songs are tender stories,” says Kare. “They are woven from the innocence of children, faeries, and the beautiful natural world, then sprinkled with joy, poetry and imagination.” Her family music celebrates her deep admiration and appreciation for animals, nature and children. Her association with Josh began as student to his teacher and their relationship as collaborative peers has created magic.” I loved talking to Kare about everything from her musical partnership with Josh Goforth to Faeries and so much more! Be sure to check out her song ‘The Cherry Tree’.