Monday, June 18, 2012

Justin Roberts - Our Top Five Favorite Songs

photo credited to
© Todd Rosenberg 2010

What do you do when the kids are tired of reading? Dance! Sing! Go a little crazy with Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players!
Today’s review isn't about a children's book or about a children's author, but instead is about our favorite children's musical act.  If you read our blog posts you know we love good rhyming and Justin Roberts is definitely a rhyming master.  You and your kids are missing quite a treat if he isn’t on your playlist.  Justin Roberts and his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, make frequent appearances in the Chicago area, but I don't know if they are as well known in other parts of the world.  The rest of world doesn't know what they are missing if that is the case.

I imagine everyone has listened to quite a bit of children's music and let's be honest; most of it is fairly painful if you are over five years old. Justin Roberts is different from most due to his ability to create really good music that just happens to have kid friendly lyrics.  Our kids are grown, but we have Justin Roberts on our playlist and he remains in heavy rotation. I can't imagine anyone listening to Fire Drill or Snow Day without being pulled back in time to their school days.

Our top five favorite Justin Roberts Songs:

1. Pop Fly - What does a kid in the outfield think about while playing tee ball?

2. New Haircut – Complete with hair stuck to the free lollipop.

3. Fire Drill - Filled with sublime rhymes and anxious single file walking.

4. Snow Day - We can't listen to this without remembering sitting by the radio waiting for our school to be announced.

5. Never Getting Lost - A little sad, but very sweet.

Don't take our word for it; here is a New York Times review of Justin Roberts.

Visit Justin Roberts’ site and support this indie musician who really gets how kids think. He sings to them, not down to them, and parents will be pleased to listen to good music for a change.
Do you have a favorite song or children's musician?  Leave us a comment about them and we'll have a listen.

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