Jonathan Sprout - American Heroes #4
(Release Date: February 11, 2015; Jonathan Sprout)
Sprout's fourth collection of musical biographies. Slickly produced and full of information, AH4 would make a nice addition to an upper elementary media center collection, or the basis of a school social studies presentation. Includes a booklet of lyrics and brief bios.
Standout Track: "E=mc2"
Earthworm Ensemble - Backyard Garden
(Release Date: April 21, 2015; Western Seed Records)
Beautifully organic country rock from members of I See Hawks In L.A. Their second album for families visit themes of home-grown food, animals and insects, and enjoying and appreciating the outdoors. Parents who dig indie rock will find this CD in their stereo even when the kids aren't around.
Standout Tracks: "Picture This You're a Fish," "Ladybug"
Stephanie Coldwell-Anderson - Dreams
(Release Date: March 12, 2015; Sakura Melody Music)
Classical vocalist Coldwell-Anderson's 5-song EP celebrates imagination and childhood experiences. The quiet tunes feature Stephanie's voice and piano, along with occasional acoustic guitar and mandolin. Perfect for naptimes.
Standout Track: "If I Were a Wizard"