It’s been a while since I shared my music picks and it’s time to play catch-up with a rundown of kids’ music on my Island radar. Get out your music player and get ready to do some Spring cleaning!

Joanie Leeds and the NightlightsWhat A Zoo: We loved Joanie’s last album, so when she added animal-themed songs, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and a cover of “Froggie Went a Courtin,” we knew we were in for more of her trademark top-notch pop. We weren’t disappointed!

Moona LunaPiñata Party: New York-based songwriter Sandra Velasquez’s bilingual kids’ project is sure to be part of our backyard summer soundtrack. This non-stop Latin-flavoBrady Rymerred album even features a cameo from Dan Zanes.

Putumayo Kids - Acoustic Dreamland: Yet another quality compilation from the Putumayo brand, this one under their “Dreamland” genre. Full of soothing acoustic lullabies from singer-songwriters both kindie (Frances England) and classic (Lucy Kaplansky), this one works for babies, kids and even restless adults.

Daddy A Go GoGrandkid Rock: Satisfy your classic rock and kindie rock pallet with Daddy A Go Go’s all-ages friendly release. Sure, references to Backstreet Boys may be slightly outdated, but this is called Grandkid Rock after all.

Brady Rymer - Love Me For Who I Am: Brady’s latest album was made with the goal of creating a “deeper understanding and appreciation of children with autism and other related conditions.” A wonderful project idea filled with sweet and sophisticated pop/rock tunes like the title track, “Picky Eater,” “Bein’ With You” and Laurie Berkner duet “Soft Things.”

Jamie BrozaI Want A Dog: Broza had me chuckling from the first, title track on this album of pop/rock/Latin jazz tunes. I Want A Dog keeps its fast, funny pace with interspersed skits, interviews and pet sounds. As an added bonus, Jamie will donate 20% of profits to the North Shore Animal League America of New York.

Groove Kid Nation – The Wheels on The Bus: Dad Rodney Lee launched the LA-based Groove Kid Nation project as a clever way to introduce kids to instruments. Groove Kid takes traditional songs and infuses them with Lee’s own brand of retro soul & funk , all tied together with some subtle music education and original characters based on classic nursery rhymes.Billy Kelly

The BoogersLet’s Go: The Ramones of kid rock are back! They stick to the same formula of their last release, and that is a only a good  thing. A mix of punk-pop originals and rock-hard remakes of classics like “London Bridge,” The Boogers are a true fist-pumping original.

The Billy Kelly ShowThe Family Garden: Billy Kelly has a posse. One listen to his album and a visit to his website, and it is clear why. From his original songwriting to his sense of humor and sketches, Kelly is starting to build a kindie rock brand. His latest release features more original quirky pop confections that tickle the funny bone and please your more refined music tastes.

Ham & BurgerPharm Phresh: Hip-hop for kids is usually a mixed bag, with some artists totally missing the mark. Ham & Burger have avoided the patronizing tone of other efforts by reworking old staples with a hip-hop funk twist. They know how to get the (birthday) party started, and even end up throwing in a few original tunes as well.
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Luv Clowns!Love Clowns: Whatever your stance is on clowns (scary/funny), this band clearly has a sense of humor and knows how to write an entertaining tune for the family. Based on a fictional bunch of rock-n-roll clowns, the album is part acid trip, part pop treat.

King Britt - Baby Loves Disco: The traveling dance party now has its own soundtrack. We are a beat-loving household, and this album filled the dance music gap in our kindie playlist. Despite a few demerits for the “We Are A Family” remake, this album is a total success. DJ King Britt serves up kid-friendly, dance-floor ready tunes including original tunes about ice cream and playground time, while crafting an irresistible take on the classic “Hey D.J.”

The Baby GrandsThe Baby Grands II: Grand, indeed. Ben Rowell and Chuck Nash produce powerful pop, rock and country-tinged tunes for those magic minivan moments when the whole family is rocking out together. The Baby Grands were made for the “open road,” satisfying all members with their sound.

Debbie & Friends - Story Songs & Sing Alongs! DVD:Jeremy Plays GuitarUse Your Words: Jeremy Zmud and his band received “best of” status in 2010 from Daily Candy, People Magazine, and The LA Times for this sunshiny kindie pop release. Over the 14 tracks, the talented Jeremy Plays Guitar keeps it interesting with slight genre shifts and topics that will hit home (“Use Your Words,” “Your Turn, My Turn”). They even bring in the fabulous Madeleine Peyroux for the jazzy “Keep My Cool.”

Debbie and FriendsStory Songs & Sing Alongs! DVD: Debbie has finally compiled her charming animated videos together into one collection. Whenever we pop this new release in, out little one is glued to the screen as Debbie and the gang do to their animated, musical takes on classic stories like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack & The Beanstalk. ‘Story Songs & Sing Alongs!’ is another great music DVD for your collection and excellent counter-programming for TV-wary parents.

The Pop! For Kids Project: Not an album (yet), but a blog, and a great one at that! The Pop! For Kids Project has indie pop artists from all around the world contributing songs aimed at children. All MP3s posted by curator Dennis Greeuw are created just for this project, and are free to download.