New Zealand Music Month!

New Zealand Music Month is back again!

May is New Zealand Music Month, which celebrates music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.
So we thought we would share some music, (and picture books) by Kiwi musicians from the children’s collection!

 


image courtesy of nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz

 

For more information, on events and ideas on how to celebrate, visit the following websites:

NZ Music Month official website.

New Zealand Curriculum Online – New Zealand Music Month.

NZ History – New Zealand Music Month.

Enjoy!… and Happy New Zealand Music Month!


 

Songs for Bubbas by Anika Moa.

Move over, The Wiggles! There’s a new (solo) performer, cheeky and beautiful Kiwi songwriter, Anika Moa returns with her albums for children: Songs for Bubbas One and Two. Filled with songs about love, laughter and… animal noises that will keep children… and parents entertained for hours on end!

The albums are half Te Reo Maori, half English. These songs will be enjoyed in every primary school and kindy around the country for years to come.

 

Music box. Vol. 5.

A collection of songs from the NZ Children’s Music Awards performed by various Kiwi musicians.

 

Baby Rock and Rhyme.

Homegrown and performed by Wellington City Libraries’ finest, Baby Rock and Rhyme’s CD contains 33 classic songs and rhymes that babies and parents will enjoy!…

Babies, toddlers and parents can also come, and sign along to these songs during the  weekly interactive sessions of Baby Rock and Rhyme. Available at the following branches:

Miramar Library Tuesday, 10.15am
Island Bay Library Tuesday, 9.30am
Johnsonville Library Wednesday & Thursday, 9.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library Tuesday, 10.30am
Karori Library Thursday & Friday, 10.30am
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library Friday, 10.15am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library Friday, 9.30am


 

Topp Twins Series

Kiwi performers, and sisters, The Topp twins have published picture story books for children featuring the illustrated text, and CD of classic children’s song, which includes:

image courtesy of syndeticsDo your ears hang low?

“The traditional song ‘Do Your Ears Hang Low?’, performed by the Topp Twins,  featuring a number of animals with differently shaped ears, which includes a hound dog, a mouse, lop-eared rabbit, llama, pig, etc”.

image courtesy of sydneticsThere’s a hole in my bucket!

Henry’s bucket has a hole and as Liza gives the instructions on how to fix it, he in turn gives her all the reasons why he can’t.

image courtesy of sydneticsSkip to the loo, my darlin’

“”Skip, skip, skip to the loo, Skip, skip, skip to the loo, Skip, skip, skip to the loo, Skip to the loo, my darlin’!” There’s a hullaballoo down on the farm. Animals are here, there and everywhere—even in the loo. Sing along to this song with Topp Twins Lynda and Jools. The barn animal mayhem includes sheep, cows, chickens, dog, tractor, horse – and a possum!”–Publisher information.

image courtesy of syndeticsOld MacDonald had a farm.

“Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, and on that farm he had some fun and games and DRAMAS with those rascally, rowdy farm animals! Cluck, moo, woof and hum along to this all-time favourite song by the Topp Twins”–Publisher information.

 

Other NZ picture books, with music CDs:

image courtesy of syndeticsJungle bells / sung by Anika Moa ; illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher.”

Based on the traditional Christmas song Jingle Bells but rewritten (to same tune) as a jungle holiday animal Christmas. Featuring a cast of jungle characters including elephants, hippos, monkeys and even a dung beetle. Recording sung by Anika Moa”–Publisher information.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Kiwi hokey tokey.

“New Zealand animals all come together to dance to the Kiwi Hokey Tokey. Sheep, Tuataras, Kiwis, you name it!”–From publisher.

You also might like Row, kiwi, row your boat.image courtesy of syndetics


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Wonky Donkey.

An oldie, but a goodie! Winner of the 2010 New Zealand Post Children’s Choice Awards, New Zealand Post Children’s Choice Award, Picture Book Category winner and APRA Children’s Song of the Year, 2008, this very funny, cumulative song, each page tells us something new about the donkey until we end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky, wonky donkey which will have children in fits of laughter!
You also might like Willbee the Bumblebee. image courtesy of syndeticsWillbee’s yellow and black stripy jumper catches on a thorn and unravels completely, he’s too embarrassed to move. How will he make it home? Suggested level: junior.

image courtesy of syndeticsRow, row, row your waka.

An illustrated picture book and CD audio recording of the song ‘Row, row, row your waka. “New Zealand friends Pūkeko, Kiwi and Hōiho go on a journey. Join them in their waka, perform actions and sing along while you row, row, row. “–Back cover.


 

Non Kiwi Music, (and books) you might enjoy!

Music CDs:

Hits for Kids 2017.

Hits for Kids 2017 features 20 of the hottest hits of the year from some of the biggest names in pop music.

Disney Pixar All time favourites.

Walt Disney Records presents the All Time Favorite songs and scores from favorite Disney-Pixar films in one CD. The album includes music from Toy Story 1, 2, and 3, Cars 1 & 2, Brave, Finding Nemo, and more!

Disney Icon Volume 1,2 3 and 4.

These CDs are part of a series of releases that includes some of Disney’s biggest and best titles from their top animated films.

 

Picture Books… with CDs:

image courtesy of syndeticsHappy!

“Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams brings his beloved hit song to the youngest of readers in a blend of illustrations and photos of children celebrating what it means to be happy.”–Book jacket front flap.

image courtersy of syndeticsFootloose / music & lyrics by Kenny Loggins & Dean Pitchford.

In this version of the pop rock song “Footloose,” zookeeper Jack joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party.

Singing performance and workshop with the Manawa Ora Children Community Choir

How exciting! A children’s choir will be doing a performance and singing workshop in the central Library, and you can come along!

The Manawa Ora Children Community Choir is a group of young singers who comes together each week to learn music from around the world. In this choir, children are accepted, celebrated and empowered, as they learn to sing in parts and in different languages. They then share their love of music with others by singing at rest homes and community events, and for the first time they will be singing in the library!

Come along and join in for a free interactive performance and workshop!  Children, parents, and grandparents are all welcome. Bookings aren’t required.

 

Saturday 23rd June, 2 – 3 PM,

Wellington Central Library, Ground Floor. at the Wellington Central Library.

 

Music Madness at Tawa Library

Tawa Library had a large number of budding musicians at their holiday activity this week.

There were strings galore, double bass, violin, banjo and then the ukuleles’ came out. A big thank you to Rich and Daryl who led the way teaching us musical cords so we were able to join in together to became part of the great Tawa Library Orchestra.

Our musicians started at 3 years of age and went all the way up to 93 years.

Check out the other cool free holidays activities at the Children’s Events webpage.

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Our top 20 children’s CDs

May is new Zealand Music Month, so we though we’d share with you the top 20 most popular CDs from the children’s collection. Here they are:

  1. Frozen Soundtrack
  2. Songs for Bubbas (NZ!)
  3. Surfer Jeff
  4. Baby rock & rhyme (NZ!)
  5. Children’s favourites
  6. Nursery rhymes & children’s songs
  7. World’s best kids songs
  8. 100 sing-along-songs for kids
  9. 75 children’s favourites
  10. Dora rocks!
  11. The LEGO movie
  12. The lion king
  13. Doc McStuffins
  14. Hot potatoes!
  15. Disney’s greatest
  16. Love to sing (NZ!)
  17. Rock & roll preschool
  18. Apples & bananas
  19. Celtic dreamland
  20. Movie magic

 

 

Johnsonville Storytime

Web1Make sure you come along to our monthly Friday night storytime at Johnsonville Library where this month its going to be all about music.

This musical extravaganza will be on Friday 1st May starting at 6.30pm and will include lots of stories and of course music.

So come along for some melodious, musical madness!

This is a free event for children 4 years and above

 

Children’s Christmas DVD’s and CD’s to enjoy.

A Family Christmas: This is a Putumayo compact disc filled with different Christmas songs like Santa Claus is coming to town, Holly Jolly Christmas and Is that you Santa Claus. There are many favourite songs to dance and sing along to, plus new songs to learn.

Christmas for Kids: This CD has some old favourites for children of all ages. Like Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger and I saw Mummy kissing Santa Claus. There are also Australian classics like Six White Boomers, Christmas where the gum trees grow and Christmas on the station.

Q. How many Christmas presents can Santa fit in his empty sack?

A. One present. After that its not empty anymore.

 

Christmas is here again. This DVD is about the evil Krad who steals Santa’s presents and slowly crushes the Christmas spirit. The children of the world forget about Christmas. An orphan and his friends travel to the South Pole for an adventure to try and stop Krad once and for all destroying Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 The Muppet Christmas Carol: This DVD is a special version of the Christmas Carol starring the lovable Muppets. It has Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his wife. There is also Gonzo as the lovable Charles Dickens narrating the story. Many other favourites include Fozzi Bear and the two hecklers as the Marley brothers. Ebenezer Scrooge is played by a human actor, Michael Caine. There are some lovely tunes and it is a wonderful version for the whole family to watch – but beware there are a few scary bits.

Q. What goes oh, oh, oh?

A. Santa walking backwards.

Countdown to Christmas: This DVD is from our favourite Disney characters with 7 different Christmas themed stories. Join Micky Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and all the friends.

Dorothy the Dinosaur rocking Christmas: Join Dorothy and all her Wiggles friends on this DVD. You will have a rocking good time with all this Christmas music. Sing along and dance to it.

Arthur Christmas: At the north Pole at Christmas time. Santa’s youngest son is set to use his father’s high-technology operation for an urgent mission…

 

 

 

Top 10: Magical May Music Month

Children’s Top 10 CDs for May – Happy New Zealand Music Month everyone!

1.  Baby rock & rhyme by Stu Pedley

2 . Children’s favourites

3.  Taking off ! – The Wiggles – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

4.  Disney’s greatest – Walt Disney Productions

5.  French playground – Putumayo World Music

6.  Surfer Jeff  – The Wiggles – Mic Conway

7.  Fun times : An ABC Music CD.

8.  Play school favourites – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

9.  Doc McStuffins – Walt Disney Records

10. Furry tales – The Wiggles -Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 

Christmas Music

Christmas carols have a long and surprising history. In the very early days of the Church, songs weren’t sung during the Christmas period. It was believed that Christmas should be celebrated in a very sober way, not like those pagans with their raucous midwinter festivals! The word carol comes from two places: the ancient Greek choros (“dancing in a circle”) and the French carole (“a song to accompany dancing”).  So carols were basically any song that was sung at any time of celebration.  When people started singing in Church, they’d often get kicked out by an annoyed priest, so they went around to people’s houses instead.  That’s why in some countries carol singers go around streets singing songs.  It was only during the 15th century that people started writing carols specifically for Christmas, and singing them was allowed in Church.

A lot of the songs we still sing today are very old. “The twelve days of Christmas” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas” are from the 16th century.  Then there are some from the 18th century, like “Hark the Herald Angels sing” and “O come all ye faithful.” Most of these very old Carols are English or French, but there are a few from America too: “Jingle Bells” and “Away in a Manger” were written there in the 19th century.

Another carol from that period, “Silent Night” has quite an interesting story behind it.  It was written in 1818 in Germany. At its first performance it was supposed to have been accompanied by the organ, but mice had chewed through the bellows so it had to be accompanied by a guitar instead.  During the “Christmas Peace”  of 1914, during WWI, it was sung by English, French and German troops as they all knew the melody and the words. Although obviously they sang it in their own languages!

We’ve got lots of awesome Christmas music at the library, so come down and check them out.

 

Most of my information for this post came from The Christmas Almanac and Horrible Christmas.