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4. Recess Monkey: Deep Sea Diver
The talented trio of teachers from Seattle that make up the much-awarded band Recess Monkey will release its ninth studio CD, Deep Sea Diver, next month. The album is a perfect summer treat featuring a boatload of aquatic-themed tracks like the bouncy "Beach Ball" and the upbeat "Tattoo Me," which deliver the band's classic mix of clever yet zany lyrics and high-energy, danceable beats for kids ages 2-8. Set in a submarine, the collection "plumbs the musical depths of the sea" before the bandmates become shipwrecked on the beach of a lost island and end with a track titled "Stranded..." (Monkey Mama, $14.99; available at recessmonkeytown.com and via major music sellers)
5. Meredith LeVande: Monkey Monkey Music: Let's All Make a Circle
Award-winning children’s musician Meredith LeVande is the creator of Monkey Monkey Music and a music video star seen regularly on PBS and other TV stations. With her second children's music DVD, Monkey Monkey Music: Let's All Make a Circle, LeVande brings to life songs from her acclaimed CD collections through a creative set of dynamic and imaginative music videos. These 15 colorful, high-energy videos construct a series of playful worlds full of children and animated characters, popping bubbles, telling silly knock-knock jokes, springing up in gardens, spinning circles, and much more. It’s all made to get kids moving and learning as they dance, shake, and sing along. (Monkey Monkey Music, $19.99; available at monkeymonkeymusic.com and other major music sellers)