April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pick of the Day: Ready Set Go (Audio)

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Ready Set Go. Performed by The Happy Racers. CD. 38 min. The Happy Racers. 2012. ISBN unavail. $10.
PreS-Gr 3–In their debut alternative children’s album, The Happy Racers, led by Nathan Meckel, prove that children’s music can be just as much fun for parents to listen to as it is for kids. Featuring original songs written by Meckel, along with children’s authors Barbara Joose and Peter Reynolds and Grammy nominated songwriter Burton Collins, this album embraces all of the fun and wonders of childhood. Rousing tunes such as “Move Your Body” and “ Hip Hooray Parade” will get children up and moving, while gentler numbers like “Lovabye Dragon” and “My Backyard” will assure children that they are safe and taken care of when going to sleep or having grand adventures as king of the backyard. Great vocals combine with a variety of instruments on each song to create a rich vibrant sound. Easy-to-understand, relatable lyrics will have listeners singing along. With most running between two to three minutes, these songs could easily be incorporated into programming. A must have for every collection.–Veronica DeFazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL