In 2009, I posted about 5 great children’s music resources. Here are a few more that I’ve come across since that time:
Big Stories for Little Ones by Rain for Roots is my favorite album of this bunch. It combines the writing talents of Sally Lloyd-Jones with the music of Sandra McCracken, Ellie Holcomb, Flo Paris, and Katy Bowser. The result is a record of God-centered folksy lullabies that you’ll love. The album is only available for download at their website.
Since 2009, Sovereign Grace Ministries has added two albums to their collection. Walking with the Wise is the their latest. It joins To Be Like Jesus (June 2009) and Awesome God (Aug. 2004). The latest CD unpacks truths from the book of Proverbs. It teaches us that being wise is more than just knowing a lot and being smart. It involves fearing the Lord and believing that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose from the dead so that we could be forgiven and follow Him. That kind of wisdom is more important than anything in the world. The CD contains lead sheets, guitar charts, and accompaniment tracks to all the songs. You can buy it from the Sovereign Grace online store, or download the MP3 album.
I’m a big fan of the Ask Me Whooo catechism CDs from Diana Beach Batarseh. Catechism is simply using a question and answer format to teach basic Bible truth. One of the most famous catechisms is the Westminster Shorter Catechism, written in the 1600s by English and Scottish Divines. In the late 1800s, Joseph Engels adapted this body of work into what we call the Children’s First Catechism. More recently, Great Commission Publications adapted Engel’s work to make it more accessible to moderns, and Diana has used GCP’s wording in 74 catechism songs.
Jesus Saves Sinners by Village Kids. In 2010, the Village Church released their a Kids EP containing 5 original songs that teach children about the character and nature of God and His plan to save sinners through Jesus Christ. These songs correspond with the five foundational truths taught as a part of Village’s preschool ministry, The Little Village–(1) Jesus Came to Save Sinners, (2) God is Good, (3) God is in Charge of Everything, (4) God Wants to Talk with Us, (5) God Made Everything. It’s a great little gospel-centered Texas/Country/Rock album for kids. Here is the link on iTunes.
The Rizers is a group of musicians from Mars Hill Church in Seattle who have created a bunch of scripture memory songs from the NIV, set to synth-heavy, punk dance sounds. The “band” is Gracie, Matty C., Ayo, Mei Mei, and Johnny Danger. Like Gorillaz, The Rizers are a made-up cartoon band with invented personalities for each member. They have two albums currently: Meet the Rizers and Rise Up! Check out Tyler Ratliff’s review of the second album.
Finally, Jesus Wants My Heart by Daniel Renstrom is a CD written for the Treasuring Christ children’s ministry curriculum. The music is contemporary and gospel-centered. It is also available on iTunes.