Thinga-Appreciation Giveaway #1 — Kids’ Music! (ended)

Update: This contest has ended. The winners were announced at the following links: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4.

Hey, a new contest! And it’s easy! I’ve rounded up some great children’s music, courtesy of Sugar Mountain PR, for an ongoing giveaway.

This is about reader appreciation. To enter, simply read and post
comments as you normally do anywhere on Thingamababy (full details below). I will select one user who
has posted a comment within the past week as a winner. That person then
selects one of five predetermined CDs (listed below) and Sugar Mountain PR ships the winner his or her sweet prize. Check out the music and full rules below…

No Ordinary Day CD cover art.

Suzi SheltonNo Ordinary Day
Suzi Shelton is riding on the crest of the “kindie rock” phenomenon with catchy tunes and hip musical sensibilities and is a rising star in the children’s music scene. With awards from Parents’ Choice, the Children’s Music Web, iParenting Media and a 2007 Gold Award from National Parenting Publications, Suzi is gaining national acclaim.

No Ordinary Day, produced by Dan Siegler, is a new collection of playful pop-rock tunes reflecting Suzi’s insightful songwriting and her band’s sonic sophistication, with funky and uptempo rhythms and electronic flourishes.

[Read Thingamababy's review of Suzi Shelton]

Dragonfly Races CD cover art.

Ellis PaulThe Dragonfly Races

Paul is one of folkdom’s most incisive and intimate songwriters. Now a doting father, his first family album, “Dragonfly Races,” bubbles with buoyant, hummable songs that appeal to kids and parents – and incite good conversations between them. As simple as the songs are, they don’t duck tough issues; a fairy tale, for instance, becomes a timely political allegory about leaders who peddle fear for their own purposes. Paul sings movingly about what really worries new parents and turns lazy dragonflies, gentle monsters, and resilient roses into useful metaphors for world peace, the power of faith, and the delights of a sleepy day. It’s nice to see a world-class songwriter focus on kids without lowering either his sights or his standard.” –Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

Let's Go Everywhere CD cover art.
Medeski Martin & Wood
Let’s Go Everywhere

When John Medeski, Chris Wood and Billy Martin go into the studio to record any new album, they’re never sure what will emerge. It was no different when the trio gathered in an upstate New York studio with a few concepts, a few musical ideas and a few friends, to create Let’s Go Everywhere, the first recording designed to please their youngest fans. says “Let’s Go Everywhere is the kind of record that kids-music insiders get all wound up about, and for a reason that can be summed up in two tidy little words: it’s awesome.”

Hawaiian Playground CD cover art.
Putumayo Kids
Hawaiian Playground

Hawaiian Playground is a lively collection that explores the playful side of Hawaii’s musical offerings. With selections featuring the sounds of ukuleles, steel guitars and harmonious vocals, this album is as colorful as the islands which inspired it.

The Hawaiian people have inhabited the islands for centuries and their traditional Polynesian heritage still plays a key role in their music making today. Energetic performances and exploration with unique instruments first helped the music gain attention in the United States. Now, with an increased variety of distinctive styles, the music of these islands has become recognized and appreciated all over the world.

Celtic Dreamland CD cover art.
Putumayo Kids
Celtic Dreamland

Celtic music has long been known for both its danceable jigs and reels and its tranquil, beautiful melodies. For its latest release, Putumayo Kids focuses on the softer side of Celtic music, harvested from the rich musical traditions of Ireland, Scotland, eastern Canada and beyond. Celtic Dreamland features songs that are perfect for the slumbering child, meditating mom and dad or the weary worker desperate for a little quiet relaxation. The album joins the successful Dreamland series alongside Dreamland: World Lullabies and Soothing Sounds and Asian Dreamland.

Giveaway Rules

The contest is open to residents inside and outside* the United States. *Residents of the International Space Station excluded. Sorry Peggy, Yuri, Clayton, Daniel, Leopold, Garrett and Sheikh, but we’ll be happy to ship to your domestic address in the event you win.

The contest will run for four weeks, and who knows, maybe longer with a new slate of children’s CDs.

Officially, the winner will be selected by me based on my own purely subjective criteria that is free to change from week to week. For the first week, I will choose a winner at random. If I see a rush of empty-headed comments being posted, I’ll change the criteria to a true sense of my personal appreciation, using comment criteria such as thoughtfulness, educational value or humor.

To be eligible, users must include a valid e-mail address in their blog comment. Contacted winners must provide their shipping address to Thingamababy and Sugar Mountain PR for the purpose of shipping the prize. Ineligible comments are ones identified as spam by my blog software or that I would normally delete myself due to their spammy or offensive nature.

Giveaway Schedule

Each of these first four giveaways are for user comments posted Saturday through Friday (Pacific Time) on any blog article anywhere on

Giveaway #1: comments posted between Feb. 9 and 15.
Giveaway #2: comments posted between Feb. 16 and  22.
Giveaway #3: comments posted between Feb. 23 and  29.
Giveaway #4: comments posted between March 1 and  7.

So, even though this contest was announced on Wednesday, comments posted since last Saturday, Feb. 9th are eligible to win in the first round. I have a ton of product reviews to write for you, but you can expect to see issue-oriented posts as well for you to weigh in with your opinion.

Thanks for reading Thingamababy!

Suzi Shelton

Ellis Paul, Dragonfly Races

Medeski, Martin & Wood — Where’s The Music


50 Responses to “Thinga-Appreciation Giveaway #1 — Kids’ Music! (ended)”

  1. Susannah says:

    I’m exited about a music giveaway. Lately, my 16 month old wants to listen to two things: Billie Holiday (yay) and a scratched CD of insipid children singing about animals (help). I do wonder why all Celtic kids CDs have a lullaby theme, though–why haven’t Dropkick Murphy’s come out with a kids album yet?

    February 13th, 2008 at 4:22 am

  2. Erica says:

    The Putamayo kids albums rock! Our present favorite is the Carribean Playground. My six month old dances up a storm in her johnny jumper when I play this jammin’ music (almost daily). Would LOVE to check out the Hawaiian Playground. Happy Day.

    February 13th, 2008 at 6:12 am

  3. Angela says:

    what timing you have! Our almost 2 year old just decided this week that he is SICK and TIRED of the CD we’ve been playing every night and naptime since he was about one month old. I can’t say I blame him, but now we’re on the lookout for something new. We were thinking Enya or Clannad but both have some not-so-sleepy music included. But Celtic Dreamland, now that sounds promising!

    February 13th, 2008 at 7:24 am

  4. addy says:

    I hope you keep doing the drawing randomly to make it fair to everyone…particularily me as I am without wit and am virtually humor-less…(no joke)but if not random you should send music only to people who threaten to only let their little ones listen to Wiggles…example post…”If you do not make me the winner I will subject my poor child to Wiggles only”
    Who will save the poor children from suffering….such a terrible fate…maybe something can be done before it is to late….now I am just rambling.

    February 13th, 2008 at 7:27 am

  5. Eric says:

    Wow, never would have thought MM+W would have an album geared towards kids! I’d love to hear more. I wonder if it is still mostly instrumental as most their albums are, or if they have actually composed some “songs”.

    February 13th, 2008 at 7:30 am

  6. Carlin says:

    What a fanatastic idea, not only for your readers to win some new music for the kiddo-s (Horray!!!), but also for you and your creative wit! It is clear to me that you love blogging about stuff related to being a Daddy – and I love reading what you have to say. Thank you for the many wonderful ideas, laughs and reviews of excellet (and not so excellent) products!

    February 13th, 2008 at 8:02 am

  7. Sara K says:

    I love your blog – and love giveaways! Hope I win one of the cds – we are big music lovers!

    February 13th, 2008 at 8:38 am

  8. Summer says:

    How cool is that!? The Hawaiian one looks the best! We have two CDs (both I found at a yard sale at one time or another) one is Barney Songs and one is Laurie Birkner. Both great, but I’d love to add to my collection of children’s music. Its great because I can pack it in her bag with her dad and then he is forced to listen to it when he picks her up! Hehehe! I love it! JK In all seriousness though she loves music and lately she’s been singing the “Hu-Ki Lau” or however its pronounced. My mom taught it to her my parents used to live in Hawaii before I was born so my mom knows quite a few hawaiian songs. How fun this is! I am so glad I found the Thingamababy site – I love it!

    February 13th, 2008 at 9:33 am

  9. Erica says:

    Love the idea; sometimes my daugher asks for her “toddler songs” in the car, and I toss her a toy and turn on my own music because I’m sick of really bad kid music. So I had my 2 1/2 year-old listen to the examples you put online. Her favorite was Suzi Shelton, but she’s also in that stage where girls are her favorite no matter what (not ten seconds ago, while I was writing this, she was looking at my husband’s and my wedding photos and asked if I would marry her), so I don’t fully trust her judgement. My favorite was Medeski, Martin and Wood. The Celtic sounds like it would be good too!

    February 13th, 2008 at 9:47 am

  10. Tara says:

    I have a terrible time finding decent kids music so this would be great :) I have a CD called “Puff the Magic Dragon” that I listened to on record as a child. I love it. My sons don’t seem that enthralled but I am determined that they like it :)

    February 13th, 2008 at 10:47 am

  11. JMo says:

    I’m still waiting for my $50 shoe voucher after submitting what was obviously the best baby name (Maverick, in case you’ve forgotten). But I will gladly participate in this contest as well, since it seems like you are really going to pay out prizes.

    My kid is music-deprived, as the recession means that we can no longer afford children’s CDs. Hey, everyone in the family has to chip in on cost-cutting. It’s like the day the music died in my house – can you imagine a house with music? So sad. If only we could win a free CD … imagine the doors it would open for my son.

    February 13th, 2008 at 10:49 am

  12. JMo says:

    I know commenter Carlin (above) personally, and you should know that she is just trying to butter you up to win a free CD. She wouldn’t even know about your blog if I hadn’t told her how awesome you are. Okay, now we must return to playing in silence, since we have no children’s CDs.

    February 13th, 2008 at 10:52 am

  13. RobMonroe says:

    Great timing! (Seems to be a theme)

    My daughter is too young to know it, but she loves ALL of my music. (8 months this week) My wife drives her to and from daycare, and asked months ago for some GOOD childrens’ music. I’m an iTunes guy, so I immediately hunted down things are are good to listen to, but also kid-friendly.

    All that being said – Thanks for the tips on good music! Even if I don’t win, I’m going to buy at least a few songs right now for a trip this weekend! Thanks!

    February 13th, 2008 at 11:03 am

  14. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    Hey ! I listened to Puff the Magic Dragon on record as well. didn’t know that was out on CD.

    I’m looking for the Music Machine series on CD as well. My cassettes are no longer useful unfortunately :(

    February 13th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

  15. Carlin says:

    I think it is only fair that I have an opportunity to respond to commenter JMo’s post above :) We recently spent a Mommy/Baby weekend together at her house. While she is raising her child in a TV-free environment, it is far from a music-free environment. Her son’s play room is complete with musical books, musical instruments, and yes, CD’s. Lots of CD’s. Do not let her fool you. Her son is quite intelligent for his young 17 months, making logical connections that many two year olds would have difficulty with. That said, I would be thrilled for her to win one of your CD’s, since we will definitely have another Mommy/Baby weekend in the future, and I will ultimately be able to share in her winnings. :) However, I would really like to have the Suzi Shelton CD for my 16 month old daughter – who loves dancing to music even if no one is watching.

    February 13th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

  16. Jen says:

    Now, in light of the fact that my daughter would love nothing more than to listen to yet another rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” I’m practically desperate to broaden her horizons.

    Now, due to the fact that I’m cheap, I tend to try to sing her songs, accompanied by knee slapping, spoon banging, or the like. I don’t think she’s impressed.

    So we’re back to the same Little People CD we’ve had for TWO YEARS.


    February 13th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

  17. Kathleen says:

    We need some new kids music. My son has unfortunately taken to an internet song about pirates (courtesy of my husband’s humor) and its driving me crazy :)

    February 13th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

  18. pinkbeary says:

    This is a great way to get parents like me to actually buy these cds. I’ve seen the Putumayo World Music cds at Whole Foods and always just walked on by. Time to go shopping. =)

    I hope your wife is feeling better.

    February 13th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

  19. Amber says:

    Sounds like a fun contest. My daughter is 8 months old now so I haven’t been subjected to children’s music yet, but I remember reading your post about Suzi Shelton and hoped to remember it in the future when we do have to buy kid’s music. For now I’m stuck listening to country since I let my husband drive me around. I guess kid music can’t be much worse :)

    February 13th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

  20. lace says:

    I can’t wait for the name your baby contest winners to be announced!!

    A new contest is always fun and will help pass the time till the announcement. I’m thinking the hawaiian playground cd would be great.

    February 13th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

  21. Shimona says:

    Both my daughters love having music on, so much that when it’s too early to listen (we live in an apartment and can’t turn on the stereo before 9 a.m.), we play them on the computer, which doesn’t abut anyone else’s apartment! Always looking for new CDs to add to our repertoire…

    February 13th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

  22. Holes in my Shiny Veneer says:

    A Putumayo Celtic option cracks me up because my daughter’s most frequent request lately is, “Play ‘Sail Away’, Mama.” Not sure how I got an Enya fan– my picks would be the Putumayo Hawaiian or the Suzi Shelton…

    February 13th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

  23. Missy says:

    Great idea! I just started reading your blog in the last week and I really like it. We could really use some new music in our house, too. I just can’t listen to the Wiggles ;)

    February 13th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

  24. Brenda Fleet says:

    Having just been given a newborn 2 months ago, I could really use some kids music. Being a 57 year old newly surprised mom, I am kind of out of the loop when it comes to all baby things but I am learning sooo fast. It is such a blessing. Thank you for a great website.

    February 14th, 2008 at 6:47 am

  25. Danielle S says:

    SWEET! My kid is a DANCING MACHINE! We could always use new music for our personal dance club! :)
    dansan826 at

    February 14th, 2008 at 8:53 am

  26. JMo says:

    At the risk of being considered a spammer, let me just point out that the CDs in my home are leftover from when my husband and I were in college. And we are not young parents. Last night we listened to Salt ‘n Pepa. The other day my husband was playing ” Classic Country: Great Story Songs” for my son. Clearly this is not a suitable musical environment for any child.

    Also, Carlin lives in Canada and they are not having a recession. (Even if they were, at least they have socialized health care.) She can buy her own CDs.

    February 14th, 2008 at 9:41 am

  27. Mary says:

    Oh I’d love the hawaiian playground cd. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

    February 14th, 2008 at 11:39 am

  28. Susanne says:

    I’ve heard of a few of these CD’s before, but never bought them…might be fun to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

    February 14th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

  29. Annette says:

    Please enter us in the drawing! We have one of the Putumayo Kids CDs and love it, but I have four children who all love music, so any additions to our collection would be welcome. Thanks!

    February 14th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

  30. Em says:

    What fun music!!! I want some please!!!

    February 14th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

  31. Claire says:

    I have always loved MM&W, so it was fun (and surprising) to see that they have a kids’ album. My son is a bit young for this right now – though maybe not, he loves to dance to anything I seem to dance to. He has just taken up stomping he feet to music, so maybe their percussion is just what he needs!

    February 14th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

  32. artsweet says:

    I am so psyched about the MM&W cd – my son loves to dance to funky music!

    February 14th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

  33. Sarah says:

    We listen to music every night with our daughters as part of our night time routine…they love to dance to the music. Some new music would be exciting for the whole family!

    February 14th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

  34. Becca says:

    The Hawaiian Playground album sounds like a lot of fun, and something that my daughter would love to dance to!

    February 14th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

  35. Heather says:

    I could really use some new music for our car trips. I have four children and we are always looking for something that we can all enjoy.

    February 14th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

  36. Shay says:

    This is a great giveaway. I’d love to buy my daughter more CD’s, but I never know if she’ll like them or not.

    February 14th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

  37. Jenny M says:

    Our son loves Johnny Cash- my dH was on parental leave and he couldnt stand kids music- so the man in black took over=)

    February 14th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

  38. Donna says:

    Oh how I would love to win, especially the Hawaiin playground CD! I have heard the same children’s CDs over and over for the past few years…and we sure could use something new!

    February 15th, 2008 at 6:34 am

  39. Holly Henderson says:

    Ellis Paul is played on my favorite indie station in Boston.

    February 15th, 2008 at 7:41 am

  40. jessica says:

    oh, the Putumayo cd’s are the best, we got one for a gift and love it!

    February 15th, 2008 at 7:59 am

  41. Alanna says:

    Please save me from the Wiggles and Raffi!! We are desperately in need of some new kids music but I haven’t known where to start. Thanks!

    February 15th, 2008 at 8:20 am

  42. Kristi says:

    I would love new music for my kiddo….we listen to the same cd with his name in it everytime we are in the car…what a great idea that benefits the kids and moms!

    February 15th, 2008 at 11:10 am

  43. Lydia says:

    “Where’s the Music?”
    Love the new MMW!

    February 15th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

  44. Cindi Hoppes says:

    Hello, I love kid’s music as much as the grown up stuff! Please enter me in your fabulous drawing!

    February 16th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

  45. Angela says:

    We’d love to have any of the cds as our collection is quite limited but we do love Putumayo Kids cds!! (we have several)

    We blogged you too

    February 16th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

  46. Vicki Wurgler says:

    wonderful giveaway and music for children – Hope I win

    February 17th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

  47. robin says:

    I’d love to win some good music for my granddaughter! Count me in please, thanks!!

    February 17th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

  48. Paige says:

    My kids love new music. Right now we’re all listening to High School Musical 2, and we’d like some variety.

    February 18th, 2008 at 8:18 am

  49. Ruth says:

    We’d love some new music. I thought we had a good selection, ut with a 40 minute commute each way, if I have to listen to Imagination movers one more time I will scream!

    February 20th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

  50. Kristi says:

    Would love to win one of these cds to play in our car!

    February 22nd, 2008 at 6:49 am

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