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hi, I am so happy to hear of Bea and her love for the mix of music and word. My son is 3.5 and has precisely the same affinity--strict books on tape dont satisfy and music alone does not hold him for long--but the combo is magnetizing. I did some sleuthing at the Multnomah County library, and there is a series that combines both. See my inquiry/response as follows--use these phrases when you search the online catalog:

"Patron is looking for CDs for children that combine stories and songs. (example: Peter and the Wolf) The best way we've found to search in the catalog is subject keywords "stories" and "songs" narrowed down to Books on CD and Music CDs. Is there a better way to search? Are there any lists that you are aware of?

Our response:
Hi there,

The search could work better if using the search terms "stories with music", narrowed down to Books on CD and Music CDs for children. If the search is made by using the terms "stories with music" in the children's collection too, this gives few additional results."

Some of the specific ones we have enjoyed are: Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, Peter and the Wolf, and surprisingly, Little Einsteins on CD (it is not that bad and does a good combo of words music). Would love to hear more that you have used. Thanks. Kate D


Hey, thanks, Kate. A friend suggested The Shoe Bird. Have you listened to that one? We've been taking a break from stories with music since Bea has developed a taste for her audio books and music straight up.

Recent favorites are the Skippyjon Jones series and Little House in the Big Woods. We also seem to have Wendy Gelsanliter's album I'm Hungry, I Need a Band-Aid on constand play.

I really did reply to your comment back in February, Kate, but I'm still figuring out this blog thing and it didn't show up!

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