(The Elephant March)
(I Seek Not Power, Nor Glory)
(Enten tenten teelika-menten)
(Hane fane fekkun)
(The Mouse Ran Scampering)
(If You're Happy)
(Ride to the Church)
(My Beautiful Rooster Is Dead)
(Fly, Fly Ladybug)
(Fly, Fly Ladybird)
(Head, Shoulder, Bottom, Knees, Toes)
(Happy Birthday to You)
(The Little Circle Turns)
(Little Matty's Car)
( Pium, paum! )
(Mum's Little Piggies)
(Twinkle, Twinkle Star)
(One Two Three, Sit on Daddy's Knee)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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In America, we celebrate dad on the 3rd Sunday of June by treating him to his favorite meal or spending quality time doing something he loves. But that’s not the case in every country. Every culture has their own ways to show appreciation to their fathers. For example, in South Africa [...]
In Scandinavia, there’s a beautiful celebration in December called Santa Lucia. The celebration started in part of Sweden in the 18th century. It slowly spread to the rest of the country in the 19th century and to most of Scandinavia in the 20th century. Traditionally, to celebrate [...]
Do you remember doing the Bunny Hop? I learnt it as a kid in the early ’70’s in dance class. The Bunny Hop and the Finnish Folk Dance called "Letkajenkka" (aka Letkis) are nearly identical. Both became a dance craze around the world. The Bunny Hop became popular in [...]
Ilona wrote asking for help with a Finnish song her mother taught her. Here’s her email… Our Finnish Mumi taught us a song which started: (Excuse the spelling; also – no umlauts) Semmonen tytto kun sina olet, Sen mina ten vaikka puusta [...]
My friend Maria Hayda, who has family from Ukraine, wrote: "Lisa, pussy willow is what we use for our Easters :) since Eastern Europe is unable to grow palm trees... My Grandmother had a huge bouquet she saved thru the decades. Now I’ve started my own bouquet." According to [...]
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, [...]
Santa Lucia's Day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. It commemorates the life of Santa Lucia, who is also known as Saint Lucy. It’s the beginning of the Christmas season in those countries and is a celebration of light - at the time of year when [...]
Here’s a lovely Swedish poem about a moonlit summer night. It was written by Finnish poet Edith Södergran (1892 – 1923). You can listen to the recording below and follow along with the original poem in Swedish. The you’ll find a loose English translation after the poem. MP3 [...]
Teresa Tirado wrote asking about a Finnish lullaby: My recently past grandmother used to sing a Finnish version of Rock A By Baby to me as a child. I am desperately searching for the words and clip so as to be able to learn to sing it to my children. Please if you could help […] [...]
Nikoletta wrote: Dear Mama Lisa, I would like to ask your help. I’m a Hungarian girl (a mother with two children). My grandmother came from Finland, but we can’t speak Finnish. She died in 2000. In my mind there is a song from my children’s age: Tipu, tipu ….. I tried to [...]
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With Our New Book 'Kid Songs Around The World'
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!