(At the Bridge in Avignon)
(Baa Baa Little Lamb)
(Bake the Cake Sweet)
Clapping Game For Babies
(Bridge, Bridge, Glasses)
(Clap, Clap Sweet Thing)
Clapping Game for Babies
(Cradle Me a Little)
(Dabba, Dabba Dove)
(Dance in a Ring)
(Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
(Hurray for You for Celebrating Your Birthday!)
(Hush-A-Bye, Little Bundle)
(Hush, Calm, Golden Child)
(Hush Little Baby)
(Hush My Little Child)
(If You're Happy And You Know It)
(In a Cabin in the Woods)
(Little Peter Spider)
(Little Trille (Humpty Dumpty) )
(Lulla, Lullay Child)
(Ole dole doff)
(One Elephant Came Marching)
(Paul and His Chickens)
(Ride Ride Ranka (Version 2))
(Ride Ride Ranke)
(Rita Rita Runkin! (Version 3))
(Rocking, Rocking The Child )
(Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
(Row, Row To The Fishing Reef)
(Sleep Calmly, Little Song)
(Sleep in Peace, Little One)
(So We Go around the Juniper Bush)
(Sun Outside, Sun Inside)
(The Bear is Sleeping)
(There Lives a Baker)
(The Wheels on the Bus)
Finger Naming Rhyme
(Thumbkin, Where Are You?)
Songs, holidays, recipes, crafts & more!
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Travel to far away places with our new E-Books Kid Songs Around The World and Lullabies Around The World
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - Mama Lisa's E-books are wonderful ways 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.
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Over 50 lullabies and recordings from all over the world. Each Lullaby includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Kid Songs Around The World and Lullabies Around The World are downloadable e-books, which you will gain access to immediately. (They are not physical books.)
We hope these books will help foster a love of international children's songs!
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A Mama Lisa Book
Over 50 songs and rhymes, in French with translations into English. You'll find well-known songs like Frère Jacques, Alouette, and Au claire de la lune, alongside many you may never have heard of. At the end of each item in this book, there's a web address to an online version of the song or rhyme. There we are often able to include sheet music, recordings and videos of performances. We hope this book will help foster a love of French songs and culture all over the world! Order Here!
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Norway and more.
Renee Dickens wrote to us asking for help with a childhood song: “My grandmother used to sing a Norwegian song or rhyme she called ‘Ree Dee Dunkin’. No one in our family can find anything about it. It would be really great to have the actual song with all the words. Your help [...]
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 [...]
I asked Siri Randem from the Norwegian language music site Barnesanger about the most popular kids songs and lullabies in Norway. This was her response: Some people sing Bę, bę lille lam (a children’s song) or Mikkel Rev (similar). Everyone in Norway has heard these two in childhood. They are [...]
Can anyone help with the lyrics to this pretty Norwegian lullaby? Byssan lull liten tull (Folkesang) If you can help with the original lyrics and/or an English translation, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks in advance! Mama Lisa [...]
Rhiannon Daymond-King sent me a counting-out rhyme called "Zinty Tinty" with this note: "I was taught a counting rhyme by my father, who said it came from his mother. Her mother was Swedish, so he thought it was in Swedish (or possibly Norwegian given that the part of the country she [...]
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, [...]
People around the world leave different "treats" for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. In the US and Canada, we put out milk and cookies for Santa. I have to say when he comes to our house, he leaves a big mess of crumbs on the table… but he always writes us a note [...]
Rida, Rida Ranka is a rhyme and song known to many in Scandinavia and to the families of Scandinavian immigrants in the US. Lance N. Peterson wrote to me of its significance to his family. (I added links below to the versions of Rida, rida ranka he talks about.) Dear Lisa: Words are what we [...]
Karin wrote: I was named after a song, “Lille Karin” and I can’t find it anywhere. Can you help? The song is definitely Norwegian. I think it’s a child’s song. I cannot sing (properly) in Norwegian but the first line sounds like this:- “Var har du varet du lille [...]
Rachel wrote asking about a childhood rhyme… Hello, My Norwegian Grandfather – passed away 30 years ago – used to put me on his knee and do something like: Bunka Bunka Roona, Smacka Smacka Doona, Kahoong and Kahoong & Set the Butchin up! How Many? At the end, he'd put so [...]
Norwegian Children's songs (in Norwegian) with sheet music, lyrics and recordings.
(In English, Spanish and Norwegian)
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Favorite German songs, traditions, and recipes. Help keep Mama Lisa's World online! Order Here!
Over 125 songs and rhymes. Each includes the full text in Spanish, with translations into English. Many include links to recordings. Order Here!