May 12th, 2017
“Nurse’s Song” is a poem by William Blake that’s part of his collection called, “Songs of Innocence and Experience.” There are two versions of the poem. The first is from “Songs of Innocence” (1789). In this version, the nurse appreciates the sweetness of children’s voices at play outside on a beautiful day. The 2nd version […]
March 4th, 2016
Afternoon Tea By Kate Greenaway Who wouldn’t like to drink afternoon tea Out in the garden just like these three? With the song of a bird, and the hum of a bee, And the sun-flowers looking all eyes to see. The little girl’s stirring her tea so sweet; Tea in the garden is such a […]
September 9th, 2015
Ten-fingered Mice is a poem about chocolate cake. One of my favorites! It was written by Edger Guest. You can read the poem below and listen along with the recording… MP3 Recording of Ten-fingered Mice Ten-fingered Mice When a cake is nicely frosted and it’s put away for tea, And it looks as trim and […]
April 14th, 2015
"The Moon-Baby" is a pretty poem that can be read or sung to young children before bedtime. The Moon-Baby There’s a beautiful golden cradle That rocks in the rose-red sky; I have seen it there in the evening air Where the bats and beetles fly, With little white clouds for curtains And pillows of […]
August 5th, 2014
"The Swing" is a poem that describes something all kids have thought of while swinging… What if I went really high up on the swing? What would I see? You can read "The Swing" below and listen to a wonderful recording of it. It was recited by a boy named Willy. MP3 Recording of The […]
May 28th, 2014
The great American poet Maya Angelou passed away today at 86. In honor of her life and work, I’m posting this recording she did of her children’s poem, "Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All". You can listen to it below. RIP Maya Angelou.
February 12th, 2013
Sometimes, life is grand because of that one perfect moment, like in the poem below… MP3 of Jenny kiss’d Me Jenny kiss’d Me By Leigh Hunt Jenny kiss’d me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in! Say I’m […]
July 27th, 2012
Here’s the poem To a Grandmother by Christopher Morley with an mp3 recording: MP3 of To a Grandmother To a Grandmother At six o’clock in the evening, The time for lullabies, My son lay on my mother’s lap With sleepy, sleepy eyes! (O drowsy little manny boy, With sleepy, sleepy eyes!) I heard her sing, […]
July 18th, 2012
The poem My Bed is a Boat reminds me of being a kid and playing with my friends on the couch pretending it was a rowboat. What fun! You can read the poem below and listen along on YouTube videos. There are 3 renditions: the 1st is recited, the 2nd is sung as a lullaby, […]
July 16th, 2012
Six Weeks Old was written by American poet, Christopher Morley (1890 -1957). It’s about the life of a wee one. Below you can listen to an mp3 recording while reading along with the poem. MP3 Recording of 6 Weeks Old Six Weeks Old He is so small, he does not know The summer sun, the […]
July 3rd, 2012
Only in Sleep is a poem by American author Sara Teasdale. It’s about a lady remembering her childhood friends in her dreams. MP3 Recording of Only in Sleep Only in Sleep Only in sleep I see their faces, Children I played with when I was a child, Louise comes back with her brown hair braided, […]
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A Mama Lisa Book
Over 125 songs and rhymes. Each includes the full text in Spanish, with translations into English. Many include links to recordings. Order Here!
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!