Clapping Game for Babies
(Every Time I Pass)
(Tim Bam (Mr. Jean Boulay))
(Sleep, Little Baby)
(Go to Sleep Little Babe)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
100 Songs With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
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. (Over 350 pages!)
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've meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
This is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately. (It is not a physical book.)
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Trinidad and Tobago and more.
Maja wrote asking for help with a song… Please could you help me find the lyrics for a song passed down from my great-grandmother? She lived on a large plantation in Trinidad and went to school in England so it could have been a very old British ditty. All I recall are the verses: A [...]
Sit back, relax and enjoy the sound of an instrument known as the "steel pan" that’s played in Sint Maartin. The steel pan originated in Trinidad. It was introduced to Sint Maartin in the mid 1900’s. Now that’s the sound of vacation! Mama Lisa Image: [...]
Angelica wrote: We use to sing a song in school (1940s) with lyrics that went like this….”Leroy Leroy my boy be careful what you do, the tall papaya tree is much too high for you….so bring your basket down before you get a fall…” Have you heard of it? I sure would [...]
Susan wrote: Hi Mama Lisa, I remember a song from my childhood in Trinidad that translated in English to “Just give me a kiss, just a kiss do do”. Do you have the complete lyrics in English and French Creole to this song? The term “do do” in Trinidad means darling. I only [...]
Carol wrote to me: I am from Trinidad, but live in Canada. There is a lullaby that is sung to babies that goes “dodo petit popo”. Those are the only words I remember and now that I have a grandchild, I sing only those words, but I don’t remember the rest. Would you know it, [...]
Frère Jacques was the first foreign language song I learnt as a young child. It opened whole new possibilities about the human experience to me…. there was a place in the world where people said “frère” for brother. Instead of asking “Are you asleep?” They said, [...]
Ron wrote looking for help with a song his grandmother would sing to him… My Nonna (Diletta Da Vinchie) used to rock me to sleep when I was very little. She was born in Domegge Di Cadore Italy. All I can remember is the words and I’m probably pronouncing them wrong: Ta-Ling, Ta-Long, [...]
Eugene Field (1850 – 1895) is a beloved American children’s poet. Here’s a sweet poem he wrote to help put children to sleep at night. You can read the text and listen to a recording of the poem in the YouTube video below… The Rock-A-By Lady By Eugene Field The Rock-a-By [...]
Maryan Anshur has been collecting Somali children’s stories, songs and lullabies for 30 years. In the podcast below she talks about the songs of Somalia and even sings some lullabies… Maryan produced a booklet and CD, to preserve her Somali cultural heritage. You can find it at [...]
The game of Five Stones is also known as Knucklebones. It’s a time-honored game that was played in ancient Greece, Rome and even earlier. Nowadays, in the US it’s played with jacks. In some parts of the world it’s played with 5 flat stones or pebbles. In other places, it’s [...]
(In English, French Creole and English Creole)