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 North Ireland and more.
Dreaming was written by the Irish poet, William Allingham (1824 – 1889). He wrote this poem for his three children. Here you can listen to the poem while reading along with the text. MP3 Recording of Dreaming Dreaming A strange little Dream On a long star-beam Ran down from the [...]
Kathy wrote me… Dear Mamalisa, I was delighted to find your website and will be using it in the future. I am researching translations for the word “grandma” in various languages. I am most interested in the familiar, sweet terms children might call this individual. I am aware [...]
Several days ago, I asked if anyone knew the origin of I’ll Tell Ma Mither. Yesterday, Dani pointed out that it’s very similar to the Irish folksong I’ll Tell Me Ma. Here’s Dani’s letter: I can’t tell you much about the I’ll Tell My Mither rhyme, but it [...]
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 [...]
Written by Emanuela Marsura, a schoolteacher from Italy. Emanuela is interested in reviving the old-time games of childhood. A time when all children would play outside together, regardless of age. A time when most games where played with objects that everyone can easily find. There are games that [...]
Mama Lisa’s World is 20 years old this year! Over the many years, we’ve been collecting songs with many versions around the world usually in different languages. Some examples are “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Happy Birthday to You” and “Frère [...]
This poem called “Life” seemed somehow fitting for the beginning of the New Year, yet it’s nice for any time of year. It was written by Griffith Alexander for “The Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger.” Below you can listen to an mp3 recording of the poem and read [...]
Kadomatsu (, “gate pine”) is a traditional Japanese decoration for the New Year. Usually two pines (forming a gate) are placed on either side of the front door right after Christmas until January 7th. It’s placed there for good luck in the New Year. This tradition seems to date [...]