(Walking in the Woods)
(It was a Pigeon)
Hand Clapping Rhyme
(The Little Chickens)
(1, 2, 3, Little Cheese, Stop!)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Favorite Kids Songs - A Mama Lisa Book
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Costa Rica and more.
Central America consists of the seven countries. Mama Lisa’s World now has songs from each of these countries. Click on the links below to access our songs from Central America. Traditional Songs from Belize Kids Songs from Costa Rica Children’s Songs [...]
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, [...]
The fifteenth birthday is very important for girls in many Latin American countries and in some Hispanic communities in the US. It’s called Quince or Quinceañera (15 years). It marks a girl becoming an adult. It’s a bit like the Jewish Bar Mitzvah, a Sweet 16 Party and [...]
Noche de paz is the Spanish version of Silent Night. This Christmas Carol was originally written in German in 1816 by Joseph Mohr. It was called Stille Nacht. Below you can listen to Noche de paz, read the Spanish lyrics and then a literal English translation of the Spanish version. MP3 Recording [...]
Here’s a YouTube of a Costa Rican song in Spanish called “Los esqueletos”. It’s perfect to sing for The Day of the Dead or Halloween… You can find the lyrics for Los esqueletos with English and French translations and videos on Mama Lisa’s World. Many thanks to [...]
Jeringonza (aka jerigonza) is played in Spain and throughout Latin America. It’s also found in Portuguese speaking Brazil and even in Italy. It’s a secret language for kids – just like the English word game Pig Latin. (I’m going to make all the changes to the words in bold [...]
Hamantashen are eaten for the Jewish holiday of Purim. They’re triangle shaped cookies that were originally made with a poppy seed and honey filling. Nowadays, they’re also made with other fillings like different types of preserves or even Nutella! Purim is a holiday that celebrates the [...]
Pancakes are eaten in England before Lent… crepes are eaten in France. In Russia and other Slavic countries, they eat blinis () which are more like crepes than pancakes. They’re made with flour, milk and eggs and cooked in butter. They’re often topped with sour cream, folded up [...]
Joanie Calem sent us this article about a Jewish holiday called Purim. Joanie is a musician, singer/song-writer, and teacher. She moved to Israel when she was 15 and and lived there for 23 years. Now she lives in the US and is involved in music and story programs for children including one called, [...]
Helen Hyde (1868 – 1919) was an American painter, etcher and printmaker. Her work often depicted women and children in various countries around the world. She was a very modern woman who traveled extensively and even lived in Japan for 15 years – something that was very challenging for [...]
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.)