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The Year in Kid’s Music: 2011 Fids and Kamily Awards

The annual kid’s music awards were announced yesterday on Bill Childs’ weekly Spare the Rock Spoil the Child radio program.  Not familiar with the Fids & Kamily Awards?  Think of them as the Grammys, with clued-in voters.

The Fids & Kamily top 10 is selected by a collection of media and radio folk and does truly represent the best in indie kid’s music each year.  Here’s the top 10 plus honorable mentions for 2011:

1. Recess Monkey – FLYING!
2. Dan Zanes and Friends – Little Nut Tree
3. Frances England – Mind of My Own
4. Caspar Babypants – Sing Along!
5. Lunch Money – Original Friend
6. Brady Rymer – Love Me for Who I Am
7. The Deedle Deedle Dees – Strange Dees, Indeed
8. The Jimmies – Practically Ridiculous
9. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – Oh Lucky Day!
10. Gustafer Yellowgold – Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock

Honorable Mentions (unranked next ten):
Cat and a Bird – Cat and a Bird
The Hipwaders – The Golden State
Charlie Hope – Let’s Go Play!
Ella Jenkins – A Life of Song
Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – What a Zoo!
Todd McHatton – Galactic Champions of Joy
Alastair Moock – These Are My Friends
The Not-Its – Tag, You’re It!
Papa Crow – Things That Roar
Chip Taylor and the Grandkids – Golden Kids Rules

Solid batch of albums here but there is one gigantic, glaring omission from this list.  I’ll let you guess who and what it is until I unveil my own personal top 15 CDs, songs, album art and more later in the week.

OWTK has covered, in some way or another, all of these fine discs having reviewed in detail the entire top 10 and at least mentioned 85% of the honorably mentioned albums.  Check the links below or use the handy OWTK search bar up there to discover in more depth this top-shelf, modern kid’s music for youself and your family.  Kidz Bop is more than unnecessary in the 21st century and this annual list once again proves it.  Dig in, peeps.

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