I'm the mother of a 4-year-old girl, so I spend a good amount of time in the company of kids' music. And I've become pretty choosy. I don't have a lot of patience for music that panders to what I consider to be misguided notions of what adults think kids must like. Excessive goofiness? Out. Phony silly voices? Out.
But thankfully, there are a bunch of great musicians who have become parents themselves, and who realize it's up to them to make music the rest of us will enjoy. Then there are some classic CDs that still sound fresh to parents and children. Here's a sampling of what's on regular rotation in our house and car.