Along with our annual round-up of the top Christian albums, this year we decided to offer up our choices for the best Christian audio products made for the younger set. We concentrated on releases aimed at elementary school and younger, because by the time kids get up to middle school years, they generally prefer the pop and rock found on the regular Best-of list. So we scoured the market to see what released this year to please kids and their parents, from the tiniest of tots to the upper-elementary set.

We found a variety of offerings, primarily broken down into three categories: lullabies and music especially for infants; Sunday school songs and cute music for preschoolers and young elementary; and more upbeat praise and worship, kid remakes of favorite radio singles, and audiobooks or story-song combinations for older kids. Out of about 50 products, we narrowed it down to our top 12:

#12
Sunday School Songs

Golden Books Music
Word Entertainment

Golden Books rivals the longstanding Cedarmont Kids brand with its line of compact discs for kids, each containing 15 songs and their split-track versions for around $6. We like this one because children revisit old favorites like "I Am a 'C'" and "The Wise Man and the Foolish Man" in musical arrangements that range from hymn-like (with added saxophone) on "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" to country strumming on "Down in My Heart" to a bluesy feel on "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Sung by kids and for kids, Sunday School Songs offers just what you should look for in some low-dough musical fun.

#11
The Adventures of Sir Bernard the Good Knight

Steve Green
Sparrow Records

The Adventures of Sir Bernard the Good Knight gets an A-plus for originality in that most kids' CDs ...

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