Drum roll, please! As 2007 comes to a quick close and 2008 rushes in, we invite you to take a sneak peek at the top Christian children's musical offerings of the past year. Our fourth annual edition of the round-up again focuses on entries that are geared for kids ranging from the tiniest tots through the early elementary years, though there are also a couple choices good for those terrific 'tweens (the 8-12 set) and up. All were chosen for their sing-along-ability (is that a word?) and family fun factor.
If this year's list looks familiar, it's because those who do children's music best have repeated the formula—with continues success each year. And while most of the selections focus strictly on music, there are a few videos and games involved too. Because, hey, bonus features are always a plus when it comes to kids' entertainment, right?
These titles are available at your favorite Christian store, not to mention Christianbook.com, and in some instances, directly downloadable from the Internet. So without further ado (another drum roll, please), we offer up to you the best in children's tunes for 2007:
Kids' Praise! Company
A tie between two mega-sized children's albums packed with classic favorites and modern worship music. Produced by the worship leader Don Moen, 51 Must-Have Kids Worship Songs offers a jazzy version of "Deep and Wide," the pretty piano-backed ballad "I Exalt Thee," and the Sunday school favorite "I've Got the Joy," as well as worship standards like "Let Everything That Has Breath" and "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord." The collection has some more traditional accompaniments ...1