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Ella Jenkins

Jun 11, 2020

Today, we are excited to spotlight a phenomenal children’s artist, Ella Jenkins. She has been making music for children and with children for more than 50 years, and has even been dubbed the “The First Lady of Children's Folk Song”.  

Ella Jenkins has a massive library of children’s music including rhythm songs, instrument songs, call and response, music from around the world and more! I love listening to her because the music is simple, interactive, and thoughtful, and I can just feel an incredible warmth, love, and joy through her music. Her recordings often feature her teaching a song to a group of children, with them responding and singing along. (Here is a great one on YouTube)

We’ve curated a Spotify playlist of some of our favorites from Ms. Jenkins. Be sure to check her out with your kids, we think you’ll love her music as much as we do.

Read more about her here: Ella Jenkins: Artist Spotlight by Smithsonian Folkways


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