“Her interactive performances have children and adults dancing and singing along to irresistible songs - no kidding.”
— Christine Manalla, New Orleans Magazine

Reading Rocks

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Released 2012

Winner of a 2013 Parents' Choice Recommended Award and a Family Choice Award. 

From Bluegrass to Rock music, Reading Rocks! is a singing story time gone fun. Featuring songs, finger plays, poems, stories and readings from several of Johnette's beloved picture books, READING ROCKS! is sure to get children rolling into books and rocking into reading!

Boogie Woogie Bugs

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Released 2010

Winner of a “Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award

Spiders and slugs and roaches, oh my! The backyard is buzzing alive with a boogie-woogie jive. Play in the bug band and sing some creepy, crawly and catchy songs about insects. Join Johnette Downing as she sings her catchy songs on this Boogie Woogie Bugs CD!

Dixieland Jazz for Children

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Dixieland Jazz
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Released 2008

Winner of a “Parents’ Choice Approved Award”

Staying true to her Louisiana musical roots, Johnette collaborates with Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band to introduce children of all ages around the world to the joyful sounds of Dixieland Jazz; the music she heard growing up as a child in New Orleans. Nineteen original songs blend the upbeat, happy sounds of Dixieland Jazz with lyrics for children and their extended families. It is our hope that this authentic and innovative recording for children keeps the tradition alive with a new generation of Jazz lovers.

Fins And Grins

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Released 2006

Winner of a “Parents’ Choice Approved Award” and an “iParenting Media Award.”

Dive into fun with songs from the sea. Learn about seahorses, stingrays, penguins, hermit crab, sharks and more. From the ocean to the bayou, we’ll have a whale of a good time.

Music Time

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Released 2005

Received a rave review from the Grammy Foundation Education Watch, and winner of a Parents' Choice Award, National Parenting Publications Honors Award, 2005 iParenting Media Award, 2005 Family Choice Award and 2005 Family Review Center Award.

Celebrate childhood by spending a day in the life of a child.

The Second Line

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The Second Line – Scarf Activity Songs
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Released 2003

Winner of a National Parenting Publications Award, a Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award, & an iParenting Media Award.

Grab a scarf, turn on Johnette Downing’s The Second Line, and join the parade as we celebrate in a New Orleans’ style Second Line with jazzy scarf activity songs and games. This one of a kind scarf activity recording includes instructional lyrics making it perfect for home (birthday and pajama parties) and school (P.E., music, and dance classes as well as school assemblies).

“In New Orleans, the “second line” refers to the crowd that marches joyfully behind the band during celebrations, often waving scarves or handkerchiefs. The simple lyrics suggest things children can do with scarves.”
— Paul Shackman, American Library Association Booklist

Wild and Woolly Wiggle Songs

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Wild and Woolly Wiggle Songs
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Released 2001

Winner of a 2000 Parents’ Choice Award and a 2000 Parents’ Guide to Children's Media Award.

This animal songs album for children will monkey around in musical fun.

“Distinctive country-flavored vocals and gentle educational touch are Downing’s trademark and here her Louisiana rhythms and creative lyrics give effervescent life to one of the staples of children’s music – animals.”
— Lynne Heffley, The Los Angeles Times

Silly Sing Along

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Released 2001

Winner of a Recommended Parents’ Choice Award and a National Parenting Publications Award.

“To Downing, songs are the toll booths into the world of play, the most important destination for any kid. Silly Sing Along is solidly in the tradition of pioneering kid’s musician Ella Jenkins. For Downing and for Jenkins, music is participation.”
— Michael Tisserand, Gambit Weekly

From The Gumbo Pot

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From the Gumbo Pot Stirring Up Tasty Tunes
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Released 1998

Winner of a Silver Honors Parents’ Choice Award.

This album is a spicy musical gumbo of Louisiana songs for children.

“The yummy ingredients in this rich musical gumbo include the spicy Louisiana lilt in Johnette Downing’s voice, and irresistible Cajun and Creole rhythms in playfully evocative songs about gators, skeeters, crawfish and the Cajun werewolf the Loup Garou.”
— Lynne Heffley, The Los Angeles Times