The Magic of Music with a Message
Two New Albums in Award-Winning Series of
“Happy Kids Songs” by Dr. Mac & Friends
“Gratitude & Kindness” and “Greatest Hits Ages 2-5”
Available for Download July 12, 2016
SANTA BARBARA, CA (June 15, 2016) – Thousands of parents and teachers worldwide have discovered “Happy Kids Songs” by Dr. Mac & Friends, an award-winning children’s music collection that helps kids build social and emotional skills. Starting July 12, two new albums in the series, “Gratitude & Kindness” and “Greatest Hits Ages 2-5,” will be available for download.
“Happy Kids Songs” feature professional child and adult singers, a wide variety of musical styles, and dozens of different musical instruments. Parents, teachers, and children of all ages love the albums not only for their entertainment value, but for their educational messages.
Happy Kids Songs Gratitude and Kindness One of the most powerful songs on the “Gratitude & Kindness” album is “Stand Up,” a rap song that empowers kids to speak up whenever they witness bullying: (Stand up and speak your mind/Go stand up and say ‘No, it’s never okay to be unkind/ Enough’s enough, let’s draw the line/It’d do a world of good, if everybody could stand up for each other/This time … stand up.) Extensive research shows that when kids laugh or stand by when encountering bullying, this supports the behavior, and that the incidence of bullying is drastically reduced when kids speak up.
Other standout songs from “Gratitude & Kindness” are the lively “In the Same Boat, “Who Gives a Hoot,” “More Kind” (Whenever I’m with you I’m feeling fine/Whenever I’m in school I wish that kids could be more kind/We push and shove and tease to be first on line/Hope everyone agrees that we could be more kind) and “An Attitude of Gratitude.”
Happy Kids Songs Greatest Hits”Greatest Hits Ages 2-5” is filled with empowering, fun tunes like “Welcome to the Parade,” the rapping pleaser “The Magic Word,” the delightful ditty “A Totally Yodeling Day” (With a yodel dodle dee/we own a little key/Own a little key to happiness/With a yodel dodle dee/we’ll yodel dodle be/In a yodel dodle deedle doodle day), the reggae-inspired “Clean-up Time,” which encourages little ones to have fun while putting things back where they belong, and for best friends everywhere, the delightful “Together.”
Previous albums in the “Happy Kids Songs” series are “Friends & Sharing,” “Social Skills & Bullying,” “Feeling & Fears,” “Practice & Success,” “Talking & Listening,” “Manners & Characters,” “Happiness & Attitude” and “Respect & Responsibility.”
Also available is “The Happy Kids Songs Workbook– Hands-On Activities to Build Character, Social and Emotional Skills,” filled with 124 pages of lyrics, coloring pages and a variety of games and puzzles designed to provide useful tools for children to learn on their own, as well as encouraging topics for discussion at home or at school.
“”Happy Kids Songs” entertain and also help kids learn important tools for living,” says Dr. Mac. “There may be no more powerful method of learning than through music, and no more important lessons for children than those that focus on character and social and emotional skills.”
The series was named one of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products for 2015 and has received many other awards and honors including KIDS FIRST! endorsement, the iParenting Award, Teacher’s Choice Award and the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval.
All “Happy Kids Songs” by Dr. Mac & Friends are available for purchase at www.iTunes.com and www.amazon.com for 99¢ each or a five-song album download is $4.95. The “Happy Kids Songs Workbook” is available at www.amazon.com for $13.
To hear samples of songs or for more information about “Happy Kids Songs” and how they can help your child thrive, please visit http://happykidssongs.com.
About the Creator
Dr. Mac (aka Don MacMannis, Ph.D.) is a singer, songwriter and producer who specializes in creative projects for children. He is music director and songwriter for the PBS hit series, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, has won numerous awards for his songwriting and production talents, and has written and produced over a hundred songs. He is the Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara and co-author of the highly acclaimed books How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family and Who’s the Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant Strong-Willed Child.
Series Title: Happy Kids Songs by Dr. Mac & Friends
Titles: Gratitude & Kindness; ages 4-8
Greatest Hits; ages 2-5
Release Date: July 12, 2016
SRP: Single tunes – 99¢/five-song download -$4.95
Workbook – $13.00