Ages: 1 and upProducer: Golondrina


In her liner notes, Sonia De Los Santos writes that this upbeat bilingual album started with her thought that the word “alegría,” meaning joy, is used in Latin America as a spirit-lifting reminder “that there is something to be happy about.” De Los Santos’ inspirations for each sunny track, written with co-producer Martín Vejarano, range from a 19th century poem by African American poet Frances Ellen Watkins (“Songs for the People,” with Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza), the unexpected sight of a yellow hummingbird (“Colibrí Amarillo”), and a life-changing trip to Peru (“Amapolita”) to her “folk heroes”—artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, who join De Los Santos on “Donde Tú Estés/Wherever You Go,” a bilingual version of their song.

Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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