Happy 4th of July, from Kidsmomo!

July 4th, 2015 by

Independence Day = barbecues, fireworks, a dip in the pool, a run through the grass, a trip to the beach, and an all-around good time.

But it’s also a celebration of liberty, as you know from social studies class. Here at Kidsmomo, where we’re completely but let’s say healthily obsessed with books, we thought it would be fun to focus on the freedom of summer reading — no teachers, no rules, you pick whatever you want to read all season!

So for this Fourth of July, we’re featuring our version of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” — originally posted on Kidsmomo in 2012. In our humble opinion, it still rocks.

(PS – If you’re on the go — or maybe too busy running around waving sparklers in the air — just download the audio.)

As you guys can tell, neither Karen nor Nancy lent their voices to this video. Instead, we got help from a professional musicianour friend Tom from the band Men and Whales. Thank you, Tom!

— Happy 4th of July, from Karen and Nancy!

A Musical Independence Day, Kidsmomo-Style!

July 3rd, 2012 by

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This picture has nothing to do with anything. We just thought it was hilarious!

Tomorrow is America’s birthday, and what do we do on birthdays? Why, sing in celebration, of course!

But for this Fourth of July, we decided to stay away from the National Anthem. Instead, we’re celebrating independence of a different kind — the freedom to dig into any old book you want! Summer reading is all about your choice: No teachers with required reading lists. No class assignments. All you and no rules!

That’s certainly enough to inspire us to burst out into song! (Well, that and also all the sugary popsicles we’ve been eating to stay cool…)

So, without further ado, here’s our version of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” — dedicated to summer reading!

(PS – If you’re on the go — or maybe busy chowing down on hot dogs and apple pie — just download the audio.)

As you guys can tell, we spared you from Karen’s so-called “singing” this time around. Instead, we got a professional musician to lend us a hand — our friend Tom from the band Men and Whales. (He’s also a teacher when he’s not rocking out, and he looooooooooves Wimpy Kid!) A BIG thanks to Tom for helping us out!

— Happy 4th of July, from Karen and Nancy!

A Valentine’s Day Ballad – Love, Kidsmomo

February 11th, 2012 by

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve been trying to figure out the best way to show you guys just how much we love you.

First we thought about making cards, but then we realized it would take A LOT of glitter and construction paper and doilies to create a valentine for each and every one of you. Then we thought about chocolate and roses, but that’s just so expected and boring… So instead, we’re going to serenade you!

Around the holidays, we tried our hand at re-writing some favorite Christmas carols. So for Valentine’s Day, we’ve chosen the world’s premiere love song to undergo a transformation thanks to our lyrical and vocal talents: “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez!

(PS – If you’re on the go — or maybe busy getting ready for a big date — just download the audio.)

Btw, apologies for Karen’s horrendous singing. Please don’t let that stop you from being our valentines!

— With love from Karen and Nancy

Christmas Caroling, Kidlit Style – Song #2!

December 18th, 2011 by

A few days ago, we treated you to our version of “Jingle Bells” — as sung from the perspective of Greg Heffley. Today, we’ve got another twisted Christmas carol for you — this time in honor of our favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter!

Inspired by the brief reference to “God Bless Ye Merry Hippogriffs” in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, we present our imagined version of the song:

(PS – If you’re on the go — or busy waging a war on Death Eaters — just download the audio.)

There are even more verses in the real song, but we figured you could only take so much of Karen’s singing. (Hardy har har.)

Do you ever sing your own version of famous songs? Leave a comment with your ideas for new and improved lyrics to any tune, holiday-related or not!

— Happy holidays from Karen and Nancy!

Instrumentals courtesy of Songsculptor.com

Christmas Caroling, Kidlit Style

December 15th, 2011 by

Recently, we learned a new word. We love it because: a) we never knew a word existed to describe this activity, and b) it just sounds funny.

The word is filking.

Filking means re-writing the lyrics to a song, with your own twist. For the holidays, we decided to try our hand at filking with some traditional carols — adapted for children’s book lovers!

Today, we present to you… “Jingle Bells” from the perspective of Greg Heffley, the star of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series:

(PS – If you’re on the go — or busy figuring out how to score some free hot cocoa — just download the audio.)

Hope we didn’t kill your eardrums with Karen’s singing voice! You have two days to recover, and then check back here at Kidsmomo for another attempt at kidlit Christmas carol filking. (HA HA HA. Filking. That sounds funny…)

— Happy holidays from Karen and Nancy!

Thank you to Cameron Lui for arranging and performing the instrumentals!