Lisa Loeb Shares Her Favorite Kids' Tunes

A Gen-Xer Rocks Out with Gen Next

lisa loeb's favorite albums for kids!

Lisa Loeb is anything but a slacker. Besides her tunes for grown-ups, she’s recorded two award-winning kids’ albums and has just released a storybook/CD combo, Silly Sing-Along: the Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs, marrying activities and recipes with rollicking jams.

We asked our favorite Gen-X mom to tell us which tunes she plays in her house.

Wide Wild World, Gustafer Yellowgold
The CD/DVD combo tells the story of Gustafer and his friends with a bit of humor, heart, and melody. How much does Loeb like it? Gustafer Yellowgold made it into rotation before she had littles.

Sunny Day, Elizabeth Mitchell
Think traditional music played fresh and simple by real musicians. Want to hear more? Check out the album Mitchell and Loeb recorded together, Catch the Moon.

Free to Be You and Me, Marlo Thomas and Friends
Every child of the ’70s remembers this gem. It’s the album Loeb credits with getting her interested in creating music for kids.

Really Rosie, Carole King
A favorite of Loeb’s from childhood, the famed singer/songwriter’s album was produced in collaboration with Maurice Sendak’s stories. It will make kids feel cool and grown-ups feel like kids.

Guilty Pleasures, Lazlo Bane
Though not recorded for kids, the collection of ’70s radio hit covers is perfect for dancing around the living room and learning to play a shaker. Plus, the album art is fun to look at with a toddler.

Silly Sing-Along: the Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs is available at bookstores or online at amazon.com, $10.

this week in los angeles!

Halloween Stuntacular

What: Rides, games, and a wow-packed show by Hollywood’s leading stuntmen and -women.
Why: Proceeds benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
When: Today, 3-10 p.m.
Where: Westfield Fashion Square, 14006 Riverside Dr., at Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks. Info at 855-788-6811. Admission is free.

Day of the Dead Festival

What: Traditional foods, handicrafts, and cultural activities of Dia de los Muertos.
Why: Build a beautiful altar to honor your loved ones.
When: Wed., 6-10 p.m.
Where: 24th Street Theatre, 1117 W. 24th St., at Hoover St. (213-745-6516). Admission is free.

Dan Zanes In-Store Performance

What: The legendary kids’ crooner shares tunes from his new album, Little Nut Tree.
Why: You’d be nuts to miss it.
When: Fri., 4 p.m.
Where: Dragonfly DuLou, 2066 Hillhurst Ave., b/t Ambrose Ave. & Price St. (323-665-8448).

Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Loeb

Westfield Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Dr
@ Woodman Ave
Los Angeles, CA 91423
24th Street Theatre
1117 W 24th St
@ Hoover St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Dragonfly DuLou
2066 Hillhurst Ave
bt Ambrose Ave & Price St
Los Angeles, CA 90027