Do you remember Golden Records from when you were a child?  I sure do. Well known and much-loved children’s stories were read to you on records and now they have been rerecorded to CD and read by celebrities we know and love today.

Golden Records was dreamed up by Grammy Award-winning music producer Arthur Shimkin in 1948. It was one of the most successful children’s record labels in America.  Through richly orchestrated music and the use of A-list talent, Golden Records created a timeless, one of  kind sound, releasing beautiful songs and stories that entertained and educated children for decades.

Tony Shimkin, the son of the late Arthur Shimkin is now carrying on his father’s legacy by releasing Celebrity Series:  The Magic Continues, Vol. 1.  This CD is packed with 20 classic songs and stories that combine the digitally restored original recordings of the 50’s and 60’s with the voices of today’s biggest and brightest stars.  Check out the video below:

I was sent this CD for review and I was super excited.  This brought me back to my childhood.  I was a child born in the 70’s, but my sisters were born in the 50’s, so I am guessing we still had their records laying around for me to enjoy.  I had so many favorites as a child and I enjoyed listening to them all again as an adult.  The kids became interested in the stories and wondered what I was listening to.  It has been relaxing to listen to them in the background throughout the day. I really loved Alicia Silverstone’s reading of Rapunzel and Constance Marie’s reading of Hansel and Gretel.  I think I could listen to Ed Asner read stories to me all day long.  I plan to use the songs mixed throughout the CD at our monthly story time.  The kids will love to dance along to Yankee Doodle, Animal Fair, and Pop Goes the Weasel.

These CD’s would make an excellent stocking stuffer or gift for any child on your list.  I know I will be giving them out as gifts this year.  The stories are timeless and will encourage a love of reading and storytelling in your children.  So, how can you get your copy?  Check them out on:

 iTUNES for $9.99
AMAZON for $9.99
WALMART for $9.00
SELECT-O-HITS for $9.99

To get your own free music download, go to their Facebook page HERE.  You can also follow them on Twitter HERE or Pinterest HERE.

Golden Records will be releasing more CD’s in the next few weeks including….

Releasing September 18, 2012

Releasing October 2, 2012

Releasing October 16, 2012
I highly recommend these CD’s and encourage you to get them for your family today.  They would be excellent to listen to during trips in the car, during supper time, while your child is getting ready for bed, or as you are having snack time.  The options are endless and with the additional CD’s coming out, you will have a whole repertoire of stories to listen to.  
I was provided with a copy of the CD to listen to in order to give this review.  This review is my honest opinion.  I only review products that will benefit myself or my family.  I was not compensated in any other way for this review.  

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