Carol Boyd Leon

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Gan Shirim, a Garden of SongsGan Shirim, a Garden of Songs

70 New Jewish Songs for Children

  • Parents’ Choice Award Winner
  • Nominated for “Best Jewish Album of 2006” by Just Plain Folks
  • Nominated for “Best Jewish Song of 2006” (Modeh Ani) by Just Plain Folks
  • Includes Shalshelet Festival winner Nakum Uvaninu ("Let Us Rise Up and Build)

Gan Shirim, published by KTAV Publishing House in 2004, includes something for every child from preschool through elementary school as well as for their music teachers and classroom teachers. Included are 70 original songs about Jewish values, holidays, beginning Hebrew and Bible characters as well as "everyday topics" with a Jewish twist such as weather and friendship. Every song is composed in a child-friendly singing range with a melody that children and adults will find appealing. Also included are several rounds that youth choirs will enjoy singing.

Song lyrics range from heartfelt in Asei L'cha Rav to humorous in Shavuot and Ice-Cream! With titles such as The Calendar Soft Shoe, Be Kind To Animals, Camel Caravan, Sleepytime Sh'ma, Dr. King's Dream, Tzedakah, Halleluyah Hoedown, Shehecheyanu, a Rosh Hashanah song called Bumblebee Waltz and a Tu B'shevat song called Groundhog Noses, you can be sure kids will love 'em and so will you.

Scroll down for track list and to listen to or download Gan Shirim songs.

Double-CD: The superb-quality double-CD of all 70 songs is a joy to sing along with and makes make learning the entire song collection a breeze! With more than 2 hours of music, the double-CD was co-produced by Adrian A. Durlester, who provides all the arrangements and accompaniments. The songs are sung by Carol and a youth choir as well as child soloists to show other children that these songs really are for them to sing and not just to listen to. Please note that the CD insert does not include song lyrics; 70 songs simply wouldn't fit (but you can find them in the songbook)! Sold by publisher for $25. As of September 2011, just $15 (plus shipping) on this website!

Download Entire Double Album:now only $12

Songbook: The 160-page perfect-bound songbook, edited by Adrian A. Durlester, includes sheet music and chords for all 70 original songs as well as big-print lyrics, background information about each song topic for adults, and even teaching suggestions. Use the songbook in conjunction with the CD to make learning the lyrics a snap! Sold by publisher for $25. Now just $15 (plus shipping) only on this website!

Double CD-and-songbook set: Super-discounted on this website! Now just $25 (plus shipping). (Sold by publisher for $50!)

Instrumental-only double-CD: A wonderful resource for teachers, and it's only available here. Students and youth choirs can sing along to the same wonderfully creative accompaniments (and fun sound effects) that are on the original CD. This was specially created for both teachers who don't play instruments and for those who prefer to have their hands free to lead children in claps, hand motions, movement and dance. $15 (plus shipping)

Download Entire Album: $10

Shipping: $2.00 per order plus $2.00 each double-CD and $5.50 each songbook

Gan Shirim song list:

Disk 1. Songs for Everyday from A to Z

Abraham
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Alef-Bet, The
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Asei L'cha Rav
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Be Kind to Animals
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Boker Tov, Chaverim
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B'rachot Song, The
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Busy-Bee Song
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Calendar Soft Shoe, The
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Camel Caravan
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Children's Sh'ma, The
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Circle Time
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Color Song, The
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Dr. King's Dream
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Friends
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Halleluyah Hoedown
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Happy Birthday
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Hinei Mah Tov
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I Like To Say Ima
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Ladybug Counting song
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Line Up!
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Look At Me!
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Modeh Ani
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Nakum Uvaninu
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No Pushing!
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Noah, Oh Noah
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One Step More
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Rainy Day
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Shalom Aleichem, Peace To Us
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Shalom Hello! Peace! Goodbye!
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Shehecheyanu
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Shiru L'Adonai
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Skipping 'Round The Garden
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Sleepytime Sh'ma
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Tikkun Olam
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Tzedakah
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Wash Your Yadayim
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What Do You See?
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What's The Weather
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When You're Angry
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When God Made The World
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Disk 2. Songs for Holidays

Shalom Shabbat Shalom
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Who's That A-Knocking
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Let's Get Ready for Shabbat
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Sabbath Peace-Niggun
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Come See the Candles
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Thank You, Adonai
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We Give You Thanks
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Shalom Shabbat Shalom (Havdalah)
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The Bumblebee Waltz
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L'shanah Tovah
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I'm Sorry
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Promises
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In the Sukkah
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I'm All Shook Up
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Torah Is A Special Gift
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Come See The Candles (Chanukah)
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Counting Candles
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The Maccabees
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Groundhog Noses
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I Wanna Be A Tree
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Tu, Tu, Tu B'shevat
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Hey! Hey! What Do You Say?
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Purim Parade
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Frogs
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Miriam
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Moses
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Israel Lives in Every Jewish Heart
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Lag B'Omer Dancing Song
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Shavuot and Ice Cream!
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Hodu L'Adonai
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