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Sunny Day



Family-friendly folk to calm, soothe, and brighten your day.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Lovely Day" and "Keep on the Sunny Side" are about keeping your chin up and finding solace and happiness in friends and family.

Positive role models

"David's Mandolin" is a sweet lullaby about not growing up too fast, or trying to figure everything out.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Elizabeth Mitchell is already known for her collaborations with indie-sweetie Lisa Loeb on the album Catch the Moon. Her music is a sweet breath of fresh air, calm, folk-influenced, and appropriate for any age, any time of day. This album features some well-known children's artists like Dan Zanes, and classics like "This Little Light of Mine" and "Keep on the Sunny Side." There are even a few songs in Japanese and Korean.

What's the story?

Sweet-voiced Elizabeth Mitchell, friend and collaborator of Lisa Loeb, releases SUNNY DAY, a collection of folk and bluegrass-inspired tunes that are calm, soothing, and a perfect soundtrack for a rainy day, long car ride, or even magical moments before bedtime. Guest artists Dan Zanes, Levon Helm, and Chris Wood contribute their talents to make this album a tender lesson in love, friendship, and the beauty of a sunny day or sparkly night.

Is it any good?


There's an abundance of music out there to make kids "get up and go," but sometimes parents just want their kids to slow down and chill out. SUNNY DAY delivers just the right balance of fun, easy music and tender topics to make your little ones really stop and listen. With beloved classics like "Keep on the Sunny Side" and fun surprises like a cover of Chuck Berry's "School Days," or the creative "Fairy Tale Lullaby," Sunny Day has a little bit of everything for any time of day. There's a booklet included in which Mitchell relates stories about the songs, their origins, and their relevance, as well as the artwork of Ida Pearl.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the songs presented here. The song "Lovely Day" talks about finding happiness and solace in those around you. Have you ever had a really bad day? What kinds of things do you do to feel better? What can your friends and family do to make you feel happier?

  • "This Little Light of Mine" is a beloved classic that teaches an easy lesson in being yourself and staying true to who you are no matter what. What are some ways that you "let your light shine" every day? Why do you think the artist decided to include another language in her version of this song? Do you like it?

Music details

Artist:Elizabeth Mitchell
Release date:October 5, 2010
Label:Smithsonian Folkways
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySubterranianHom... October 3, 2010
It's fantastic, minimal, and definitely not annoying. Great message for kids. I wouldn't buy myself, but I'm sixteen :)
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Kid, 4 years old November 20, 2011

Love Sunny Day

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Kid, 2 years old November 19, 2011

One of the best children's albums ever!

My daughter started listening to Elizabeth Mitchell when she turned 2 and it was an instant hit. The best part about her music is I can listen to it over and over and never get tired of it! Her voice is so beautiful and I love that she sings in other languages. My daughter sings one of her songs in Japanese all the way through!
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