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Play It Again

Children's CDs that are music to everyone's ears

(Pat Greenhouse / Globe Staff Photo)

If cloying Barney has been banned from your stereo and you've listened to Raffi one too many times, don't give up: Not all kids' CDs are sickeningly sweet, and some even offer variety. Groove to the Music, from Nick Jr.'s The Backyardigans, mixes musical genres, and Mary Had a Little Amp and School House Rock! Rocks offer renditions of familiar songs by big-name artists like Madonna and Biz Markie, respectively. Songs From the Street is a three-disc set of Sesame Street classics, and They Might Be Giants's Here Come the ABCs is sure to be a hit in your house.

1 School House Rock! Rocks, $8.95 at
2 Mary Had a Little Amp, $8.98 at
3 Groove to the Music, $13.98 at
4 Here Come the ABCs, $12.98 at The Children's Book Shop, 237 Washington Street, Brookline, 617-734-7323
5 Songs From the Street, $44.99 at