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NBCDI’s Favorite Songs for Families to Sing with Their Children

By Too Small to Fail

In partnership with Too Small to Fail, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is excited to release a curated playlist of songs that encourage parents and children to sing together while celebrating the beauty and brilliance of Black children and their families.

Performed by some of the greatest Black musical artists of our time, singing these moving melodies together can help promote positive self-esteem, early language development, and active family engagement among children, parents, and caregivers. The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) and Too Small to Fail are proud to share information and resources to help families talk, read, and sing with their children for Black History Month and all year long.

1) Happy - Pharrell Williams

2) Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston

3) He's Got the Whole World In His Hands  - Nina Simone

4) When You Believe - Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

5) ABC - The Jackson 5

6) Three Little Birds - Bob Marley and The Wailers

7) Little Miss Count Along - Sesame Street

8) Just Happy to Be Me - Sesame Street

9) Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

10) God Bless the Child - George Benson, AL Jarreau, Jill Scott