One way to amp up the study of Russian Children’s Books is to make it multi-sensory. Enter: Russian Children’s Songs.
Below you’ll find a selection of children’s songs in Russian, with English versions included when available. I went with the YouTube versions of them so you can easily find even more songs after listening to these.
I also link to more resources at the bottom of the page to help you find even more options.
May There Always Be Sunshine – Russian Children’s Song in English, too
“May There Always Be Sunshine” is a popular Soviet children’s song. It was composed in 1962 using lyrics from a poem written in the 1920s. It was sung by kids in Little Octoberists or Young Pioneers during their camps and meetings.
There’s also a version of the song by the popular Canadian artist, Raffi, which is sung in various language – including English.
There’s Nothing Better in the World – The Bremen Town Musicians
This fun Russian’s kid song is based on the popular German Fable, the Bremen Town Musicians. The song itself, “There’s Nothing Better in the World”, is a short part of the animated movie. I think it has a fun sound and great animation that kids will enjoy even if they don’t know the language. But, don’t worry, I found a version with English subtitles.
A Clumsy Bear is Walking Through the Forest
The description of this song translates to:
A clumsy bear is walking through the forest, Collects cones, sings songs. Suddenly a lump fell directly into the bear’s forehead! .. We watch and sing the little one’s favorite cartoon song, which was considered a little fun…
This is a catchy little tune that’s popular with nursery-aged kids. Take a moment to listen to the short video and I think you can understand why.
Klara Rumyanova – Smile
And finally, “Smile”, this version is sung by Klara Rumyanova. She was a Soviet/Russian actress and singer whose childlike voice was used in many children’s shows. Thus, it’s a very recognizable voice to generations of Russians.
Resources to more Russian Kid’s Songs
The above is just a small preview of some of the songs kids may know from growing up in Russia. Here are a few more resources that you may enjoy.
Teach Me Everyday Russian – Russian Language Learning for Kids
This is a kid-friendly language learning book series. What I like about it is that it’s in English and Russian and it comes with a CD. While it may not be the most authentic pronunciation or songs, it’s a good introduction for little kids and fun to listen to.
We also have other children’s books set in Russia to peruse.
Mama Lisa – Russian Songs and Rhymes for Kids
The Mama Lisa website is dedicated to international music and culture. Her section on Russian songs and rhymes is filled with so many options. I also enjoy her finger play songs which will be fun for the littlest kids.
Spotify – Russian Children’s Music
If you prefer to listen to music in the background, this Russian Children’s Music playlist is filled with 50 songs that will do more than get you started.
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