I just listened to "Parker's Place", an incredible new record by musician Parker Bent and super-producer Larry Klein (!). The record is technically classified as "children's album" but Parker managed to make a category-defying piece of art for the whole fam. Parker's music avoids all of the condescension and skin-crawling-barney-like-silliness that sadly defines this genre. His work is deep, introspective, thoughtful and fun. I wish there was more work out there for kids that adopted Parker's tone of genuine respect and calm.
Check it out here: http://www.parkerbent.com/