As we put a bow on yet another brilliant year for independent kid’s (“kindie”) music, we offer you the thirteen best albums of 2013. Our picks range from bombastic to hilarious to old-fashion to orchestral to bizarre, and just about everything in between. The lucky 13 CDs below are best suited for children ages 3-10, with some skewing a bit younger and others even reaching out to tweens and teens — in short: full family listening. Click through to take a peek.

Dean Jones When The World Was New

Having already bagged a 2013 Grammy for his production work on the Okee Dokee Brothers Can You Canoe?, kindie music's most in-demand man behind the glass quietly delivered another wonderful solo album filled with curious, thought-provoking songs that sneak big messages into tiny moments of absurdity.

Buy Dean Jones When The World Was New.

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— Jeff Bogle

*For the purposes of this list, only albums released between 11/1/2012 and 10/31/2013 were considered.