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.

Recess Monkey Desert Island Disc

The Beatles influence is front and center on this epic beauty from one of kindie rock's brightest bands. The #1 album of the year features one sing-along masterpiece after another, lush orchestration, and quite possibly the sweetest falling in love/starting a family song in the kindie music cannon ("Smooth Sailing"). Desert Island Disc is a masterwork!

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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.