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Salsa: Latin Music for Kids

Updated on August 31, 2017

Salsa: Latin Music from Spanish Harlem

The Spanish rhythms of Latin Music, especially Salsa, get you out of your chair and just make you want to dance. Some amazing Latin Music came out of Spanish Harlem and found its way into the world. The music and the dance that accompany it are called Salsa. You know Salsa when you hear that Latin Music sound and you just can't help but jump up to dance, but do your children know Salsa?

How can we teach a love of Salsa to our children? Will this form of Latin Music be lost to the children growing up today? How will today's children learn about Latin Music? Will our kids come to love Latin Music and Salsa in particular? This is what was going through Andy Blackman Horowitz's mind when he decided to write a book for young children to introduce them to the music of Spanish Harlem. His story will also introduce children to the Latin music artists who created this amazing style of music.

Written by Andy Blackman Horowitz Salsa for Kittens and Puppies introduces young children to Salsa. With Spanish rhythms and dance, children are introduced to the music of Latin Americans who brought their music from Cuba, and Puerto Rico mixed it with African roots and launched it into the world.

Salsa for Kittens and Puppies introduces Latin Music to Children

Come dance to the Salsa Beat with Otis and all his puppy and kitten friends, each of whom represent a famous Latin musician to Salsa History.

Photo Credit: Salsa for Kittens and Puppies

from WPClipart, in the Public Domain/

Join Otis the cat on his annual birthday romp through New York City.

Each year his mother has a picnic for Otis in Central Park. It's a very musical picnic, because Otis prepares a special sauce that makes everyone in the city dance to Salsa music.

Each of the friends that arrive at the picnic brings a musical instrument. When all the guests arrive, Otis brings out his piano and they all play Latin Music, the music of Spanish Harlem. They play Salsa.

Baby Loves Salsa teaches a love of Latin Music! - Children learn to love Latin Music!

Baby Loves Salsa is the story of a group of kittens and puppies (gatitos y perritos) from the streets of New York City who go on to become the best salsa band in the land.

The CD package includes a thick 20 paged board book created with the goal of helping young children (2-6 years) learn about the Latin Music style known as Salsa as well as a few words in Spanish in a way that parents and children can enjoy together.

Baby Loves Salsa was produced by Aaron "Luis" Levinson who was the 2006 Grammy winner for Best Salsa Recording for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Baby Loves Salsa features some of the biggest and brightest stars in contemporary Latin music including bandleader and singer Jose Conde.

Track Listings

1. Somos La Banda

2. Meow, Hou-hou

3. Old McDonald

4. Bailar Rapido

5. ABC

6. Vamos a la Playa

7. Mi Familia es la Musica

8. Wheels on the Bus

9. Donde Esta La Musica?

10. Arsenio Ruf-Ruf

11. La Rana

12. Color de Mi Ritimo

13. Somos La Banda (el Fin)

14. El Sol

15. The Story of Otis the Cat

16. Drume Negrito

Photo Credit: Dance Salsa

from WPClipart, in the Public Domain/

Vamos a bailar! Let's Dance Salsa from Spanish Harlem, the best Latin Music ever!

Musical Instruments of Spanish Harlem - Musical Instruments for playing Latin Music

Set out some musical instruments and put on a Salsa CD. Now everyone is ready to join in dancing and playing with the beat of Salsa from Spanish Harlem. Latin music has distinctive rhythms that children can easily pick up after listening to the Salsa for Kittens and Puppies CD. Pass out maracas, cymbals and other rhythm instruments for the children to play while listening to the recording of Latin Music. Invite the children to stand up and dance to the Salsa beat.

Your children will love the Latin music and their bodies will quickly pick up the distinctive Salsa beat. By experiencing Latin music as a young age, children will carry on the tradition and keep Salsa alive for a new generation.

Dance to the Salsa Beat!

Download MobiStories Salsa for Kittens and Puppies for Free and help your children begin to understand the music and culture of Spanish Harlem.

Celia Cruz sings and dances Salsa on Sesame Street! - Learn Latin Music from Celia Cruz!

Celia Cruz was one of the Latin Music leaders coming out of Spanish Harlem. She has helped to spread Latin Music throughout the world. She also helped to teach children to love Latin Music when she performed on Sesame Street.

Learn the numbers 1-10 in Spanish and English while singing and dancing Salsa with Celia Cruz and the Sesame Street Muppets.

Dance to the Salsa Beat of Spanish Harlem - Learn Spanish with Latin Music

The wonderful thing about Salsa for Kittens and Puppies is that you can learn both the Latin Music style of Salsa as well as begin to learn some words in Spanish. Pop the CD in the car as you drive your children around on errands. Your children will be entertained as they learn about Latin Music while also beginning to learn some Spanish. The story is written to appeal to adults as well so you will also be learning about Latin Music too.

Which would you like to learn, Salsa or Spanish?

Come write about your experiences with Teaching Latin Music to Children on Wizzley, a fun and easy place to express your opinion:

Are you looking for ways to teach your children about Latin Music, Salsa and the musicians of Spanish Harlem? Are you teaching your children Spanish? Are your children learning the rhythms of Latin Music and learning to dance Salsa? Come share your experiences and insights...

Chat with the Kittens and Puppies - What have you learned about Latin Music, Salsa and the Musicians of Spanish Harlem

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    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      Great salsa lens!

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      Salsa Dancing 

      5 years ago

      Great lens, good to get kids started early on learning how to appreciate salsa!

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      6 years ago

      This lens Amazing. I'm kinda a hybrid. My eldest daughter is a senior this year, my two boys both go to Public School. My daughter seems to be a gifted girl with strengths both audio sequential, and visual. She's so organized its spooky. My sons are both dealing with some sort of lds, different ones for each of course. yikes! I knew it would be too much for me to try to accomidate all three. But that's just me. i applaud how long and hard you must have worked behind the scenes to accomplish this lens. Wow!! How long approximately did it take to get good at all the tech. I'm just floored after trying for two days to get my first up and completed. Wow.

      Sincerely Anna

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      Saralyn LM 

      6 years ago

      Great Lens!

    • DeannaDiaz profile image


      6 years ago

      When a kid listens to salsa or merengue from a young age, its in their blood for life!

    • DeannaDiaz profile image


      6 years ago

      When a kid listens to salsa or merengue from a young age, its in their blood for life!

    • anka05 profile image


      6 years ago

      Interesting lens. I really like it. If you think it is a little bit too commercial, you could add some more music from Youtube

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      Heather Burns 

      6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Salsa dancing and music is really fun! Kids and kittens and puppies will all love it.

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      6 years ago

      Great educational and music lens - blessed by a travelling angel.

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      really cute and informative lens.

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      8 years ago

      If I had learned to dance salsa as a child, it would probably be less stiff now.

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      8 years ago

      Very happy here :) Celebrate to Salsa for Kitten and Puppy .. Yahooo ;)

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Slasa for kittens and puppies? lol

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Slasa for kittens and puppies? lol

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      8 years ago from Sweden

      All the Squid Angels are lining up to bless you. Your lenses are full of joy and love for children. When do you find time to both tell us and teach your own children?

    • pkmcruk profile image


      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Your lenses are always such a joy to read it's hard to know which one to look at next! Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      Cynthia Davis 

      9 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I've always dreamed of being a professional dancer. Loved your lens. Five stars!

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      9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Who knew? I love learning new things! Very cool (well, maybe "hot" would be better) lens!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      [in reply to inkserotica] Thank you so much for the blog. Here's the link:

      Giving Squids a Helping Hand

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      9 years ago

      Love dancing; don't know how it goes by the wayside as one ages. :/ Great find in your free Salsa for Kitten and Puppies!

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      9 years ago

      5* This lens has been featured on Giving Squids a Helping Hand!

      Check it out:

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      Paula Atwell 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Salsa dancing is so much fun. I took a lesson once and loved it.

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      9 years ago

      I see here a way to make P.E. MUCH more fun - especially in the middle of a Miane winter.

      "C'mon girlies, Let's practice our EsSpanol and DANCE!!!"

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Great info to get the kiddies, mamas, and papas movin' and shakin' it up a bit! Keep on keepin' on Evelyn for all you do here on Squidoo.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      This is an adorable lens, would love to Salsa some calories away!

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      9 years ago

      Very nice lens. Sounds cool. I love that it brings in music.

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      9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      This looks like a great educational tool :)

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      9 years ago

      Great lens love salsa music.

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      10 years ago

      Welcome to the Family Time group!

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Hadn't heard of MobiStories before this. Salsa sounds like a fun way to learn some of the basics.


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