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A Selection of Songs in Spanish and Portuguese for Children

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Besides traditional Christmas songs and lullabies, there is a decent selection of Latin music for kids out there. This article features famous Latin music tracks in Spanish and Portuguese that will introduce your kid to the sounds of Latin music in a delicate way. Apart from this, you can also take advantage of these songs to teach some words in Spanish and Portuguese to your children.

"A Eme O" - Andrea Echeverri

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Photo Courtesy Noel Vasquez / Getty Images

From Andrea Echeverri, the solo debut album released by the legendary singer from the Latin Rock band Aterciopelados, "A Eme O" is a sweet track that the Colombian artist wrote to celebrate the birth of her daughter. A nice tune that you can use to teach Spanish to your kid especially with the spelling of the word Amorcito.

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"O Leaozinho" - Caetano Veloso

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Photo Courtesy Quim Llenas / Getty Images

A classic track from Caetano Veloso, one of the most influential Brazilian artists in history, this song offers a sweet melody and nice lyrics that children will probably enjoy. "O Leaozinho" is also a perfect track to introduce kids to the sounds of the guitar.

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"Mi Pequeño Tesoro" - Presuntos Implicados

"Mi Pequeño Tesoro" is not your typical children's song. However, I added this track from the legendary Spanish band to this list because of its soft melody and the sweet lyrics it has. In fact, the words of this song celebrate the miracle of having a new baby. Beautiful song from beginning to end.

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"Vida De Cachorro" - Aterciopelados and Sergio Dias from Os Mutantes

This is an original song from the legendary Brazilian Rock band Os Mutantes. However, this is a modern version featuring the Colombian band Aterciopelados. This track maintains the sweet melody of the original song and provides both Spanish and Portuguese lyrics. The song is included in the tribute album to Os Mutantes El Justiciero Cha, Cha, Cha.

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"Tindolele" - Xuxa

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Photo Courtesy Fernanda Calfat / Getty Images

We all know children love to dance and jump. This song from Brazilian supertsar Xuxa, fits that idea perfectly. "Tindolele" is one of the most famous songs ever released by the Brazilian singer. Your children will love to dance to this vibrant tune.

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"El Burrito De Belen" - Juanes

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Photo Courtesy Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más

Besides being a classic Christmas song in the Spanish speaking world, "El Burrito De Belen" is also a perfect Latin music song for children. This modern version by Colombian superstar Juanes offers a nice beat that you and your kid will probably enjoy. The song's simple lyrics provide a good opportunity to introduce your kid to Spanish language.

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"Aquarela" - Toquinho

From the talented Brazilian guitarist Toquinho, "Aquarela" is one of the best Latin music songs for kids in Portuguese language. The lyrics of this beautiful track describe the magical world of children. There is a nice video of this song that you can use to further increase the interest of your child for this sweet track.

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"Waka Waka (Esto Es Africa)" - Shakira

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Photo Courtesy Stuart Franklin / Getty Images

From Shakira's hit album Sale El Sol, this is another track that will keep children dancing and jumping around. This song is, in fact, very popular among kids. While you can play the English version for your kid, you can also take advantage of the Spanish version of this track to introduce your child to the sounds of Spanish language.

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"Ojala Que LLueva" - Juan Luis Guerra

I firmly believe Latin music for children should not be only about lullabies or soft melodies. From a very early age, you can introduce kids to the sounds of Latin music genres such as Salsa or Merengue. This track by Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra, one of the living legends of Latin music, provides a sweet Merengue with very nice lyrics that represent all the beauty of nature.

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"Borboleta" - Marisa Monte

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Photo Courtesy Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

From Marisa Monte's breakthrough album Mais, "Borboleta" is one the nicest Latin music songs for children. Although this is mostly a Christmas track, this song offers a sweet melody and simple lyrics that will help your child to further explore the marvelous sounds of Brazilian music. Marisa Monte's voice is perfect on this track.

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