Music Awards

4 Awards for Sammie Haynes' recording,

"Nature's ABC's" on the Gentle Wind label




The Parents' Choice Awards Program

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NAPPA Honors Award 2005

Sammie Haynes' received an award for Nature's ABC's in the Ages 4 and Up Honors Category.

"Nature’s ABCs, Sammie Haynes; A Gentle Wind, 2004; Some down-home country pickin’ tunes, well sung by Haynes as she explores nature and the great big world we all share."

The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) program began in 1990 as a consumer awards program for children's media, including books, toys, music, videos, software, and storytelling/spoken word. Expert judges within each category review and select the best submissions to receive recognition as either Gold or Honors Award winners. Winners are announced annually prior to the holiday season.

Visit 2005 NAPPA Awards Online


April 15, 2005

Ms. Jill Person
A Gentle Wind
PO Box 3103
Albany, New York 12203

Dear Ms. Person,

The Film Advisory Board is pleased to announce A Gentle Wind music CD, Nature's ABC's, has been honored with our Award of Excellence tribute.

There are several charming songs for children and other tunes that are composed in the upbeat bluegrass style with many repetitions that children will love. I think they will find themselves singing along with such happy tunes as Nature's ABC's "We're Going on a Picnic" and "What Do You Say".

The upbeat tempo of Nature's ABC's is fun for listening and dancing pleasure.

Receiving the Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence recognition gives A Gentle Wind the opportunity to purchase our award seals for display on each CD when you market the title. Please contact our office for our licensing agreement.

Thank you for giving the Film Advisory Board the opportunity to review Nature's ABC's.

Janet Stokes
Executive Director


Children's Music Web Awards

Categories cover music, storytelling, educational/religious, individual songs, and by kids for kids. Age ranges of various categories cover from infant to 12 years.



The Children’s Music Web Awards 2005 Winner

Cat 16: Best Song for Younger Children Ages 5 to 8

Campfire Kevin “School is Cool”
Cosby, Sam “Limegreen Jeans”
Daffy Dave “Red Light, Green Light”
Googol Power “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”
Harper, Monty “Loose Tooth”
Haynes, Sammie “Daddy’s Car”
Lewis, Marla “We All Laugh In the Same Language”
Mary Kaye “Tooth Fairy”
Modic, Jessie “Jolly Roger”
Mr. Richard “Underwear”
Serling, Elaine “Names Are Beautiful" (Hebrew/English)
Steve Courtney Band “My Yo Yo”
Vincent “River Keep Rolling”

Sammie's album Nature's ABC's was also a finalist in Cat 3 Best Recording for Preschoolers ages 3 to 5

Check out all the stellar 2005 finalists in the only awards that are guided by adults and chosen by kids.

Children's Music Web Awards are decided in a multi-step judging process. First, family judges screen the candidates and make preliminary decisions.

Then, classrooms and day care centers worldwide pick their favorites. Children's voices predominate every step of the way.

Thus, it can truly be said that these are the KIDS' FAVORITES!