Children's Songs is an album by Jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea (1941), released in 1984 (ECM).
Children's Songs mainly consists of short songs with simple themes. There is little development in the pieces, which capture a variety of melodies and moods. Corea began writing the first song in 1971.
In the preface of the annotated version Corea stated that he aimed "to convey simplicity as beauty, as represented in the Spirit of a child".
There are stylistic and structural parallels to the cycle Mikrokosmos, by Béla Bartók, including:
use of the pentatonic scales
employment of unusual time signatures and cross-rhythms
expressing a complex variety of atmosphere in a relatively short time
increasing difficulty and complexity through the sequence
intention of creator.