New children’s book and album takes you down memory lane

Children, parents and grandparents, be prepared to smile, laugh, reminisce and even shed a little tear (of joy of course), with a new children’s book and album that takes you down memory lane.

Kiwi hit children’s songwriter and author Chris Sanders has released his debut album, These Memories Make You and Me – and it’s gone straight to #1 on iTunes Children’s Chart and #3 across all genres on iTunes.

Perfect to share together

The 14-song album, which received support from NZ on Air is a concept album, taking families on a journey through different stages of their life together. From the very first moment parent and child lock eyes with one another, to looking back and marveling at how fast your child has grown – and everything in between. It’s the perfect album for families from young to old to share together.

“Every song on this album has been written from experiences in my own life as a Dad”, says Sanders. “As parents, we remember the joy when first looking at our newborn, being woken up in the night, feeling helpless when our child gets sick, the first day at school. This album has all this and so much more.”

You can listen to the album here:

Angel Star

These Memories Make You and Me also includes Chris’ #1 children’s single Angel Star, a popular song and picture book with families around New Zealand. It’s based on the true story of a young girl who wants a sibling to keep her company, so she goes outside and picks a star in the sky to be her new baby brother or sister, then takes that star on an adventurous journey down mountains, across seas, through valleys, delivering that little star to her loving family home.

The new album is also being subsequently released as a children’s picture book with CD and will be available in all leading book shops across New Zealand from October 1st or online at

Stunning illustrations

The illustrations have been done by Natalie Conaty, who has worked as a costume designer for many TV Shows and as a stylist for the wax figures at Madame Tussauds in London for the last eight years.

“Natalie is my cousin and one day she posted a picture she had done on Instagram. I thought it was incredible so I contacted her right away about this book”, says Sanders. “Fortunately for me she jumped at the chance, so to have someone with the worldwide recognition she has is a privilege – the illustrations are beautiful!”

111 Ambulance Song

Chris Sanders is also known as the 111 Ambulance Song guy. In 2018 he wrote a catchy kids 111 song for St John NZ. The song teaches Kiwi kids what to do in an emergency and dial 111, with over 1 million kids expected to listen to the song by 2022. The song reached #1 in the iTunes and Google Play children’s charts. The accompanying book, Call For the Ambulance, is available in bookshops and has sold 4500 copies, raising $1,400 for St John so far. Chris was recently taken on a nationwide schools tour with St John and performed to 20,000 kids.

Information in this article was supplied by Angel Star Publishing House.

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  1. MuddledUpMolly 23/10/2018 at 9:56 pm

    Ooh I’m so excited to receive this book to share with our children as I was fortunate enough to win a copy from Kidspot 🙂

  2. Mands1980 18/10/2018 at 6:12 pm

    Angel star sounds just like my daughter she has 2 brothers and really wanted a sister but 3 is enough no more that’s for sure the book would be super cute too. The 111 song was a very catchy song for adults and kids he is a good singer and does some great songs

  3. Bevik1971 15/10/2018 at 1:18 pm

    Super cute 🙂 would love this although I reckon I would probably cry listening to some haha, I’ve become such a big softy. My 5 year old wants a sibling like yours kymmage, but at nearly 47 that isn’t happening for us either (although I would love another!) so the Angel Star would be so cool.

  4. kymmage 12/10/2018 at 8:36 pm

    He has a great voice, just listening to the taster over on Spotify. The book sounds great too and the illustrations are cute. I might also have to check out Angel Star. I know wishing for a sibling is something many children can relate to. Both of my children wish I’d have another baby (not happening) so I know they’d relate to the girl in Angel Star.

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