Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players. Left to Right: Gerald Dowd, Justin Roberts, Liam Davis, Jacqueline Schimmel, and David Winer


“Roberts continues to craft masterpieces in miniature, equivalent to A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh.” — NPR

“Hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” — USA Today

“Some of the most inspired and intelligent kids lyrics ever.” — Amazon

Two-time GRAMMY Nominated Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. For nearly 20 years, Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families' lives, helping them navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up and helping parents remember their own childhoods. Along with his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, they have travelled the globe, from Hong Kong to New York, and Miami to Seattle.

Roberts began his music career in the 90s, performing in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Pimentos for Gus. He decided to “moonlight” as a Montessori preschool teacher. It wasn't long before Justin began writing and singing songs for a new generation of fans: his students. The kids immediately responded and inspired Justin to record some of his new songs and send them out to a few friends for Christmas. One of the gift recipients was Liam Davis, a college pal and music producer, who suggested that they record the songs professionally.

In 1997, Justin released his first CD, Great Big Sun, and the critics took note. Justin's music was soon being compared to everyone from Elvis Costello and Fountains of Wayne to Paul Simon, ELO and Nick Lowe. So Justin hit the road full time doing what he loves most: playing music for appreciative crowds. Kiddie mosh pits broke out, word spread and shows started selling out.

Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, he's been featured on Nick Jr. TV, and his song "Get Me Some Glasses" was on a World Series broadcast. He’s received two GRAMMY nominations, for Jungle Gym in 2011 and Recess in 2013.

Recent appearances include performances at NYC's New Victory Theater, DC's National Geographic Live, LA's Getty Museum, Seattle's Moore Theater, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Chicago's Ravinia.


Justin is currently at work on his 13th recording for families, a return to the simplicity of his earliest recordings. In 2014, Roberts wrote his first musical based on Hansel & Gretel, produced a cast recording of that show, and published his first picture book, The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade (illustrated by Christian Robinson) with Putnam. In 2015, Roberts created a concert/theatrical experience entitled The Mysterious Hat which debuted at the New Victory Theater in New York City. It will be remounted at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL in 2016. His second book, Henry Hopendower and Other Truly Impossible Things will be released by Putnam in 2017.


“Deft lyrics and beautiful sound” — Los Angeles Times

“On your feet fun and laugh-out-loud funny.” — People Magazine

“The lyrics will break your heart with their poignancy and the music will make you celebrate that there are such exceptional artists making songs for children these days. A Grade.” — Entertainment Weekly

“He has a remarkable ability to see through a child’s eyes... the Judy Blume of kiddie rock” — New York Times


Two-time GRAMMY Nomminee

Eight-time Parents' Choice GOLD Award Winner

Eight-time National Parenting Publications GOLD Award Winner

#1 Children's CD of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 - Fids and Kamily Family Music Poll


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