This week on The Children’s Hour we chat with Julie from Ants on a Log, a band that performs music for children and other childlike people that advocates for positivity, social justice, and silliness through song.

This 2-person band consists of Julie and Anya from Philadelphia, PA.  The two began writing together, finding driving harmonies and song topics that were silly, serious, environmental, feminist, gender-bending, and just plain fun.

In their off-stage lives, Julie is a music therapist and Anya is an elementary science teacher. Their powers combined make for smart and socially conscious folk, a delight for children and adults of all ages.

The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, 1779

This week we discuss the importance of self-realization, and the freedom in being seen for who you are. Many of Ants on a Log songs challenge societal archetypes, such as girls have long hair and boys have short hair – they even have a song called Some Girls Have Short Hair! We visit the topic of pronouns and how they are important and respectful of an individual. Ants even has a mix less on their website called “Practice Your Pronouns”. Julie also offers their experience using non-binary pronouns.

Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline! is Ants on a Log’s award-winning musical story of two siblings who organize their neighbors to fight for clean air.

The soundtrack was released in 2019, and the movie was released in 2021. The script is available for schools and communities to perform, and the movie is available for screenings. Learn more at:

Ants-On-A-Log Playlist

Some Girls Have Short HairAnts on a LogYou Could Draw the Album Art!01:15 2016 Ant Hill
Pick It UpFYUTCHPick It Up - Single02:52 2021 Fyusion
28 Days (feat. Tommy Soulati Shepherd & Tommy T3PO Shepherd)Little Miss Ann28 Days03:51 2021 Marsha Marsha Records
They're My Best FriendAnts on a LogTrans & Nonbinary Kids Mix02:11 2020 Ant Hill
1) Tip-toe Through the Tulips; 2) Roses of Picardy; 3) It Had to Be You; 4) You Made Me Love YouJohn SidneyJohn Sidney Piano 0801:07 2017 Evergreen Melodies
Dress Up and Dance (feat. Ali Wadsworth & Mighty Flipside Esq.)Chana RothmanRainbow Train02:48 2015 Chana Rothman
We RoyalAlphabet RockersThe Love03:02 2019 School Time Music LLC
Air and SpaceAnts on a LogCurious: Think Outside the Pipeline!02:57 2019 Ant HIll
Herrgard's Polka (Instrumental)Brave ComboMood Swing Music00:50 1996 Rounder Records Manufactured and distributed by Concord Music Group
VulnerablePierce FreelonBlack to the Future02:31 2021 Blackspace x Only Us
Say Something, Do SomethingThe Tallest Kid in the RoomSay Something, Do Something - Single02:48 2021 The Tallest Kid In The Room
Dog of My DreamsAnts on a LogDog of My Dreams - Single02:00 2020 Ant Hill
B-R-A-V-EAlastair MoockSinging Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids01:17 2013 Alastair Moock
No Such Thing as Good or Bad HairUncle DevinBe Yourself!03:50 2018 Uncle Devin
Why Does the Sun Shine?They Might Be Giants (For Kids)Here Comes Science (Audio + Video Version)01:23 2009 Walt Disney Records