I wish groups like Recess Monkey had been around when I was a kid. Maybe I would have liked music more (I like it now but wasn't much of a fan as a kid . . . I choose to blame the sister who was obsessed with NSYNC, the Judds, and the macarena). Anywho, this seattle based band is enjoyed by both kids and parents. And, of course, by illustrators who like some fun inspiration.
I originally found out about Recess Monkey because their album artist, Jarrett Krosoczka, makes some pretty fantastic children's books.