When Shawn Colvin plays an all-ages show, it really is all ages.
Colvin will perform for infants and toddlers at the Boston Children’s Museum Feb. 25 to promote her new album, “The Starlighter,” a collection of lullabies inspired by the 1965 book “Lullabies and Night Songs,” by composer Alec Wilder and illustrator Maurice Sendak.
“I was approached to do a children’s album and I was, like, no,” Colvin told us. “I didn’t have any inspiration. I just didn’t. Even when my daughter was little, we didn’t listen to children’s music. I played her the Beatles.
“But then I thought of this book, which I was given when I was 8 years old and fell in love with,” she said.
Colvin, whose 1997 hit “Sunny Came Home” won the Grammy Award for both song and record of the year, will perform two 20-minute sets at the Children’s Museum because, she says, “they’re little kids and we don’t want to put a whole lot on them.”
“The Starlighter” includes 14 tracks that are a mix of traditional numbers and children’s standards, all taken from the Wilder/Sendak book. There’s traditional fare like “Hush Little Baby” and “Raisins and Almonds,” to “Minnie and Winnie,” with words by 19th-century poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and “Cradle Song,” with lyrics by poet William Blake.
If kids music isn’t your thing, Colvin is playing a string of dates next month with longtime pal Lyle Lovett. Unfortunately, the closest they’ll come to Boston is the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Maine — which isn’t close at all — Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine, and the Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H.
“I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” she said. “It’ll just be Lyle and I on stage trading songs back and forth.”