Human-Read Audio Classics for Childrenhttp://www.homefires.com/click?librivoxaudio
Age Range: All (Something for everyone. As always, parents should help
select material appropriate for each child.)
Now that the weather outside is getting nicer here in the Northern
Hemisphere, it seems a shame to keep the kids cooped up indoors, doesn't it?
Send them outside with some audio books! They can perch in a tree, skip
rope, start a garden, have a little picnic, or even play hopscotch while
listening to these wonderful classics.
Or keep a supply of titles handy for those days when you're unable to read
to them. With about 250 completed works listed in the "Children's" category,
there is more than an entire year's worth of bedtime stories and read-alouds
here, including the works of such well-known authors as:
*Alcott, Louisa May (Eight Cousins, Little Women, etc.) *Baum, L. Frank (Oz
books) *Burnett, Frances Hodgson (Little Lord Fauntleroy, Little Princess,
Secret Garden, etc.) *Carroll, Lewis (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,
etc.) *Collodi, Carlo (Adventures of Pinocchio, available in English and
Italian!) *Dickens, Charles (A Child's History of England) *Dodge, Mary
Mapes (Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates) *Grahame, Kenneth (Wind in the
Willows) *Grimm, Jacob (Grimm's Fairy Tales) *Harris, Joel Chandler (Uncle
Remus) *Kipling, Rudyard (Just So Stories, Jungle Book, etc.) *Lamb, Charles
(Tales from Shakespeare) *Lofting, Hugh (Story of Doctor Doolittle, etc.)
*Montgomery, Lucy Maud (Anne of Green Gables, etc.) *Nesbit, E. (Five
Children and It, The Railway Children, etc.) *Potter, Beatrix (Peter Rabbit,
etc.) *Pyle, Howard (Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, etc.) *Sewell, Anna
(Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse) *Stevenson, Robert Louis
(Child's Garden of Verses, Treasure Island, etc.) *Twain, Mark (Huckleberry
Finn, Tom Sawyer, etc.) *Wiggin, Kate Douglas (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,
etc.) *Williams, Margery (Velveteen Rabbit) ... and many, many more.
Click any title to see a brief synopsis before downloading/listening.
But that's not all! Parents may like to browse the other categories as well:http://librivox.org/newcatalog/genres.php
. These include adventure,
animals, biography, history, spy stories, teen/young adult, and many others.
This site can be searched for a specific book by title and author: http://librivox.org/newcatalog/visitor.php
In addition, you can view the titles of books currently in progress, and
beside each of these is a link to request to be notified by email when this
book is completed.
You can request that a favorite book (in the public domain) be recorded, and
older students can volunteer to help record or proof-listen. This is a great
community service as well as excellent language arts practice.
Note: There is an overlap between these books and the ones you would find in
Project Gutenberg or Archive.org. This is because Librivox allows both of
these sites to house their entire collection of completed works. However,
Librivox maintains the best-catalogued and most easily searchable list of
these titles. Also, only Librivox itself includes a brief synopsis for each
completed title, lists the works currently in progress, allows you to
request email notification upon completion of desired books in progress,
allows you to request specific titles, and allows you to participate in the
recording and editing process and their lively forum as well.
Additional Note: This review focuses on the "Children's" page. The rest of
this site is not specifically geared for children, so parental preview and
guidance is, as always, advised.
Books are continually being added to this collection, so bookmark it and
Also, don't forget that these books can be burned onto CD's for on-the-road
education, also known as CarSchooling. (For more information about
CarSchooling, visit http://www.CarSchooling.com