Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Audio Books for the Very Young

Audio books for the very young are somewhat difficult because they are usually only about two minutes long. One of the greatest things libraries now offer is the ability to download audio books onto your iPod.  At my local library I could download any of the Pinkalicious books for 14 days. So while they are only a few minutes long each, if you download several they can last for a few car rides.

Additionally, here are a few suggestions for longer CD's:

Animal Tales read by Jim Weiss. Includes: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Lion and the Mouse, The Rortise and the Hare, The Crow and the Pitcher, City Mouse, Country Mouse, Giggly Biggly and the Invitation, Goat Gets Away, The Cat Who Went to Church, and Canticleer the Rooster

The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky. Read by Jack Prelutsky.  Jack Prelutsky is one of my favorite poets for kids.  He gets that kids like things that are weird, crazy and just don't make any sense!  This is a collection of those wonderful and weird poems for kids.  On Amazon.com you can listen to a three minute sampling of the audio CD.  It sets the poems to music, so it is not technically an audio book.  Prelutsky has several other poetry collections to try as well.

Lilly's Big Day and Other Stories by Kevin Henks. Performed by Richard Thomas and Christine Ebersole. How can you not love Lily? A wonderful vivacious character featured in many of Kevin Henks's books.

The Cat in the Hat and other Dr. Suess Favorites. Performed by Kelsey Grammer, John Cleese, John Litgow, and Billy Crystal, Dustin Hoffman, Walter Matthau, and Mercedes McCambridge.

Frog and Toad Audio Collection by Arnold Lobel. Read by the author. Frog and Toad have always been one of my favorites.

Another CD to check out is the broadway musical based on these books.  Wonderful music that follows the stories from the books faithfully. One scary story that initially you may want to skip, but after hearing it a few times my kids loved listening to it! Great for kids of all ages!

A blast from the past...

Two wonderful song and story collections that I listened to growing up.

Free to Be You and Me: Marlo Thomas and Friends A classic! So many wonderful songs and stories including: William Wants a Doll, Atalanta, and Ladies First.  Definitely from the 70's!

Pete Seeger Abiyoyo and other Story Songs for Children.  Includes Sam, the Whaler (my 4 year olds favorite), Sweepy, Sweepy, Sweepy and Where's My Pajamas? (Yes, my mom did hide our pajamas and put this song on while we went crazy searching for them!).

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Tar! This is perfect! And, nice shout-out for your local library's downloadable books!!!