Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Audiobooks for Young Listeners

Young elementary students, entering kindergarten through 3rd grades listen to stories over and over again. We have loved owning some stories, so our kids can listen to them repeatedly. Here are a few of our favorites:
James and the Giant Peach
Written by Roald Dahl
Narrated by Jeremy Irons
NY: Harper Audio, 2003
James escapes his wicked aunts with the help of magic crystals and enters the magical world with the insects. This reading is so much fun. Jeremy Irons doesn't just read the story - he performs it, bringing laughter and hillarity throughout. I'll never forget Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker arguing while James had to do all the work around the house. Once he ventures inside the peach, he finds friends and a real role as a hero in this exciting adventure. For a sample, you can go to Audible.com or the HarperCollins website.
by William Steig
narrated by Peter Thomas
NY: Listening Library Audio, 2009

Dominic is a kind-hearted dog who sets off on a journey. He's not sure where he’s going, but he's eager to find adventure. Dominic just isn't satisfied with his ordinary life - he knows that there has to be something different if he just takes the road less traveled. Along the way, he meets a band of robbers, the Doomsday Gang, who try to steal all his possessions. Through wit and determination, Dominic chases them off and then helps several other people fight off this gang of trouble-makers. Dominic is a true hero throughout - confident, but modest - courageous, but thoughtful. We enjoyed this audiobook so much that we had to check out the print copy from the library. To our surprise, it was filled with marvelous pen and ink drawings. This audiobook has just been rereleased by Listening Library. Try this sample of the book:

Both of these audiobooks are easily available at your local library on CDs or tapes, through Amazon or to download via www.Audible.com. Happy listening!

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