So many places you can find children’s audio stories online and off for free listening. Audio isn’t just for car journeys.
Today’s show features Zoe Toft of Playingbythebook.net . She is a mum of 2 and popular book blogger sharing her journey of play and her love of books with us all. They are a bilingual family and she’s ranked #4 in the Tots100 and #7 in the Raising Playful Tots Index.
Zoe shares her love of audio for children in today’s episode.
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What are your current audio listens?
Hiccup: How to Train Your Dragon
The Gruffalo and Friends CD Box Set: The Gruffalo / The Smartest Giant / A Squash and a Squeeze / Room on the Broom / The Snail and the Whale / Monkey Puzzle
Little Town on the Prairie (Little House)
The Magician’s Nephew (BBC Radio Collection: Chronicles of Narnia)
Pausing with longer audio books or running the story all the way through?
Where’s a good place to find audio books online?
Radio drama on BBC RADIO
Sunday afternoon Children’s drama 4-5 – last week Chitty Chitty Bang bang, this weekend part 1 of Alan Garner’s Elidor and Baum’s Wizard of Oz
Radio 4 extra
Sometime take a look at Librivox – audio versions of copyright free books, recorded by members of the public
– lots of potential,but not yet amounting to much for kids, free , most voices in US accents
Storynory – https://storynory.com/ (also a storynory japan!) , quite a few Grimm and Andersen fairy stories, British accent – text provided, but recording is more like telling a story than reading a text.
A recent discovery: Radio NewZealand has quite a few stories to download or listen to online
“Storytime Treasure Chest is a downloadable collection of some of the very best children’s stories produced over the years by Radio New Zealand.”
New Guardian Children’s Booksite
Michael Rosen reads from his Big Book of Bad Things, ted hughes poems for kids (all quite short)
Playingbythebook.net- What’s your story?
Walking with My Iguana (Poetry)
Nation’s Favourite: Comic Poems: A Selection of Humorous Verse
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Melissa Taylor says
I love Zoe and all her ideas. We did the postcard swap and found it so interesting to connect with other lit lovers world wide.
I also recommend Tales2Go for a huge amount of audio books. We’re really enjoying them and find that we’re becoming more picky about the actors who read the stories.
Melitsa Avila says
We did too. It was exciting to see new book ideas coming our way. Zoe has so many great ideas. I’ll have to look into Tales2Go. Thanks for sharing the resource Melissa. Happy school break!
Zoe Toft says
Thanks Melitsa for interviewing me, and thanks Melissa for the tip. I’ll check out Tales 2Go.
Melitsa – I’ll write a mini post about this for Tuesday to link back from my blog now I know the URL here 🙂 Off now to listen to myself!