Posts Tagged ‘audiobooks’

Free AudioBooks of Classic Stories & Poems

August 10th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, August 10, 2011 and time for Language
Arts
at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Lit2Go

Age Range:  5-18 (with parental supervision)

This website provides free audiobooks of classic literature, stories, and poems in MP3 format that you can download to your MP3 player or listen to on your computer. (There is a free conversion app for iTunes as well.)

You can also read the text of the literature on the webpage or
download a pdf and print it out to read offline.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an introduction and links
to the ways you can browse for information including by:

Author – Enjoy listening to literature by Aesop, Jane Austen,
J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo
Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brothers Grimm, Thomas
Jefferson, Jack London, Melville, Poe, Eleanor Roosevelt,
Robert Louis Stevenson, Thoreau, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Walt
Whitman and many more.

Title – You can listen to titles such as Anne of Green Gables,
Black Beauty, Common Sense, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The
Gift of the Magi, Just So Stories, A Little Princess, The
Merchant of Venice, Rip Van Winkle, The Scarlet Letter,
Treasure Island, The Ugly Duckling, The Wind In The Willows
,
and more.

Reading Level – Click on any grade level from K-12 to find a
suggested list of suitable titles based on the Flesch-Kincaid
reading level scale.

This is a terrific resource for homeschoolers, unschoolers,
and carschoolers! 

Online LIterature Lessons for K-12

August 18th, 2010

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Holiday Language Arts And Free Audiobooks!

December 17th, 2008

This week, ClickSchooling is featuring a Holiday theme. :)

Recommended Websites:
Holiday Language Arts

Age Range: Varies

The Holiday Zone: Christmas-Themed Language Arts Activities

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development. You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling.

Story-Lovers.com: In the Spirit of the Winter Holidays

This website offers a free compilation of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa stories. Simply click on a title on the menu to read the story online. The text is in very small print – so it’s not all that reader-friendly. Some of the stories have a link to the original source material on the Net. So, if you click on the link, you may find a more reader-friendly version online. That aside, it’s a great way to quickly scan stories, and then head to your bookstore or library to find the tales your children will enjoy in book format.

LibriVox: Free Christmas Audiobooks

LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles with direct links to Librivox:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

When you get to this page – don’t be confused. It opens to “The Junior Classics” by William Patten. Andersen’s “The Fir Tree” is #69 on the table of contents. Simply scroll down the page to access the story.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

Enjoy!

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Free Classic Audio Books!

January 9th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Free Classic Audiobooks

ClickSchooling list member Sonya recommended this website that offers free classic audiobooks that you can download and listen to. There are over 50 titles in MP3 files or M4B for iPod. Some of the titles include:

  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow by W. Irving
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Dorothy and the Wizard by L. Frank Baum
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Click on any title and a new page opens with a Wikipedia summary of the book, and links to download the material. Depending on the size of the file it may take several minutes to download. If you select the MP3 file, once downloaded, the audio book will launch and begin playing automatically. There are no pictures or text – just narration. So, if you have one of these classic books, you may want to use it and follow along as the narrator reads the story.

Classic Children’s Audio Books

September 26th, 2007

Recommended Website:
Wired For Books

ClickSchooler MaryAnna suggested this website sponsored by Ohio University that provides unabridged, dramatic audiobooks online. We have featured the “Kids Corner” of this site previously, that featured audio books and a narrated slideshow of Beatrix Potter books, such as “Peter Rabbit.” However, they have added several audiobooks to the website in the children’s section, and there are offerings in the section for older students and adults that make this worth another visit.

First of all visit the Kids Corner.

Age Range: 3-10 (approximately)

Here you can listen to beloved children’s books by Beatrix Potter in numerous languages. You will also find some new audio stories including:

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

You can even listen to a Radio interview with Mister Rogers!

Next, check out the MP3 Page

Age Range: 11 and Up (approximately)

What you will find on this page is an archive of radio interviews with various authors of books – most written for the general adult book market.  (Note: I did not listen to these interviews, and cannot comment on the
content. Therefore, parents [as always] should preview the material to determine suitability for your own children.)

Scroll about 3/4 way down the page until you come to “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. Continue to scroll down and you will see “The Poems of Walt Whitman.” Below that you will see some of the same selections that were in the “Kids Corner,” and below that, a variety of plays by William Shakespeare including, “The Merchant of Venice,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “MacBeth.” Click on any one to access the audio file and listen online.

This site provides a convenient way to hear wonderful children’s stories as well as classic literature for older students. Enjoy!

Good Holiday Reads for Kids

December 3rd, 2003

Recommended Website:
KidsReads.com: Celebrating Christmas & Hanukkah

This website, that contains all kinds of reviews of books, interviews with authors, and games and trivia about books for kids ages 4-12 — presents an interesting perspective on the holidays. Take a look at how they prefaced their 2001 Christmas Book List:

“Christmas shouldn’t be celebrated at the Mall. The season is not about stressing over what to buy your best friend or pleading with your parents for a Nimbus 2000. The holiday is about love and sharing — not giving and getting. That’s why we here at Kidsreads have made this round-up of great holiday and winter-themed books. If you belong to a religion that doesn’t celebrate Christmas — or don’t belong to any religion at all — you can still get into the spirit and meaning of the holiday. Reading with someone you love is great a way to share the best presents of all — love and laughter.”

The books they review are filled with love and laughter, and you can read the 2002 Christmas Book List reviews, as well as those for 2001 — I assume 2003 will be uploaded to the site soon. In addition, they offer a Hanukkah Book List selection too. When you are through reading the book reviews, check out the rest of this site by clicking on the menu items at the top of the page that includes:

  • Features — Current book reviews available at the site, separated by category. For example, 2003 Caldecott/Newbery/King Winners, Audiobooks for Kids, Baseball Books, Careers for Girls, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Roundup, Patriotic Kids’ Books, Classics & New Faves Reading List, Travel Books, and much more.
  • Series — Reviews of popular series books including Amelia Bedelia, Boxcar Children, Captain Underpants, Encyclopedia Brown, Freddie The Pig, Fudge Books, Hank – The Cowdog, Little House Books, Madeline, Redwall, Star Wars, The Time Warp Trio, and many, many more.
  • Authors — Bios, and interviews with authors of popular children’s books and book series.
  • Reviews — Archive of past book reviews.
  • Trivia & Games — quizzes, interesting facts, word searches, word scrambles, and other fun activities themed around book titles. You can print them out or enjoy them online. This provides a great way to augment your reading curriculum.

The site also offers good information on how to start a book club, and it provides a free online newsletter for families all about — what else? — books!

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