Audio Stories Books
Hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you’ll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.
Lots of words have popped up lately to describe things you can listen to from the internet: podcasts, audiobooks, streaming media, etc.
Audio books are a wonderful way to expose your child to complex language, expressive reading, and fantastic stories. Listening to audio books also gives kids the valuable and enjoyable experience of using their own imaginations to visualize the people and places they’re hearing about. Though popular with many families during long car trips, audio books are a great way to experience stories anytime, anywhere.
Listen to audio books together. Audio books are a wonderful shared reading experience and a shared story gives everyone in the family something to talk about. Plus, you can help boost your child’s thinking skills by asking questions about what you’ve listened to or take turns with your child retelling favorite parts of the story.
Offer some background information or a preview of the story to help your child focus his listening and more easily follow what’s happening in the story. If you have a soon-to-be reader and or early reader, a copy of the book to follow along will help kids make the connection between the written and spoken words.
Feel free to stop listening. If an audio book isn’t engaging, try another!
Keep your young listeners in mind. While kids can listen on a higher level than they can read, some stories may be too complex for young listeners to follow and enjoy. There is an abundance of audio picture books and poetry to enjoy and no need to rush straight into Harry Potter.
Don’t let audio books take the place of you reading aloud to your child or telling them stories. The time you spend together will help your child make a lasting discovery of what reading for pleasure is all about.