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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Audio Books and reading out loud (a giveaway)

I love literature. I love books. My husband loves books. Literature shapes us and there is nothing like hearing a book read out loud to you. There was a period of time where I had surgery and my husband had a back injury, we read out loud. Most of the day. We read and read and enjoyed so much together. We both got on our feet again and were blessed with two more babies. Life got busier and busier.

Don't misunderstand, we read. We read and read and read. We read to our youngest children. Our older children read to younger children (and to each other) but there are also times when its just easier to turn on Sponge Bob. I want to make it easier to quickly get good literature.

Spurred on by June being national audio book month.  I wanted to set my 10 year daughter up with an Ipod of audio books but when I started looking online for downloads I had trouble finding ones worth reading/listening to.

I was contacted by Molly of My Audio School, which she founded in 2009 to "give children safe and easy internet access to classic audio books, educational radio drama and television and radio broadcasts of historic events." I was so so impressed by the site. It's content and quality are exemplary. While searching the internet myself I had trouble finding worthy titles, but once on My Audio School, I immediately wanted to listen to many. And I could. We could.

My Audio School came out of Molly's desire for her children. Molly has a son with dyslexia, she didn't let that stop him from having access to good literature and a good education. She has chosen titles and content for her site with amazing vigor. Vigor that our families can now benefit from. I am so grateful for that.

There are many areas in my life where I could improve. Many that I want to. Honestly though, sometimes there just isn't the time or energy or resources to figure out or implement these changes. Starting in June, our family will be exposed to and benefit and grow from more literature and more reading out loud thanks to My Audio School.

********AND guess what? My Audio School has generously offered a one year subscription (a $14.99 value) to one of our readers!!

to enter:
tell me a book from your childhood that stands out in your mind

extra entries:

<3 head over to my Audio School and come back to tell me one title you want to sink into right now
            Keep in mind that what you see listd is only a small fraction of what is available to members.
<3 like my Audio School on Facebook
<3 become a follower of this site

I will choose a winner (through on 6/30

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Anonymous said...

I'd have to say one of the books that really stands out from my childhood was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" LOVE it still and I read it to my kids now!

D Badger

Laura ( said...

My father passed away when I was very young. One of the few (and maybe my favorite) memories I have of him is curling up in his lap as he read me the tale of Paul Bunyan and the Big Blue Ox.

Laura ( said...

So many choices! I can't decide! I suppose one I'd "want to sink into right now" is one of the mentioned radio dramas or the fairy tales. Definitely "Fifty Famous Stories retold"! I can't wait to get started!

Huskerbabe said...

I went to one of those one room schools on the prairie. Our teacher used to read to us everyday after lunch. One book that stands out to me is Mr Popper's Penguins.

Anonymous said...

Reading is one of my most favorite things to do. Dr. Seuss's "If I Ran the Zoo and "Green Eggs and Ham", "The Snowy Day", "Where the Wild Things Are", and "Bambi", were my favorites as a child. I've made it a point to read them all to my children at sometime or another. Now a Homeschooling Mom, my eyes have been opened to a whole slew of new children's books to enjoy. Some of my new favorites are "Somebody Love's You Mr. Hatch", "Thank You Mr. Falker" and "A Porcupine Named Fluffy". Every time I read "A Porcupine Named Fluffy", we just howl with laughter. In fact my son Camerron had to read a book to his college speech class and he chose "A Porcupine Named Fluffy". He gave a lively reading and the class laughed with him and loved it. Some of them told him afterwards they remembered being read the book as a child and they still talk about it in passing at school. Reading opens up a new world for anyone who will try it and learn to like it. I love your blog, L Barlow.

Vanesa said...

Oh, I remember coming across a book called Freckles and thought of my little red-headed freckled boy and bought it. We read it aloud. It was so good that I went on to get more books by the same author and they were all good. Found out that the author was a scientist who wrote fiction stories to teach science and at the same time each book has great character/life lessons (biblical). She also wrote: A Girl of the Limberlost and The Keeper of the Bees. The author: Gene Stratton-Porter

Lisa W said...

Our very favorite books to read aloud are the "Hank the Cowdog" books! We also love historical fiction like "The Golden Goblet" and "Amos Fortune". And, of course, The Chronicles of Narnia books. What a great website you found! Thanks Kathy!

His bondservant said...

My absolute favorite book as a child was "Where the Red Fern Grows." Sad, yes, but beautifully written…I still can't read that book without crying!

In Him, Jackie

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Anonymous said...

Well, I have been wanting to read "The Red Badge of Courage to my children and just haven't found the time. I would choose this as our first title. L.Barlow