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BIG RIG

BIG RIG

by Jamie Swenson | Read by L.J. Ganser

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 4-6

Narrator L.J. Ganser has as much fun with his narration as Frankie the eighteen-wheeler has when he takes listeners on an action-packed trip. From the opening invitation to "Come along!" to the over-the-top "URRRRNNNT-URRNNT! of the truck's horn, Ganser is full of the sounds and excitement of a trip on the open road. Neither rain--"Wipers, do your job!"--nor a flat tire with... Read More

BIG RIG
CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP

CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP

Earphones Award Winner

by Sara Pennypacker | Read by Jessica Almasy

Recorded Books
Children Ages 4-6

Jessica Almasy completely inhabits Clementine, a precocious third grader and budding artist. In addition to expressing Clementine’s generally upbeat nature, Almasy’s high tones and bouncy inflections capture the enthusiasm of the dynamic young protagonist as she flutters from one principle-inspired undertaking to the next. Diverse voices include chatter from Clementine’s... Read More

CLEMENTINE AND THE SPRING TRIP
CORETTA SCOTT

CORETTA SCOTT

Earphones Award Winner

by Ntozake Shange | Read by Phylicia Rashad

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 4-6

Actress Phylicia Rashad beautifully proves the power of the word and the voice in this short biography of Coretta Scott King. Rashad’s clear, smooth voice delivers Shange's text with little embellishment. To praise the minimalism might mislead, as the spareness of text and expression emphasizes the power and poetry of this listening experience. The program shows a mastery of... Read More

CORETTA SCOTT
DEEP IN THE SWAMP

DEEP IN THE SWAMP

Earphones Award Winner

by Donna M. Bateman | Read by Tom Chapin

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 4-6

What a treat to have the venerable Tom Chapin narrate this Okefenokee remake of the familiar “Over in the Meadow”! Meet snoozing marsh rabbits, soaring herons, trilling flame birds, and basking alligators, to mention just a few of the marsh’s inhabitants. Chapin is understated and unhurried in his narration. For dramatic effect, he elongates phrases—“Deeeeep in the swamp”—or... Read More

DEEP IN THE SWAMP
FOLLOW FOLLOW

FOLLOW FOLLOW A Book of Reverso Poems

Earphones Award Winner

by Marilyn Singer | Read by Joe Morton, Marilyn Singer

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 4-6

Listeners are treated to Marilyn Singer’s second collection of folktale-based reverso poems, her own poetic creations whose lines produce whole new meanings when read from top to bottom or from bottom to top. As narrator, Singer is tuned in to sharing the nuances that changes in punctuation, word order, and emphasis bring to the same poetic lines. In “Will the Real Princess,”... Read More

FOLLOW FOLLOW
FRIENDSHAPE

FRIENDSHAPE

Earphones Award Winner

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Read by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Kate & Lily Weyant, Quinn A. Seaman, Ryan Cassel

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 4-6

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and the young narrators who accompany her give listeners young and old a memorable shape-inspired look at the essence of friendship. The story follows a pattern. Rosenthal cheerily and clearly speaks a line of text; for example: “Friends . . . welcome others to join in.” Then, the various shapes—rectangle, square, triangle, and circle—as portrayed by the... Read More

FRIENDSHAPE
GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE

GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE A Counting Story!

by JaNay Brown-Wood | Read by Sisii Aisha Johnson

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 4-6

Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson shares the rhyming and rhythmic fun of family and friends who are filling Grandma's house to the gills. As relatives and guests arrive bearing turkeys and biscuits, lemonade and cheesecakes, sweet potato pie and cantaloupe in ever increasing numbers, it's clear that a solution for the gathering is desperately needed. Who will craft a plan? Johnson... Read More

GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE
MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME

MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME

by Meg Medina | Read by Brian Amador, Rosi Amador, Alisa Amador

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 4-6

Alisa, Rosi, and Brian Amador narrate a sweet story of connecting across a generational and language divide. Mia's "far-away" grandmother has come to live with Mia and her family. Alisa's youthful and earnest voice tells listeners of Mia's struggles to talk with her abuela who is narrated in Spanish by Rosi. Neither Mia's Español nor abuela's English is strong enough for them... Read More

MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME
ME . . . JANE

ME . . . JANE

Earphones Award Winner

by Patrick McDonnell | Read by Katherine Kellgren

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 4-6

Katherine Kellgren’s narration, along with delightful music, adds considerably to this Caldecott Honor-winning biography of primatologist Jane Goodall. Kellgren’s rhythmic delivery tracks the adventures of young Jane and her stuffed monkey, Jubliee. Kellgren’s reading is bright as Jane scurries into the garden, dragging the chimp behind her. Her tones turn pensive, the music... Read More

ME . . . JANE
MOTHER BRUCE

MOTHER BRUCE

by Ryan T. Higgins | Read by Robertson Dean

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 4-6

Narrator Robertson Dean voices all the hurumpfs, disgruntled sighs, and exasperation of Mother Bruce. This decidedly grumpy and single-minded bear is distraught when a meal he’s planning hatches into a gaggle of goslings who instantly imprint on him as their mother. As narrator, Dean is steady and distinct, letting the story itself unfold in the listener’s mind (along with the... Read More

MOTHER BRUCE
SUPERTRUCK

SUPERTRUCK

by Stephen Savage | Read by George Newbern

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 4-6

With a powerful yet friendly voice, George Newbern exudes respect and pride in detailing the jobs of various trucks in the city. For example, he affects a distraught tone when a snowstorm arrives. But as the garbage truck takes on his secret, helpful mission, Newbern nearly bursts with pride. Given the book's final page--a simple illustration that obviously is not part of the... Read More

SUPERTRUCK
SYLVIA'S SPINACH

SYLVIA'S SPINACH

by Katherine Pryor | Read by Nancy Wu

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 4-6

As the story begins, narrator Nancy Wu catches listeners' attention with her emphatic, "No spinach!" Clearly, young Sylvia does not care for spinach dishes. And wouldn't you know it--when her class gets a classroom garden project underway, Sylvia is the one in charge of the spinach. She grudgingly follows directions but grows despondent as everyone else's seeds sprout. Will she... Read More

SYLVIA'S SPINACH
TROMBONE SHORTY

TROMBONE SHORTY

Earphones Award Winner

by Troy Andrews | Read by Dion Graham

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 4-6

Music featuring a single trombone precedes Dion Graham’s narration of this picture-book autobiography by "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, a New Orleans native and Grammy Award-nominated musician. Then, the first words of the audiobook—“Where y’at?”—greet listeners with an energetic New Orleans welcome. Graham draws listeners of all ages into an experience that’s lyrical in word,... Read More

TROMBONE SHORTY
WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN'T BE DOCTORS?

WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN'T BE DOCTORS?

by Tanya Lee Stone | Read by Jorjeana Marie

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 4-6

Narrator Jorjeana Marie invites listeners into this biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S., in 1849. Marie highlights the determination of the young Blackwell, who even slept on a floor “to toughen herself up.” Background music conveys the period, and the soundscape aids in depicting Blackwell’s reality—the laughing of those who... Read More

WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN'T BE DOCTORS?
WINNIE-THE-POOH

WINNIE-THE-POOH

by A.A. Milne | Read by Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, Michael Williams

Listening Library
Children Ages 4-6

Grab a copy of WINNIE-THE-POOH, open to the map of the Hundred-Acre Wood, turn on this recording, and settle in to enjoy the adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends just as A.A. Milne might have shared them with his own family. Producer David Benedictus's dramatization of Milne's enduring stories is a listening pleasure. The interchange between the narrators and the... Read More

WINNIE-THE-POOH
ZORA'S ZUCCHINI

ZORA'S ZUCCHINI

by Katherine Pryor | Read by Nancy Wu

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 4-6

Given the quiet, purposeful narration of Nancy Wu, heroine Zora takes center stage. In an effort to overcome her summer doldrums, Zora plants 12 free zucchini plants. What will her summer have in store for her now? Wu’s carefully modulated voice and distinct elocution let Zora’s creativity come to the fore. Once the plants are producing, there’s only so much zucchini one family... Read More

ZORA'S ZUCCHINI

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