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  • ECHO ECHO

    ECHO ECHO Reverso Poems About Greek Myths

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Marilyn Singer | Read by Joe Morton, Marilyn Singer

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Author-narrator Marilyn Singer and narrator Joe Morton transport listeners of all ages into the world of Greek mythology with this collection of reverso poetry--poems that can be read top to bottom or bottom to top. Each work imparts a different meaning depending on the direction of the reading. Ponder whether Pandora or Zeus might be responsible for the release of the contents... Read More

  • SAMMY KEYES AND THE SHOWDOWN IN SIN CITY

    SAMMY KEYES AND THE SHOWDOWN IN SIN CITY

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Tara Sands

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Tara Sands establishes a girlishly pitched dramatic voice for young detective Sammy Keyes, who follows her mother and her mother's boyfriend to "Sin City" to try to keep them from eloping. Along the way, Sammy runs into an entire cast of characters, including her best friend, Marissa, and her worried mother; her soon-to-be stepsister (and arch nemesis), Heather; her... Read More

  • TROMBONE SHORTY

    TROMBONE SHORTY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Troy Andrews | Read by Dion Graham

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    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

  • BOOM SNOT TWITTY: THIS WAY THAT WAY

    BOOM SNOT TWITTY: THIS WAY THAT WAY

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Leave it to Tavia Gilbert to provide a narration that enriches this story of friendship, disagreement, and resolution. With three distinct voices for the three friends--a high-pitched bird; a gentle, growly voiced bear; and a low-pitched, slow-to-speak snail--Gilbert invites young listeners on a day's adventure. Boom prefers an outing to the beach with flippers and a tube;... Read More

  • A TEENY TINY HALLOWEEN

    A TEENY TINY HALLOWEEN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Lauren L. Wohl | Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Listeners will settle in for a Halloween-focused teeny tiny woman story that is not too frightening while being a whole lot of fun. Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers quietly yet firmly emphasizes the words "teeny tiny," and her descriptions of the howling of the wind and the darkness of the house have a scary edge to them. With each repetition, Rodgers builds suspense through her... Read More

  • HANG ON, MONKEY!

    HANG ON, MONKEY!

    by Susan B. Neuman | Read by Nancy Wu

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Nancy Wu's clear and precise narration suits this nonfiction pre-reader. Her pacing is deliberately slow (but not overly so), and she leaves long pauses for young readers to take in the photographic illustrations. In simple sentences a variety of monkeys are explored--from the golden lion tamarin and red howler of South America to the mandrill of Africa and the snow monkey and... Read More

  • SLITHER, SNAKE!

    SLITHER, SNAKE!

    by Shelby Alinsky | Read by Michael Crouch

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Michael Crouch is energetic as he takes young listeners on a read-along visit to several of the world's well-known snakes. His lively, clear voice underscores his interest in observing a western diamondback rattlesnake, king cobra, boa constrictor, sedge viper, and an Arizona mountain kingsnake. His measured pace allows time to hear the information on each snake and... Read More

  • TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE

    TRAPPED! A WHALE'S RESCUE

    by Robert Burleigh | Read by George Guidall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator George Guidall's rich voice is a pleasure to listen to as he captures the majesty of humpback whales traveling in the vast oceans. He sets the scene with drawn-out phrases punctuated by musical and aquatic sound effects. When the whale is entwined in a net of thin threads, struggling to free herself, he alternates his broad narration with clipped and urgently voiced... Read More

  • PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE: GOING PLACES

    PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE: GOING PLACES

    by Ellen Potter | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Tavia Gilbert knows how to bring schoolkids and the drama of their interactions to life. Piper Green--a girl who has a Fairy Tree in her yard--is embarking on an imaginary trip to China with her classmates. Right away Piper fibs that, like her friends, she has plenty of experience flying in airplanes. So her classmates decide she should be the trip's flight attendant.... Read More

  • VOLCANOES

    VOLCANOES

    by Anne Schreiber | Read by Dion Graham

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Dion Graham has his work cut out for him in this nonfiction exploration of volcanoes for young people. Given that the read-along book itself is full of sidebars, illustration captions, incidental questions (jokes, really), maps, "word blasts" (glossaries), and postcards, Graham differentiates between them all by using a variety of voices from serious to silly. Graham's... Read More

  • I'M NEW HERE

    I'M NEW HERE

    by Anne Sibley O'Brien | Read by Frankie Corzo, Ariana Delawari, Ramon De Ocampo, Ruth Livier, Anne Sibley O'Brien [Note]

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Young, vibrant narrators voice heartfelt concerns as Fatima, Maria, and Jin are each welcomed into new classrooms in a new country. Listeners will hear them wistfully voice their concerns about language fluency and establishing a sense of belonging in their new communities. The repetitive phrasing of each memory of “back home” is powerful. While the pacing of each vignette is... Read More

  • MY PEN

    MY PEN

    by Christopher Myers | Read by Christopher Myers, Dion Graham

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Author, illustrator, and narrator Christopher Myers celebrates the power of his pen, the pen that has won him Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. In a gentle but firm voice fueled by his imagination, Myers creates thought-provoking scenes with his pen--from an elephant in a teacup to worries about the wars around the world. This is a pen that creates in the... Read More

  • IT'S RAINING

    IT'S RAINING

    by Gail Gibbons | Read by Suzanne Toren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Following the opening sounds of gentle rain, narrator Suzanne Toren shares the many snippets of meteorological information that Gibbons presents in this nonfiction title for young listeners. Toren maintains a steady pace and a quietly animated voice as she talks about types of rain and clouds, the water cycle, rainstorms, variations in rainfall in different parts of the world,... Read More

  • BAKER'S MAGIC

    BAKER'S MAGIC

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Diane Zahler | Read by Tavia Gilbert, Michael Crouch, and a Full Cast

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    A full cast works together seamlessly in this charming magical adventure. As the story’s narrator, Tavia Gilbert is crisply engaged, and she’s spirited as young Bee, the baker’s apprentice. Kenneth Cavett, with his rich and resonant voice, is a standout as kindly baker Master Bouts, and Robin Miles is a hoot as pirate captain Zafira Zay. The care in the production is... Read More

  • POPPY'S BEST PAPER

    by Susan Eaddy | Read by Kathleen McInerney

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Kathleen McInerney manages the voices of many school-age characters, including Poppy, who wants to become a writer ("I will write the BEST paper EVER!") as well as unappreciated Coach Lavender; Mrs. Rose, the firm, calm teacher; and an articulate and evenly modulated narrator. With each class writing assignment, Poppy radiates confidence, which then plummets when... Read More

  • BIG RIG

    by Jamie Swenson | Read by L.J. Ganser

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    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

  • ZORA'S ZUCCHINI

    by Katherine Pryor | Read by Nancy Wu

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    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

  • 28 DAYS

    28 DAYS Moments in Black History that Changed the World

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Charles R. Smith, Jr. | Read by Dion Graham, William Jackson Harper, Zainab Jah, January LaVoy, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Jonathan Earl Peck, Carter Woodson Redwood

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This history of black culture performed by a talented ensemble of eight voices is a listening treasure. Cleverly presented in 29 short episodes, the verse and soundscape elucidate a chronological account of events and people who played small and monumental roles in the history of black America—black astronauts, political leaders, business entrepreneurs. Listeners can enjoy the... Read More

  • BETTY BUNNY WANTS A GOAL

    BETTY BUNNY WANTS A GOAL

    by Michael B. Kaplan | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Betty Bunny's intense personality and over-the-top reactions make her a handful. With pseudo-innocence, she's smuggled chocolate cake to school in her sock, blamed others for her missteps, and demanded to have every toy in the store. But Betty Bunny's fans will see a new facet of the popular heroine in her fourth adventure. She's not filled with her usual self-assurance after... Read More

  • PAULA DANZIGER'S AMBER BROWN HORSES AROUND

    by Bruce Coville, Elizabeth Levy | Read by Dana Lubotsky Bokor

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Dana Lubotsky Bokor returns to narrate this Amber Brown adventure and is as true to character as ever. Bokor's familiar, childlike voice sounds eager, passionate, and mercurial as Amber navigates her first camp experience. Camp Cushetunk should be wonderful, especially because her best friend, Justin, who moved away, is coming to camp. But it looks like Amber's summer will... Read More

  • PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE: TOO MUCH GOOD LUCK

    by Ellen Potter | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Tavia Gilbert has the vocal spunk and enthusiasm to keep up with self-proclaimed "motor mouth" Piper Green. With her child-friendly, high-pitched voice, Gilbert is tuned in to Piper and sounds equally excited about each of Piper's various pieces of good luck--from her newly painted lime-green bedroom to a perfect strawberry and a freshly lost tooth. Gilbert's voice... Read More

  • STORMS

    by Miriam Busch Goin | Read by Dion Graham

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Dion Graham's steady, precise voice enables the information in this book about storms to take center stage. With even volume and pacing, Graham highlights the myriad weather patterns that "cool and heat our planet so it is just right for life." Thunder and lightning, blizzards and tornados, sandstorms and monsoons are explained for young learners as well as the... Read More

  • PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE

    PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE

    by Ellen Potter | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Tavia Gilbert performs this first-person narration with an enthusiastic high pitch--which is perfect for the eccentric young heroine who lives on an island in Maine and takes a lobster boat to school. Piper is a small girl with big feelings, especially strong since her older brother left for boarding school. Her emotions shift frequently, and Gilbert captures them all,... Read More

  • INFINITY AND ME

    INFINITY AND ME

    by Kate Hosford | Read by Nancy Wu

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Nancy Wu expresses the youth, verve, and mercurial feelings of Uma as she wonders at the number of stars in the huge, cold sky. Gabi Swiatkowska’s illustrations show the small girl dwarfed by the celestial immensity she is just beginning to appreciate. Uma begins a quest to discover what infinity is by asking peers and elders their views. Wu’s narration blends beautifully with... Read More

  • SAMMY KEYES AND THE POWER OF JUSTICE JACK

    SAMMY KEYES AND THE POWER OF JUSTICE JACK

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Tara Sands

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Tara Sands’s distinctive narration shows a deep understanding of Sammy Keyes, the multidimensional heroine of this series. Sands is attuned to Sammy’s empathy as the young investigator tries to determine whether an eccentric crime fighter in her town is a fake and help her BFFs untangle their relationship problems. Sands’s rich portrayal of Sammy’s bright and inquisitive nature... Read More

  • PAULA DANZIGER'S AMBER BROWN IS TICKLED PINK

    PAULA DANZIGER'S AMBER BROWN IS TICKLED PINK

    by Paula Danziger, Bruce Coville, Elizabeth Levy | Read by Dana Lubotsky

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Dana Lubotsky is as "in your face" with her narration as Amber Brown is with her thoughts and feelings. Lubotsky is loud, firm, and opinionated--all in a true-to-character way--and very childlike in voice. In this adventure Amber is dealing with her mother's impending remarriage, her father's behavior in the face of the upcoming event, and her classmates' and dear friend... Read More

  • BOOM SNOT TWITTY

    BOOM SNOT TWITTY

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Tavia Gilbert animates three unusual friends in a performance that is integrated seamlessly with accompanying music and sound effects. It isn't every day that a bear, a bird, and a snail share a friendship, and it isn't every day that a thunderstorm causes such uproar. Gilbert crafts a voice for each animal that is echoed in the signature music for each creature--a... Read More

  • IMANI'S MOON

    IMANI'S MOON

    by JaNay Brown-Wood | Read by MaameYaa Boafo

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    MaameYaa Boafo’s rich, warm voice entices youngsters to listen in on the attempts of diminutive Imani to touch the moon. Inspired by a bedtime story about Olapa, the Maasai goddess of the moon, and by her mother’s advice, Imani is determined to “do something great.” Boafo sets a leisurely pace and has a self-assured storyteller’s lilt and cadence. She stretches out words as... Read More

  • THE EAGLES ARE BACK

    THE EAGLES ARE BACK

    by Jean Craighead George | Read by Wendell Minor

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The distinctive cry of an eagle greets young listeners, followed by narrator Wendell Minor's voice detailing the decline in the U.S. bald eagle population in the period of extensive use of the pesticide DDT. As eagles and other wildlife were placed on the Endangered Species list, scientists were desperate to save the national bird. This story of a boy and a ranger who encourage... Read More

  • IF YOU WERE A PANDA BEAR

    IF YOU WERE A PANDA BEAR

    by Florence Minor | Read by Tom Stechschulte

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Gentle music and the sounds of bear habitats provide the background for this catalogue of bears and their characteristics. Panda and polar bears are familiar favorites, but more unusual bears such as spectacle and moon bears are also introduced. And what bear book for youngsters would be complete without a teddy bear? Tom Stechschulte's leisurely yet purposeful narration... Read More

  • SAFARI

    SAFARI

    by Gail Tuchman | Read by Dion Graham

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    "Hello! Jambo!" Dion Graham's big, friendly voice brings great enthusiasm to a child's visit to the African savannah. What animals will pass by? What will each animal be doing? From elephants to hippos to lions, the animals involve themselves in activities ranging from spraying to eating and grazing. The simple text and patterned responses to the story's questions will... Read More

  • BETTY BUNNY DIDN'T DO IT

    BETTY BUNNY DIDN'T DO IT

    by Michael Kaplan | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Katherine Kellgren sounds like a stern British nanny--when she tells you to turn the page, you listen! But her tone transforms when she portrays a cast of characters that includes the impetuous Betty Bunny, along with Betty's knowing older siblings, who offer Betty advice, and her sometimes vexed parents, who instruct Betty on the nuances of truth telling. Lying, Betty... Read More

  • ALICE WATERS AND THE TRIP TO DELICIOUS

    ALICE WATERS AND THE TRIP TO DELICIOUS

    by Jacqueline Briggs Martin | Read by Laura Hamilton, Alice Waters

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Alice Waters, owner of the restaurant Chez Panisse, is an American chef who is known for creating the “slow food” movement—which promotes the benefits of healthy, organic food to ordinary people. Narrator Laura Hamilton portrays her in a voice that sounds eager and child-friendly. She sounds keenly engaged with Alice’s travels, her love of enjoying fresh, delicious food with... Read More

  • FOLLOW FOLLOW

    FOLLOW FOLLOW A Book of Reverso Poems

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Marilyn Singer | Read by Joe Morton, Marilyn Singer

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    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

  • BAD GIRLS

    BAD GIRLS Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Monte Belmonte

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    While a narration that is both elegant and playful might sound odd, that’s just what esteemed narrator Barbara Rosenblat brings to this work about 26 women who, on first look, carried out unlawful deeds, but might have had other motives. Considering such figures as Bloody Mary I of England; Bonnie Parker; Belle Starr, spy for the Confederacy; and ancient history’s Delilah and... Read More

  • H.O.R.S.E.

    H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Christopher Myers | Read by Dion Graham, Christopher Myers

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Listeners will start grinning from the very first words of this production as narrator Dion Graham and author/artist Christopher Myers talk over each other, jockeying to introduce the story. Two young friends hit the basketball court to play a game of H.O.R.S.E. and trade trash talk—an impossible game that quickly moves beyond the court into the realm of the fantastic and all... Read More

  • FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE

    FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE

    by Jacqueline Briggs Martin | Read by Peter Jay Fernandez

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Can you say "red wiggler worms" in a way that no one will forget? Narrator Peter Jay Fernandez can! He brings drama to the inspirational story of former basketball player and MacArthur award recipient Will Allen and his quest to bring fresh vegetable gardening into the urban setting. Cherishing the gardening, food, and friendship of his childhood, Will has a vision of "city... Read More

  • OUT ON THE PRAIRIE

    OUT ON THE PRAIRIE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Donna M. Bateman | Read by Tom Chapin

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This is a perfect package—a poetic, educational story combined with beautiful illustrations and an excellent narration. The book features the animals and plants of Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Tom Chapin starts by reading the story, which is enhanced by soft, ear-pleasing sound effects: music from various instruments, wind rustling the native plants, and realistic... Read More

  • DEEP IN THE SWAMP

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Donna M. Bateman | Read by Tom Chapin

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    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

  • POLAR BEARS

    by Gail Gibbons | Read by Dion Graham

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    With breathless excitement, Dion Graham sets the cold, windy scene for Gibbons's nonfiction book on the lives of polar bears. The extensive information includes such details as the scientific name Ursus maritimus, physical descriptions, descriptions of habits (swimming up to 40 miles aided by partially webbed feet, for example) and raising young, and the dangers of humans and... Read More

  • EIGHT DAYS GONE

    by Linda McReynolds | Read by George Guidall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Master narrator George Guidall brings animation and historical solemnity to McReynolds's poem, which details the moon landing of 1969. He speaks each line distinctly with an understated and animated voice, leaving plenty of time between lines so that young listeners can pore over O'Rourke's illustrations and ponder each action of the Apollo 11 expedition. Sound effects are... Read More

  • OWLS

    by Gail Gibbons | Read by George Guidall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Author Gibbons is a master of relating interesting and detailed information about the animal world in both words and illustrations. Each of her books is about a specific creature--this one features owls. Listeners will move back and forth from the auditory input to the visual and then back again. Repeated listens will be needed to absorb all the information, partially because... Read More

  • TORTUGA IN TROUBLE

    by Ann Whitford Paul | Read by Brian Amador, Rosi Amador

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    From the beginning of this audiobook, which opens with a Spanish glossary and a production guide, Brian and Rosi Amador narrate with enthusiasm, strong articulation, and playfulness. As Tortuga sets off with a supper basket for his grandmother, Iguana, Culebra, and Conejo secretly follow him, eager to have a taste. Will the friends have a chance, or will the conniving Coyote... Read More

  • THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED

    by Samantha R. Vamos | Read by Adriana Sananes

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children's

    Making arroz con leche (rice pudding) requires many ingredients and many helpers. Travel to the farmyard, listen in as the farm maiden cooks in her pot, dance while the cazuela bubbles, and savor the treat. Each ingredient is introduced in English the first time, and each repetition, of which there are many, is in Spanish. Adriana Sananes's leisurely pacing and precise... Read More

  • BETTY BUNNY WANTS EVERYTHING

    by Michael B. Kaplan | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Listen in as Betty Bunny comes to grips with one of the important lessons of childhood: One means one even if we WANT more than one. When Mother generously invites Betty and her brothers and sister to select one toy while on a family outing, the siblings manage to make the choices, but then Betty comes along with her shopping cart. Will she be able to make a decision? Katherine... Read More

  • DAY OF THE DEAD

    by Linda Lowery | Read by Christian Barillas

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Christian Barillas brings the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to life, no pun intended. His well-modulated narration sparks interest in the many customs of the three-day holiday. His steady pacing and crisp diction make it easy for young listeners to tune in to the wealth of information. Barillas's own curiosity is evident. Hearing about the many... Read More

  • YUM! MMMM! QUE RICO! Americas' Sproutings

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Pat Mora | Read by Gabriella Cavallero

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    How elegantly Mora's exploration of edibles from the Americas plays into the audiobook format! Gabriella Cavallero's narration is elegant as well. For each delicacy--whether it's blueberry, potato, or papaya, to name just a few--there is a selection of factual tidbits (easily glossed over in book format) followed by a haiku. In the audio format, one's interest is piqued by the... Read More

  • A FULL MOON IS RISING

    by Marilyn Singer | Read by a Full Cast

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Without a doubt, the moon is a subject of fascination for people all over the world. This collection of poems celebrates the full moon, starting in New York City and traveling to locations ranging from the Bay of Fundy to Israel, Hong Kong, and the International Space Station. Each of the many narrators brings a fresh delivery and a voice reflective of the setting of each poem.... Read More

  • HAPPY ENDINGS A Story about Suffixes

    by Robin Pulver | Read by John Beach

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In the final moments before summer vacation, Mr. Wright's disgruntled class has one more lesson to learn--on suffixes. Leave it to author Robin Pulver to create an experience that any listener will find hard to forget. Narrator John Beach infuses this laugh-out-loud story with delight. His depiction of Mr. Wright is ever enthusiastic, and his students sound typical. The... Read More

  • NOUNS AND VERBS HAVE A FIELD DAY

    by Robin Pulver | Read by John Beach

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editors' Note: The following is a combined review of NOUNS AND VERBS HAVE A FIELD DAY and SILENT LETTERS LOUD AND CLEAR.]--Robin Pulver takes young listeners into Mr. Wright's classroom for more escapades with phonics, parts of speech, and punctuation. Listeners will chuckle as they refresh themselves on the powerful relationship between nouns and verbs in sentences (NOUNS... Read More

  • SILENT LETTERS LOUD AND CLEAR

    by Robin Pulver | Read by John Beach

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editors' Note: The following is a combined review of NOUNS AND VERBS HAVE A FIELD DAY and SILENT LETTERS LOUD AND CLEAR.]--Robin Pulver takes young listeners into Mr. Wright's classroom for more escapades with phonics, parts of speech, and punctuation. Listeners will chuckle as they refresh themselves on the powerful relationship between nouns and verbs in sentences (NOUNS... Read More

  • PUPPY MUDGE FINDS A FRIEND

    by Cynthia Rylant | Read by Suzanne Toren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editors' Note: The following is a combined review of PUPPY MUDGE FINDS A FRIEND and PUPPY MUDGE WANTS TO PLAY.]--Young listeners have the pleasure of sharing the adventures of Rylant's beloved Henry and his faithful St. Bernard, Mudge, in his puppy years. In PUPPY MUDGE FINDS A FRIEND, Mudge playfully torments a cat buddy. In PUPPY MUDGE WANTS TO PLAY, he desperately tries to... Read More

  • PUPPY MUDGE WANTS TO PLAY

    by Cynthia Rylant | Read by Suzanne Toren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editors' Note: The following is a combined review of PUPPY MUDGE FINDS A FRIEND and PUPPY MUDGE WANTS TO PLAY.]--Young listeners have the pleasure of sharing the adventures of Rylant's beloved Henry and his faithful St. Bernard, Mudge, in his puppy years. In PUPPY MUDGE FINDS A FRIEND, Mudge playfully torments a cat buddy. In PUPPY MUDGE WANTS TO PLAY, he desperately tries to... Read More

  • COUNT ON CULEBRA Go From 1 to 10 in Spanish

    by Ann Whitford Paul | Read by Brian Amador, Rosi Amador

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Listen in as Iguana's friends--Conejo (Rabbit), Tortuga (Tortoise), and Culebra (Snake)--all try to help Iguana recover from a stubbed toe. "Doctor" Culebra's remedy involves enthusiastic counting from one to ten and much clanging of kitchen utensils. Will Iguana soon be well enough to make her delicious cactus butter dulces (sweets)? With great exaggeration, switches between a... Read More

  • WE ARE AMERICA

    WE ARE AMERICA A Tribute from the Heart

    by Walter Dean Myers | Read by Macleod Andrews, Olivia DuFord, Dion Graham, Lizann Mitchell, Christopher Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Johanna Parker, Adriana Sananes, Kaipo Schwab, et al.

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    A chorus of voices welcomes listeners to Walter Dean Myers's and Christopher Myers's meditation on what it is to be American. Poems and quotes are delivered by a talented cast of narrators that reflect the diversity of the United States. Taken together, the words, thoughtful performances, snippets of music and sound effects, and illustrations form a moving and inspiring whole,... Read More

  • BETTY BUNNY LOVES CHOCOLATE CAKE

    by Michael Kaplan | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Oh, how Betty Bunny comes to love the taste of chocolate cake! She can think of nothing else—certainly not the fact that she will need to eat a healthy dinner before she can have a piece or that a piece of cake may not fare well during the school day tucked in her pocket. Katherine Kellgren’s elegant voice may be a bit out of place amid the rough give-and-take of the bunny... Read More

  • THE CASE OF THE AMAZING ZELDA Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 4

    by Lewis B. Montgomery | Read by Vinnie Penna, Chantale Hosein

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When Jazz's pet pig goes missing, she and her sleuthing pal, Milo, consult "The Amazing Zelda," who claims she can read pets' minds for a dollar. Narrators Chantale Hosein and Vinnie Penna splendidly tell the story. Penna is warm and witty with the narrative, and his child and adult voices are alive and real. When thinking is done aloud, his voice becomes dramatic. Hosein... Read More

  • THE CASE OF THE STINKY SOCKS The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 1

    by Lewis B. Montgomery | Read by Vinnie Penna, Chantale Hosein

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In the first of the Milo & Jazz mysteries, detective-in-training Milo acquires the able assistance of a new partner. Following the sage advice of super sleuth Dash Marlowe—be an observer on the lookout for anything strange or unusual—Milo and Jazz head to the locker room in search of pitching ace Dillon’s lost lucky socks. Vinnie Penna and Chantale Hosein bring freshness and... Read More

  • THE CASE OF THE POISONED PIG The Milo and Jazz Mysteries, Book 2

    by Lewis B. Montgomery | Read by Vinnie Penna, Chantale Hosein

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When it appears that Jazz’s new pot-bellied pig has been poisoned, it’s clearly a second case for detectives-in-training Milo and Jazz. This time the advice given by their mentor, Dash Marlowe, is to “look for patterns.” The initial clues point to Mrs. Budge, whose flower beds have been repeatedly disturbed, or class clown Gordy, but could “patterns” indicate someone else?... Read More

  • FIESTA FIASCO

    by Ann Whitford Paul | Read by Brian Amador, Rosi Amador

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When Culebra (Snake) prepares to celebrate his cumpleanos (birthday), Conejo (Rabbit), Tortuga (Tortoise), and Iguana shop together for regalos (presents). Selfish Conejo tricks his friends into purchases that might not be suitable for Culebra, but when he is left out of the celebration, Conejo changes his tune. Brian and Rosi Amador narrate with the impeccable enunciation and... Read More

  • MY FARM FRIENDS

    by Wendell Minor | Read by Tom Bodett

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    What a great read-along for the preschool set! In text, Wendell Minor's visit to the farm involves intriguing questions and answers about favorite farm animals, and in his lush illustrations, he creates animals that young listeners will want to reach out and touch. Tom Bodett's rich timbre and distinctive intonation bring an authentic country touch to the story. His emphasis... Read More

  • FROM SEED TO PLANT

    by Gail Gibbons | Read by Erin Mallon

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Gail Gibbons is known for her ability to bring the nonfiction world into focus for young students. Through pictures, captions, and text, this book provides a window into the world of growing things—including discussion of such topics as pollination, the seed-to-plant process, and a do-it-yourself seed project. Erin Mallon complements Gibbons’s text with a clear, clipped, and... Read More

  • SATCHEL PAIGE

    by Lesa Cline-Ransome | Read by Dion Graham

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This biography chronicles the life of Leroy Paige from his elementary school pitching days to his signature slow ball in the Negro Leagues and for the Cleveland Indians and, finally, his inclusion the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. Dion Graham narrates at a clip that projects enthusiasm, whether it be for Leroy’s early pitching attempts, his satchel-toting services (that... Read More

  • LITTLE PIG JOINS THE BAND

    by David Hyde Costello | Read by Emily Eiden

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    What’s a younger brother to do when his older siblings are having all the fun? Jacob, aka Little Pig, would desperately like to don a uniform and play an instrument—piccolo, harmonica, or even tuba—along with everyone else. When he witnesses a practice session, Little Pig figures out exactly how he can contribute. Emily Eiden manages the interplay of narrative and dialogue... Read More

  • HELLO OCEAN/ HOLA MAR

    by Pam Munoz Ryan | Read by Sonia Amador

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    As a day at the seaside stretches before her, a girl savors the beauty around her through each of her five senses—from the salty drops dripping down her face and the shrieks of gulls to the glistening look of tide pools and the squishy feel of wet sand. Sonia Amador speaks with the wonder of a girl who is exploring the beach she loves so much. On both the English and Spanish... Read More

  • NIGHT FLIGHT Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic

    by Robert Burleigh | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    From Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1932, Amelia Earhart sets off across the Atlantic Ocean, not knowing when or where she will land. Burleigh’s vivid text brings to life the story of the first crossing of the Atlantic by a female pilot. Laura Hamilton narrates with precision. Her leisurely pace leaves time to savor the enormity of Earhart’s undertaking, Burleigh’s rich text,... Read More

  • ROLLER COASTER

    by Marla Frazee | Read by Amy Rubinate

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Amy Rubinate takes ROLLER COASTER to new heights. From the very first moment of waiting in line for a ride to the height check to the decision to ride or not—even at the last minute—to the ride’s bell starting ring to being pulled clickity-clackity up the hill to the glorious moment at the crest . . . Rubinate IS that rider. Her voice resonates with nervousness but then lets... Read More

  • BAILEY GOES CAMPING

    by Kevin Henkes | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Before they go camping with the Scouts, Bailey’s older brother and sister tell him he’s too little to accompany them. Now Bailey is down in the dumps. Nothing his parents suggest appeases him—not even baseball or cookies. He mopes until his mom suggests that all the camping activities—from tenting to eating marshmallows—can happen right at home. Katherine Kellgren narrates... Read More

  • HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA: PLINK AND PLUNK

    by James Howe | Read by Peter Pamela Rose

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    As the two friends Houndsley and Catina delve into canoeing, biking, and swimming, something seems to be hindering their friendship. Houndsley doesn’t care for Catina’s constant chatter in the canoe, and Catina wonders why she’s never had Houndsley’s companionship while biking. How do you say no to a friend or let a friend know that you’re nervous? With the help of two more... Read More

  • YOUNG PELÉ Soccer's First Star

    by Lesa Cline-Ransome | Read by Ibsen Santos

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    A torn net in the shade of a mango tree. A ball made of a sock stuffed with rags. Bare feet. Does this sound like an auspicious beginning for “soccer’s first star”? In Brazil in the 1940s and 1950s, young Edson do Nascimento left school and, with his young buddies, the “shoeless ones,” practiced moves, challenged older boys, and raised money for uniforms and shoes—all on his... Read More

  • DJANGO World's Greatest Guitarist

    by Bonnie Christensen | Read by George Guidall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Christensen’s biography of Django Reinhardt brings this pioneer of jazz to life for young people. Through her poetry, Christensen chronicles Django’s “hard life”—his birth in 1910, his abandonment and early musical days in Paris, his crippling accident, his rebirth and new form of jazz guitar technique, his musical alliances and tours. Narrator George Guidall combines reality... Read More

  • THE BUFFALO ARE BACK

    by Jean Craighead George | Read by Wendell Minor

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Jean Craighead George’s words and Wendell Minor’s paintings and narration give an evocative portrait of the impact of the buffalo on its prairie home. The audio begins with peaceful sounds—birds chirping and soft music punctuated by occasional grunts and snorts of buffalo. Then the music turns dramatic, and the sound effects mark the rifles of buffalo hunters, the chugging of... Read More

  • ANDY SHANE IS NOT IN LOVE

    by Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Read by Rachael Lillis

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review of ANDY SHANE IS NOT IN LOVE and ANDY SHANE AND THE BARN SALE MYSTERY]--Rachel Lillis narrates two Andy Shane adventures with zest. Andy is a boy who makes lists when he has a problem to solve. Here he finds missing binoculars and works himself out of a pickle when his constant companion, Dolores, is bent out of shape by the... Read More

  • ANDY SHANE AND THE BARN SALE MYSTERY

    by Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Read by Rachael Lillis

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review of ANDY SHANE IS NOT IN LOVE and ANDY SHANE AND THE BARN SALE MYSTERY]--Rachel Lillis narrates two Andy Shane adventures with zest. Andy is a boy who makes lists when he has a problem to solve. Here he finds missing binoculars and works himself out of a pickle when his constant companion, Dolores, is bent out of shape by the... Read More

  • MIRROR, MIRROR

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Marilyn Singer | Read by Marilyn Singer, Joe Morton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Author Marilyn Singer explains that her poetic creation called a “reverso” is a poem that can be read top to bottom and bottom to top with (quite) a resulting change in meaning. In MIRROR, MIRROR, she explores a collection of fairy tales in this fashion. Does Sleeping Beauty like being asleep, and does the Prince like searching for the illusive princess? Is the arrival of... Read More

  • LOOKING LIKE ME

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Walter Dean Myers | Read by Dion Graham, Quincy Tyler Bernstine

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This audio-and-picture-book combination creates a seamless collage of color and sound, with a vibrant message of limitless dreams. Dion Graham’s confident, enthusiastic narration powerfully depicts a young African-American boy who is beginning to identify who he is in the world. Quincy Tyler Bernstine adds a dynamic array of female voices. No detail is overlooked in this... Read More

  • JESSICA

    by Kevin Henkes | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Jessica and Ruthie are the best of friends. They build towers, read together, share meals, and mirror each other’s feelings. The only problem, according to Jessica’s parents, is that Jessica is an imaginary friend. What will happen when Ruthie heads off to kindergarten? Katherine Kellgren crafts many voices. As narrator, she is direct and firm and sets a leisurely pace that... Read More

  • PENGUINS

    by Gail Gibbons | Read by George Mazzoli

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The audio format is a fine enhancement for Gail Gibbons’s nonfiction work. Listeners will especially enjoy poring over Gibbons’s realistic illustrations as George Mazzoli presents the text. Gibbons’s intent is to impart knowledge in both breadth and depth in a child-friendly manner. Mazzoli’s steady, clear narration is perfect for articulating facts about these birds of the... Read More

  • BLACK JACK The Ballad of Jack Johnson

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Charles R. Smith, Jr. | Read by Dion Graham

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The first African-American heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, was born in 1878 to former slaves. When his sisters stepped up to fight for him, his mother told Jack that in the future he must stand up for himself. Dion Graham is the ideal narrator for this endearing yet gritty story. Graham melodiously captures everyone in Jack's ever-expanding world. Jack believed he... Read More

  • MONARCH BUTTERFLY

    by Gail Gibbons | Read by Bonnie Kelley-Young

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Gibbons’s book celebrates the life, habitat, and migration of the Monarch butterfly, and provides tips for raising one. Bonnie Kelley-Young’s narrative voice is well suited to the subject matter and its audience. Her gentle reading captures the wonder a young listener will have upon discovering the beauty of the Monarch. The sound effects enhance the story and add to the sense... Read More

  • ANANSI'S PARTY TIME

    by Eric A. Kimmel | Read by Jerry Terheyden

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Tricksters extraordinaire Anansi (a spider) and Turtle are at it again. In this tale, parties are the topic. Fulfilling each of his tasks takes a long time, and Turtle may never arrive to enjoy Anansi’s party. And when Anansi heads to Turtle’s party, she finds it’s a mite difficult to enjoy the underwater event. Jerry Terheyden’s narration alternates between the slow pace of a... Read More

  • TIPPY-TIPPY-TIPPY, HIDE!

    by Candace Fleming | Read by William Dufris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    As winter approaches, will Mr. McGreeley share his house with the bunnies who pestered him in his summertime garden? Those who think not are absolutely correct, but these bunnies are hard to outwit! Bunnies appear in his fruit bowl, his chimney, and many other unexpected places. William Dufris narrates grandly, allowing time for Fleming’s wordplay to shine and for Karas’s... Read More

  • WINNIE AT HER BEST

    by Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The third chapter book about fourth-grader Winnie and her two best friends has Winnie searching for her special talent. Vanessa has been chosen to be in the high school’s production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Zoe will represent their school in the citywide spelling bee. But what makes Winnie extraordinary? An art contest and John Stewart, her reading buddy, help Winnie find her own... Read More

  • ROSES ARE PINK, YOUR FEET REALLY STINK

    by Diane de Groat | Read by Jason Harris, Peter Pamela Rose

    Live Oak Media | Book & Recording
    Children

    Diane de Groat packs much about human nature, grudges, and the power of forgiveness into this small book. Excellent narrations by Jason Harris and Peter Rose amplify her messages. Gilbert, a possum-like creature, decides to write mean valentines to kids who’ve been unkind to him; understandably, his classmates are not amused. Young children will enjoy listening and reading... Read More

  • HILL OF FIRE

    by Thomas P. Lewis | Read by Brian Amador

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Lewis's story is based on historical events surrounding the eruption of Paricutin volcano in a cornfield in Mexico in 1943, one of only a handful of times when the birth of a volcano was witnessed firsthand. Pablo's father, who is bored by day-to-day life in the village, gets a surprise one day while farming in a field when he sees a hole open in the earth. Fire and smoke pour... Read More

  • CLOUDS How Our Weather Works

    by Marion Dane Bauer | Read by Paula Parker

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review of RAIN, CLOUDS, SNOW, and WIND]--Marion Dane Bauer brings the wonders of weather to the youngest readers and listeners in her Ready-to-Read books, CLOUDS, RAIN, SNOW, and WIND. She respects her audience and in each book provides much to think about. Paula Parker’s expressive narration is paced for young listeners to take in... Read More

  • RAIN How Our Weather Works

    by Marion Dane Bauer | Read by Paula Parker

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review of RAIN, CLOUDS, SNOW, and WIND]--Marion Dane Bauer brings the wonders of weather to the youngest readers and listeners in her Ready-to-Read books, CLOUDS, RAIN, SNOW, and WIND. She respects her audience and in each book provides much to think about. Paula Parker’s expressive narration is paced for young listeners to take in... Read More

  • SNOW How Our Weather Works

    by Marion Dane Bauer | Read by Paula Parker

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review of RAIN, CLOUDS, SNOW, and WIND]--Marion Dane Bauer brings the wonders of weather to the youngest readers and listeners in her Ready-to-Read books, CLOUDS, RAIN, SNOW, and WIND. She respects her audience and in each book provides much to think about. Paula Parker’s expressive narration is paced for young listeners to take in... Read More

  • WIND How Our Weather Works

    by Marion Dane Bauer | Read by Paula Parker

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review of RAIN, CLOUDS, SNOW, and WIND]--Marion Dane Bauer brings the wonders of weather to the youngest readers and listeners in her Ready-to-Read books, CLOUDS, RAIN, SNOW, and WIND. She respects her audience and in each book provides much to think about. Paula Parker’s expressive narration is paced for young listeners to take in... Read More

  • HERE IN HARLEM

    HERE IN HARLEM Poems in Many Voices

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Walter Dean Myers | Read by Muhammad Cunningham, Michael Early, Patricia R. Floyd, Kevin R. Free, Arthur French, Dion Graham, Nathan Hinton, Ezra Knight, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Gail Nelson, Monica Patton, Charles Turner

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In his introduction, author Walter Dean Myers explains that his collection of poems about Harlem was inspired by SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY. The poems in HERE IN HARLEM were made to be performed—listeners hear a chorus of voices from different eras and walks of life, full of joy and sorrow, pride and pain as they shed light on the African-American experience. Thirteen talented... Read More

  • CÉSAR CHÁVEZ The Struggle for Justice/La Lucha por la Justicia

    by Richard Griswold del Castillo | Read by Brian Amador

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    César Chávez es uno de los grandes héroes en la lucha por los derechos humanos en los Estados Unidos. Su creencia firme que el mundo podría ser hecho mejor a través de la protesta no-violenta ayudó a conseguir mejores saldos para los trabajadores agrícolas. Este audiolibro bilingüe presenta una biografía bastante completa de esta gran figura política. Mientras el lenguaje de la... Read More

  • DELICIOUS HULLABALOO/ PACHANGA DELICIOSA

    by Pat Mora | Read by Rosi Amador

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    La temperatura está bajando en esta noche del desierto, y arriba hay una luna mágica con la música de las estrellas. Es la noche perfecta para una fiesta! Las lagartijas, los armadillos, los pájaros, los peces y los insectos están todos preparándose por una noche llena de familia, amigos, buena comida, música, baile y cuentos. En este audiolibro bilingue y cautivador, las... Read More

  • THE BIG BALLOON RACE

    by Eleanor Coerr | Read by Bonnie Kelley-Young

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    It’s the day of Alice’s mother’s important balloon race. Alice would like to be an aeronaut, too, but both her parents tell her she must wait until she’s older. But maybe, just maybe, this might be the day for Alice to witness a race at close hand. Bonnie Kelley-Young’s energetic narration moves at a fast clip, and she’s an eager commentator on the event. Kelley-Young adds... Read More

  • THE LAST TRAIN

    by Gordon Titcomb | Read by Gordon Titcomb

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Based on Gordon Titcomb's song of the same name, THE LAST TRAIN is an elegiac tribute to a different era, when trains rumbled across the countryside and a man could work for the railroads all his life. Titcomb narrates gently, his subtle rural accent appropriate to the text. Authentic background sounds of train whistles and chirping country insects add atmosphere. Wendell... Read More

  • THIS JAZZ MAN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Karen Ehrhardt | Read by James "D Train" Williams

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Some stories shared by parents and children have the power to be remembered long after the loved and repeated tellings or playings are over. THIS JAZZ MAN delights on several levels. The jazzy, snazzy illustrations of the legendary musicians—Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and six others—evoke each personality and his music. The images will capture young... Read More

  • A COUPLE OF BOYS HAVE THE BEST WEEK EVER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Marla Frazee | Read by Fred Berman, Jasper Newell, Teddy Walsh

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    James and Eamon are visiting Eamon’s grandparents at the beach. Jasper Newell's and Teddy Walsh’s youthful voices capture the everyday lives of the two boys, complete with straightforward opinions (“Food is way better here”) and childlike giggles as they jump on the bed in the downstairs bedroom. Fred Berman pauses regularly to let the jaunty music and sound effects play their... Read More

  • SAMMY KEYES AND THE COLD HARD CASH

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Tara Sands

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    While sneaking into her grandmother’s seniors-only apartment, the titular 13-year-old sleuth gets the fright of her life when she scares a man to death on the fire escape. With his dying words, the stranger tells Sammy to “get rid of it,” referring to the bundles of twenty-dollar bills stuffed in his pockets. Sammy’s newfound wealth leads her into more trouble than she expects.... Read More

  • IF YOU WERE A PENGUIN

    by Florence Minor, Wendell Minor | Read by Antonia Bath

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    There’s no doubt that imagining flying underwater, singing duets, tobogganing, eating without dishes, and wearing fancy feathers will appeal to children. With this audio they will put themselves into a penguin’s feet and see how life takes on a whole new dimension. The Minors paint a detailed verbal and visual portrait of penguins and include fun facts as well. The production... Read More

  • TRULY WINNIE

    by Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This gentle chapter book highlights the challenges and delights of summer camp, where, as Winnie discovers, "you can be someone else for a while." Laura Hamilton's low-key narration explores the consequences of reinventing oneself. For example, Winnie capriciously decides to have her deceased mother become a famous—living—artist. Hamilton has a knack for creating a large and... Read More

  • MAÑANA, IGUANA

    MAÑANA, IGUANA

    by Ann Whitford Paul | Read by Brian Amador, Rosi Amador

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Loosely based on the little red hen story, this tale features hard-working Iguana, who is preparing for a fiesta—with no help from her lazy friends, Turtle, Snake, and Rabbit. Brian and Rosi Amador's duet of pleasing voices introduces young listeners to some Spanish words. Rosi narrates and performs the part of Iguana, and Brian becomes the slow-voiced Turtle, perky Rabbit,... Read More

  • NO MORE PENCILS, NO MORE BOOKS, NO MORE TEACHER'S DIRTY LOOKS

    by Diane de Groat | Read by Jason Harris, Peter Pamela Rose

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Diane de Groat's story captures the emotional ups and downs of Gilbert and his first-grade classmates on the last day of school. Jason Harris and Peter Pamela Rose combine their craft ably. Their pacing and tone are good, and their vocal characterizations match the written personalities. The teacher sounds a bit like a schoolmarm but could be heard in a humorous light by the... Read More

  • LOUISE, THE ADVENTURES OF A CHICKEN

    LOUISE, THE ADVENTURES OF A CHICKEN

    by Kate DiCamillo | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Louise is not your ordinary chicken; longing for adventure, she travels across seas, participates in a circus, and has her fortune told. Barbara Rosenblat's commanding narration brings Louise's daring nature fully to light. Drawing out the drama of the hen's close call with pirates, her narrow escape from the jaws of a lion, and a daring jailbreak, Rosenblat inflates Louise's... Read More

  • THE MANY TROUBLES OF ANDY RUSSELL

    by David A. Adler | Read by Oliver Wyman

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Andy Russell is an irresistible fourth-grader who loves his pet gerbils (hated by Mom and Sis) and has nice friends, typical problems, and a kind heart. Things take a nosedive when his gerbils get loose, his mom announces that she's pregnant, and he learns that his best friend may have to change schools. Narrator Oliver Wyman gets down to business with fast and spirited... Read More

  • WINNIE, DANCING ON HER OWN

    WINNIE, DANCING ON HER OWN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Third-grader Winnie is a delightful character in this charming chapter book, which captures the joys and tribulations of navigating close friendships while maintaining a sense of individuality. As narrator, Laura Hamilton does a great job centering the story in a young girl's experience and tone, though she's equally capable of depicting adults, such as Winnie's dad and her... Read More

  • PUNCTUATION TAKES A VACATION

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Robin Pulver | Read by John Beach

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    From the opening sound effects of an airplane—“This is your pilot speaking"—this is an engaging recording. What would we do without punctuation marks? Mr. Wright and his class explore this notion as they begin a class read-aloud that has no punctuation. "Thisisweirdthepunctuationismissinguhohwherecoulditbeyikes!" John Beach rises to the challenge of giving each punctuation mark... Read More

  • SAMMY KEYES AND THE WILD THINGS

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Tara Sands

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Vacation looms for Sammy Keyes. Her friends are leaving town, and she faces a boring summer in her grandmother's apartment. Who would expect that a Girl Scout outing to monitor endangered condors would provide Sammy all the mystery, adventure, and romance she can handle? Tara Sands gives voice to an authentic middle school student, complete with sarcasm, exaggerated syllables,... Read More

  • ANDY SHANE AND THE PUMPKIN TRICK

    by Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Read by Rachel Lillis

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Andy Shane is reluctant about attending the Halloween birthday party of his classmate, Dolores Starbuckle. But when his grandmother becomes involved in the party planning and when pumpkins are being mysteriously smashed, Andy is lured in and makes a good friend. Rachel Lillis's narration captures the essence of the young neighbors. As Dolores, she narrates with a bossy edge; as... Read More

  • THE WOLVES ARE BACK

    by Jean Craighead George | Read by Wendell Minor

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    George's story follows the life of a wolf pup in current-day Yellowstone National Park. The story entertains while explaining how wolves were reintroduced into the park to reestablish ecological balance after they had become extinct due to a flawed understanding of their role in nature. Wendell Minor, who is also the book’s illustrator, narrates. His voice has a tone of... Read More

  • ANDY SHANE AND THE VERY BOSSY DOLORES STARBUCKLE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Read by Rachel Lillis

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    How does one deal with a bully? Find an ally! Andy has the best one of all—his Granny Webb is there to support and encourage him while also helping the bossy Delores learn an important lesson. Rachel Lillis narrates with aplomb. She nimbly switches between well-voiced characters, moving the story along at a pace suitable for enjoying its important moments. Lillis reads with a... Read More

  • HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA AND THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

    by James Howe | Read by Peter Pamela Rose

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When highly sensitive friends—a charming cat and a thoughtful dog—need a narrator capable of expressing each nuance of feeling, they have a champion in Peter Pamela Rose. Houndsley's sadness brings drawn-out words and long pauses; Catina's helpful overtures result in long moments of trembling self-doubt. Ebullient friend Bert, whom Rose voices with high-pitched excitement,... Read More

  • HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA

    by James Howe | Read by Peter Pamela Rose

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Peter Pamela Rose does everything to enhance this gentle story. In three chapters, best friends Houndsley the dog and Catina the cat learn about being true to themselves and supportive of each other. Rose draws listeners into the story with an easy, steady pace that’s ideal for early readers who are following along. Her Catina is appropriately perky and outgoing.... Read More

  • DEAR AMERICA: MY SECRET WAR The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck

    by Mary Pope Osborne | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Claire Slemmer

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    It’s 1941, and Maddie Beck and her mother live on Long Island while her father, a Navy fighter pilot, is stationed in the Pacific. After Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, Maddie's journal entries reveal her emotional growth. She organizes a club to support the war, and her male best friend slowly, gently turns into a boyfriend. Claire Slemmer has a childlike voice that perfectly suits... Read More

  • MINNIE AND MOO WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE

    by Denys Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Mr. Farmer is in financial trouble, and the bovine duo Minnie and Moo aim to help. The likable and capable Barbara Caruso humorously narrates the two cows' bumbling attempts to save the day. When Minnie and Moo inadvertently don disguises that transform them into dead ringers for the dastardly bank-robbing Bazooka sisters, mayhem results. But young readers busy enjoying the... Read More

  • SQUASHED IN THE MIDDLE

    by Elizabeth Winthrop | Read by Robin Miles

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Poor Daisy . . . she's a middle child in a talkative family, and nobody ever listens to a word she says. In fact, everyone in her African-American family speaks for her—from her know-it-all big sister to her kindly but preoccupied parents. Robin Miles does a fine job conveying the frustrations of the soft-spoken child, as well as portraying Daisy's transformation from a quietly... Read More

  • CELIA CRUZ, QUEEN OF SALSA

    CELIA CRUZ, QUEEN OF SALSA

    by Veronica Chambers | Read by Michelle Manzo

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, was not born a princess. She grew up in a poor BARRIO in Havana, where she lived with her family, went to school, and did her chores just like any other girl. But Celia had a voice that moved anyone who heard it . . . So begins this modern day fairy tale about the life of this flashy salsa diva. Michelle Manzo narrates the story and sings with... Read More

  • BEST IN SHOW FOR ROTTEN RALPH

    by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Ralph is a red cat who's more eccentric than rotten. He began life in 1976 as the fictional feline of prolific author Jack Gantos. A Newbery Honor winner (for 2001's JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL), Gantos has written nine beginning-reader adventures for Ralph so far. This one follows the playful talking cat to a fancy-schmancy cat show and a showdown with his cousin, perfect Percy.... Read More

  • MACK MADE MOVIES

    by Don Brown | Read by George Guidall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Rim shots, raspberries, and rollicking Keystone Cops music back the narration of this picture-book biography of Mack Sennett, a pioneer of silent-movie comedy. George Guidall brings a nice slapstick rhythm to his very visual narration. The reading and sound effects combine to make the accompanying picture book nearly redundant. As Guidall reads, we see it all on the widescreen... Read More

  • EARL THE SQUIRREL

    by Don Freeman | Read by J.J. Myers

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Warm and welcoming as she opens the story, J.J. Myers draws the listener into Freeman's fanciful world of gray squirrels. Who would think that a squirrel might lack confidence in finding acorns, that a sympathetic human might offer solutions, or that a squirrel-chasing bull would provide the most help? Myers is unobtrusive as narrator, indignant as Mother Squirrel, gruff and... Read More

  • EL PERRO VAGABUNDO / THE STRAY DOG

    by Marc Simont | Read by David Cromett

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    Este libro ganó la medalla de honor Caldecott, y su versión en español para leer-y-escuchar es muy divertida. Es una combinación de libro y CD. Los efectos de sonido son de alta calidad y van perfectamente con la narración y el texto, incluso añadiendo un toque más imaginativo al cuento. Las travesuras del perro "Willy", la alegría de los niños cuando encuentran al perro en el... Read More

  • SCHOOL TROUBLE FOR ANDY RUSSELL

    by David A. Adler | Read by Oliver Wyman

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Oliver Wyman's repertoire includes a plethora of familiar school personalities. He shifts effortlessly from the intimidating principal to the goody-two-shoes to the zany student to the high-strung substitute teacher. As Andy Russell, Wyman goes beyond caricature and voices not only his cocky side, but also the maturing side of Andy, who is growing to understand the adults in... Read More

  • DIARY OF A FLY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Harry Bliss

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Young listeners will find themselves greatly entertained by this playfully illustrated guide to the life of a little fly. Harry Bliss, illustrator of this popular "diary" series, entertains with both his voice and his drawings. Bliss captures listeners with his falsetto fly-girl voice, and he has fun to the very last words he reads from the back cover of the book's illustrated... Read More

  • THE OCTOPUS

    by Denys Cazet | Read by John Beach

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Poor Barney! He's got chicken pox, and it's up to Grandpa Spanielson to distract his “grand-pup” with some anti-itch stories. Narrator John Beach uses his most convincing old-codger voice to conjure up Grandpa, who tells a terrifying tale of a storm that produces a hurricane in the bathtub—along with an octopus. If anyone can make this scenario sound alarming, it's Grandpa—I... Read More

  • A SNOUT FOR CHOCOLATE

    by Denys Cazet | Read by John Beach

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In this early reader series, John Beach does a great job narrating Grandpa Spanielson's anti-itch stories, designed to distract his “grand-pup,” Barney, from his chicken pox. Beach has a pleasant narrator's voice, but it's his Grandpa that steals the show as the kindly old dog spins yarns for Barney's benefit. Whether expressing Mrs. Piggerman's muffled cries for help or... Read More

  • LUCK

    by Jean Craighead George | Read by Wendell Minor

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Every year as many as half-a-million Sand Hill cranes make a famous migration north from Texas, along the Platte River to Canada, Alaska, and destinations as far away as Siberia. Wendell Minor's well-modulated narration gives a fictionalized account of that spectacular event through the experience of a crane named Luck. Music accompanies the entire story, and sound effects... Read More

  • ORANGE YOU GLAD IT'S HALLOWEEN, AMBER BROWN?

    by Paula Danziger | Read by Dana Lubotsky

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Amber Brown is very excited about Halloween this year because she's thought up the best costume ever. She hopes her parents' fighting won't ruin it! The heroine of one of the best series for newly independent readers, Amber is animated and likable, and easy for young children to identify with. Dana Lubotsky's reading creates a character who is worried about her parents, smart... Read More

  • LIBRARY LION

    by Michelle Knudsen | Read by Christine Marshall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    No roaring allowed! Well, sometimes rules need to be altered if there's a very good reason! Normalcy prevails at Knudsen's Library--story hours with attentive youngsters, patrons browsing the stacks and using computers, librarians providing assistance. But then a lion walks through the door. What's normal about that, and how will Miss Merriweather handle the personal and... Read More

  • A PICTURE BOOK OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

    by David A. Adler | Read by Patrick Collins

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This read-along shows how Ben Franklin, one of 17 children in a poor family in Colonial Massachusetts, became one of our greatest statesmen and inventors. Patrick Collins's narration is deliberate in pace as he details the many scientific and literary contributions for which Franklin is known. His expressive narration also takes listeners through the last third of Franklin's... Read More

  • UPTOWN

    by Bryan Collier | Read by Ricky Smith

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In this picture-book-and-CD program, Collier offers a simple celebration of Harlem. "Uptown is a row of brownstones . . . weekend shopping on 125th Street . . . the orange sunset over the Hudson River . . . uptown is jazz." This collection of impressions is matched by Collier's vibrant collages. The young narrator, Ricky Smith, acts as a kind of tour guide, proudly introducing... Read More

  • ENEMY SPY Shredderman, #4

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Daniel Young

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In this fourth of a series, everyone from the school principal to the local police is interested in the identity of cyberhero Shredderman aka Nolan. When the teacher and parents who love and protect Nolan are jailed because Nolan has witnessed, and reported via email, the sale of classified secrets by an international spy ring, the boy has a dilemma on his hands. Furthermore,... Read More

  • SHREDDERMAN #3 Meet the Gecko

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Daniel Young

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When the narrator truly sounds the age of the main character, the listening experience takes on a whole new dimension. Daniel Young could be Nolan, the boy who doubles as the cyberhero Shredderman. Young’s youthful voice brings an immediate intimacy to the action as he narrates at a fast clip. His characters are seen from a boy’s perspective—classmates are animated; bully Bubba... Read More

  • ROTTEN RALPH FEELS ROTTEN

    by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Incorrigible Ralph the cat is back! This time it's delectable trash foods, such as blue cheesecake, squishy squid, and furry chicken, that attract him--and give him an upset stomach. Not even his owner, Sarah, can coax him into better eating habits, so it's off to the vet for Ralph. What will the vet's tests reveal, and how will the overnight stay affect Ralph's recovery? No... Read More

  • THE CASE OF THE BAFFLED BEAR

    by Cynthia Rylant | Read by William Dufris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When Bernard the bear approaches intrepid detectives Bunny Brown and Jack (Raccoon) Jones, they are recovering from a game of Slap Jack. The spirited repartee between the two almost causes Bernard to leave, but he is persuaded to explain his despair over a lost whistle, vital to his delivery service. The case is taken! Now, what is that strange noise from a wayward robin? As... Read More

  • THE CASE OF THE DESPERATE DUCK The High-Rise Private Eyes #8

    by Cynthia Rylant | Read by William Dufris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Unable to settle on an afternoon activity, Jack and Bunny head to Mabel's Tea House for high tea, featuring cookies and cucumber sandwiches. However, for this Raccoon and Rabbit detective duo, tea is not complete without sugar cubes. Who could have taken them? The sleuths go to work! Narrator William Dufris mimics detective dramas of old by exaggerating both words and pauses... Read More

  • MINNIE AND MOO The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut

    by Denys Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Cazet's popular cow duo become sleuths, tracking down whoever stole Minnie's jelly donut. Minnie might have been content to let the culprit remain a mystery, but as Moo darkly notes, "One is never enough for those who shop in the supermarket of crime." Barbara Caruso expresses all the story's humor while playing up the two cows' different personalities. Minnie, sweet and... Read More

  • SECOND GRADE RULES, AMBER BROWN

    by Paula Danziger | Read by Dana Lubotsky

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Everything about Amber Brown's second-grade experience is positive until she discovers how hard it is to be neat. She's been getting better at math, tolerates her friend Justin's chicken jokes, and is the "pocket queen" when she wears two pairs of overalls. But she's despondent when treats and ribbons are given for clean desks. What will it take for Amber to master the skill of... Read More

  • VERA RUNS AWAY

    by Vera Rosenberry | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The day that report cards go home is a BIG one for first-graders. After peeking into the envelopes, Vera listens as friend Norman expounds upon how his family would respond to Vera's report card. Yet families are different, and Vera is not pleased when her family is too busy, at first, to celebrate her grades. Laura Hamilton knows Vera and each family member well. She is the... Read More

  • LILLY'S BIG DAY

    by Kevin Henkes | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Slinger, is about to be married. Mr. Slinger has plans for the big day; student Lilly (who is a mouse) has plans, too. The funny thing is that the plans don't match! During the next few days, Lilly uses every classroom resource to hint to Mr. Slinger that she would be a spectacular flower girl. Laura Hamilton captures the warmth, humor, and... Read More

  • THE MONEY TREE

    by Sarah Stewart | Read by Randye Kaye

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    As each month unfolds, Miss McGillicuddy has a purposeful task--quilt-making, reading, picking cherries, or feeding animals. All the while, she observes each new and remarkable development in her yard. This year a tree of unusual shape and speedy growth appears and attracts guests of all description. What is growing on the tree, and how will Miss McGillicuddy's year end? Randye... Read More

  • JAZZ

    JAZZ

    by Walter Dean Myers | Read by James “D-Train” Williams, Vaneese Thomas

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    "Start with rhythm/ Start with the heart"—so begins this collection of Walter Dean Myers poems, where listeners will find plenty of rhythm and plenty of heart. R&B artists James "D-Train" Williams and Vaneese Thomas read and sing the 17 poems—joyful tributes to jazz and bebop, to the piano and the slide trombone, to Louis Armstrong and New Orleans—with energy and verve,... Read More

  • CRACKING THE WALL The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine

    by Eileen Lucas | Read by Charles Turner

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In September 1957, nine black teenagers were sent to integrate an all-white high school with 2,000 students in Little Rock, Arkansas. Without the pretense of Southern accents, Charles Turner's sober, measured reading of the text conveys the tenacity and bravery required of those teens. Sound effects such as angry crowds and shattering glass emphasize the tension and danger of... Read More

  • MRS. WATSON WANTS YOUR TEETH

    by Alison McGhee | Read by Rachael Lillis

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    First-grade teacher Mrs. Watson is after all the baby teeth she can get. The main character of this story knows--a second-grader told her. Her only choice is to keep her mouth shut to protect her loose tooth. Narrator Rachael Lillis sounds like a girlish first-grader, and the mini-drama also includes fun sound effects. We hear a bus pull up, the eager responses of... Read More

  • RAP A TAP TAP Here's Bojangles, Think of That

    by Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon | Read by Charles Turner

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The deep, enthusiastic voice of Charles Turner energizes this repetitive rhyme celebrating the life of Bill Robinson. Known by the stage name "Bojangles?" Robinson was one of America's most talented tap dancers. Dixieland jazz, city noises, and the snaps and clicks of a tap dancer are some of the sound effects that make each page come to life. Since the pacing allows time for... Read More

  • ALLEN JAY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

    by Marlene Targ Brill | Read by Jay O. Sanders

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Children's eyes will grow wide as they listen to this true story of how Allen Jay helped a passenger on the Underground Railway escape from slavery in 1842. Narrator Jay Sanders brings social studies to nail-biting life, whether documenting details of daily life at that long-ago time or building the suspense of how the main character finds the runaway slave and helps him to... Read More

  • BUTTONS FOR GENERAL WASHINGTON

    by Peter Roop, Connie Roop | Read by Jason Harris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In Revolutionary times, spies sent secret messages in clever ways. In this true story, John Darragh, a teenaged spy from a Quaker family, carries a message to General Washington sewn inside his coat buttons. Narrator Jason Harris conveys how much is at stake (spies could be hung), creating a healthy dose of dramatic tension over John's loss of a button and his capture in the... Read More

  • THE FRIEND

    by Sarah Stewart | Read by Sarah Stewart

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This book appreciates the caretakers in the world--those like Bea, friend and companion who watches over little Belle. In fact, Stewart dedicates this book to "all the people across the world who have saved the lives of children by paying attention when others did not." Here Stewart's meaning is quite literal--little Belle runs out to the ocean alone and has a scary encounter.... Read More

  • PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT FOR ROTTEN RALPH

    by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Children love Rotten Ralph because he's so naughty. In this story the cat and his superior cousin, Percy, attend a fair, where Ralph discovers that although practice is boring, those who practice do better, and those who are above such trivial matters do worse. Author Gantos takes great pleasure in reading his own story, and, though his characters' voices all sound a bit... Read More

  • CAROLINDA CLATTER

    by Mordicai Gerstein | Read by Mordicai Gerstein

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    What happens when the last giant on earth is unrequited for thousands of years in his quest to marry the moon? The townspeople of Pupickton see the legendary giant reflected in a nearby landform and believe they must be as quiet as can be, lest the giant be disturbed. Along comes Carolinda Clatter--the very personification of NOISE. Sound is the focus of this recording.... Read More

  • THE FOX WENT OUT ON A CHILLY NIGHT

    by Peter Spier | Read by Tom Chapin

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    For the farmer, there's nothing to appreciate about a pesky fox stealing poultry from the henhouse. But for the fox's kits? there's nothing like the triumphant return of dad with food to the den, and for the listener there's nothing like Tom Chapin performing this well-loved folk song. As narrator, Chapin is direct and unobtrusive as he lets Peter Spier's award-winning... Read More

  • SHREDDERMAN Attack of the Tagger

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Daniel Young

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Daniel Young is nothing short of awesome in this second Shredderman story. The problem this time around is graffiti, which is appearing all over Cedar Valley, including the elementary school and faculty members’ cars. Nolan Byrd, self-proclaimed nerd, has a whole separate identity as a cyberhero. Nolan welcomes the challenge to put a stop to the vandalism and is soon... Read More

  • SAMMY KEYES AND THE PSYCHO KITTY QUEEN

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Tara Sands

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Sammy's unreliable mother confesses that she lied about Sammy's age to get her into kindergarten, so Sammy will be turning 13--again! If that's not depressing enough, Sammy discovers that she shares a birthday with her archenemy, Heather Acosta. When she finds a dead cat in a dumpster on her birthday, she's determined to find and stop the cat burglar. Tara Sands has an uncanny... Read More

  • SHREDDERMAN Secret Identity

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Daniel Young

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, long tormented by his classmate, the brutish Bubba, goes undercover as "Shredderman" to expose the bully. Using the technological expertise that has earned him the nickname "Byrd the Nerd," Shredderman turns the tables on Bubba and becomes an avenging legend. Daniel Young, age 11, has an appropriately higher-pitched voice that is perfect for this... Read More

  • WORTH

    by A. LaFaye | Read by Tommy Fleming

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    What is the source of one's worth? In the hardscrabble life of the Nebraska plain, a fluke accident crushes an only son's leg, bringing even more difficult times to the family. Nathaniel's sense of self is also crushed. Through grappling with his feelings toward his father, the orphan boy who comes to help out, the Greek family attending school, and the power struggles between... Read More

  • I THOUGHT MY SOUL WOULD RISE AND FLY The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865

    by Joyce Hansen | Read by SiSi Johnson

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The life of a black girl during the period of Reconstruction is depicted through the thoughts, fears, and observations recorded by Patsy in her secret diary. From the giggles of her high spirits to her softer tones when she mentions the man she has a crush on to her sadness and fear as so many of her "family" leave the plantation, Sisi Johnson perfectly nuances Patsy's hidden... Read More

  • THE MIXED-UP MASK MYSTERY

    by Elizabeth Levy | Read by William Dufris, Christine Marshall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When Jill, Gwen, and Fletcher the dog head to the new park for the opening party, they hardly expect to stumble on a mystery. But when someone turns to vandalism to prevent the party from taking place, Fletcher and friends help identify the culprit. Whether portraying human, canine, or rodent, William Dufris and Christine Marshall create a cast of unique and descriptive... Read More

  • SAMMY KEYES AND THE DEAD GIVEAWAY

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Tara Sands

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    A skillful blend of humor and realism, along with a dash of mystery, makes the Sammy Keyes series popular with preteen girls. Van Draanen's years as a teacher who listened to kids can be heard in the rhythm of the text. Tara Sands employs an impressive vocal range that breathes life into every character. From Sammy's enthusiasm to archenemy Heather Acosta's superiority to the... Read More

  • A HARE-RAISING TALE

    by Elizabeth Levy | Read by William Dufris, Christine Marshall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When Jill chooses a new dog, little does she know that the basset hound will endear himself for both his storytelling and mystery-solving abilities. And, of course, there's his fun-loving sidekick, Jasper the flea! Jasper faces his first challenge as Jill and her friend, Gwen, concoct a school exhibit that includes a snow globe AND Jasper himself. William Dufris and Christine... Read More

  • THE PRINCIPAL'S ON THE ROOF

    by Elizabeth Levy | Read by William Dufris, Christine Marshall

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The mystery-solving duo of Fletcher the basset hound and Jasper the flea are back in business and once again come to the aid of their human friends, Jill and Gwen. In this installment of Levy's First Chapter Books, a school-wide literary event culminates in a celebratory reading of Gwen's story but only after the sleuths have averted calamity. William Dufris and Christine... Read More

  • ROTTEN RALPH HELPS OUT

    by Jack Gantos | Read by Jack Gantos

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Sarah is learning about ancient Egypt at school, and when she tries to decide on the perfect class project, her bad cat, Ralph, helps out--with typically disastrous results. Author Jack Gantos narrates comfortably and has the ideal sly intonation for lines like, "Sarah's teacher was impressed. Her school friends were impressed. Of course, Ralph was impressed with himself."... Read More

  • ELVIS THE ROOSTER ALMOST GOES TO HEAVEN

    by Denis Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with ELVIS THE ROOSTER AND THE MAGIC WORDS.]--In these popular children's books, we meet Elvis, a proud and confident rooster. In the first book Elvis is brought low when it appears that the sun can rise without him; in the second he learns the power of "please" and "thank you" when dealing with others. Narrator Barbara Caruso... Read More

  • ELVIS THE ROOSTER AND THE MAGIC WORDS

    by Denys Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with ELVIS THE ROOSTER ALMOST GOES TO HEAVEN.]--In these popular children's books, we meet Elvis, a proud and confident rooster. In the first book Elvis is brought low when it appears that the sun can rise without him; in the second he learns the power of "please" and "thank you" when dealing with others. Narrator Barbara... Read More

  • WHEN VERA WAS SICK

    by Vera Rosenberry | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    What universal memories are conjured up as Vera Rosenberry eloquently describes young Vera's days covered with spots and more spots? Remember the darkened room, the disorienting calm and separateness, the only-for-sick-days stuffed animals and toys? When Vera wobbles down to the kitchen to see what her sister and mother are doing, she relishes being scooped up and returned to... Read More

  • CRAZY HORSE'S VISION

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Joseph Bruchac | Read by Curtis Zunigha

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This production offers an engaging, original way for children to learn about a Native American hero. Renowned Abenaki author Bruchac has selected interesting facts that reveal how a young boy is transformed into brave Crazy Horse. Narrator Curtis Zunigha is mesmerizing; he sounds as though he is telling an old story rather than reading a book. Zunigha’s voice is enhanced by... Read More

  • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MURPHY

    by Alice Provensen | Read by Jason Harris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Murphy-stop-that is the name of the terrier who tells this story, in which, appropriately, since it depicts a day in the life of a dog, nothing much happens. There's the fixation with food and the smelling out of mice and a trip to the vet's . . . but don't expect a lot of plot here. Narrator Jason Harris zestfully enacts the dog's frenzy of joy over food smells, his panting... Read More

  • DIARY OF A SPIDER

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Harry Bliss

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Following the success of the popular DIARY OF A WORM, this clever picture book offers a light look at a spider's existence. This production has lots of fun sound effects (little organ runs here and there, water splashing, wind blowing, the crunch of a skin molting), which are very attractive to children. Narrator Harry Bliss supplies a variety of fun voices for the story's... Read More

  • MOO COW KABOOM

    by Thacher Hurd | Read by John Beach

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    From the opening moo to the final one, this is a recording of upbeat music and enthusiastic sound effects, all in support of Hurd's whimsical tale of a traveling cow. Neither Farmer George nor his cow is expecting to journey through the Milky Way Galaxy to Planet 246. John Beach narrates with an understatement that lends contrast to the absurdity of Zork, the space cowboy, and... Read More

  • A PICTURE BOOK OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS

    by David A. Adler | Read by Charles Turner

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Adler, a prolific children's book author, has done a good job describing the trajectory of Douglass's life as he moved from being a slave himself to being a freer of slaves and a tireless civil rights activist. Adler includes interesting, often sobering facts that will strike home with children: Douglass's mother only saw him a few times in her life because she had to walk a... Read More

  • REACHING FOR THE MOON

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Buzz Aldrin | Read by Buzz Aldrin

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Who would guess that the 2-year-old who rode in his father’s airplane painted like an eagle would some day be on board the moon lander Eagle? Or that the boy who delighted in his rock collection would one day collect rock samples from the moon’s surface? Coincidences are poignant as Buzz Aldrin shares his autobiography with young listeners. His resiliency and determination as a... Read More

  • THERE'S ONLY ONE OF ME!

    by Pat Hutchins | Read by Suzanne Toren

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    What youngster hasn't been confused by an array of family relatives and their varying connections? One family birthday gathering addresses all that! Pat Hutchins makes each relationship charmingly clear as the heroine welcomes each of her guests to her party. Suzanne Toren's narration introduces each new arrival, from mother to great-grandmother, with deliberate pomp. Her... Read More

  • ACROSS THE WIDE AND LONESOME PRAIRIE

    by Kristiana Gregory | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Stina Nielsen

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Stina Nielsen's youthful voice graces a teenager's account of her family during their six-month journey on the Oregon Trail in 1847 in this production for young listeners. Hattie Campbell is eager for the adventure that waits around the next bend of the route, while also exhausted with the endless weeks of dust and hardship. Nielsen animates the diary with the awe of Hattie's... Read More

  • THE WINTER OF RED SNOW

    by Kristiana Gregory | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Jennifer Ikeda

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Kristiana Gregory presents an insider's view of the Revolutionary War and George and Martha Washington through the compassionate and observant eyes of 11-year-old Abigail. Narrator Jennifer Ikeda beautifully presents the vocabulary and delivery of early America from the perspective of a child. As the army camps on the family's farm, Abigail sees shoeless soldiers and a military... Read More

  • BLUES JOURNEY

    by Walter Dean Myers | Read by Richard Allen

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    By itself, BLUES JOURNEY is an enticing and provocative book. Once you've heard this recording, however, it will be impossible to consider it complete without the voice and music of Richard Allen. With the same articulation that Myers brings to his discussion of the evolution of the blues as a musical form, Allen brings depth to the poetry; he evokes the pain or joy of each... Read More

  • THE CASE OF THE SLEEPY SLOTH

    by Cynthia Rylant | Read by William Dufris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    William Dufris's "announcer" voice sets a perfect stage for a beginner's mystery reader. Dufris is a master of inflection, even within the accurate character-driven voices--impatient Bunny; inquisitive, gruff Jack; and Ramon, who has a delightful Spanish accent. The only detraction is the too frequent dialogue attribution, which begin to grate at times, although that might not... Read More

  • A PICTURE BOOK OF HARRIET TUBMAN

    by David A. Adler | Read by Gail Nelson

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Gail Nelson is an unobtrusive narrator who lets Harriet Tubman's deeds and personality speak for themselves. And speak they do! It is remarkable that Adler includes so much information in such a slim work. From Maryland plantation to Underground Railroad conductor to Civil War nurse to community leader in Auburn, New York, Tubman had a life of remarkable deeds and personal... Read More

  • HIGH-RISE PRIVATE EYES The Case of Fidgety Fox

    by Cynthia Rylant | Read by William Dufris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In Case 6 of Rylant's popular series, "Detectives" Bunny Brown and Jack Jones must help Melvin, the superstitious bus driver, discover who's taken his lucky dice, or he won't do his bus route. Narrator William Dufris depicts with humor the way the two--fueled by chips and cheese dip--collect clues and unravel the mystery. Dufris's pace is new-reader friendly, allowing children... Read More

  • MINNIE AND MOO: THE ATTACK OF THE EASTER BUNNIES

    by Denys Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When the farmer declares he's too old to play the Easter Bunny, Minnie and Moo feel compelled to find a substitute and work their way through the barnyard on their quest. Narrator Barbara Caruso invents a sort of bovine Southern drawl for the two cows, which cracks listeners up; you can practically hear the two chewing their cuds between sentences. Her portrayals of the other... Read More

  • MINNIE AND MOO: THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING BED

    by Denys Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    When the moon is full on Halloween night, anything can happen in the world of Minnie and Moo! Dreams of a chocolate-snatching mouse who drags away the last cream puff might come to life, beds might roll, and perhaps those Halloween costumes are not really costumes. Barbara Caruso takes all the happenings in stride. She brings an unflappable personality to these talking cows and... Read More

  • THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS

    by Mordicai Gerstein | Read by Mordicai Gerstein

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    In 1974, Philippe Petit, a French aerialist and street performer, disguised himself as a construction worker and shot a strong wire from one tower of the World Trade Center to the other. In a death-defying dance, Petit crossed the 140 feet between the towers, a quarter of a mile above New York City. Petit was arrested and sentenced to perform for children in the parks.... Read More

  • WHAT CHARLIE HEARD

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mordicai Gerstein | Read by Mordicai Gerstein

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The Live Oak Media Music Makers series soars to new heights with this audio/picture book biography of innovative composer Charles Ives. From Charlie’s first moments--when his father heralded his arrival on a trumpet--to his final efforts to give voice to the universe, WHAT CHARLIE HEARD is a bewitching aural portrait. Live Oak maximizes the rich source material in Ives’s music,... Read More

  • BASEBALL SAVED US

    by Ken Mochizuki | Read by Ken Mochizuki

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The camps where Japanese-Americans were interned during WWII are an ugly piece of American history. Mochizuki provides a glimpse into this period as a young boy and his family are whisked away to a desert camp. For the boy and his camp mates, developing baseball prowess brings a modicum of sanity to the experience and provides a means of relating to schoolmates upon return to... Read More

  • CHESTER'S WAY

    by Kevin Henkes | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Chester and his best friend, Wilson, have their own ways of doing things, whether it be using bike hand signals, swallowing watermelon seeds, or dressing as a combo for Halloween. "Peas in a pod," note their parents. Look out, Wilson and Chester! There's a new neighbor, and Lily has her own way of doing things. Working out the intricacies of becoming a threesome captures the... Read More

  • HORACE AND MORRIS JOIN THE CHORUS (BUT WHAT ABOUT DOLORES?)

    by James Howe | Read by Jason Harris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Moustro Provolone knows talent when he hears it and makes fine choices, or so he thinks, for the school chorus. Neither chosen for the chorus nor willing to be in the band or audience, Dolores feels hurt, angry, and sorry for herself until she takes control of the situation by writing an important letter. Even the Moustro comes to understand that "all God's children got a place... Read More

  • STOP, DROP AND ROLL

    by Margery Cuyler | Read by Ellen Archer

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    October heralds Fire Prevention Week at Jessica’s school. For Jessica, who is capable of worrying about just about anything, information about fire safety skyrockets her anxiety level. Each wise tip--from installing smoke detectors to having a family escape plan--is reported at dinner as Jessica presses her family into a fire-conscious mode. Ellen Archer sympathizes with... Read More

  • ACTION JACKSON

    by Sandra Jordan & Jan Greenberg | Read by Edward Harris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This American Library Association Sibert Honor book details the creation of a Jackson Pollack painting. Pollack's studied and careful process incorporates his world experiences--from the big sky and Native American sand painting of his Western boyhood to the beat of his favorite jazz musicians. From the moment the canvas is placed on the floor until the last flick of his... Read More

  • AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

    by Katherine Lee Bates | Read by Wendell Minor

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Inspired by the beloved song "American the Beautiful," Minor's book encourages children to treasure our nation's natural beauty and to create their own images to accompany the song. Minor begins by reading the original poem and sharing information about its author, Katherine Lee Bates. He also introduces Samuel Ward, who created the melody for the song. As narrator, Minor is... Read More

  • A CHILD'S CALENDAR

    A CHILD'S CALENDAR

    by John Updike | Read by John Updike

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Updike’s 12 poems celebrate the changing seasons with images that might catch a child’s eye. His verses, some of which are very lovely, focus on changes in the natural world (from snow to mud to crocuses) and on celebrations that accompany these changes (Christmas, Valentine's, Fourth of July). Each verse ends with a sound image that connects to the month’s poem (such as the... Read More

  • MUNCHA, MUNCHA, MUNCHA

    by Candace Fleming | Read by William Dufris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    For years Mr. McGreely has dreamed of planting a garden. When he finally takes the plunge, he finds, as so many gardeners do, that the critters in his neighborhood are delighted by his labors. In this case, he must pit his wits against those of three rabbits, and his efforts to keep them out of his veggies are increasingly over the top. William Dufris narrates this charming... Read More

  • WHEN MARIAN SANG The True Recital of Marian Anderson

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Pam Muñoz Ryan | Read by Gail Nelson

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Gail Nelson reads this picture book biography of the great Marian Anderson with excellent expression and a pace that allows new readers time to follow along and look at the pictures. Lyrics to Anderson’s songs are part of almost every spread, and the producers wisely include original recordings of Anderson herself singing them. When Anderson sings on the steps of the Lincoln... Read More

  • COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN

    by Alison McGhee | Read by Rachael Lillis

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Does anyone except the heroine know about Kindergarten Rule Number One? (Tie your shoes by yourself!) Does anyone care that the heroine CANNOT tie her shoes but CAN count backwards from 10? The days before the start of school are anguishing as one horrible event after another is imagined. Mom and Dad reassure cheerfully, but the time to walk into the classroom arrives too soon.... Read More

  • FIREBOAT The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey

    by Maira Kalman | Read by Judd Hirsch

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    1931 was a banner year in New York City. Accomplishments included the height of the new Empire State Building, the length of the George Washington Bridge, and the launching of the new fireboat John J. Harvey. In her signature book (an admirable candidate for the 2002 Caldecott Medal), Maira Kalman celebrates the feats of a hard-working boat and its crew in New York Harbor of... Read More

  • MINNIE AND MOO AND THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

    by Denys Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    They're back! This time the dynamic cow duo plans to save Christmas for the farmer's grandchildren by delivering the toys he has misplaced. Listening to Minnie and Moo act out rewritten lines from "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" ("and all through the farm/not a creature was stirring/except in the barn") is a hoot: Picture chickens with plastic forks strapped on for antlers,... Read More

  • DIARY OF A WORM

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Harry Bliss

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Doreen Cronin is one of the best new humorous writers for young children, and DIARY OF A WORM does not disappoint. Harry Bliss uses multiple voices for Worm and his various friends. Bliss brings Worm himself to life with the cadences, enthusiastic tones, and simple statements of a young boy who meets the joys and opportunities of each day with sometimes wistful, sometimes... Read More

  • MINNIE AND MOO AND THE POTATO FROM PLANET X

    by Denys Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Even the page-turning instructions are dramatic on this tape. Barbara Caruso tells listeners what sound to listen for to turn pages with a great flourish, like a conductor directing a great orchestra. Goofy cows Minnie and Moo meet an alien from Planet Potato who needs milk for spaceship fuel. Caruso sounds dizzy as Minnie, making readers shake their heads at her lack of common... Read More

  • SAMMY KEYES AND THE ART OF DECEPTION

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Wendelin Van Draanen | Read by Tara Sands

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    The Edgar-winning seventh-grade sleuth takes on the art world, not to mention affairs of the heart, in the eighth novel in this charming series. Wearing high-top sneakers to a classy art gallery reception, she mortifies the elite guests by asking why an orange splot on a canvas is worth $8,000, and then, when a masked gunman attempts to rob the gallery, Sammy tackles him.... Read More

  • THE TRAIN THEY CALL THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Steve Goodman | Read by Tom Chapin

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    This book/CD combination is a Baby Boomer’s delight, and a teacher’s dream. To start, Tom Chapin reads the song lyrics slowly enough for young listeners to follow along with the words while looking at Michael McCurdy’s simple woodcut illustrations. Children get a view of a vintage America that, for the most part, has disappeared, wonderful train noises and other sound effects,... Read More

  • AMBER WAS BRAVE, ESSIE WAS SMART The Story of Amber and Essie, Told Here in Poems and Pictures

    by Vera B. Williams | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Carine Montbertrand, Daisy Egan

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Vera Williams zooms in on a moment of family difficulty and champions the inner strength of two sisters. In free verse accompanied by colored pencil drawings, Williams introduces Amber and Essie, who find solace in each other and support from the neighbors while their mother works and their father is temporarily away. With two accompanying narrators, Barbara Rosenblat captures... Read More

  • MINNIE AND MOO MEET FRANKENSWINE

    by Denys Cazet | Read by Barbara Caruso

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    From atop a hill in the midst of a horrific storm, Minnie and Moo help flustered barn animals solve a mystery. What was in the barn? Is the farmer still alive? Is the word of the local rooster trustworthy? Barbara Caruso narrates to perfection. She moves handily from narrator to cow heroine to distraught barn dweller. She is demure as the young pig, blustery as the feisty... Read More

  • ANANSI AND THE MAGIC STICK

    by Eric A. Kimmel | Read by Jerry Terheyden

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Anansi the spider, a lazy, clever trickster, has figured out how Hyena does his housekeeping--with a magic stick that does all the work for him. Of course, Anansi must have that stick, and this story is about the out-of-control magic that results when he gets it. Children will delight in Jerry Terheyden's reading of this tale; the many creatures, from the snuffly warthog to the... Read More

  • JULIUS, THE BABY OF THE WORLD

    by Kevin Henkes | Read by Laura Hamilton

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Lilly is the best big sister in the world--that is, until younger brother Julius actually arrives. Then Lilly is not so impressed. "If he were a number, he'd be zero" is how she puts it. Laura Hamilton does a good job with Henkes's astute story of the displaced older sibling, and her characterization of Lilly is appropriately edgy. Lilly isn't kidding around about the... Read More

  • FISHING IN THE AIR

    by Sharon Creech, Chris Raschka [ill] | Read by Jason Harris

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Fishing gear, food, and river, along with father and son, are featured in this magical childhood tale. Jason Harris characterizes the son with a high voice and uses his normal speaking voice for the father. Natural features turn into other objects: trees into soldiers, birds into angels. Insect sounds enhance the story. The sound of the crickets chirping brings listeners right... Read More

  • THE FROG PRINCE CONTINUED

    THE FROG PRINCE CONTINUED

    by Jon Scieszka, Steve Johnson [ill] | Read by Patrick Girard Lawlor

    Live Oak Media | Unabridged
    Children

    Happily ever after??? What might that mean if you're the Frog Prince and the princess just cannot abide lily pads in bed or hopping in the castle? While on a quest to find a witch to turn him back into a frog, the disconsolate prince creates his own satisfactory solution. In this extension of the familiar tale, Jon Scieszka's zany humor resonates in Patrick Lawlor's narration.... Read More

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