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  • THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET!

    THE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET!

    by Carmen Agra Deedy, Eugene Yelchin | Read by Carmen Agra Deedy

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Author and narrator Carmen Agra Deedy's vivaciousness is contagious. As she shares the tale of the rooster who speaks his mind, listeners know she is smiling the whole time. The village of La Paz is full of song, but when it gets too loud for thinking, the newly elected mayor calls for peace and quiet. All is well until a "saucy gallito" arrives in town and challenges the... Read More

  • MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE

    MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE

    by Sherri Duskey Rinker | Read by Dion Graham

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    As the sun rises on a bevy of construction vehicles poised to undertake a new and large job, Dion Graham is just the narrator to get in on the fun. With precise diction and steady pacing, Graham lets the rhyming text carry listeners into the action-packed day. His cement mixer lets out a BLAST to summon helper trucks, who respond with enthusiastic honks. Work begins with pairs... Read More

  • HOW DO DINOSAURS LEARN TO READ?

    HOW DO DINOSAURS LEARN TO READ?

    by Jane Yolen | Read by Jane Yolen

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Author and narrator Jane Yolen brings another of her dinosaur escapades to life. Young listeners may be shocked or perplexed as dinosaurs mistreat books by chewing them, tossing them, and jumping on them but then will be treated to demonstrations of proper book care and the joy of sounding out words and making sense of them. At bedtime, Yolen's spot-on characterization shines... Read More

  • GROOVY JOE: DANCE PARTY COUNTDOWN

    GROOVY JOE: DANCE PARTY COUNTDOWN

    by Eric Litwin | Read by Eric Litwin

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The opening tuneful measures set the beat as author Eric Litwin narrates his second audiobook about Groovy Joe--the "song-singing, tail-wagging party of one!" But this dog is not alone for long. With each new knock at the door, Litwin's precise and enthusiastic voice welcomes guests to Joe's disco party. Each knock, knock foretells the number of guests at the door and begs for... Read More

  • SHE PERSISTED: 13 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

    SHE PERSISTED: 13 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

    by Chelsea Clinton | Read by Nikki M. James

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Ushered into story time by a melodic piano piece, young listeners soon encounter narrator Nikki M. James, whose voice takes on charming, strong, and informational tones throughout the audiobook. With each page, James introduces a new historical figure, highlighting each woman's perseverance in a brief paragraph followed by a well-known quote. In addition to James's narration,... Read More

  • MARY MCSCARY

    MARY MCSCARY

    by R.L. Stine | Read by Emily Eiden

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Mary McScary may try to be frightening, but narrator Emily Eiden takes young listeners into her mind with just the right amount of scariness. Mary's favorite activity is bringing fright to creatures and things--a goldfish, a parent, or even a balloon--and she is successful. Her biggest desire is to scare her cousin Harry McScary. What will happen when he comes to visit? Eiden's... Read More

  • SEA BONES

    SEA BONES

    by Bob Barner | Read by Crystal Taliefero

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Crystal Taliefero's welcoming, child-friendly voice entices young listeners into a colorful undersea world. Author and illustrator Bob Barner's bright collages and simple text in this read-along are attention grabbers. Listeners will hear rhyming snippets with accompanying catchy music about deep-sea fish, ocean mammals, coral, and more. Additional information is... Read More

  • WE FOUND A HAT

    WE FOUND A HAT

    by Jon Klassen | Read by Johnny Heller, Chris Curry

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Johnny Heller and Chris Curry narrate this story of two turtles who find a hat--but only one hat--and the dilemma that ensues. With only one hat that looks so good on them both, who will get to wear it? Children will enjoy listening to Heller and Curry's charmingly crusty renditions of the elderly pair of turtles while looking at Klassen's illustrations. A desert soundscape... Read More

  • THE WATER PRINCESS

    THE WATER PRINCESS

    by Susan Verde | Read by Yetide Badaki

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Yetide Badaki's light and gentle voice is just what one might expect from a serene princess--a water princess, no less. Badaki gently but urgently shares the story of Princess GieGie and her journey to the well for her family's water. The princess rises at six in the morning and then begins her walk through a dust-filled world. Shea nuts, music, and the company of... Read More

  • NANETTE'S BAGUETTE

    NANETTE'S BAGUETTE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mo Willems | Read by Trixie Willems, Mo Willems, Cher Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Who can resist the smell of freshly baked bread? Certainly not author/narrator Mo Willems, who has had the tantalizing experience of living beside a bakery in France. With enthusiasm and anguished pauses to savor the fragrance, Willems and family members Cher and Trixie detail Nanette's lucky day. This is the day that she has been granted her longstanding wish to purchase a... Read More

  • DU IZ TAK?

    DU IZ TAK?

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Carson Ellis | Read by Eli D'Amico, Sebastian D'Amico, Burton Fott, Galen Fott, Laura Fott, Sarah Hart, Bella Higginbotham, Evelyn Hipp, Brian Hull

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This delightful audiobook companion to the charming picture book will have little listeners giggling and learning a made-up bug language. Youthful voices for kid bugs, the deeper voices of older insects, uplifting and dramatic music, and forest sounds will draw listeners into the story of a sprout near a fallen tree that grows into a beautiful flower. Kids will enjoy... Read More

  • SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    by Adam Rex | Read by Erin Bennett, Ron Butler, Pierce Cravens

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Each of three narrators brings distinctive touches to Rex's audiobook on school construction and the anxiety of the first day of school. Little does School know during the days it is being built of the children and activities that will be housed within its walls. Will it come to appreciate the importance of its world? Erin Bennett provides a steady and friendly voice as... Read More

  • MOTHER BRUCE

    MOTHER BRUCE

    by Ryan T. Higgins | Read by Robertson Dean

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

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

  • THEY ALL SAW A CAT

    THEY ALL SAW A CAT

    by Brendan Wenzel | Read by John Lithgow

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Actor John Lithgow evokes each animal--from the wee, squeaky bee to the formidable fox--that sees the cat. The shifts in point of view are charming. Lively accompanying music helps the listener imagine each creature as it catches a glimpse of the cat--or in the case of the flea, hitches a ride. Both the narration and the music add depth to the inventive illustrations by the... Read More

  • LEO: A GHOST STORY

    LEO: A GHOST STORY

    by Mac Barnett | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Nicol Zanzarella's narration is ever steady. She is as gentle of voice as Leo, the not-your-usual ghost, is of personality. Zanzarella's modulation is even, no matter if the occupants of the house shriek wildly about a ghost or if a police officer walks through that ghost or if Leo is chatting with the first person who talks directly to him. When Leo and friend Jane enter their... Read More

  • FRIENDSHAPE

    FRIENDSHAPE

    Earphones Award Winner

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

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

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

  • TWO FRIENDS: SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS

    TWO FRIENDS: SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS

    by Dean Robbins | Read by Dion Graham

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Dion Graham depicts the scene as a tea service is being set out. Susan B. Anthony welcomes Frederick Douglass, and together they begin a conversation. Graham sounds conversational himself, gently offering details about these two famous people. Anthony is eager to learn about important subjects as boys do, teaches herself to give speeches, and prefers wearing bloomers... Read More

  • DUCK ON A TRACTOR

    DUCK ON A TRACTOR

    by David Shannon | Read by Walter Mayes

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Walter Mayes appreciates the unusual life of Duck--who once rode a bike and now drives a tractor, sharing the fun with all the other farm animals. When Duck figures out how to turn "the shiny piece of metal," the tractor picks up passengers and heads to town. Mayes brings everything possible to his narration--speed and shrieks, drawls and sputters, squawks and... Read More

  • WOLFIE THE BUNNY

    WOLFIE THE BUNNY

    by Ame Dyckman | Read by Ame Dyckman

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    From the opening of this story, author and narrator Ame Dyckman engages young listeners. Her light, friendly voice and deliberately unhurried pace contribute to the listener's anticipation and enjoyment. How in the world can it be a wise decision for a rabbit family to take in a baby wolf? As only she can, Dyckman puts just the right tone into the friction between the adoring... Read More

  • THE VERY FIRST THANKSGIVING DAY

    THE VERY FIRST THANKSGIVING DAY

    by Rhonda Gowler Greene | Read by Thérèse Plummer

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Thérèse Plummer’s voice is clear and firm, and she sets a steady but leisurely pace as she shares this short poem with young listeners. Cleverly, the story starts and ends at the 1621 celebration of the first Thanksgiving. Plummer follows the series of cumulative rhymes without falling into singsong. The simple vocal approach helps the youngest listeners focus on the... Read More

  • SUPERTRUCK

    SUPERTRUCK

    by Stephen Savage | Read by George Newbern

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

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

  • GRACE FOR PRESIDENT

    by Kelly DiPucchio | Read by Anika Noni Rose

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Anika Noni Rose gives voice to young Grace Campbell, who, on viewing portraits of the United States' presidents, blurts out with indignation--"Where are the girls?" Without skipping a beat, her teacher explains calmly and invites the class to hold an election for their own president. Grace declares with conviction, "I'd like to be president." Another class submits a candidate,... Read More

  • GROOVY JOE

    GROOVY JOE Ice Cream & Dinosaurs

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Eric Litwin | Read by Eric Litwin

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Eric Litwin has done it again. From the opening chords of this audiobook, young listeners will be grooving along with author, narrator, and composer Litwin as he tells the story of the new dog on the block, Joe, who is about to dig into his doggy ice cream. But wait! Is that a dinosaur on the scene? How will Joe handle the situation? Listeners will jiggle, bounce, snap their... Read More

  • HELEN'S BIG WORLD The Life of Helen Keller

    by Doreen Rappaport | Read by Eileen Stevens

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    In this biography of Helen Keller, narrator Eileen Stevens performs in a dual role. She is both a straightforward, compassionate narrator and then shifts to the point of view of Helen Keller herself, speaking through quotes from Helen's autobiography. Through alternating passages, listeners hear a specific experience and then hear Helen's response to that experience. The... Read More

  • YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL

    by Anna Kang | Read by Christopher Weyant, Michael Crouch, Emily Eiden

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Backed by a fun musical score, and read by the illustrator and two others, this audiobook explores the concept of perspective: Who's big and who's small? A snappy argument develops regarding size ("You are small. I am not small--you are big!") Eventually small vs. large gather allies, encouraging a crowd of similarly sized others, and the story descends into a chorus of... Read More

  • STAR STUFF

    STAR STUFF Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

    by Stephanie Roth Sisson | Read by Peter Berkrot

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Peter Berkrot energetically narrates the story of Carl Sagan’s love affair with the stars and outer space. In 1939, a young Sagan visited the World’s Fair, an event that ignited his sense of wonder about the universe. Berkrot’s enthusiastic tones express Sagan’s boundless curiosity, a force that took him to the library, deep into science fiction, and, ultimately, to his... Read More

  • ABE'S HONEST WORDS

    ABE'S HONEST WORDS The Life of Abraham Lincoln

    by Doreen Rappaport | Read by Nicol Zanzarella, Trevor Murphy

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrators Nicol Zanzarella and Trevor Murphy complement each other and heighten the import of Abraham Lincoln’s life and words. This capsule biography, interlaced with Lincoln’s own words, takes him from Kentucky to Illinois and on to Washington and Gettysburg. Zanzarella tells Lincoln’s life story, and Murphy speaks the Lincoln quotations. Initially, Zanzarella’s storytelling... Read More

  • STICK AND STONE

    STICK AND STONE

    by Beth Ferry | Read by Maxwell Glick

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Matthew Glick narrates with enthusiasm and a light, humorous touch. His tempo is leisurely, allowing both words and illustrations to tell this read-along story for young listeners. Stick and Stone serendipitously become simply wonderfully friends--until Pinecone comes along and "needles" Stone and the weather takes a turn for the worse. A distraught Stone (voiced by a wailing... Read More

  • THE TINY SEED

    THE TINY SEED

    by Eric Carle | Read by Jennifer Jiles

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    As a number of seeds blow in the autumn wind, one tiny seed floats behind the rest. "Will it be able to keep up with the others? And where are they all going?" Narrator Jennifer Jiles establishes both a tone of wonder and a sense of character. Throughout the book, Eric Carle's collages and story cover a lot of territory--multiple habitats, four seasons, the life cycle of seeds,... Read More

  • SCAREDY SQUIRREL AT NIGHT

    SCAREDY SQUIRREL AT NIGHT

    by Melanie Watt | Read by David deVries

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    David deVries narrates the fourth Scaredy Squirrel adventure, recounting the schemes of the hero, who would rather stay awake than face nightmares with dragons, ghosts, and polka-dot monsters. DeVries's performance shifts dynamically and seamlessly where needed. In one moment he portrays the squeaky-voiced, overly dramatic squirrel who fears fairies and unicorns. Then, as the... Read More

  • THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!

    THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems, Cher Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Tinkling piano music turns to a melodramatic strain on the audio, and white words flash on a black page of the accompanying book like a silent movie on the silver screen. “What luck!” Mo Willems declares with a dastardly laugh as he portrays a pseudo-gentlemanly fox who is luring a wide-eyed hen home for dinner. Cher Willems affects the naïve air of his potential victim.... Read More

  • A HOUSE FOR HERMIT CRAB

    A HOUSE FOR HERMIT CRAB

    by Eric Carle | Read by Will Damron

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Will Damron is an earnest and quiet narrator--which is just right for Hermit Crab as he sets out along the seafloor in a quest for a newer and larger shell and decorations for his new house. Month by month, Hermit Crab encounters wondrous creatures whom he graciously invites to adorn his new shell. Damron never fails to capture Hermit Crab's admiration for the hard work or... Read More

  • IVAN: THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA

    IVAN: THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA

    by Katherine Applegate | Read by Xe Sands

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Xe Sands's voice is gentle as she straightforwardly recounts the true story of Ivan, a lowland gorilla who was taken from the Democratic Republic of Congo and put on display in a circus store in Tacoma, Washington, for 27 years. Then he was moved to Zoo Atlanta, a zoological park, for his final 17 years. Never maudlin, Sands sets a brisk pace as she describes Ivan's young life... Read More

  • I'M BRAVE

    I'M BRAVE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan | Read by Jonathan Banks

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Jonathan Banks’s narration radiates pride as he chronicles a fire engine’s day from station to fire emergency and back again. With firm confidence, he catalogs the equipment and tools housed on the truck—chocks, mauls, and Halligan tools included. His pacing is such that young listeners will thoughtfully picture each item. As the fire call comes in, Banks’s voice crescendos and... Read More

  • PAPA IS A POET

    PAPA IS A POET

    by Natalie S. Bober | Read by Ammi-Joan Paquette

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This story is told from the viewpoint of poet Robert Frost's 15-year-old daughter. In an extended flashback, young Lesley recounts her family's early years in rural Derry, New Hampshire, where her father found his greatest poetic inspiration. Narrator Ammi-Joan Paquette is suitably youthful sounding as Lesley reminisces about her idyllic childhood, suggested with birdsong and... Read More

  • PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLYFISH

    PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLYFISH

    by Jarrett J. Krosoczka | Read by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka narrates with intimate knowledge of his characters. The best friends--one a yellow seahorse and the other a blobby jellyfish--frolic "up, down, around, and through their grand ocean home" until their fun is disrupted by cantankerous Crabby. With an edge in Krosoczka's voice (and a distinct Boston accent), Crabby's taunts fly, leaving... Read More

  • BUGS IN MY HAIR!

    BUGS IN MY HAIR!

    by David Shannon | Read by Jesse Bernstein

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Toe-tapping music opens this production, followed by narrator Jesse Bernstein bellowing, "HEAD LICE!" The music and sound effects provide a dramatic backdrop as the young hero explains much about lice--where they come from and how to treat them. Bernstein is animated--his voice anguished at his initial realization of his condition, Dracula-like when he mentions that lice suck... Read More

  • GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS

    GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Mo Willems puts his characteristic droll twist on an old favorite. Here Goldilocks isn't trespassing on the home of bears but on dinosaurs--who may have dining plans of their own. "Poorly supervised" and possibly "succulent" Goldilocks marches cheerfully past warning signs little listeners will enjoy spotting. Though some of Willems's sarcastic humor may zip over the heads of... Read More

  • SAME, SAME BUT DIFFERENT

    SAME, SAME BUT DIFFERENT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jenny Sue Kosteck-Shaw | Read by Maxwell Glick, Vikas Adam

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Bouncy rhythms set the tone for a lively correspondence between two pen pals—Elliot from America and Kailash from India. As the two boys depict their worlds, music and narration add to the similarities and differences described. Maxwell Glick’s enthusiastic voice and American accent propel listeners as Elliot describes his home and family. Vikas Adam flavors the responses of... Read More

  • THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS

    THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton | Read by Alison Cordaro

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Young Alison Cordaro’s narration is pitch-perfect as she portrays Princess Geraldine, who reigns her kingdom in a take-charge kind of way. Geraldine may prefer pink, but she’s also unafraid to skin her knees or rescue frogs, and she’s quite clear that cultivating one’s “inner sparkle” is what’s most important. Cordaro gives dimension to Geraldine’s imaginative world in a... Read More

  • THIS IS THE ROPE

    THIS IS THE ROPE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Channie Waites

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Channie Waites celebrates hope with her narration of this moving story, which introduces listeners to a multigenerational family who participate in the Great Migration of African-Americans. Whether sounding serious, shy, or jubilant, Waites captures the feelings of the extended family in this story as they pack up and move from their beloved pine-scented South to... Read More

  • SOMEDAY

    SOMEDAY

    by Alison McGhee | Read by Alison McGhee

    Weston Woods Studios | unabridged
    Children

    Listeners will share poignant moments of life from birth to old age as Alison McGhee narrates her story in a clear voice. It starts with a new mother's adoring looks at her babe and tells the child's whole life story--from bike-riding child to the moment when the mother waves goodbye to a departing young adult who wonders how a home that once loomed so large can now look so... Read More

  • EXTRA YARN

    EXTRA YARN

    by Mac Barnett | Read by Nicola Barber

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Setting a deliberate pace with her British accent, Nicola Barber introduces the story of Annabelle, who, one cold afternoon, finds a box filled with yarn. Never-ending yarn, as it turns out, and Annabelle proceeds to yarn-bomb her snowy little town with knitted goods. Barber's understated narration complements the gentle humor of Barnett's story and the charm of Jon Klassen's... Read More

  • ONE COOL FRIEND

    ONE COOL FRIEND

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Toni Buzzeo | Read by David deVries, Owen Tanzer, Robertson Dean

    Weston Woods Studios | unabridged
    Children

    Who IS the cool friend? Father, son, penguin, or tortoise? Toni Buzzeo’s fantasy is brought to life by a dynamic trio of narrators—one as understated storyteller, one as professorial dad, and one as the ever polite and independent Elliot, the son whose mannerisms and looks are much like that of the penguin he acquires on an aquarium outing with his preoccupied father. Just as... Read More

  • ME . . . JANE

    ME . . . JANE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Patrick McDonnell | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

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

  • WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN'T BE DOCTORS?

    WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN'T BE DOCTORS?

    by Tanya Lee Stone | Read by Jorjeana Marie

    Weston Woods Studios | unabridged
    Children

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

  • EXCLAMATION MARK

    by Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Read by Priscilla Holbrook, Emily Eiden, MacLeod Andrews

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The story drops listeners in on a conversation between an exclamation point and a question mark. Disheartened Exclamation Mark knows he doesn’t work the way periods do, but what is his role? Leave it to Question Mark with her boatload of questions to present a solution. With a resounding “STOP!”—Exclamation Mark is on his way. Kudos to the narrating trio for their ability to... Read More

  • THIS IS NOT MY HAT

    THIS IS NOT MY HAT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jon Klassen | Read by John Keating

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    How the musical score enhances this audio performance! In Klassen’s Caldecott Medal-winning story, a petite fish confides the origin of the hat on his head (stolen) and takes listeners on on his getaway journey. With each page turn, the suspense heightens. Only one other creature knows the origin of the hat, but the fish is sure he won’t tell. John Keating’s intimate, steadily... Read More

  • LUCKY DUCKLINGS

    LUCKY DUCKLINGS

    by Eva Moore | Read by Tavia Gilbert

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    ”Quack, quack, quack!” The distressed calls of five ducklings are heartrending to one observer in this true story. Quick thinking on her part and on the part of the gathered crowd, as well as some firefighters, results in averted danger for the duck family on their morning walk. Tavia Gilbert’s fast-paced narration is full of urgency followed by anxiety-inducing pauses. Much... Read More

  • THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!?

    THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!?

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems, Trixie Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The narrating duo of Mo Willems and his 11-year-old daughter, Trixie, captivate the listener. Together, they bring humor and pizzazz to prickly Pigeon’s latest insult at the hands of irresistible Duckling. Why does Duckling have a delectable cookie, and Pigeon does not? Is it all about being polite, or is it about manipulation? As Pigeon and Duckling, Mo and Trixie spar with... Read More

  • EACH KINDNESS

    EACH KINDNESS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Nikki M. James

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Listeners will find themselves thinking about this story long after it’s over. Woodson’s book, a Coretta Scott King Honor winner, features the character Mia, a new student in school who is different and who is excluded because of it—until Miss Albert teaches a lesson about kindness. Narrator Nikki James’s haunting voice, combined with music and illustrations, makes for a... Read More

  • CREEPY CARROTS!

    CREEPY CARROTS!

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Aaron Reynolds | Read by James Naughton

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator James Naughton uses his considerable skills to heighten the suspenseful mood of this story. Carrot-loving Jasper Rabbit nourishes his craving several times each day from the luscious supply in Crackenhopper Field. But the day comes when he starts to hear strange sounds behind him but sees nothing when he whirls around. Could the carrots be after him? There’s always a... Read More

  • HOORAY FOR AMANDA & HER ALLIGATOR!

    HOORAY FOR AMANDA & HER ALLIGATOR!

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems, Cher Willems, Trixie Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Listening to the six-and-a-half stories about Amanda and her stuffed pet will make young listeners perk up their ears. Alligator is despondent when Amanda is out with her grandfather or at the library, dejected when he learns his true “value,” and incensed when Amanda arrives home with a new stuffed friend. Yet, as only youngsters can, Amanda and her alligator solve their... Read More

  • CORETTA SCOTT

    CORETTA SCOTT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ntozake Shange | Read by Phylicia Rashad

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

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

  • BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL

    BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL

    by Philip C. Stead | Read by Mike Birbiglia

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Mike Birbiglia oozes “bearness” as he takes on the persona of a yawning, sleepy-voiced bear who visits several friends in the hope of telling a story. Unfortunately for Bear, winter is approaching, and no one has time to listen. Mouse has seeds to collect, and Duck is headed south, for example. When spring arrives and his awakening friends return, will Bear finally... Read More

  • BINK AND GOLLIE: TWO FOR ONE

    BINK AND GOLLIE: TWO FOR ONE

    by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee | Read by Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, Jon Carroll, David de Vries, Wendy Carter

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Listen in as Bink and Gollie head to the state fair and wow everyone they meet in ways only they can. Can Bink execute at Whack-a-Duck to win the world’s largest doughnut? Will Golly overcome her fears in the talent show? And what might Madame Prunely reveal in the fortune-telling tent? Enthusiasm abounds throughout the narration. Bink’s buoyant personality is mirrored by a... Read More

  • CLOUDETTE

    CLOUDETTE

    by Tom Lichtenheld | Read by Wendy Carter

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Wendy Carter’s animated narration of the droll comments of Cloudette and her cloud buddies initially draws young listeners in, along with jaunty music and sound effects. At first, Cloudette delights in her little friends, cute monikers, and small size. But soon she finds herself in a plight that merits careful listening.The big clouds go off to do important cloud things, but... Read More

  • LEMONADE IN WINTER

    LEMONADE IN WINTER

    by Emily Jenkins | Read by Rebecca Soler

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Do you hear it? “Lemon, lemon LIME, lemon LIMEADE!” Do you believe your ears? On a frigid winter day, young Pauline and brother John-John combat boredom by determinedly pursuing the building of an outdoor lemonade stand. From opening their piggy banks to purchasing supplies, discussing sales strategies, and on to debriefing, young listeners get both an engaging story and a math... Read More

  • I WANT MY HAT BACK

    I WANT MY HAT BACK

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jon Klassen | Read by Daniel Pinkwater et al.

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The I WANT MY HAT BACK read-along and CD is a satisfying experience worthy of repeated listening. One determined bear travels through his neighborhood querying friends as to the whereabouts of his lost red hat. The original and genuine response of each creature is a credit to the multiple narrators. Tone, speed, and inflection are used to provide distinctive personalities for... Read More

  • THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

    THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rebecca Emberley, Ed Emberley | Read by Chris Thomas King

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The Emberley father-and-daughter duo brings a new twist to this well-known Aesop fable. On a hot day, while staggering under a sticky load from a backyard picnic, an ant hears a magical sound—music. Befriending a grasshopper and his buggy band has a magical way of making his work less burdensome. Chris Thomas King's narration is as fresh as the story. His ant voice is as heavy... Read More

  • LMNO PEAS

    LMNO PEAS

    by Keith Baker | Read by Crystal Taliefero

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    In this alphabet book the characters are peas—yes, vegetables—who work at various occupations. For youngsters (and oldsters as well), the experience of poring over Baker’s illustrations becomes even richer by listening to this recording, which is enhanced by Crystal Taliefero's toe-tapping delivery and song. Each alphabet letter is presented in a call-and-response format and... Read More

  • AND THEN IT’S SPRING

    AND THEN IT’S SPRING

    by Julie Fogliano | Read by Ron McLarty

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The excitement of planting springtime seeds and waiting to see them sprout is delightfully captured in this Caldecott winner. Ron McLarty gently narrates, letting the experience of spring absorb the listener. He accentuates key words and dejectedly voices the refrain of "one more week." He also provides just the right amount of time for examining the details of the... Read More

  • BLACKOUT

    BLACKOUT

    by John Rocco | Read by Stanley Tucci

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    When author/illustrator John Rocco interviewed people who had experienced the 2003 blackout in the Northeast, he noted a special look in their eyes and heard vivid memories. That was his inspiration for this Caldecott Honor Book. Why stay in a stuffy apartment when you could be on the roof with a star-filled sky or on the street in the midst of an instant party? Stanley Tucci's... Read More

  • MY GARDEN

    MY GARDEN

    by Kevin Henkes | Read by Cassandra Morris

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    It’s all well and good to help one's parent in the family garden but so much more exciting to imagine one's own garden. The youthful heroine in MY GARDEN does just that. And, who knows, a planted jelly bean MIGHT yield a jelly bean bush or a planted seashell a row of seashells. Cassandra Morris's youthful voice complements the story. Young listeners will be enticed to follow... Read More

  • NELSON MANDELA

    NELSON MANDELA

    by Kadir Nelson | Read by Forest Whitaker

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    An unobtrusive narrator, Forest Whitaker has a firm and evenly modulated voice that underscores the Nelson Mandela’s determination throughout his life—from his days as a student to his twenty-seven year imprisonment and then his presidency of South Africa. The only one chosen to attend school at an early age, Mandela moved to Johannesburg for his education and witnessed South... Read More

  • SHOW WAY

    SHOW WAY

    by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Jacqueline Woodson

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    In a soft and sure voice, author Jacqueline Woodson reads her own work beautifully. Her history of her mother’s side of her family introduces the idea of the “Show Way”—a concept that has multiple incarnations of meaning in the story, starting with a quilted map used by slaves seeking freedom. Even without illustrations, the images evoked are vivid and beautiful. Woodson’s... Read More

  • SCAREDY SQUIRREL MAKES A FRIEND

    SCAREDY SQUIRREL MAKES A FRIEND

    by Mélanie Watt | Read by David de Vries

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Scaredy is anything but an ordinary squirrel. No matter how detailed his precautionary plans are for everything he sets out to do, something always seems to go awry—and finding a friend is no exception. David de Vries’s playful voice is in keeping with this eccentric character. He squeaks and shrieks, speeds and slows as Scaredy shares his fears, prepares his Make-a-Friend kit,... Read More

  • GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE

    GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE

    by Sherri Duskey Rinker | Read by Dion Graham

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Author Rinker (and illustrator Lichtenheld) poetically imagines a bustling construction site at the end of the workday. Narrator Dion Graham personifies a toddler’s favorite trucks as each one finishes its job and readies for bed. Graham’s voice is full of bravado as the dump truck hauls loads BIG (loud voice) and small (tiny voice) and finishes with an exhausted plea for rest.... Read More

  • I'M FAST!

    I'M FAST!

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan | Read by Stanley Tucci

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    When a zippy red race car challenges a Sacramento-based blue freight engine to a race, an adventure-packed escapade begins. Over mountains, through the snow, and across bridges, the two speed—all the way to Chicago. Stanley Tucci’s narration is merry and whimsical. His voice is full of bravado. As the freight engine, he delights in call and response with his various train cars,... Read More

  • SKY COLOR

    SKY COLOR

    by Peter H. Reynolds | Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Young Marisol is perplexed. She’s planning to paint the sky for a school mural, but she sees no blue in the box of paints. What to do? On the way home from school and into the evening and night she watches the sky, pondering the problem, and then crafts her own unique solution. Sisi Aisha Johnson’s voice is gentle and light; it rises, falls, and trails off as Marisol is lost in... Read More

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS, SPLAT

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, SPLAT

    by Rob Scotton | Read by John Keating

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    That incorrigible cat Splat is back, and he’s concerned about whether his behavior has been good enough to warrant a present from Santa. In a last-minute December 24th flurry, Splat sets out to do all the helpful tasks he can manage to assist his mother in holiday preparation and to anticipate, all through the night, Santa’s arrival. John Keating narrates enthusiastically as an... Read More

  • HI! FLY GUY

    HI! FLY GUY

    by Tedd Arnold | Read by MacLeod Andrews

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    MacLeod Andrews’s energetic performance, enhanced by musical accompaniment, adds real zip to this story about the friendship between a fly and a boy named Buzz. Andrews’s modulations and pacing are well coordinated with the music to create a sense of motion. Diverse and animated voices created by Andrews bring out Buzz’s excitement when he first hears the fly say, “Buzz.” He... Read More

  • THE RED HEN

    THE RED HEN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rebecca Emberley, Ed Emberley | Read by Walter Mayes

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The father-and-daughter Emberley duo brings the well-loved story of the Little Red Hen to life once again. Such an eye-popping rendition of this familiar baking tale needs an accompanying ear-popping audio. Walter Mayes is just the narrator for the job. He enthusiastically slides up and down his register, giving voice to a hopeful and boisterous Little Red Hen and a... Read More

  • THE OTHER SIDE

    THE OTHER SIDE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jacqueline Woodson | Read by Toshi Widoff-Woodson

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    So simple, yet so profound and timely. Young Clover recounts her experiences with another girl, Annie Paul—splashing in puddles, sharing their names, comparing what their mothers say, and jumping rope—all centered on their time sitting and playing around a split rail fence. Toshi Widoff-Woodson is the perfect narrator. She has a light and airy voice yet punches out “no’s” with... Read More

  • EDWINA

    EDWINA The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct

    by Mo Willems | Read by Cher Willems, Mo Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    It’s a known fact that dinosaurs are extinct. But Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie isn’t convinced. What abut Edwina, who lives in the neighborhood and bakes chocolate chip cookies? Cher Willems’s narration is packed with delight. She delivers punch to the characters’ names and understatement to the story’s absurdities, especially that of a dinosaur who loves to play with kids.... Read More

  • BINK & GOLLIE

    by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee | Read by Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Friendship is a warm but, at times, prickly thing for neighbors Bink and Gollie. One loves brightly colored socks and speed (roller skating is her specialty); one loves exploring (spin the globe and point to an imaginary expedition destination) and pancake making. How they work out their friendship is one of the endearing aspects of their story, and “compromise” one of the key... Read More

  • KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE

    KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE An Unexpected Diversion

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mo Willems | Read by Trixie Willems, Cher Willems, Mo Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Beloved Knuffle Bunny is back in a third book and setting off with Trixie and her family to visit Oma and Opa in Holland. Little do Trixie and Knuffle Bunny know that KB’s trip will be more extensive and long lasting than anyone ever imagined. What could be better than an audio narrated by the Willems family? Mom, Dad, and Trixie take on the task. With relaxed pacing and... Read More

  • A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Phillip C. Stead | Read by David de Vries

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    On the day Amos McGee’s routine is disturbed, he’s not the only one put out by his absence from the zoo. The animals for whom he’s the kindest of caretakers are distraught and take matters into their own paws. David de Vries’s warm and rich voice is just right for McGee. Before McGee’s sick day, De Vries’s delivery mirrors his pace as he prepares for his workday and tends to... Read More

  • TOO MANY TOYS

    TOO MANY TOYS

    by David Shannon | Read by Jerry Trainor

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Spencer has too many toys! So opens David Shannon’s picture book. They’re in his room, the backyard, and the bathtub. They’re wooden, quiet toys; puzzles and games; noisy electronic toys; books to fuel his mind; and musical instruments. They come from everyone on every holiday and birthday, and they’re becoming a “household hazard.” Jerry Trainor dramatically moves from calm... Read More

  • CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS

    CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS

    by Peter Brown | Read by Emily Eiden

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Peter Brown turns the tables as he explores the possibility of a wild animal choosing a human for a pet. Lucille Beatrice Bear brings home Squeaker, a boisterous, seemingly unattached boy. Is it any surprise that all the same parental reasons for opposing the proposition of a pet apply in this situation as well? Emily Eiden alternates smoothly between the even-voiced narrator... Read More

  • KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON

    KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON

    by Kevin Henkes | Read by Joan Allen

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Stories abound in which an unsuspecting animal is duped by the full moon. Kevin Henkes’s Caldecott Medal-winning kitten is no exception. Whether in the sky or reflected in the pond, the moon looks so full and close and so like a “little bowl of milk”! How many ways can a little kitten try to have a lick? Joan Allen has a gentle, light voice that is full of compassion for a... Read More

  • THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING

    THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING

    by Linda Williams | Read by Barbara Rosenblat

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    What’s a well-dressed pumpkin head to do after spooking along a path in a dark forest? In Williams’s well-loved cumulative story, one plucky lady who has tarried past sunset while on a walk is followed home by an odd collection of clothing items. Is she afraid? Maybe. Does she have a plan? Of course! Barbara Rosenblat’s narration is rich and animated. For each clothing... Read More

  • STONE SOUP

    STONE SOUP

    by Jon J. Muth | Read by B.D. Wong

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    When three traveling monks pondering the question of happiness enter a village, only one curious girl comes out of her home to interact with them. Eventually, curiosity about how to make soup from three stones brings more delectable items to the pot and harmony to the village. Narrator B.D. Wong is as mellow and rich as the soup! His resonant voice gives gentle authority to... Read More

  • ROBOT ZOT!

    ROBOT ZOT!

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jon Scieszka | Read by James Naughton

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    With fanfare, high melodrama, and enthusiasm, narrator James Naughton brings Scieszka’s zany robot, Zot, to Earth and to an exuberant exploration of this planet. Zot lands in a kitchen, where he explores cabinets, countertops, and appliances; falls in love; and faces an enormous challenge. As Zot, Naughton overflows with bold and boisterous confidence As narrator, Naughton is... Read More

  • ALL THE WORLD

    by Liz Garton Scanlon | Read by Joanne Woodward

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Stop, look, and marvel at the world around you! This is author Scanlon’s invitation and illustrator Frazee’s gift to listeners. The book celebrates simple things—a stone, a shell, a hive, the sun—and uses them to inspire an awareness of the world and the peace, trust, and love that envelop us all. Joanne Woodward narrates gently, allowing listeners to pore over Marla Frazee’s... Read More

  • DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE!

    DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE!

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Mo Willems's willful pigeon is back, and this time listeners are asked to make sure he doesn’t stay up late. A litany of pigeonly protestations will sound familiar to those with their own sleep-resisting offspring: "I’m not tired”; “I wasn’t yawning, I was just stretching”; “we never get to talk anymore”; “tell me about your day . . .” This timeless subject will amuse... Read More

  • NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED

    NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems, Trixie Willems, Cher Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Naked mole rats are pretty funny to begin with, and they're even funnier as illustrated by Mo Willems, with their bubblegum-pink complexions, outsize heads, and big buckteeth. Author Willems is the reasonable voice of Wilbur while his daughter, Trixie, narrates the bulk of the book in a childlike but professional voice. The other naked mole rats are annoyed that Wilbur prefers... Read More

  • CROW CALL

    CROW CALL

    by Lois Lowry | Read by Julia Fein

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    With her father, newly returned from the war, Lizzie heads off on her first hunting trip. Lois Lowry shares a personal memory that has universal appeal. The gentle plot revolves around the moments in which Lizzie and her dad get to know each other again as well as Lizzie’s quest to carry out the crow call. Julia Fein’s voice is gentle and pure—perfect for a girl on a special... Read More

  • KATIE LOVES THE KITTENS

    KATIE LOVES THE KITTENS

    by John Himmelman | Read by Elizabeth Himmelman

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Katie the dog just can’t get things right. She LOVES the new kittens that have arrived in the house, but her enthusiasm is too much. The kittens are frightened by Katie’s loud voice and boisterous behavior. When she sulks away to her bed for a whole day, narrator Elizabeth Himmelman mews and howls with gusto. She is imperious as Sara Ann disciplines her dog. Himmelman’s pacing... Read More

  • LOS GATOS BLACK ON HALLOWEEN

    LOS GATOS BLACK ON HALLOWEEN

    by Marisa Montes | Read by Maria Conchita Alonso

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The spooky spirit of the Halloween season is evoked in a colorfully illustrated book and a fun audio rendition by Maria Conchita Alonso. Imaginations will be fired up by an evocative narration of the story, which is complemented by the images. Background sounds include yowling cats and groaning monsters, and a haunting array of Spanish words fills the story as well. Listeners... Read More

  • WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?

    WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?

    by Barbara Kerley | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Theodore Roosevelt may have confronted many obstacles as Rough Rider, governor, and president, but he faced an even greater challenge in his daughter Alice, who “ate up the world.” When sent to Miss Spence’s Boarding School to be a proper young lady, Alice finagled a real education in her father’s library and at his table. As her father’s goodwill ambassador, she was embraced... Read More

  • CHICKEN LITTLE

    CHICKEN LITTLE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rebecca Emberly, Ed Emberly | Read by Walter Mayes

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This production is a complete package; voice, illustrations, and music complement each other and provide an upbeat, memorable listening experience. As Ed Emberly mentions in the concluding interview, he and daughter Rebecca are “addicted to fun” and are rewarded when they “pass the fun on.” The fun begins with the illustrations of Chicken Little and his ditzy companions—all... Read More

  • THE NORTH STAR

    THE NORTH STAR

    by Peter H. Reynolds | Read by Tim Curry

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Tim Curry beautifully narrates a story that encourages each youngster to find his or her own path. Curry enhances the quiet but powerful message with his soothing and melodic narration, effectively altering his pace and cadence to heighten the story’s mood. His vocal characterizations bring the listener deeper into the tale, as when the cat’s slightly condescending and... Read More

  • THAT BOOK WOMAN

    THAT BOOK WOMAN

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Heather Henson | Read by Walker Harrison

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Walter Harrison superbly narrates Henson’s wonderful story of the Pack Horse Librarians, who brought books to those living in Appalachian Kentucky during the Great Depression. Harrison reads with a subtle dialect that helps listeners understand the story’s time and place. Harrison embodies the young boy Cal, a reluctant reader whose life is transformed by the bravery of “that... Read More

  • SPOON

    SPOON

    by Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Read by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Spoon—who is an actual spoon—is worried that the other utensils—Fork, Knife, and Chopsticks—lead much more exciting lives than he does. While author Amy Krouse Rosenthal reads with a measured pace and convincing kid voices, her narration doesn't quite match the cheeky cleverness of her text and Scott Magoon's illustrations. (Spoon sleeps on sugar packet pillows in a compartment... Read More

  • THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG!

    THE PIGEON FINDS A HOT DOG!

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems, Trixie Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Mo Willems appears once again as an over-the-top pigeon. This time he’s apoplectic with glee over discovering AN ENTIRE HOT DOG! Just as he’s about to dig in, he’s interrupted by a duckling, played expertly by Willems’s daughter, Trixie. The duckling innocently asks what a hot dog tastes like. The resulting exchange between the dramatic pigeon and the cucumber-cool duckling is... Read More

  • THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS

    THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS

    by Barbara Kerley | Read by Jonathan Pryce

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    A thirst for knowledge, a passion for creativity, and a desire to share with the world are the hallmarks of Waterhouse Hawkins, a nineteenth-century British natural history artist who specialized in dinosaurs. From his earliest models of dinosaurs, derived from the latest scientific discoveries of the time, to his later years of painting and making “iguanodons,” Waterhouse... Read More

  • ¿TU MAMÁ ES UNA LLAMA?/ IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?

    by Deborah Guarino | Read by Blanca Camacho

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    Caminando por el campo en un día soleado, Lalo pregunta a todos los amigos si sus madres también son llamas. Lo que sigue es una aventura de aprendizaje en que los niños pequeños participarán y disfrutarán. En la gran tradición de los buenos libros infantiles, este audiolibro utiliza la repetición, la rima y los acertijos para captar la atención de los niños y enrollarles... Read More

  • THE GYM TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

    THE GYM TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

    by Mike Thaler | Read by Joey Stack

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This newest entry in Thaler's "Black Lagoon" series is entertaining, even with its now-familiar formula: A child's fear is made worse as he imagines a truly awful worst-case scenario. This time, rumor has it that the new gym teacher's nickname is Coach Kong and that he makes you run laps around the world, do fitness tests that include picking up a truck (if you don't pass,... Read More

  • DUCK ON A BIKE

    DUCK ON A BIKE

    by David Shannon | Read by Walter Mayes

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Down on the farm, Duck's got a crazy idea—he's going to ride a bike! Walter Mayes's energetic narration of Duck's adventure captures his freewheeling exuberance, along with the other barnyard animals' reactions to Duck's ride. Offering a variety of voices, from the sheep (who sports a New England accent) to the cat (sarcastic and haughty), Mayes captures what each animal says... Read More

  • FLETCHER AND THE FALLING LEAVES

    FLETCHER AND THE FALLING LEAVES

    by Julia Rawlinson | Read by Katherine Kellgren

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Fletcher is distraught as the season changes from summer to fall. There’s a tree in his life that he thinks of as “his tree,” and its leaves are turning brown. What can he do to make his tree feel better? How can the tree return to its leafy state? As Katherine Kellgren narrates, her voice projects caring and compassion for both Fletcher as he tries to comfort the leafless tree... Read More

  • HOW DO DINOSAURS GO TO SCHOOL?

    HOW DO DINOSAURS GO TO SCHOOL?

    by Jane Yolen | Read by Jane Yolen

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Jane Yolen's dinosaurs are back! This time they head off to school, where they just might be outrageous—pestering friends, stealing the show-and-tell demonstrations, interrupting lessons, and wiggling precariously on chairs. The author herself narrates, reading her signature questions with clear enunciation and a leisurely pace that allow young listeners to pore over Mark... Read More

  • THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW

    THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Laurie Keller | Read by Jon Carroll, David de Vries, Diana Canova

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This is an outstanding example of an audio performance that far exceeds the reading of the print book by itself. As fans of author/illustrator Laurie Keller know, her pages explode well beyond the text—asides abound, as well as subplots and humorous wordplay—all in small illustrations that encircle the main ones. Her books beg to be acted out with the richness of multiple... Read More

  • KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO

    KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO A Case of Mistaken Identity

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems, Trixie Willems, Cheryl Willems, Sophie O'Brien

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The Willems family is back to narrate the second of Knuffle Bunny's adventures. Their animation and excitement provided an intimate look into a family memory the first time around, and with KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO the magic is back. The Willemses take turns as narrator, actor, and sound effects creator as Knuffle Bunny (pronounce the “k”) has both his first trip to pre-kindergarten... Read More

  • LINCOLN AND DOUGLASS

    LINCOLN AND DOUGLASS An American Friendship

    by Nikki Giovanni | Read by Danny Glover

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This story of Abraham Lincoln's friendship with Frederick Douglass will make budding historians want to learn more. Poet Nikki Giovanni's prose is lyrical and lilting at times and more straightforward at others. Danny Glover's voice is deep and friendly, and his narration is backed up by subtle sound effects—murmuring crowds, shushing waves. The music is particularly stunning,... Read More

  • MATH CURSE

    MATH CURSE

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jon Scieszka | Read by Nancy Wu

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    "The Math Curse" is a curse every child can identify with—one through which life becomes one big math problem—getting dressed, going to school, eating lunch—you name it. Nancy Wu creates an appealing and inquisitive portrayal of the unnamed female protagonist and voices other characters skillfully as well. Wu's narration also complements the humor in the writing, further... Read More

  • FIRST THE EGG

    FIRST THE EGG

    by Laura Vaccaro Seeger | Read by Elle Fanning

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Elle Fanning's quiet voice and relaxed pace set the perfect tone for poring over Laura Vaccaro Seeger's story of transformations. Amid gentle music and subtle sound effects, the egg becomes a chicken; the tadpole grows into a ribbeting frog. As the pattern is established, Fanning adds a questioning rise to her narration—seed? caterpillar? paint?—inviting the listener to... Read More

  • CRAZY HAIR DAY

    CRAZY HAIR DAY

    by Barney Saltzberg | Read by Zach Braff

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    "This is going to be a day I will never forget!" exclaims Stanley Birdbaum as his mother helps him prepare for Crazy Hair Day. With Halloween hair spray and styling gel how can he go wrong? Arriving in the classroom, Stanley is greeted by his classmates' laughter. But why? Dejected and alone in the boys bathroom, Stanley is befriended by Larry Finchfeather, the class... Read More

  • DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS

    DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This whimsical picture book charges young listeners with carrying out the title task, despite being confronted by a pigeon who will do anything to get the wheel of the bus in his wingtips. Author-illustrator Mo Willems’s narration makes one imagine a very fun publicity tour. As narrator, Willems offers listeners a pigeon who's urbane and gritty, blue-collared and husky voiced.... Read More

  • EL CONEJITO KNUFFLE/ KNUFFLE BUNNY

    EL CONEJITO KNUFFLE/ KNUFFLE BUNNY

    by Mo Willems, F. Isabel Campoy [Trans.] | Read by Jorge Pupo, Ivette Gonsales, Diana Canova

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    Todo que se puede esperar de un audiolibro para niños se encuentra en este libro! Hay una historia encantadora, una banda sonora musical y efectos de sonido que reflejan la acción del cuento y una narración en turnos por Jorge Pupo e Ivette Gonsales que enrolla directamente a los lectores. Este audiocuento lee como una memoria muy recontada y querida. La pequeña Trixie termina... Read More

  • HENRY'S FREEDOM BOX

    HENRY'S FREEDOM BOX

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Ellen Levine | Read by Jerry Dixon

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    When a picture book wins a Caldecott Honor Medal, it takes a skilled narrator to capture the story’s words AND its illustrations. Jerry Dixon’s gentle, intimate presentation welcomes the listener to Henry "Box" Brown's life. One can only be impressed by Henry’s character as he experiences the gruesome existence of a slave during the mid-1800s. Nothing can ameliorate his pain as... Read More

  • GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY

    by Allen Say | Read by B.D. Wong

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    How important is the narrator's pacing in this Caldecott Medal-winning recording! B.D. Wong provides time to pore over Allen Say's breathtaking illustrations and to reflect on his poignant thoughts. Wong's gentle voice settles into the background, letting the family portraits and landscapes speak to the push and pull of life in Japan and America and to the similarities between... Read More

  • WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A TAIL LIKE THIS?

    WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A TAIL LIKE THIS?

    by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page | Read by James Naughton

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    In a pleasantly inviting voice, narrator James Naughton engages children with a series of questions and answers about the amazing things animals can do with various parts of their bodies. Turning the pages of this attractive picture book (which has beautiful, realistic paper cuts by illustrator Jenkins), children will learn about a variety of noses, ears, tails, eyes, feet, and... Read More

  • CHATO Y SU CENA/ CHATO'S KITCHEN

    CHATO Y SU CENA/ CHATO'S KITCHEN

    by Gary Soto | Read by Jorge Pupo

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    Chato es un gato chulísimo que invita a sus vecinos, una familia de ratoncitos, a su casa para cenar. Los ratoncitos ingenuos preparan su comida preferida, unas quesadillas, para traer a la casa de Chato sin saber que ellos son el plato principal de la cena! Este audiolibro en español, presentado en un juego bonito de libro y CD y producido por Weston Woods Studios es bien... Read More

  • GREAT JOY

    GREAT JOY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kate DiCamillo | Read by Jane Curtin

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    An organ-grinder and his monkey play music outside little Frances's window just before Christmas. Frances stays up one night and discovers that the two sleep on the street. Jane Curtin's insightful narration of this gentle, poignant tale is expressive yet elegant. Her assured voice— sometimes amused, sometimes compassionate— illuminates the story's fullest meaning. Whether... Read More

  • LEO, EL RETOÑO TARDÍO/ LEO, THE LATE BLOOMER

    LEO, EL RETOÑO TARDÍO/ LEO, THE LATE BLOOMER

    by Robert Kraus | Read by Blanca Camacho

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    Leo es un tigre joven que no sabe hacer nada bien. El pobre está triste y quiere crecer ya, pero sus padres le aconsejan que deba tener paciencia. Este cuento de niños es tan lindo en el español que en el inglés. El libro mismo contiene unas ilustraciones de José Aruego las cuales son brillantes, llenos de colores vivos y dibujos agradables. La lectura de Blanca Camacho es... Read More

  • ART

    ART

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Patrick McDonnell | Read by Bobby McFerrin

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    A little boy who loves to draw, Art, shares his art. Author/illustrator McDonnell creates a short story that takes flight with the innovations of Bobby McFerrin's narration. Listeners don't get just one narration—there are three—and, true to McFerrin's celebrated style, each has different trills, vocal jazz, and improv. Two versions follow the usual read-along pattern—one with... Read More

  • EL PUNTO/ THE DOT

    EL PUNTO/ THE DOT

    by Peter H. Reynolds, Esther Rubio [Trans.] | Read by Blanca Vasquez

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    Vashti no sabe qué dibujar en su clase de arte. Da un golpe de frustración con su lápiz en el papel, y el punto dibujado inicia un viaje personal de descubrimiento artístico. Este cuento notable es un ganador de varios premios que ha sido presentado como un audiolibro en español por Weston Woods Studios de una manera magistral. El paquete que incluye el disco compacto y el... Read More

  • HARRY, EL PERRITO SUCIO/ HARRY, THE DIRTY DOG

    HARRY, EL PERRITO SUCIO/ HARRY, THE DIRTY DOG

    by Gene Zion | Read by Jorge Pupo

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    Si no recuerdan este clásico de su niñez, vale la pena conocerlo con sus hijos. HARRY, EL PERRITO SUCIO sigue siendo un libro memorable y agradable. Este conjunto de libro y CD, producido por Weston Woods Studios, deleita los lectores/oyentes no sólo con los dibujos encantadores de Margaret Bloy Graham y el texto escrito por Gene Zion, sino también de la lectura de Jorge Pupo... Read More

  • MADAM PRESIDENT

    MADAM PRESIDENT

    by Lane Smith | Read by Anna Chiodo

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The narrator of one of Lane Smith's picture books has a vital role in the book's success as an audiobook. Enunciation of the text requires precision, and well-placed pauses allow the listener to pore over the detailed illustrations. This production presents a child-friendly explanation of the presidential office. Anna Chiodo takes Smith's humor to heart and exaggerates his... Read More

  • MARCH ON!

    MARCH ON! The Day My Brother Martin Changed The World

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Christine King Farris | Read by Lynn Whitfield

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Farris shares intimate details of her brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and narrator Lynn Whitfield brings an immediate connection to the memoir. Her gentle voice speaks directly and firmly as she deepens our understanding of the person behind the name and the headlines. Her emotion is palpable as she describes the moment King looked out from his hotel room at the... Read More

  • LA SENORITA RUNFIO/ MISS RUMPHIUS

    LA SENORITA RUNFIO/ MISS RUMPHIUS

    by Barbara Cooney | Read by Bianca Camacho

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    El mayor deseo de la niña Alicia es viajar por todo el mundo y volver a vivir a orillas del mar como su abuelo. Pero, el abuelo le dice que también debe ayudar a embellecer el mundo. Siendo mujercita, Alicia se propone a cumplir con las tres cosas que le prometió a su abuelo. Ahora la llaman, “señorita Runfio.” Así empieza este cuento que seguramente será una experiencia... Read More

  • CASI/ ISH

    CASI/ ISH

    by Peter H. Reynolds | Read by Jorge Pupo

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    A Ramón le encanta dibujar y lo hace a cualquier hora y en cualquier lugar. Un día su hermano León se burla de una de sus creaciones y Ramón empieza a obsesionarse con dibujar todo de una manera exacta. Como se puede imaginar, Ramón rápidamente se encuentra frustrado con la búsqueda de la perfección. Así empieza el cuento de este audiolibro llamado CASI. El cuento es apropiado... Read More

  • I'M DIRTY!

    I'M DIRTY!

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan | Read by Steve Buscemi

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    With a digger in back and a bucket up front, there’s not a task this backhoe doesn't find "as easy as (mud) pie." Following a celebrated line of McMullan hard-working vehicles (a tugboat and a garbage truck), this dude is ready for duty—whether scooping up, dumping in, pulling out, or cleaning up. Steve Buscemi narrates with gusto, delighting in the escapades of this vehicle.... Read More

  • THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF

    THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF

    by B.G. Hennessy | Read by Peter Scolari

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Hennessy retells this classic tale of the shepherd boy who finds his sheep-watching responsibility too tedious. In this modern version the boy despairs over "boring" days—without excitement and without friends. Young listeners will simply enjoy the story. Older ones who are familiar with the original will wonder what the outcome will be as the shepherd boy masterminds a new... Read More

  • BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!

    BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!

    by Bob Barner | Read by Crystal Taliefero, Alexandra Secchi

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Simple and friendly descriptions of common bugs are paired with a print book that provides additional facts and drawings that show actual sizes. The text is set to a jaunty tune with vocals that capture the energy of the book’s vibrant, multitextured collage illustrations. The “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” song is catchy and well enunciated, making it easy for listeners to sing along.... Read More

  • DIARY OF A FLY

    DIARY OF A FLY

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Abigail Breslin et al.

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Abigail Breslin (of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE fame) reads this enjoyable follow-up to the bestselling diaries of a worm and a spider, who make appearances in this book as well. Breslin's expressive, youthful voice is perfectly suited to that of “fly girl,” and she handles the gently humorous yet informative story line well. We learn a fly's average flight speed (4.5 mph) and how... Read More

  • DO UNTO OTTERS

    DO UNTO OTTERS A Book About Manners

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Laurie Keller | Read by Jack Sundrud and a Full Cast

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Author Laurie Keller thought for a long time about writing a book on the topic of treating each other with kindness. The result is a production that celebrates the Golden Rule as it features playful otters, their rabbit neighbors, and Keller's enlightening, humorous asides. Jack Sundrud opens the recording with his catchy “Doo-Dee-Doo Song” and moves into the action of the... Read More

  • VOYAGE TO THE BUNNY PLANET

    VOYAGE TO THE BUNNY PLANET

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Rosemary Wells | Read by Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Three young rabbits, who are each having a bad day, take a trip to the Bunny Planet, where Queen Janet, listens to them and helps them see a better day—"the day that should have been." Maggie Gyllenhaal reads this book beautifully. Her soothing, nurturing voice mirrors the reassuring text, and her intonation helps the listener feel the characters' emotions. The reading is crisp... Read More

  • THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS!

    THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS! By A. Wolf

    by Jon Scieszka | Read by Paul Giamatti

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Convincing one's audience that the well-loved version of a folktale is not to be believed is no easy task. Scieszka re-plots THE THREE LITTLE PIGS with gusto, and Paul Giamatti brings the definitive narration to persuade even the most doubting listener of its veracity. Giamatti's quiet, authoritative voice makes one immediately intimate with Mr. Wolf and eager to hear his... Read More

  • HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kadir Nelson | Read by Crystal Taliefero

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    What a wonderful collaboration for the senses! Kadir Nelson combines colors—rich and vibrant or soft and warm—and striking images for a book that celebrates community at all levels. Add to that Crystal Taliefero's sympathetic arrangements and singing, and this is truly a work—or several works—of art. Taliefero's voice weaves and climbs, changing rhythm to match each verse and... Read More

  • DOOBY DOOBY MOO

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Randy Travis

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This work by the award-winning Cronin begs for music and gets it—and more. Music, voice, and soundscape blend into a magnificent story symphony. Randy Travis narrates with a drawl that fits the wacky farm where the animals are musical. Sheep baa “Home on the Range‚” cows moo “Twinkle, Twinkle,” and Duck, always the star of the barn, does a rendition of “Born to be Wild” that... Read More

  • ROSA

    by Nikki Giovanni | Read by Nikki Giovanni

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This handsomely illustrated account of Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her seat chronicles Parks’s journey from unassuming bus rider to Civil Rights leader. In Giovanni’s account, Rosa has had a “good day,” and her choice to stay seated is prompted by courage rather than exhaustion. Giovanni’s calm, strong narration lends dignity (and occasionally quiet outrage) to Parks’s... Read More

  • MAX'S WORDS

    by Kate Banks | Read by T.R. Knight

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    There are few things more pleasurable for children than listening to a story and having the opportunity to pore over intriguing illustrations. T.R. Knight provides just that. As Max regards his brothers' collections of stamps and coins, he is perplexed about what he himself might collect. Then he’s inspired, and he’s off collecting words—cut-out printed words, words with... Read More

  • MY SENATOR AND ME A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.

    by Edward M. Kennedy | Read by Edward M. Kennedy, David de Vries

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    What a timely listening experience! Senator Kennedy provides a child-friendly look at Washington and the workings of our government—from area landmarks to a glimpse into a senator's day to the mechanics of passing an education bill—all seen through the eyes of Senator Kennedy's Portuguese water dog, Splash. The tagteam narration with Senator Kennedy as himself and David de... Read More

  • A VERY BRAVE WITCH

    by Alison McGhee | Read by Elle Fanning

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This read-aloud Halloween picture book offers appealing illustrations by Harry Bliss, fun facts about witches (did you know that most are afraid of humans?), and a fun encounter between a little witch and a little human that tests the courage of both. The youthful Elle Fanning (sister of actress Dakota) does a truly fine job narrating this small story. She doesn't rush, is... Read More

  • WALLACE'S LISTS

    by Barabara Bottner, Gerald Kruglik | Read by Zach Braff

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Wallace's life as an uptight urban mouse is ruled by the lists he makes for everything. He can't even greet his carefree new neighbor, Albert, until "Say hello" is on the list. Zach Braff brings life to these two opposite characters as they slowly form a friendship more important to Wallace than the safety provided by his lists. The story is enhanced throughout by sound effects... Read More

  • THE JOURNEY OF THE ONE AND ONLY DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

    by Judith St. George | Read by Jeff Brooks

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    That a document as important and storied as the Declaration of Independence could be so erratically cared for is most remarkable. From its unanimous ratification in 1776 to the present day, the Declaration of Independence has had many guardians, many adventures, and many locales. Imagine a wagon ride from Philadelphia to Baltimore, secret trips to New Jersey and on to the new... Read More

  • HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT THEIR FOOD?

    by Jane Yolen | Read by Jane Yolen

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This tale of prehistoric table manners is enhanced by the author's narration. Jane Yolen, a poet who enjoys language, lingers just the right amount over the rhymes and rhythms that make her words so pleasing to young listeners' ear. "Does he fuss, does he fidget or squirm in his chair? Does he flip his spaghetti high into the air?" She paces the questions so that youngsters can... Read More

  • JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE & BEN

    by Lane Smith | Read by James Earl Jones

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This handsomely illustrated tongue-in-cheek biography will make listeners laugh. The book presents a unique version of the five Founding Fathers' youthful personalities. (Tom Jefferson isn’t mentioned in the title because he's so independent he's hardly ever around.) The story explains how their natures prepared them for their roles in history. James Earl Jones's deep voice... Read More

  • LEONARDO, THE TERRIBLE MONSTER

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Leonardo is terrible at being a monster—he’s not scary at all. So he decides to be something else instead. This book, by the author/illustrator of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS, is also narrated by him. Willems pulls out all the stops to entertain young listeners. His characterizations range from that of the grand ringmaster, who presents the different monsters, to failed... Read More

  • THE LIBRARIAN FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

    by Mike Thaler | Read by Alexander Gould

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Another installment in the popular Teacher from the Black Lagoon series elaborates on the rumors about the strict school librarian. Mrs. Beamster is called “The Laminator." You get laminated for talking in the library. You're not allowed to breathe in there, and the books are bolted onto the shelves to keep them in order and . . . you get the idea. Alexander Gould is once again... Read More

  • SEVEN BLIND MICE

    SEVEN BLIND MICE

    by Ed Young | Read by B.D. Wong

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    What is the “something” by the pond? With hesitation and trepidation, six mice individually approach the creature and report findings back to the group over the course of a week. Yes, it is “sturdy,” “supple,” “wide,” “sharp,” “breezy,” and “stringy,” depending on which way one approaches it. But what creature possesses all these attributes? It takes the wise seventh mouse to... Read More

  • DIARY OF A SPIDER

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Angus T. Jones

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    What strikes fear into a spider's heart? Who is a spider's best friend? What does a spider do all day? After a peek into Spider's diary, the sometimes maligned creature will be better appreciated. Listeners will join Spider for Grandparents’ Day and Safety Day at school, be part of a run-in with Daddy Longlegs, and be a "fly on the wall" for other after-school antics. Angus T.... Read More

  • BEAR WANTS MORE

    by Karma Wilson | Read by Karma Wilson

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Ravenous is the word to describe Bear as he awakes from his winter hibernation. Neither the strawberries nor the clover can satiate his appetite. By the time Bear arrives back at his den for a wake-up surprise party, he has a bit of difficulty attending the event. (Think of Pooh at Rabbit’s house.) Karma Wilson brings personality to her characters in just the way she conceived... Read More

  • DINOSAUR BONES

    by Bob Barner | Read by Jerry Dixon

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Travel back sixty-five million years to hear about dinosaurs and dinosaur bones. Bob Barner packs much dinosaur food for thought into his book. Not only can one simultaneously listen to and read the text, but one can also enjoy the bold illustrations and accompanying factual information. Barner's rhymes will appeal to young audiences, especially as read by Jerry Dixon. This... Read More

  • INCH BY INCH

    by Leo Lionni | Read by Ron McLarty

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    What can be measured in inches? A robin’s tail? A flamingo’s neck? A toucan’s beak? A nightingale’s song? The endearing inchworm of Lionni’s classic scrunches himself up and down just fine as he measures the body parts of his acquaintances—until he encounters a bird more interested in a meal than a numerical reading. A fun example of quick thinking will delight young audiences.... Read More

  • KNUFFLE BUNNY

    KNUFFLE BUNNY

    by Mo Willems | Read by Mo Willems, Cheryl Willems, Trixie Willems

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    As she walks down the sidewalk with her dad past the park and school and into the Laundromat where they load the family's dirty clothes into the machine, Trixie doesn't miss a thing. Her father does, and therein comes the fun. Audio doesn’t get more authentic than having the real-life characters themselves narrate their own story. Just as her character does in the book, toddler... Read More

  • I COULD DO THAT Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote

    by Linda Arms White | Read by Joan Allen

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    "I can do that!" exclaims Esther Morris many times throughout her life, beginning with daily chores at home and ultimately challenging the men-only political world of the United States in the 1800s. Ironically, it is her own sons who remind her of her capability when it comes to filling a judgeship and, simultaneously, being Wyoming’s first woman to hold public office. Esther... Read More

  • OPEN WIDE Tooth School Inside

    by Laurie Keller | Read by Michael McKean, Stephanie J. Block, et al.

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This laugh-out-loud production is great nonfiction for young listeners and a clever way to teach kids about their teeth--and how to take care of them--with plenty of silliness. OPEN WIDE is the kind of picture book that’s perfect for a full cast of readers because they can bring to life all of the hilarious asides in Laurie Keller’s fabulous illustrations. So we get Michael... Read More

  • EMILY’S FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL

    by Rosemary Wells | Read by Diana Canova

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Diana Canova brings alive Rosemary Wells’s popular counting book, pulling out all the stops. She sings, does a great imitation of teenaged big sister Eloise’s superior voice, and puts a lot of energy and imagination into the miscellaneous characters we meet along the way, from teacher Miss Cribbage and neighbor Mr. Huffington to relatives and friends alike. Some may wish that... Read More

  • HONDO & FABIAN

    by Peter McCarty | Read by Jeff Brooks

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This amiable wisp of a tale offers quiet contrasts between the action-packed day of Hondo the dog (who goes out for adventures in the car and on the beach) and that of Fabian the cat (who stays home and plays with the baby). Reader Jeff Brooks makes the most of this minimalist narrative. He reads with enthusiasm and differentiates the personalities of the two animals, but... Read More

  • JAMES MARSHALL’S CINDERELLA

    by Barbara Keith, James Marshall | Read by Stephanie J. Block

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Popular children’s illustrator Marshall gently brings this old favorite to life once more with his simple pictures. Given their cartoon style and humor, there’s never any doubt about this story’s happy ending, even when Cinderella is forced to labor by her mean-spirited stepsisters. Stephanie J. Block narrates the tale in a gentle, steady voice that easily creates a variety of... Read More

  • LON PO PO

    by Ed Young | Read by B.D. Wong

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Young's Caldecott winner is set in China. When a wolf gains admittance to the home while Mother is away, two youngsters with a clever older sister mastermind the wolf's downfall and deliver almost more suspense than the listener can bear. B. D. Wong's narration brings richness to the tale. As the wolf, his low and wispy voice, which may be due to a cold, oozes frigidity. Wong... Read More

  • THAT NEW ANIMAL

    by Emily Jenkins, Pierre Pratt | Read by Emily Jenkins

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    How will two family pets adjust when "that new animal" is welcomed into the household? More poignantly, how might those two dogs tell the story themselves? Emily Jenkins chronicles a baby's settling into the family--from its initial arrival to the protective moments during grandfather's visit to that eventual time when the new animal smells more familiar than strange. Jenkins... Read More

  • WILL YOU SIGN HERE, JOHN HANCOCK?

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jean Fritz | Read by Jeff Brooks

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This lively book brings history to children by shedding light on one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, who turns out to be quite a character. Listeners will enjoy learning about the slightly narcissistic Hancock, who wants everybody to like and admire him. Fritz has done a great job capturing Hancock’s humanity, and narrator Jeff Brooks does everything to get this quirky... Read More

  • ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT

    ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Laurie Keller | Read by Michael McKean, Diana Canova, David de Vries, et al.

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    If ever there were an author whose work begs to be fully voiced, it is Laurie Keller’s. There is no better way to follow the story line and the myriad of related scenes that adorn each page than by hearing differentiated voices. Michael McKean is superb at giving voice to Arnie and to each supporting character. His presentation gives the story its due while underscoring the... Read More

  • CHICKA CHICKA 1 2 3

    by Bill Martin, Michael Sampson | Read by Crystal Taliefero

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Given the happy beat and welcome return of this tree-climbing crew, it won’t be long before the entire listening cohort is chanting along to this recording. This time it is the numbers--all the way to 99--who head up the apple tree as their endearing attributes are described. They survive the predictable tumble and climb boldly back. Crystal Taliefero cheerfully sets the pace... Read More

  • ELLINGTON WAS NOT A STREET

    by Ntozake Shange | Read by Phylicia Rashad

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    "It hasn't always been this way/ Ellington was not a street." To the backdrop of Ellington's "Mood Indigo," with all the static of a record on a record player, the listener is treated to the poetry of visitors through the author's house. Rashad's voice is gentle, yet firm. Her drawn-out pauses heighten the mysteriousness and import of each guest. Now, open the book and listen... Read More

  • HOW DO DINOSAURS GET WELL SOON?

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jane Yolen | Read by Jane Yolen

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    In a delightful and needed story for young children, Yolen's newest dinosaur book combines children's fascination with dinosaurs with the discomfort, even fear, that often comes with being sick, going to the doctor, and taking medicine. As narrator, she adds the perfect voice--soothing and calm tones, with just the right inflection in the questions and a touch of humor. In... Read More

  • BEAR SNORES ON

    BEAR SNORES ON

    by Karma Wilson | Read by Karma Wilson

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The image of a bear hibernating through a long and snowy winter is a cozy one. The arrival of non-hibernating animals seeking refuge is highly plausible, as is the depth of the bear's sleep. Let the fun begin! A few tasty treats shared among a few friends make for merry festivities. The author allows young listeners to appreciate the rhyme and beat of the story, to soak in the... Read More

  • TIME OF WONDER

    by Robert McCloskey | Read by James Naughton

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    McCloskey's timeless story of the seasons on Maine islands evokes and awakens each of the senses. From the early rain and yellow fog of spring through the sparkling blues and racing schooners of summer to the darkening, tingling suspense of a hurricane’s fury--listeners experience the times of wonder. James Naughton personalizes the moments with a subtle emphasis on the "you"... Read More

  • THE CATERPILLAR AND THE POLLIWOG

    by Jack Kent | Read by Halley Feiffer

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    "When I grow up, I’m going to turn into something else." The caterpillar eagerly spreads her secret around the pond. Could the polliwog also do this? The fish, wise from school, report that it is so--polliwog will change also. Days later, when the butterfly emerges, another change has taken place, as well. Halley Feiffer brings crisp narration to this well-loved story. Through... Read More

  • THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER

    by Brothers Grimm, retold by Jim LaMarche | Read by Patrick Stewart

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Who could make such delicate and exquisite shoes? Who is responsible for bringing the shoemaker and his wife from rags to riches? Listening to the Grimm Brothers’ favorite tale, one’s delight in discovering the little elves and imagining their nighttime cobbling never grows old. The dignified voice of Patrick Stewart befits a timeless story. In harmony with the jaunty musical... Read More

  • I LOST MY BEAR

    by Jules Feiffer | Read by Kristen Hahn

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    “Think like a detective!” So suggests the heroine’s mother at the loss of a prized stuffed animal. Neither her father nor her sister has the patience for the search. As the frustration point nears, something has to be done, and Jules Feiffer comes through with signature originality. Given the humor and exaggeration in Feiffer’s illustrations, this book demands a narrator who... Read More

  • THE LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE AND THE GREAT GRAY BRIDGE

    by Hildegarde H. Swift, Lynd Ward | Read by David de Vries

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    For years the little red lighthouse has been mistress of the waters at the mouth of the Hudson River. Vessels of all sizes, from small canoes to large ships, have had kind words as they passed. The keeper has tended the light with great care. But when the bustle of bridge construction gives the lighthouse consternation, she loses her belief in her importance. Then one dark and... Read More

  • PETUNIA

    by Roger Duvoisin | Read by Diana Canova

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Petunia does not appreciate the moniker “Silly Goose.” And she knows that Mr. Pumpkin has said, “He who owns books and loves them is wise.” So when Petunia finds a book in the meadow, she knows it’s for her. But does just carrying a book make Petunia wise? As she shares her opinions around the barnyard, the other animals come to question Petunia’s wisdom. Diana Canova narrates... Read More

  • PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS

    PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS

    by Shana Corey | Read by Zooey Deschanel

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Katie Casey walks, talks, and dreams baseball in a time when girls don’t play baseball. But when the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is formed, Katie gets her chance at bat. Inspired by the same real-life events that informed the movie A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, Shana Corey’s (YOU FORGOT YOUR SKIRT, AMELIA BLOOMER) celebration of pioneering women is a girl-power... Read More

  • DUCK FOR PRESIDENT

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Randy Travis

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    When Duck gets fed up with his chores on the farm (he takes out the trash, mows the lawn, and grinds coffee beans), he decides he can run the place better than Farmer Brown and devises a farm election. His landslide win is quickly followed by the realization that running a farm is hard work--so Duck runs for governor and then president. Doreen Cronin (CLICK, CLACK, MOO) devises... Read More

  • NO ROSES FOR HARRY!

    by Gene Zion | Read by Bruce Bayley Johnson

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Have you ever wondered what a dog might think about the sweater or coat that an owner puts on a pet? Let Harry (of HARRY THE DIRTY DOG fame) tell you. When Grandma sends Harry a birthday sweater knitted with roses, Harry is not pleased. Could he possibly lose the sweater and still be in Grandma’s good graces when she comes for a visit? Bruce Johnson paces the story to pack its... Read More

  • WILL I HAVE A FRIEND?

    by Miriam Cohen | Read by David de Vries

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Imagine the sounds of a kindergarten classroom! This audiobook is replete with chattering children, a warm but stern teacher, music behind the narration, and page-turning sound effects. So it’s pretty close to the real thing, an energetic tumble of happy confusion and learning. Narrator David de Vries sounds genuine as Jim, who is looking for a friend on the first day of... Read More

  • THE DOT

    THE DOT

    by Peter H. Reynolds | Read by Thora Birch

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The feeling of inadequacy one feels when asked to perform a seemingly impossible task resonates with all of us. For young Vashti, it happens when the art teacher asks her to complete a difficult assignment. Happily, her teacher provides just the right support to bolster new confidence. As one painting leads to another, the creative spirit triumphs. Reynolds’s spare... Read More

  • I STINK!

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan | Read by Andy Richter

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    It’s a fine night for the garbage truck. It makes its rounds, collecting curbside trash throughout the city and delivering it to the garbage scow. Heard this before? Not the way Kate and Jim McMullan have created it and Andy Richter presents it. For the young trash truck aficionado, this is the definitive recording. As the anatomy of the truck is exposed and its mechanisms... Read More

  • THE POT THAT JUAN BUILT

    by Nancy Andrews-Goebel | Read by Alfred Molina

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Weston Woods has created a total and satisfying listening package yet again. A playful poem and accompanying text depict the work of potter Juan Quezada in Mata Ortiz, Mexico. The story is illuminated by the spectacular illustrations of David Diaz and the original music of Otmaro Ruiz. In sum, the biographical journey is as artful as Quezada's pottery. Alfred Molina's... Read More

  • THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

    by Simms Taback | Read by Mandy Patinkin

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Randolph Caldecott first illustrated this old rhyme, and now Caldecott Medal winner Simms Taback shares his own detailed, humorous version. The listening experience alone is delightful. The combination of sound effects, klezmer-like music, repetition of the text, and Mandy Patinkin’s interpretation is engaging. Patinkin gives personality to each character--a somber,... Read More

  • BARK, GEORGE

    by Jules Feiffer | Read by John Lithgow

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    George just does not seem to be able to learn to bark like a proper dog. Any animal’s sound, except for a dog’s, comes from his mouth. As his mother teaches him to the utmost of her ability and admonishes him with each mistake, the listener will begin to chuckle. When the exasperated mother dog takes George to the veterinarian, the listener will laugh out loud as the... Read More

  • CHATO AND THE PARTY ANIMALS

    CHATO AND THE PARTY ANIMALS

    by Gary Soto | Read by Luis Guzman

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    When his best friend does not share his exuberance for celebrations, Chato, the barrio’s favorite cat, takes matters into his own paws. “Everybody needs a birthday party,” says Chato. He and his friends decorate and cook, plan music, and party outrageously in honor of Novio Boy. But where’s the guest of honor? Kidnapped? Lost? As the friends reminisce, Novio Boy’s fine... Read More

  • DEM BONES

    by Bob Barner | Read by Chris Thomas King

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Take one traditional song, exuberant illustrations, and a spirited musician/ narrator--and a listening treasure awaits you! Chris Thomas King has taken the favorite “bones song,” engagingly illustrated by Bob Barner, and added music, as well as his own expanded text. Did you know that the shoulder bone is the most frequently broken bone of children? Or how many bones are in the... Read More

  • SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY

    SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Jacqueline Briggs Martin | Read by Sean Astin

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    “Snow in Vermont is as common as snowflakes.” So said all of Wilson Bentley’s neighbors, and they scorned his passion for observing and photographing snow. Yet, with the passage of time, Bentley’s “gift to the world” became crystal clear, and Jericho, Vermont, took pride in the magnificent accomplishments of Snowflake Bentley. This gentle production reflects the gentle man... Read More

  • ELLA FITZGERALD

    ELLA FITZGERALD The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Andrea Davis Pinkney | Read by Billy Dee Williams

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    The hip narration of Scat Cat (Andrea Pinkney), the captivating illustrations of Brian Pinkney, and the music that bears her name bring Ella Fitzgerald vividly to life for young listeners. From the beginning moments when she was too stage frightened to dance--so she sang instead--to the Savoy’s Battle of the Bands and on to Carnegie Hall with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella set the... Read More

  • HENRY BUILDS A CABIN

    by D.B. Johnson | Read by James Naughton

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Sounds of woodworking tools and gentle music provide the casual backdrop for Henry, a bear (but read Henry David Thoreau), as he sets about to build a cabin nestled on the wooded shore of Walden Pond. As the seasons unfold and the work moves purposefully along, many of Henry’s distinguished neighbors visit and remark upon the small size of his abode. “It’s bigger than it... Read More

  • COME ON, RAIN!

    by Karen Hesse | Read by Leila Ali

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Drooping lupines. Dripping gardeners. Listless children. Panting cats. A rumbling truck that suggests thunder. And then it comes! In the distance, Tessie spots the bulging and billowing clouds. She spreads the word and the bathing suit alert. Not only the kids are involved in the ensuing rainy revelry! Leila Ali's voice is light and childlike as Tessie and her friends,... Read More

  • NOAH'S ARK

    by Jerry Pinkney | Read by Dennis Haysbert

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Jerry Pinkney's illustrations for NOAH'S ARK merited a 2003 Caldecott Honor Medal. The richness and detail of his watercolor artwork infuse the timeless story with life and meaning. From the time of destruction to the spreading of the rainbow, Pinkney retells Noah's story of ark and flood, animal and family. Dennis Haysbert narrates the story with due pomp and ceremony. His... Read More

  • SHRINKING VIOLET

    by Cari Best | Read by Calista Flockhart

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This story astutely captures the painful shyness of those who are, like Violet, "allergic to attention." Actress Calista Flockhart's surprisingly empathetic reading (was SHE once shy?) creates a spirited, likable Violet who will do anything to avoid the spotlight. Flockhart's characterization of pesky classmate Erwin, who keeps calling attention to Violet just to torture her,... Read More

  • THE TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

    by Mike Thaler | Read by Jonathan Lipnicki, Diana Canova

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Narrator Jonathan Lipnicki does a terrific job as the young student facing his worst nightmare of a teacher: Mrs. Green (and she is) scratches her name on the blackboard with claws, incinerates students with her breath, and teaches fractions by dividing a student in half. Diana Canova performs this slithering teacher with evil glee, and the horror-movie background music... Read More

  • WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

    WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

    by Maurice Sendak | Read by Peter Schickele

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Sendak’s book has been a children's classic for more than 20 years, and this audio version only makes it better. Peter Schickele manages to portray all of Max's emotions--anger, sadness, joy, and loneliness--using varied pace, elongated words, clear enunciation, and the staccato pattern of young children's speech. And while at first he sounds too gruff, as soon as he softens... Read More

  • ¡QUÉ MONTÓN DE TAMALES!/ TOO MANY TAMALES!

    by Gary Soto | Read by Blanca Camacho

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Spanish Audio

    It's Christmas Eve, and Maria feels grown up helping her mother make tamales for a festive family dinner. When her mother leaves for a moment, Maria tries on her sparkling diamond ring, which later disappears--into one of the tamales? Blanca Camacho's warm, pleasant voice enhances the ensuing drama and increases our pleasure in the book's glowing illustrations. The background... Read More

  • YO! YES?

    by Chris Raschka | Read by Ryann Williams, Tucker Bliss

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    A book with just 34 words seems a risky choice for an audio production, yet this innovative Caldecott Honor story pulls it off. This tale of a growing friendship is told through minimal dialogue and has a decidedly urban feeling: It's propelled by a finger-snapping, rap-like rhythm, complete with the occasional siren in the background. The two children narrating do an... Read More

  • HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT?

    by Jane Yolen | Read by Jane Yolen

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    This delightful bedtime story is sure to please young and old. Toddlers will love Mark Teague’s bright and bold illustrations, with dinosaurs that are not quite so ferocious as in real life. The background music and the sound effects (thumping, groaning) provide wonderful transitions between the pages. Jane Yolen’s narration is just right, with a sterner, more demanding voice... Read More

  • IF YOU MADE A MILLION

    by David M. Schwartz | Read by Bruce Johnson

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Combining the practical lessons of learning about money with the cheerful, fun, often fantastical illustrations of Steven Kellogg, IF YOU MADE A MILLION is a wonderful book for the primary-grade student. Bruce Johnson’s husky voice clearly expresses pleasure, and even amazement, at the different configurations and combinations of money, with children’s voices reading the job... Read More

  • SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?

    SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT?

    Earphones Award Winner

    by Judith St. George | Read by Stockard Channing

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    St. George’s romp through history, pointing out the similarities and peccadilloes of our famous forefathers, is absorbing and entertaining, offering little bits of presidential trivia. Touching subjects pertinent to kids, like presidential pets, homework, and the negatives and positives of the job, St. George’s text is full of fascinating detail. Next, add an excellent... Read More

  • I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY CAKES

    by Rose Lewis | Read by Mia Farrow

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Children love to hear stories of themselves and where they came from. This gentle story about one little girl's placement and adoption with a loving mother will fit that need nicely for both adoptive children and those born into their families. Mia Farrow reads the simple words and short, easy sentences concretely and intimately, as if telling the story to a child sitting right... Read More

  • IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?

    IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?

    by Deborah Guarino | Read by Amy Madigan

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    As the title queries, young Lloyd has an urgent question for many of his animal friends. In prose rich with rhyme, Deborah Guarino gives voice to each animal’s clues about its own mother’s looks, habits, and abode and urges the listener to chime in with the mother’s name. Also encouraging listener participation is Amy Madigan’s narration. She sets a leisurely pace, as Lloyd... Read More

  • MARTIN’S BIG WORDS

    by Doreen Rappaport | Read by Michael Clark Duncan

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Although there are already many books about Martin Luther King, Jr., this one has its own special place. Giving a brief history of the Civil Rights movement and a little information about King, the book focuses on the struggle for equal rights through peaceful means, using quotes from King to emphasize his beliefs. Duncan's narration, in a low, deep, strong voice, juxtaposes... Read More

  • CLICK, CLACK, MOO COWS THAT TYPE

    by Doreen Cronin | Read by Randy Travis

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    From first moo to last quack, this recording has it all--a story that leaves the listener chuckling; understated, humorous illustrations; cheerful barnyard music and realistic sound effects; a homey narrator; and a fabulous surprise. In CLICK, CLACK, MOO, for which illustrator Betsy Lewin was awarded a Caldecott Honor medal, a unique and deceptively simple problem causes... Read More

  • HENRY HIKES TO FITCHBURG

    by D.B. Johnson | Read by James Naughton

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    HENRY HIKES TO FITCHBURG begs that age-old question--is it the destination, or the journey, that is most important? This book, based on an incident in Thoreau's WALDEN, examines that question. Henry and his friend decide to go to Fitchburg but use different modes of transportation. Henry chooses to walk, and his self-assured, light lilting voice conveys his joy at the sights... Read More

  • I, CROCODILE

    by Fred Marcellino | Read by Tim Curry

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    What’s a crocodile to do when he’s transported to Paris and then left without food? Why, find his own way, of course, to dinner, lunch, and breakfast. Tim Curry’s narration of I, Crocodile, is exemplary--a glorious example of the perfect melding of all the parts of an audio recording. The musical background is just right; the illustrations and text complement each other... Read More

  • IN THE SMALL, SMALL POND

    by Denise Fleming | Read by Laura Dern

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Denise Fleming’s Caldecott Honor book is a field guide to the pond for the youngest reader and viewer. Her pictures, created from her hallmark papers, brightly depict various creatures in spirited, yet typical postures. Her words describe the actions and are positioned on the page to further explain the meaning of each. As narrator, Laura Dern takes this one step further and... Read More

  • JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT

    by Simms Taback | Read by Rob Reiner, Simms Taback

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    Sprightly Jewish dance music introduces this charming production of Simms Taback’s Caldecott-winning book. Rob Reiner gives the simple text a perfect narration: enthusiastic, yet not too fast, with just the tiniest hint of a Jewish European accent. An undercurrent of sounds supporting the pictures and the text runs undistractingly beneath Reiner’s voice. We hear dance music... Read More

  • MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY

    by Harry Allard, James Marshall | Read by Diana Canova

    Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
    Children

    [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with MISS NELSON IS BACK.]--In the series of books about Miss Nelson, Allard and Marshall have taken the good guy vs. bad guy routine and turned it into a teacher vs. substitute situation, with predictable yet somehow surprising and enjoyable twists. Diana Canova reads both of these stories slowly and surely, creating distinct... Read More

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