Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Illiterate bookworms

Hazel and Iris have had fevers this week. Iris has watched movies (of books mostly; Winnie the Pooh, Narnia and Beatrix Potter come to mind). Hazel has been listening to books online, perhaps because she enjoyed some parts of The Stars are Comforting on the Concert Programme on the way home from Ultimate last week.

Hazel has listened to all the stories on the Radio New Zealand site that we could find (a bit difficult since the actual link to the Storytime Treasure Chest is broken at the moment). She watched and listened to all the Screen Actors' Guild people reading books at Storyline Online, it was felt that Sean Astin did as good a job as I do of A Bad Case Of Stripes, and that I could learn from his use of props. She has been listening to Storynory stories since, and creating her own illustrations (perhaps she's feeling a bit better, though she's certainly feeling a bit hotter).

I've also found http://www.kiddierecords.com/ and http://www.free-books.org/children.php and a whole lot more promising things appear with Googling for things like "free audiobooks children online".

Me, I like listening to The Wind in the Willows when I'm ill, and I still have my records of it, but I haven't yet got the USB turntable so that I can take it with me on my phone to listen to when waiting for things. However, it occurs to me that I could turn the recorder on my phone on when I'm reading to the kids and I'd get audiobooks of all their favourites: audience participation and all!

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Blogger Repton said...

The central library has audiobooks -- indeed, most of their audiobooks are in the children's section.

9:13 AM  
Blogger paige said...

Sorry your peeps are feeling lowly. We've logged a frillion hours in the car this year but rarely mind because we always bring an audio book (or seven) to keep us company. Look for A Crooked Kind of Perfect at the library, or wherever. It was a family fav!

4:16 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

must check these links out... have to set the radio for 6:05 on weekends because J is heartbroken if he misses storytime...

10:51 PM  

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