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BookBlog: Classic Audio Books for Summer


It is a special experience to share a book with your child, especially one you remember sharing with your own parents when you were young.  Often the old classics really are the best! Many of these classics, such as ‘Black Beauty’, ‘Treasure Island’ or ‘The Secret Garden’ are in the public domain.  This means that you can read or listen to them for free. Yes, that’s right … free children’s talking books!

My children and I love listening to children’s audio books. We listen to them in the car, when we travel, at meal times (when I can’t get them to sit still any other way), before bed or when we just need some quiet time during the day.

I have previously written about some of our favourite audiobooks. Recently, however, we have started to listen to a number of the older classics, and we have benefited from being able to download these for free.

Librivox offers free children’s talking books from the public domain in the USA, generally meaning the book was published before 1923.  Readings are recorded by volunteers and can be downloaded for free. They have recordings of most of the classics. You can browse the Children’s section of Books Should Be Free, which draws on these Librivox recordings and other public domain sources to deliver free audio books and e-books.

You can also access free children’s talking books via the Free Audiobook iPhone App so that you can download your favourite stories while on the go.

To read this original blog post, which includes a list of our favourite children’s talking books, please visit my children’s books & reading website.   On the list you’ll find a link to the webpage(s) where you can download the audio recording or e-book.  I’ve divided the list into two sections – those for younger listeners over five-years-old and those for older listeners over eight-years-old.


This blog © Mompreneur Stephanie Pettifer
Originally published on Children’s Books & Reading July 2013

Usborne Books Party!

Many of you will have heard of a Tupperware Party or even an Avon or Mary Kay party, but did you know you could have a Book Party too?   Usborne Books distributor Elly has been invited by Moms-in-Vaud member Suzanne to do a Kids’ Books party in Nyon.

Usborne Books cover every single topic you can imagine: cooking, history, dinosaurs, language learning, sticker books, jigsaws, baby books, phonics, parental guides, fiction etc., etc., etc.  And they are loved by parents and kids alike.  AND, their books are available in English but also in other languages.

Finding non-French books, and actually flipping through the pages to check that you like what you see, is hard in Switzerland.   Amazon’s “preview” function only goes so far (note: books in the MiV Amazon bookshop have been vetted by other parents), so if you are interested in finding out more about Usborne books, flipping through a few samples, looking at the catalogue, and maybe even ordering one or two for future presents – this Usborne Books Party is for you!

So save the date now, and RSVP by replying to the invite sent out through our MiV Yahoo!Group!

WHEN: 10 October 2012 from 20:00
Chez Suzanne in Nyon

The event may be catered or it may be potluck (i.e. bring some nibbles or a bottle of wine), it depends on numbers!   Sign up now so that preparations can get underway!