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Listen in to these terrific audio books, perfect for families. We've gathered more than two dozen stories, featuring a few familiar friends like Ramona, Cam Jansen and Nate the Great — plus some new friends.
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

26 Fairmount Avenue

By: Tomie dePaola
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

The first in a series of autobiographical chapter books about Tomie dePaola's early years, this story focuses on his family's move from their apartment in Meriden, Connecticut, to the now famous address, 26 Fairmount Avenue. This Newbery Honor book is sprinkled with humorous sketches, and is ideal for reading aloud and for the sharing of family stories.

A Dog on His Own

By: Mary Jane Auch
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

K-10 no longer trusts humans but he's still a special kind of dog just as his mother told him. K-10's unique voice as well as that of the other canines come alive in this spirited narration.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By: Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by: Helen Oxenbury
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lewis Carroll's classic story of Alice and her fantastic journey has been freshly illustrated. Gentle, full-color illustrations retain the original tone and make the story appealing and accessible for modern children.

Alice down the rabbit hole comes to life in this masterful, unabridged reading of the classic fantasy, bringing it to life all over again.

Alvin Ho Collection: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

By: Lenore Look
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Although 2nd grader Alvin Ho admires superheroes, he is quite unlike them. In fact, he is afraid of everything! Alvin's disarming character is perfectly voiced in this two-book collection.

Arthur: Anniversary Collection

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Arthur's everyday world, both real and daydreamed, is presented through a lively narration of four books: Arthur's Mystery Envelope, Arthur Makes the Team, Arthur Accused!, and Arthur and the Lost Diary. Children and adults alike will recognize the concerns and the humor in these gentle sagas.

Beautiful Blackbird

By: Ashley Bryan
Illustrated by: Ashley Bryan
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In a story of the Ila people of Zambia, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew." The story line is simple and the rhythmic chants of the flock frequently interspersed throughout the text add drama and a rapper's cadence to this award-winning book that is ready-made for participative storytelling.

Boxcar Children

By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Four orphaned children, Jessie, Henry, Violet and Benny, make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar — that is, until they find they need a caring adult. This is the first in the gentle, ever-popular, now classic series.

Now more than 60 years since it was published, the story of four orphans who make their home in an old railroad car comes to life again.

Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery

By: David Adler
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Cam Jansen's photographic memory once again foils the bad guy as she helps catch the thief who snitches her grandparents' luggage — along with birthday gifts for Cam's parents — at the airport. There is a lot to celebrate in this well-paced and engagingly narrated mystery.

Dominic

By: William Steig
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

On his adventures, Dominique, a singular canine, meets many mysterious creatures. His reputation builds and so do his stories which make this an ideal book to hear expertly read.

Emily's Fortune

By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When 8-year old Emily is orphaned she heads west to find her kindly Aunt Hilda. Emily's rip-roaring adventure involves a dastardly uncle, a huge fortune, and a good friend. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger sure to keep even the most reluctant reader reading!

Flat Stanley

By: Jeff Brown
Illustrated by: Scott Nash
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick! Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he's a hero!

Freckle Juice & The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

By: Judy Blume
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Children will recognize themselves and everyday problems in these two modern classics.

Ivy and Bean

By: Annie Barrows
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Two girls, Bean and Ivy, learn that in spite of their very different personalities, they have lots in common. And their funny, sometimes outrageous, highly credible, everyday adventures begin one summer.

Mary Poppins

By: Mo Willems
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The Banks family, their children, and a most amazing Mary Poppins are brought to life through the narrator’s spot-on British accent.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

By: Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
Illustrated by: Florence Atwater
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Admiral Drake sends a penguin named Captain Cook to the Popper family, Mr. Popper's dreams of seeing the world begin to come true. Humor abounds in this early Newbery Honor book as readers follow Mr. Popper and his penguins to Antarctica.

Nate the Great Series

By: Marjorie Sharmat
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Nate the Great has been delighting beginning readers for 30 years. The quirky characters and simple, clever storylines are a big hit with kids – all of whom love to solve each mystery alongside the most popular sleuth in the business.

Poems and Folktales

By: Ashley Bryan
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Have you ever wondered why there is thunder and lightning? Hear this Nigerian folktale and other tales (as well as original poems) retold and shared by a master storyteller, artist, and writer. Ashley Bryan's distinctive style and resonant voice echo the techniques of traditional griots.

Rabbit Ears Treasury of World Tales: Volume Two

By: Rabbit Ears
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Listen in to these two classic tales — about princes and princesses — read with character and energy by Oscar-winning actors Williams and Thompson.

Ralph S. Mouse

By: Beverly Cleary
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ralph is a mouse who speaks human and lives at the Mountain View Inn run by Ryan’s family. The fun starts when Ralph’s motorcycle breaks and he convinces Ryan to take him to a mysterious place called school. Characters come to life through the lively narration.

Ramona's World

By: Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
Illustrated by: Tracy Dockray
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ramona, now starting 4th grade, gets a teacher who is a stickler for proper spelling. Ramona is propelled into writing a letter when she finds an error in an advertisement — all with the verve and humor readers expect of Ramona.

Scarecrow and His Servant

By: Phillip Pullman
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A not-too-bright scarecrow accompanies Jack on the adventure of a lifetime, far away from the field and birds.

Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stink's real name is James, just like President James Madison. And like Madison, Stink is short — a notion constantly reinforced by his older sister Judy. Stink, however, learns how to cope with it while along the way learning about U.S. presidents.

Stink: Solar System Superhero

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

"Honk if you love Pluto!" The latest adventures of Stink, Judy Moody's rambunctious little brother, will make young listeners laugh out loud.

T. Rex

By: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A child and his grandfather visit a museum to meet the T. Rex and explore what happened to the creature. Additional information is included on the CD.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Image and text combine in a unique presentation to tell the story of an orphan boy who lives between the walls of a Paris train station and repairs its clocks. Monochromatic illustrations change perspective and move in and out, and alternate with text to tell this mysterious, breathtaking, and riveting tale. Winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal.

The Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Join siblings Annie and Jack on their first eight magical adventures as read by the author.

The Mercy Watson Collection: Volume 1

By: Kate DiCamillo
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Mercy, the delightful pig adopted by the Watson family, gets mixed up in all kinds of humorous adventures in this collection from Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo.

The Willoughbys

By: Lois Lowry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sophisticated readers (and fans of Lemony Snicket) will appreciate the sly humor and word play in this outrageously funny take-off on novels of yesteryear. Here, the Willoughby children must overcome their self-centered parents who ultimately meet their rightful — and very satisfying — end.

The outrageous, old-fashioned tale is read skillfully for maximum humor and effect.

Think of an Eel

By: Karen Wallace
Illustrated by: Mike Bostock
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An eel from the Sargasso Sea is a fascinating subject as presented in this brief look at an eel's lifecycle. Further information is included on the CD.

When We Were Very Young & Now We Are Six

By: A.A. Milne
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Milne's classic glimpse of childhood and childhood activities comes to life again through the narrator's rich and varied voice. Humor and insight abound in the range of poems, with an occasional visit from Pooh and Christopher Robin.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By: Grace Lin
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Join Minli as she journeys to save her village and her family from a dreary fate. A storyteller's voice effectively brings to life this unforgettable award-winning novel, illustrated with exquisite Chinese paintings.

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