On this show, weâ€™re listening to audio books.
Audio books are a powerful educational tool for building literacy and increasing the love of reading for readers of all ages. They have great applicability to special needs students and can help build literacy skills for all readers. (Specially classified students may qualify to receive audio versions of textbooks and other instructional materials free of charge.)Loading...
There are many free sources for audio books like LibriVox and Project Gutenberg, as well as commercial sources. One great place to get commercial audio books for free is from your public library. Many libraries now offer audio books as well as ebooks for checkout through their web sites. There are also free podcasts of serialized books delivered to you on a schedule provided by groups like Podiobooks.com.
As with all Internet content, it is recommended that you pre-screen individual shows before sharing them with students. (Some of the sites below do include explicit adult content, as well as children’s content.)
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Podiobooks.com provides free, serialized books delivered to you chapter-by-chapter on your schedule. What a great idea! This site features a variety of genres, including ones for children, young adults, and adults. Each book’s content is marked with ratings such as “family friendly” or “adult.” The books at this site are generally from contemporary authors (not public domain), but they are free. The site gladly accepts donations if you like what you hear.
Many public libraries are now offering audio books available for checkout through their web sites. These books include many best-sellers and are available free for library patrons.
LibriVox.org is one of the best-known and most extensive collections of public domain audio books on the the Internet. LibriVox also has a podcast, and you can volunteer to record portions of books to give back to the community. Because these recordings are all public domain, there are many ways you might use them in the classroom with students. One idea is to have students make their favorite portion of a book into a multimedia presentation with accompanying music and images.
Lit2Go from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology is a free online collection of recorded stories and poems. The books in this collection are primarily out of copyright print materials that have been turned into MP3s with the help of professional narrators. This site also includes text versions of each chapter, PDFs of classroom resource materials, and correlations to Florida state standards.
Literal Systems offers MP3 and FLAC files of great literature. They work with a small group of voice talent and have an emphasis on high quality, which results in a rich listening experience. Literal Systems accepts donations to help support this free service.
Here are some other sources for audio books:
- LoudLit.org (free)
- Manybooks.net (free; most of these audiobooks are actually from LibriVox, but this site also includes ebook versions)
- Audible.com (commercial)
- Amazon (commercial)
If you have other favorites, post a link! Thanks for listening.