By Jane Kingsu Cheng
Parents, rejoice! Here’s a bit of good news that’s coming your way. Audible, a company under Amazon, has heard our (and every educator’s) plea and opened its digital library of audiobooks to kids—free of charge.
“For as long as schools are closed, we’re open.” Visit this link, and click “start listening” to get access to over hundreds of books. It features different categories that are assigned per age group, and includes different languages like Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, and Italian Here are some suggestions per category.
“Winnie-the-Pooh” series by A. A. Milne, “The Wheels on the Bus” series by AudioGo, and “Learn your Alphabet with Songs and Rhymes” by Audio Studios
“Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea” By Jules Verne, “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Howard Pyle, and even a Minecraft Gamer’s Adventure “The Quest for the Diamond Sword” by Winter Morgan
Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe, “The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories” by Rudyard Kipling, and “White Fang” by Jack London
“A Little History of the World” by E. H. Gombrich and “School Days” by Ruskin Bond
“Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, and “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
FOLK AND FAIRY TALES
Grimm’s fairy tales by the brothers Grimm, “Cinderella and Other Stories” by Audible Studios, and “Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know” by Hamilton Wright Mabie
These are just some of the many audiobooks that are available for free. And while you’re at it, why don’t you try selecting books together with your children and listening together as a form of bonding activity? Relive childhood memories and make new ones with your little ones while you’re all at home.
As their site says about their audiobooks, “They entertain. They teach. They keep young minds active, alert, and engaged.” It’s time to rediscover the wonderful world of books.