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Find more Notable Children's Recordings
The Alvin Ho Collection:
Books 1 and 2. 4hr. Listening Library, CD, $38.
Young actor Everett Plen’s brilliant comedic narration perfectly captures scaredy-cat Alvin Ho as he braves the perils of school, piano lessons, bullies, and camping trips.
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. 4hr. Scholastic, CD, $49.95.
The story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the capture of his killer, John Wilkes Booth, is told using trial manuscripts, interviews, and other firsthand accounts.
Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. 15min. Recorded Books, CS, $15.75; CD, $15.75.
The Chosen One. 5.5hr. Macmillan, CD, $24.99.
Narrator Jenna Lamia perfectly portrays 13-year-old Kyra, living in an isolated polygamist cult and chosen by the brutal Prophet Childs to become the seventh wife of her 60-year-old uncle. Befriended by a friendly bookmobile driver, Kyra discovers the world of books.
Diamond Willow. 2hr. Recorded Books, CS, $25.75 ; CD, $25.75.
A Dog on His Own. 3hr. Full Cast, CD, $34.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 12min. Weston Woods, CD, $29.95.
Emperors of the Ice. 5hr. Brilliance, CD, $48.97.
European Playground. 45min. Putumayo World Music, CD, $14.98.
A collection of songs from across Europe with upbeat tempos that reflect the culture and history of each represented country.
Field Trip. 41min. Monkey Mama, CD, $15.
Heart of a Shepherd. 4hr. Listening Library, CD, $30.
Kirby Heyborne warms the heart in his reading of this story about modern ranch life and the trials of military service families. Accents and lively pacing make all members of this eastern Oregon ranching community come alive.
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad. 31min. Weston Woods, CD, $29.95.
The Jesus Storybook Bible. 3hr. Zonderkidz, CD, $24.99.
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. 9min. Weston Woods, CD, $29.95.
Performed by Mo Willems and his daughter and wife, this is a delightful rendition of the best-selling picture book. The Willems family make a fantastic team, and the warmth between father and daughter adds to the enjoyment. An interview with Mo Willems is a wonderful bonus.
Leviathan. 8.5hr. Simon and Schuster, CD, $29.99.
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken. 38min. Live Oak, CD, $28.95.
Mañana Iguana. 25min. Live Oak, CD, $18.95.
Music for Abraham Lincoln: Campaign Songs, Civil War Tunes, Laments for a President. 59min. Enslow, CD, $23.93.
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales. 3hr. Hachette, CD, $16.98.
Peace, Locomotion. 2hr. Brilliance, CD, $39.97.
Picnic Playground. 32min. Putumayo World Music, CD, $14.98.
The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour. 7hr. Listening Library, CD, $50.
Riot. 2.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $30.
In 1863, 15-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and federal draft, lash out against blacks and the wealthy “swells” of New York City. Read with emotion and drama by a full cast.
Scrambled States of America Talent Show. 14min. Weston Woods, CD, $29.95.
The Scrambled States of America show off their many talents in this creative read-along, jam-packed with original songs and old standards. The full cast of narrators joyfully re-creates Laurie Keller’s detailed text for a memorable learning experience.
Songs from the Garden of Eden: Jewish Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes. 53min. Secret Mountain, CD, $16.95.
Soup Opera. 21min. Jim Gill, CD, $24.
Listeners will want more than one helping of this delectable sing-along “soup” opera, brought to life in the book illustrated by David Moose. A fully orchestrated CD includes narration, dialogue, and instrumentation. Additional tracks allow teachers and students to dramatize their own stories.
The Tapestry Book 1: The Hound of Rowan. 12hr. Recorded Books, CS, $97.75; CD, $108.75.
Narrator Jeff Woodman creates vibrant voices for the characters in the story of 12-year-old Max McDaniels, who discovers that he is a wizard and joins a school for young magicians.
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. 2hr. Brilliance, CD, $42.95.
Wild Girl. 3hr. Listening Library, CD, $30.
The soft accents and lilting voice of Justine Eyre gently tell the story of 12-year-old Lidie, who leaves Brazil and struggles to fit in with her father and brother in New York after many years apart. Through their mutual love of horses, the entire family learns to reevaluate their expectations of one another.
The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children. 3hr. Brilliance, CD, $39.97.
Narrator Laural Merlington uses a variety of voices and accents in this modern mystery update to the Hansel and Gretel story. Lively narration and deadpan, gothic humor will tickle your funny bone.
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