Auckland Libraries: Stories read aloud

Stories read aloud

I don’t think there is anything better than sharing a book with or reading to your child. However, when it’s not possible to do that, our collection of audiobooks is the answer. They are great for long car trips!

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Hairy Maclary treasury

Lynley Dodd

Picture book

A Kiwi classic book and CD set. Of course I had to start with this Kiwi classic which children probably know word for word already - but that will only help with word recognition on the page.

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The Topp Twins treasury of sing-along stories

Book

I still have a vivid memory of the Topp Twins on the steps of Aotea Centre which had just been evacuated due to a fire alarm on Storylines Family Day. They were belting "Do your ears hang low", the first of their song picture books to be published.

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Matariki

Sharon Holt

Picture book

Sharon has produced a wide range of books and CDs introducing children to te reo Māori. For more children’s books by Sharon (both history, celebratory or simple picture books stories) search Te Reo Singalong in our catalogue.

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Square eyes

Craig Smith

Picture book

Probably most famous for his Wonky Donkey, Craig has written several other novelty songs that are available as picture books with the CD. Other Kiwi authors who have done the same include Bruce Potter and Anika Moa.

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Tales of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

Audio CD

When looking for classics on audio check they are unabridged versions so that children can follow the words in their books. Others great classics include Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear and The Wind in the Willows.

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Don Linden presents Children's favourites. Volume 1, the classic collection

Music CD

If you are old enough to remember the Sunday morning Junior Request session, then you will love sharing these stories with your children. Of course I am old enough to remember when it was Merv Smith with my favourite story Molly Whuppie!

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The Roald Dahl collection. Volume 1

Roald Dahl

Audio CD

There are several audio volumes of books by Roald Dahl available on audio and this is just the first. Many other current favourites are also available as audiobooks, such as David Walliams, Andy Griffiths and Bear Grylls.

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The one and only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

Audio CD

I am a sucker for an animal story and this is one of my all time favourites. It is a bit of a sad one though. If you like this story you may also enjoy titles by Michael Morpurgo or Dick King-Smith.

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The haunting

Margaret Mahy

Audio CD

A lot of our fantastic Kiwi childrens fiction is not available in audiobook format yet, but if you dig around you can find some gems like this 2012 audio of one of Margaret Mahy’s best. For more Kiwis check out Kate de Goldi and Stacy Gregg.

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Molly Whuppie

Walter De la Mare

Book

If you are old enough to remember the stories of the Sunday morning Request session, then you may want to share these with your children. My favourite was Molly Whuppie! Search our catalogue for Don Linden presents Children’s favourites CDs.

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Book list by:

Anne Dickson

Anne

LibrarianMahurangi East Library

Auckland Libraries:Book list Recommended reading lists about different topics and genres to help you find new books to read.