Recordings of Books on the Ambleside List

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Updating of links in new system now complete - RuthieG, 8th November 2013.

Contents

Introduction

Listeners have requested a list of LibriVox recordings of books recommended by Ambleside Online for use with homeschooling. Anyone looking for audio books for children will find plenty of ideas on this page.

This is the first part, covering years 0 - 4. The second part, covering Years 5 - 8, may be found here. The third part, covering Year 9, is here. The fourth part, covering Year 10, is here. The fifth part, covering Year 11, is here.

The lists here only include books on the main booklists on Ambleside Online, not the various personal recommendations. If you would like to browse all LibriVox recordings of books, stories and poems for children, please follow this link for fiction and this link for non-fiction.

Please note that many books on the Ambleside list are not in the Public Domain, and are therefore not available to record for LibriVox.

Ambleside Online has modernised versions of the original Charlotte Mason books on which the homeschooling programme is based. These are not in the public domain, and therefore not available for recording at LibriVox. Three of the original books of the Home Education Series are now available online, however:

Vol. I Home Education (1906)

Vol. II Parents and Children (1904)

Vol. III School Education(1906)

I have been unsuccessful at finding the other volumes available online worldwide.

Also available: Home education: a course of lectures to ladies, delivered in Bradford, in the winter of 1885-1886 (1886)

Booklist for Year 0/Preschool and Kindergarten

LibriVox recordings

Works by Beatrix Potter
The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman. New version not in the Public Domain, but we have recordings of the original Little Black Sambo.
Uncle Remus and other Brer Rabbit books by Joel Chandler Harris.
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Various Fairy tale and folk tale collections by Joseph Jacobs.
Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories by Various. Includes Mother Goose Rhymes and fairy tales.
The Real Mother Goose by Anonymous.
Many recordings of Aesop's Fables.
Baby’s Own Aesop by Walter Crane.
Poems Every Child Should Know edited by Mary E. Burt.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

Not in the Public Domain

Winnie the Pooh series by A. A. Milne.
The Little House by Virginia Burton.
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack.
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey.
Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall and illustrated by Barbara Cooney.
Stone Soup and other folk tale retellings by Marcia Brown.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.
Poems and Prayers for the Very Young by Martha Alexander.

Booklist for Year 1

LibriVox recordings

The Bible
Many recordings available including American Standard Version and King James Version. For recordings of all versions, please see this search.

An Island Story Part 1 and An Island Story Part 2 by H. E. Marshall.
Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin.
The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess.
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit.
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb.
The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang.
Many recordings in multiple languages of Hans Christian Andersen's Tales.
Many recordings in multiple languages of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.
King of the Golden River by John Ruskin.
Peter Pan (or, Peter Pan and Wendy) by J. M. Barrie.
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.
Viking Tales by Jennie Hall
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. This recording includes Part I, The Teaching of Nature-Study and Part II, Animal Life, Chapter I, Bird Study. Recording of Part 2 is in progress. Part II: Animal Study includes Chapter II: Fish Study, Chapter III: Batrachian Study, Chapter IV: Reptile Study, and Chapter V: Mammal Study.
Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty.
The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter.
The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle.

In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded

A Primary Reader by E. Louise Smythe. Text on Project Gutenberg


Not in the Public Domain

Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard Hannula.
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D'Aulaire.
George Washington by Ingri D'Aulaire.
Buffalo Bill by Ingri D'Aulaire.
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling.
James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot.
All of the recommended Phonics, Mathematics and Foreign Language books.
A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa. ??
The Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Iona and Peter Opie.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.
St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges.
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Pocahontas by Ingri D'Aulaire.

Booklist for Year 2

LibriVox recordings

The Bible
Many recordings available including American Standard Version and King James Version. For recordings of all versions, please see this search.

An Island Story Part 1 and An Island Story Part 2 by H. E. Marshall.
This Country of Ours by H. E. Marshall.
The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge.
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon.
The Little Duke by Charlotte Yonge.
The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess.
Many recordings of poems by Eugene Field.
Poems by James Whitcomb Riley.
A number of poems by Christina Rossetti.
A number of poems by Walter de la Mare
See also Poems Every Child Should Know edited by Mary E. Burt.
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb.
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
Several recordings of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle.
Heidi by Joanna Spyri.
Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Five Little Peppers books by Margaret Sidney.
Many recordings in multiple languages of Hans Christian Andersen's Tales.
Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning.
Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit.
The Doctor Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting.
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle.
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. This recording includes Part I, The Teaching of Nature-Study and Part II, Animal Life, Chapter I, Bird Study. Recording of Part 2 is in progress. Part II: Animal Study includes Chapter II: Fish Study, Chapter III: Batrachian Study, Chapter IV: Reptile Study, and Chapter V: Mammal Study.
Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty.

In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded

Sing-Song: a nursery rhyme book by Christina Rossetti. Text on Penn Libraries
A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Text on Eldritch Press


Not in the Public Domain

Leif the Lucky by D'Aulaire
Columbus by D'Aulaire A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer.
Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard Hannula.
Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley.
Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling.
Seabird by Holling C. Holling.
Pagoo by Holling C Holling.
All of the recommended Phonics, Mathematics and Foreign Language books.
Abraham Lincoln by Ingri D'Aulaire.
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers.
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry.
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater.
Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney.
Along Came A Dog by Meindert De Jong.
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli.

Booklist for Year 3

LibriVox recordings

The Bible
Many recordings available including American Standard Version and King James Version. For recordings of all versions, please see this search.

An Island Story Part 1 and An Island Story Part 2 by H. E. Marshall.
This Country of Ours by H. E. Marshall.
The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge.
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon.
The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge.
Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake.
Poems of William Blake by William Blake.
all recordings of works by William Blake.
all recordings of poems by Sara Teasdale.
Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Collection Vol. 001 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
All recordings of poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
See also Poems Every Child Should Know edited by Mary E. Burt.
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb.
The Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for my Children by Charles Kingsley.
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.
The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat.
The Jungle Book Books 1 and 2, by Rudyard Kipling.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley.
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald.
Men of Iron by Howard Pyle.
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs.
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. This recording includes Part I, The Teaching of Nature-Study and Part II, Animal Life, Chapter I, Bird Study. Recording of Part 2 is in progress. Part II: Animal Study includes Chapter II: Fish Study, Chapter III: Batrachian Study, Chapter IV: Reptile Study, and Chapter V: Mammal Study.
Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty.
Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte Yonge. Recording in progress Text on Project Gutenberg

In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded

Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long. Text on the Baldwin Project
Poems By a Little Girl by Hilda Conkling. Text on Project Gutenberg.
The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major. Text on the Baldwin Project
More English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. Text on Project Gutenberg.

Not in the Public Domain

A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer.
Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard Hannula.
Da Vinci by Emily Hahn.
Michelangelo by Diane Stanley.
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley.
Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley.
Squanto by Feenie Ziner.
Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty.
All the Marco Polo books, as far as I can see.
Explore His Earth by Ann Voskamp Science Lab in a Supermarket by Robert Friedhoffer.
All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions by Fletcher Pratt.
Exploring Creation With . . . series by Jeannie Fulbright.
All of the recommended Mathematics and Foreign Language books.
American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink.
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright.
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry.
The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright.
Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright.
The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong.

Booklist for Year 3.5

LibriVox recordings

The Bible
Many recordings available including American Standard Version and King James Version. For recordings of all versions, please see this search.

On The Shores of the Great Sea by M. B. Synge.
Four Great Americans by James Baldwin.
By Pond and River by A. Buckley.
Wild Life in Woods and Fields by A. Buckley.
English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs.
The Arabian Nights Entertainments by Andrew Lang.
Men of Iron by Howard Pyle.
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald.
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney.
Just David by Eleanor H. Porter.
Five Litte Peppers Midway by Margaret Sidney.
The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit.
The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik.
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde.
Stories from the Faerie Queene by Mary Macleod.
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. This recording includes Part I, The Teaching of Nature-Study and Part II, Animal Life, Chapter I, Bird Study. Recording of Part 2 is in progress. Part II: Animal Study includes Chapter II: Fish Study, Chapter III: Batrachian Study, Chapter IV: Reptile Study, and Chapter V: Mammal Study.
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates by Howard Pyle.
Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin.
The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre.
New! The Secret of Everyday Things by Jean Henri Fabre.

In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded

The Men Who Found America by Frederick Winthrop Hutchinson. Text on the Baldwin Project
Heroes Every Child Should Know by H.W. Mabie. Text on the Baldwin Project
Thirty More Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin. Text on the Baldwin Project
The Story of Sir Walter Raleigh by Margaret Duncan Kelly. Text on the Baldwin Project
The Story of Napoleon By H.E. Marshall. Text on the Baldwin Project
The Book of Missionary Heroes by Basil Mathews. Text on Project Gutenberg
Home Geography for Primary Grades by C. C. Long. Text on Project Gutenberg
Ways of Wood Folk by William J. Long. Text on the Baldwin Project
A Little Brother to the Bear by William J. Long. Text on the Baldwin Project
Stories of Don Quixote by James Baldwin. Text on the Baldwin Project

Not in the Public Domain

A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer.
Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Iona and Peter Opie.
Bambi by Felix Salten.
The Good Master by Kate Seredy.
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy.
The Moffats series by Eleanor Estes.

Booklist for Year 4

LibriVox recordings

The Bible
Many recordings available including American Standard Version and King James Version. For recordings of all versions, please see this search.

This Country of Ours by H. E. Marshall.
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon.
An Island Story Part 1 and An Island Story Part 2 by H. E. Marshall.
All recordings of poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
All recordings of poems by Emily Dickinson.
All recordings of poems by William Wordsworth.
See also Poems Every Child Should Know edited by Mary E. Burt.
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch.
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit.
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale.
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. This recording includes Part I, The Teaching of Nature-Study and Part II, Animal Life, Chapter I, Bird Study. Recording of Part 2 is in progress. Part II: Animal Study includes Chapter II: Fish Study, Chapter III: Batrachian Study, Chapter IV: Reptile Study, and Chapter V: Mammal Study.
Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley.
The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre.

In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded

A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte Yonge. Text on Project Gutenberg

Not in the Public Domain

A Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer.
George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster.
Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard Hannula.
Poor Richard by James Daugherty.
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober.
Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling.
Explore His Earth by Ann Voskamp.
All of the recommended Science and Mathematics books.
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.
Bambi by Felix Salten.
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.
Little Britches series by Ralph Moody.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton.
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight.
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey.
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright.
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright.
Return To Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright.
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare.
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes.
Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill.
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates.
The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery.
Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry.

This list continues on Recordings_of_Books_on_the_Ambleside_List_2


List compiled 14 April 2010, further updated 29 Sept 2013 by RuthieG

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