Recordings of Books on the Ambleside List

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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.

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.

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

Booklist for Year 0/Preschool and Kindergarten

Recordings:

Works by Beatrix Potter
The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman. New version not in the Public Domain, but recording of the original Little Black Sambo in progress.
Uncle Remus 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

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. Recording in progress.
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.


In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded:

Viking Tales by Jennie Hall.
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock.
A Primary Reader by E. Louise Smythe.
The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter.
The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle.
Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty.


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

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.
A few poems by James Whitcomb Riley.
A number of poems by Christina Rossetti.
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 and How They Grew 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 Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting.
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle.


In the Public Domain, but not yet recorded:

Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock.
Sing-Song: a nursery rhyme book by Christina Rossetti.
Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty.
A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne.


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.
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.