Audio Book Readings & Author Interviews

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Add interest and entertainment to reading with these audio files. Use these author interviews and audio book readings to develop children's listening skills and teach pronunciation. While listening to audio books, children can develop their reading skills by following along in a printed version of the book.

Click on the links below to play the audio files. To save the mp3 file, right click the file link and select "Save As" or "Save Target As". You can listen to it on your computer's media player or upload the file to an mp3 player (such as an iPod).

All Rivers Flow to the Sea Audio Book Reading & Interview All Rivers Flow to the Sea Audio Book Reading & Interview
Author Alison McGhee reads the first few pages from All Rivers Flow to the Sea and discusses her inspiration for the book (3:58)

Big Momma Makes the World Audio Book Reading Big Momma Makes the World Audio Book Reading
Big Momma Makes The World, read aloud by author Coleen Salley (10:02)

Discovering Georgia Tate Audio Book Reading & Interview Discovering Georgia Tate Audio Book Reading & Interview
Author Gigi Amateau reads a short selection from Claiming Georgia Tate and discusses writing the novel (3:50).

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Audio Book Reading & Interview The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Audio Book Reading & Interview
Author Carolyn Mackler reads her favorite passage from The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things and explains her inspiration for the story (3:47).

God's Dream Interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu God's Dream Interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Co-author Douglas Carlton Abrams interviews Archbishop Desmond Tutu about God's Dream (7:09)

The Robe of Skulls Audio Book Reading I The Robe of Skulls Audio Book Reading I
Author Vivian French reads chapter 1 of her book The Robe of Skulls (1:57)

The Robe of Skulls Audio Book Reading II The Robe of Skulls Audio Book Reading II
Author Vivian French reads chapter 22 of her book The Robe of Skulls (3:25)

The Robe of Skulls Interview I The Robe of Skulls Interview I
Listen to interview 1 of 3 with author Vivian French as she discusses The Robe of Skulls (1:18)

The Robe of Skulls Interview II The Robe of Skulls Interview II
Listen to interview 2 of 3 with author Vivian French as she discusses The Robe of Skulls (1:37)

The Robe of Skulls Interview III The Robe of Skulls Interview III
Listen to interview 3 of 3 with author Vivian French as she discusses The Robe of Skulls (1:38)

Shark Girl Audio Book Reading & Interview Shark Girl Audio Book Reading & Interview
Author Kelly Bingham reads a poem from Shark Girl and explains her inspiration for writing the poetry novel (2:38).

The Softwire: The Virus on Orbis 1 Audio Book Reading, Part I The Softwire: The Virus on Orbis 1 Audio Book Reading, Part I
Actor Nathan Fillion reads chapter 1 of The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ. Haarsma (13:21)

The Softwire: The Virus on Orbis 1 Audio Book Reading, Part II The Softwire: The Virus on Orbis 1 Audio Book Reading, Part II
Actor Nathan Fillion reads chapter 2 of The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ. Haarsma (32:57)

The Softwire: The Virus on Orbis 1 Audio Book Reading, Part III The Softwire: The Virus on Orbis 1 Audio Book Reading, Part III
Actor Nathan Fillion reads chapter 3 of The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ. Haarsma (23:52)

Strays Audio Book Reading & Interview Strays Audio Book Reading & Interview
Author Ron Koertge reads a passage from Strays and discusses the book (4:02).

The Tale of Despereaux Audio Book Reading The Tale of Despereaux Audio Book Reading
Author Kate DiCamillo reads Chapter One of The Tale of Despereaux (3:10)

The Tale of Despereaux Interview I The Tale of Despereaux Interview I
Author Kate DiCamillo tells what–and who–inspired the story of Despereaux (0:38)

The Tale of Despereaux Interview II The Tale of Despereaux Interview II
Author Kate DiCamillo reveals why she loves mice–and what she has learned from Despereaux (1:07)

yellow arrow Use this teacher's guide to plan a literature unit on The Tale of Despereaux.

Tamar Audio Book Reading & Interview Tamar Audio Book Reading & Interview
An interview and reading with author Mal Peet (4:01)

Tantalize Audio Book Reading & Interview Tantalize Audio Book Reading & Interview
Author Cynthia Leitich Smith reads from Tantalize and discusses her inspiration for writing the book (3:49).

Twelve Rounds to Glory Audio Book Reading – Round 1: The Golden Child Twelve Rounds to Glory Audio Book Reading – Round 1: The Golden Child
Author Charles R. Smith Jr. reads Round 1: The Golden Child from Twelve Rounds to Glory (1:37)

Twelve Rounds to Glory Audio Book Reading – Round 2: Igniting the Flame Twelve Rounds to Glory Audio Book Reading – Round 2: Igniting the Flame
Author Charles R. Smith Jr. reads Round 2: Igniting the Flame from Twelve Rounds to Glory (2:05)

Twelve Rounds to Glory Audio Book Reading – Round 3: Clay, the Conqueror of Rome Twelve Rounds to Glory Audio Book Reading – Round 3: Clay, the Conqueror of Rome
Author Charles R. Smith Jr. reads Round 3: Clay, the Conqueror of Rome from Twelve Rounds to Glory (3:06)

Twelve Rounds to Glory Audio Book Reading – Round 4: Mighty Mouth Twelve Rounds to Glory Audio Book Reading – Round 4: Mighty Mouth
Author Charles R. Smith Jr. reads Round 4: Mighty Mouth from Twelve Rounds to Glory (7:48)

Under the Wolf, Under the Dog Audio Book Reading & Interview Under the Wolf, Under the Dog Audio Book Reading & Interview
Author Adam Rapp reads from Under the Wolf, Under the Dog and talks about writing the main character in the novel (3:53).

War In The Middle East Interview with Wilborn Hampton War In The Middle East Interview with Wilborn Hampton
Author and award-winning journalist Wilborn Hampton talks about his book War in the Middle East: A Reporter's Story: Black September and the Yom Kippur War (6:12)

The Wish House Audio Book Reading & Interview The Wish House Audio Book Reading & Interview
Author Celia Rees reads from the beginning of The Wish House and discusses her writing (3:57).

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