Classroom Classics: Back-to-School Listening

From well-known stories to contemporary classics, integrating audiobooks into school reading can help students understand texts in new ways and discover stories they’ll remember for a lifetime.

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Author: Bryan Stevenson | Narrator: Bryan Stevenson
Release Date: September 18, 2018
The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an HBO documentary feature!In this very personal work--adapted...
Author: Akwaeke Emezi | Narrator: Christopher Myers
Release Date: September 10, 2019
National Book Award FinalistStonewall Book Award Winner"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut...Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." (The New York Times)The award-winning, genre-defying novel by the New York Times best-selling author of T...
Author: Mildred D. Taylor | Narrator: Jacqueline Woodson and Lynne Thigpen
Release Date: September 27, 2005
Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning masterpiece with an introduction written and read by Jacqueline Woodson, just in time for its 40th Anniversary! Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's strug...
Author: Sandra Cisneros | Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Release Date: August 30, 2005
In hardcover for the first time--on the tenth anniversary of its initial publication--the greatly admired and bestselling book about a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, this nove...
Author: Anne Frank | Narrator: Selma Blair
Release Date: May 25, 2010
THE DEFINITIVE EDITION • Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the...
Author: S. E. Hinton | Narrator: Jim Fyfe
Release Date: July 13, 2004
50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging. No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He ...
Author: Toni Morrison | Narrator: Toni Morrison
Release Date: May 16, 2006
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner. This spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intim...
Author: Walter Dean Myers | Narrator: Full Cast
Release Date: February 13, 2007
BONUS FEATURE: Afterword read by the authorSometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady...
Author: William Golding | Narrator: William Golding
Release Date: November 26, 2002
William Golding's classic novel of primitive savagery and survival is one of the most vividly realized and riveting works in modern fiction. The tale begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school boys, aged six to twelve on an isolat...
Author: John Steinbeck | Narrator: Gary Sinise
Release Date: April 13, 2011
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men remains one of America's most widely read and beloved novels. Here is Steinbeck’s dramatic adaptation of his novel-as-play, which received the New York Drama Critics’...
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Author: Homer | Narrator: Derek Jacobi and Maria Tucci
Release Date: August 17, 2006
Dating to the ninth century BC, Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to  the wrenching, ...
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Author: Jane Austen | Narrator: Kate Reading
Release Date: December 12, 2000
Introduction by Anna Quindlen Commentary by Margaret Oliphant, George Saintsbury, Mark Twain, A. C. Bradley, Walter A. Raleigh, and Virginia Woolf  Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read...