Classroom Classics: Back-to-School Listening

Integrating audiobooks into school reading can help young readers understand texts in new ways, and discover stories worth remembering for a lifetime.

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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: Anne Frank | Narrator: Selma Blair
Release Date: May 25, 2010
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 human spirit. “The sing...
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
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding New York Times bestseller transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, bu...
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, Robert Fagles and Bernard Knox | 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...
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Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan | Narrator: Trini Alvarado
Release Date: September 23, 2003
When Esperanza and Mama are forced to flee to the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico, to a Mexican farm labor camp in California, they must adjust to a life without fancy dresses and servants they were accustomed to on Rancho de las Rosas. No...
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Author: Jacqueline Woodson | Narrator: Jacqueline Woodson, Jorjeana Marie and Guy Lockard
Release Date: March 06, 2018
A lyrical story of star-crossed love perfect for readers of The Hate U Give, by National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson--now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, and including a new preface by the authorJeremiah feels...
Author: Roald Dahl | Narrator: Kate Winslet
Release Date: July 03, 2013
“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian…[His] stories work better in audio than in print.” –The New York Times“The Trunchbull” ...
Author: Louisa May Alcott, Jane Smiley, Vinca Showalter and Siobhán Kilfeather | Narrator: Christina Ricci
Release Date: October 23, 2012
This timeless classic is now an easy-to-read chapter book!The four March sisters--Meg, Amy, Beth, and feisty Jo--share the joys and sorrows of growing up while their father is away at war. The family is poor in worldly goods, but rich in love and cha...