A 10-Year Old's Favorite (FREE) Audio Books

I don't know how I would homeschool without Librivox, it has been such a huge part of our learning.

If you are not familiar with Librivox, it is an online catalog of public domain audio books, recorded by volunteers, and completely FREE! It is a gold-mine for home educators who want their kids to fall in love with the classics.

My son has listened to countless hours of audio books from Librivox in the past few years. He gets favorites and listens to them over and over and over again, some as many as a dozen times or more.

I love the learning and connections he makes from all these classics.

When I asked him what he liked about homeschooling, he quoted from Understood Betsy, "Why should you read books that are too easy for you just because you don't know your multiplication tables?"

That is him to a "T".

If he was only allowed to experience books at his "reading level", he would have missed so many classics that have become a part of who he is. He is not yet a fluent reader, but he has been able to experience great classics, which have helped to shape his character, because of audio books.


Here is his list of favorites in no particular order (click on a title to go directly to the download page on Librivox):

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher - Such an outstanding book, a must read (or listen) for anyone who homeschools.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

The Children of Odin by Pádraic Colum - A wonderful child-firiendly tale of the Norse myths

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett - Read by a boy, and very well done too.

The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit 

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit - One of the all-time classics in our home, which is constantly quoted.

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling  - Not my favorite reader, but my son enjoys it none the less.

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck by Thornton W. Burgess - There are many in this series by the same author. They are like Nature Science in a story format.

Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden 

The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum - A great telling of the Greek myths in a child appropriate way.

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum - There are many more of the OZ stories available as well.

I'd love to know your children's favorite audio books. Please leave a comment and let me know!


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  • I read Star Surgeon by Alan E. Nourse when I was in 4th grade. That started me reading science fiction on a regular basis. In those days plenty of sci-fi books had some real science and I might have 3 encyclopedia open on my bed while reading one science fiction book to learn what was mentioned in the story. By the time I graduated from elementary school I was trying to decide which form of engineering I would make a career.

    I applied to MIT and was not accepted but easily got into another engineering school. It cost me $50 just to apply for MIT. LOL

    Star Surgeon went into Project Gutenberg in 2006. It is now in Librivox.


    There is plenty more SF there.

    Karl Smithe
  • Just want to listen to a book

  • Farmer Boy, Wizard of Oz, Indian in the Cupboard, The Littles, My Father’s Dragon, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Greek Myths…

    Sarah C
  • Not from Librivox, but my daughters all time favorite audio book is Miranda the Great by Eleanor Estes. She’s been listening to it almost weekly for three years. She’ll turn 10 soon.

  • Karen Palmer – simply click on a book name in the post above and the link will take you directly to the book’s page on Librivox where you can download it and either listen on your computer or transfer to your phone or mp3 player. You can also stream the books if you have the internet speed for it.

    Heidi Nash - Project Inspire

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