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Free Audiobook Samples & Lesson Plans

Dear Teachers,

On this site, you’ll find free samples from Recorded Books’ extensive archive of children’s audio titles, along with engaging, standards-based lesson plans that complement each book. Research shows that the use of audiobooks in the classroom builds reading skills such as comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary, and can help bridge the gap for students who desire more challenging content but struggle with print text. Recorded books can be used at any time by ESL students or others who need practice with fluency—using audio lets them take personal control and repeat material as often as they like. Get started with the resources below!

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Articles

How Can You Use Audio in the Classroom?
How Can You Use Audio in the Classroom?
Recorded books can improve struggling students' reading skills by as much as 28 percent. Here's how to maximize their power.
Bridge to Terabithia By Katherine Paterson
Bridge to Terabithia By Katherine Paterson
Fifth-graders Jess and Leslie become unlikely friends, and together they create a secret, imaginary kingdom in the woods called Terabithia. But one day tragedy changes their world forever. Grades 3-6
An American Plague By Jim Murphy
An American Plague By Jim Murphy
This fascinating account weaves history, science, and politics together as it chronicles the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, which spread rapidly through the nation's capital and caused widespread panic. Grades 6-12.
So You Want to Be President? By Judith St. George, illustrations by David Small
So You Want to Be President? By Judith St. George, illustrations by David Small
A lighthearted, quirky look at the personalities that have occupied the Oval Office, with the message that anyone can be President. Grades 3-6.
Heaven By Angela Johnson
Heaven By Angela Johnson
When she discovers that the people who have raised her are not her real parents, a 14-year-old narrator embarks on a quest to discover the true meaning of family and to make sense of her past. Grades 6-9.
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