Free Children's Stories

     One of parenthood's greatest pleasures is story time. Stories played a big role in creating family bonds, teaching my kids how to read, and helping them fall asleep at night. Story time is also how I got my start making audiobooks.
      While my narration today is more complex, reading kids' books remains a favorite pastime.
     Here, I make some of my favorites, most of them "old school," available for free. Listen or download for any purpose you like:

  • help restless kids fall asleep
  • spark a little one's imagination
  • help children learn to read by letting them listen while they turn their own book's pages.

Listen, Learn, Relax....

     To listen to any of the stories below, click the play button. To download an MP3 for future listening, click the three dots at the right of the media player, and choose download. The file will download automatically to your device's default downloads folder. 

Make Way for Ducklings

By Robert McCloskey

Cover art for Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings, depicting the free audio version available from OwnMade Audiobooks.

   It's over 80 years old, and one of the best read-aloud books ever. Big fun for all as you invite your little one to recite quickly, in order, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack! 

Here Comes the Strikeout

By Leonard Kessler

Cover art for Leonard Kessler’s Here Comes the Strikeout, depicting the free audio version available from OwnMade Audiobooks.

   Bobby is having a bad day. He has a hard time hitting a baseball and the other kids tease him a lot.
   Bobby wonders if he can get a hit with a lucky hat or a lucky bat. Or maybe it's something else.

Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly

By Judith Mathews, Fay Robinson

Cover art for Judith Mathews and Fay Robinson’s Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly, free audio available from OwnMade Audiobooks.

   Nathaniel Willy lives with his Gramma in an old farm house that makes terrible squeaks at bedtime.
   Nathaniel learns that letting an animal sleep with him makes him feel better. How many will fit?

     I hope both you and your kids enjoy these stories. I still record new ones, and change them from time to time. Be sure to occasionally check back.