Kids: Read and listen to a book at the same time!

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Kids: Read and listen to a book at the same time!

We know that when learning to read, and learning to love to read, it can be helpful to listen to an audiobook and follow along with the physical book at the same time. You may already know we have a collection of Playaways, an audiobook loaded onto an MP3 player. (You just have to plug in headphones!) Here are some Playaways for which we also have the physical book in our collection, at different reading levels.

Grades K – 1

    • Grahame, Kenneth
      The wind in the willows
      Summary:The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside–Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

    • Lobel, Arnold.
      Frog and Toad audio collection
      Summary:A collection of four stories about two friends, Frog and Toad. Their every adventure is filled with the magic of true friendship, whether they’re telling ghost stories, searching for a lost button, or eating too many cookies.

    • Van Draanen, Wendelin.
      Secret identity
      Summary:Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity–Shredderman!

Grades 2 – 3

      • DiCamillo, Kate
        Flora & Ulysses the illuminated adventures
        Summary:It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry-and that Flora will be changed too.

      • McDonald, Megan.
        Judy Moody and the bad luck charm
        Summary:The lucky penny in Judy Moody’s pocket sure does seem to be working. She can’t stop winning-at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she’ll ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, D.C.

      • Draper, Sharon M.
        Stella by starlight
        Summary:When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

      • McDonald, Megan
        Stink and the attack of the slime mold
        Summary:Stink may be a super science freak, but even Dr. Stinkelstein is feeling freaked out about having a slime mold living and growing in his very own room. At Saturday Science Club, Stink learns that these one-celled organisms are smart enough to find their way out of mazes and gang up on food sources.

      • Abbott, Tony
        The forbidden stone
        Summary:“Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an uncle and family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world”–

      • Pearsall, Shelley
        The seventh most important thing
        Summary:It was a bitterly cold day when Arthur T. Owens grabbed a brick and hurled it at the trash picker. Arthur had his reasons, and the brick hit the Junk Man in the arm, not the head. But none of that matters to the judge, he is ready to send Arthur to juvie for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, it’s the Junk Man himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service; working for him. Arthur is given a rickety shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things: glass bottles, foil, card board, pieces of wood, light bulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. He can’t believe it, is he really supposed to rummage through people’s trash? But it isn’t long before Arthur realizes there’s more to the Junk Man than meets the eye, and the ‘trash’ he’s collecting is being transformed into something more precious than anyone could imagine.

    Grades 4 – 5

      • Cabot, Meg.
        Best friends and drama queens
        Summary:Nine-year-old Allie Finkle’s list of rules helps her navigate a tricky situation with a new girl at school.

      • Cleary, Beverly.
        Ramona Quimby, age 8
        Summary:The further adventures of the Quimby family as Ramona enters the third grade.

      • Creech, Sharon.
        Love that dog : a novel
        Summary:Shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from a young student’s point of view.

      • L’Engle, Madeleine.
        A wind in the door
        Summary:With Meg Murry’s help, the dragons her six-year-old brother saw in the vegetable garden play an important part in his struggle between life and death.

      • Lupica, Mike
        Heavy hitters
        Summary:The Core Four Plus One, are so excited to play in their town’s All-Star Baseball league. But in the first game of the season Ben gets hit by a pitch. Justin is acting really weirdly. Ben’s known Justin for a while and they’re friendly but not real close. Ben discovers that Justin’s parents are getting a divorce and Justin is thinking about quitting the team. Like good teammates do, Justin helps Ben deal with his issues at bat while Ben is there for his friend while his family is struggling.

      • Milford, Kate.
        Greenglass House
        Summary:At Greenglass House, a smuggler’s inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, on an adventure.

      • Palacio, R. J.
        Summary:Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

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