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Children’s Literature

Folk story collection coming soon!

One of my favorite things to do is to bring stories to life, and some of my favorite audiences are kids. Well, I'm really excited about a project I've been collaborating on with Vlatka Herzberg. She and I met through Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, an excellent organization of which I currently serve as President. Vlatka is a spinner of folk stories that read much like [...]

Goops and How to Be Them: Cleanliness

Another short poem from Gelett Burgess' book of 1900 on politeness. Next podcast will be another Wordsworth favorite. Stay tuned! If you're enjoying these podcasts, please share them through social media or email, so your friends can enjoy them as well. I'm considering creating a CD/download collection of bedtime stories from the ol' days. I'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions for stories you'd [...]

By |2013-11-14T09:15:55-08:00October 24th, 2013|Children's Literature, Classics, News, Podcast, Poetry|0 Comments

Goops and How to Be Them: Table Manners II

This dates back to 1900. Goops and How to Be Them: A Manual of Manners for Polite Infants by Gelett Burgess. Very short  - the second on Table Manners. I'd love to hear from listeners what table manners they were taught by their parents and what as parents they teach/have taught their kids. At my best friend's house we were to sit up straight and [...]

By |2013-11-14T09:16:26-08:00October 15th, 2013|Children's Literature, Classics, News, Podcast, Poetry|0 Comments

Goops and How to Be Them by Gelett Burgess

This dates back to 1900 - the page turn to the 20th century. I expect it must have been passed down to my mom from her mom, both of whom LOVED books and reading, based on the child's signature (my mom's) in pencil inside the cover. I remember this first poem from my childhood and delighting in it. The lengthy subtitle is: A Manual of Manners [...]

By |2013-11-14T09:17:24-08:00October 11th, 2013|Children's Literature, Classics, News, Poetry|0 Comments

“Hold’im Down, Brer Fox” by Julius Lester

I used to read these stories from The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit as told by Julius Lester to my kids and the kids in our afterschool program. I believe that audiobooks carry on the oral storytelling tradition that is central to our understanding of who we are. Enjoy the voices of these characters so many of us have grown up [...]

By |2013-12-06T11:36:51-08:00October 11th, 2013|Children's Literature, Classics, News, Podcast|0 Comments

Uncle Wiggly (1)

This is the first story in Howard R. Garis' Uncle Wiggly's Story Book. This is a book that was my grandfather's, and I used to read the stories to my daughters when they were young. And although the stories often include gender bias (sweet little girls and mischievous little boys) that was typical of its time, the stories are delightful. In this podcast I chose [...]

A Pie for a Pig – Book Audiologist Award Finalist!

Congratulations to Susan Pace-Koch, author of A Pie for a Pig! Susan is our first weekly winner and now a Finalist in the Book Audiologist Award Contest! A delicious assortment of Pies and Pigs celebrating bakery delights in a tasty sequence of months, based on seasonal fruits and veggies. Meet our characters, in their environment. Ms Georgia Peach Pie, our own 'Posey', in front of [...]