Kayray Reads to You


Hi, I’m Kayray and I love to read out loud. I’d rather read than edit, so I don’t edit my recordings; you get to hear the mistakes and everything (there aren’t usually very many). Just pretend I’m right there reading you a bedtime story! :)

If you subscribe to my podcast (http://kayray.org/audiobooks/kayray_reads.xml), you’ll get about two chapters a week delivered to you automatically. If you can’t wait that long, you can download any of my recordings from this page.

To save these recordings to your computer, right-click and choose “save link as” or “save target as”.

All the files are stored on archive.org:

Send me email! kara {at} nyip {dot} net

I’m starting a new project — I’ll make a separate page for each book, series, or author (depending on what makes sense) so that things are a little bit better organized.

Susan Cooper:
-The Dark is Rising
-The Grey King

Helen Cresswell:
-Ordinary Jack
-Absolute Zero
-Bagthorpes Unlimited
-Bagthorpes V. the World
-Bagthorpes Haunted

Elizabeth Enright:
-The Saturdays
-The Four Story Mistake
-Then There Were Five
-Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze

Marjorie Flack:
-Walter the Lazy Mouse

C.S. Lewis:
-The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Maud Hart Lovelace
-Betsy-Tacy and Tib
-Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill

J.R.R. Tolkien:
-The Hobbit
-The Fellowship of the Ring
-The Two Towers
-The Return of the King

E.B. White
-The Trumpet of the Swan

(May 2018)
I just found a very very old recording of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

01 The Picture in the Bedroom
02 On Board the Dawn Treader
03 The Lone Islands
04 What Caspian Did There
05 The Storm and What Came of It
06 The Adventures of Eustace
07 How the Adventure Ended
08 Two Narrow Escapes
09 The Island of the Voices
10 The Magician’s Book
11 The Dufflepuds Made Happy
12 The Dark Island
13 The Three Sleepers
14 The Beginning of the End of the World
15 The Wonders of the Last Sea
16 The Very End of the World

(December 2017)

Oh dear a whole year has passed. Well here’s a new one! It’s an old family favorite, and now my 4-year-old niece loves it too.

Walter the Lazy Mouse, by Marjorie Flack

01 How Walter Mouse Lost his Home
02 How Walter Finds a New Home
03 How Walter Makes Furniture
04 How Walter Does Nothing
05 How Walter Learns to Swim
06 How Walter Teaches School
07 How Walter Needs His Coat
08 Danger in the Woods
09 How Walter Returns Home
10 Walter Goes Back to Mouse Island

(December 2016)
Whoops! I finished Book 2 of Return of the King in April 2015 and uploaded the files but forgot to post them here. Thanks to listener Arnold R. for pointing this out!

Return of the King, Bk 2: 01 The Tower of Cirith Ungol
Return of the King, Bk 2: 02 The Land of Shadow
Return of the King, Bk 2: 03 Mount Doom
Return of the King, Bk 2: 04 The Field of Cormallen
Return of the King, Bk 2: 05 The Steward and the King
Return of the King, Bk 2: 06 Many Partings
Return of the King, Bk 2: 07 Homeward Bound
Return of the King, Bk 2: 08 The Scouring of the Shire, Part 1
Return of the King, Bk 2: 08 The Scouring of the Shire, Part 2
Return of the King, Bk 2: 09 The Grey Havens

(September 2016)
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, by Maud Hart Lovelace. The third book in the Betsy-Tacy series.

Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 01 Getting to be Ten
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 02 Ten Years old
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 03 The King of Spain
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 04 Naifi
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 05 The School Entertainment
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 06 A Quarrel
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 07 Out For Votes
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 08 Little Syria
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 09 The Quarrel Again
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 10 A Princess
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill: 11 A Queen

(September 2015)
Betsy-Tacy and Tib, by Maud Hart Lovelace. The second book in the Betsy-Tacy series.

Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 01 Begging at Mrs. Ekstrom’s
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 02 Learning to Fly
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 03 The Flying Lady
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 04 The House in Tib’s Basement
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 05 Everything Pudding
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 06 The Mirror Palace
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 07 Red Hair, Yellow Hair, and Brown
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 08 Being Good
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 09 The Secret Lane
Betsy-Tacy and Tib: 10 Aunt Dolly

(June 2015)
Betsy-Tacy: the first book in the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. The series is based on the author’s life; her family and friends have been renamed, but they really were just like the the people in the books! The first book starts in 1897, when Betsy and Tacy meet, just before Betsy’s fifth birthday. (The series grows with the girls, so please don’t be put off by the relative simplicity of this first book.) You can find out more at the Betsy-Tacy Society: http://www.betsy-tacysociety.org/betsy-tacybooks

Betsy-Tacy: 01 Betsy Meets Tacy
Betsy-Tacy: 02 Betsy’s Birthday Party
Betsy-Tacy: 03 Supper on the Hill
Betsy-Tacy: 04 The Piano Box
Betsy-Tacy: 05 The First Day of School
Betsy-Tacy: 06 The Milkman Story
Betsy-Tacy: 07 Playing Paper Dolls
Betsy-Tacy: 08 Easter Eggs
Betsy-Tacy: 09 The Sand Store
Betsy-Tacy: 10 Calling on Mrs. Benson
Betsy-Tacy: 11 The Buggy Shed
Betsy-Tacy: 12 Margaret
Betsy-Tacy: 13 Mrs. Muller Comes to Call
Betsy-Tacy: 14 Tib

(May 2015)
The Trumpet of the Swan! Oh man, I loved this book when I was seven and I love it now. Nature, swans, music, family, friendship, love, springtime. I recorded about half of it a few years ago, got interrupted by life and forgot about it, then found those old files recently and finished it right up. E.B. White is absolutely wonderful to read aloud.

The Trumpet of the Swan: 01 Sam
The Trumpet of the Swan: 02 The Pond
The Trumpet of the Swan: 03 A Visitor
The Trumpet of the Swan: 04 The Cygnets
The Trumpet of the Swan: 05 Louis
The Trumpet of the Swan: 06 Off to Montana
The Trumpet of the Swan: 07 School Days
The Trumpet of the Swan: 08 Love
The Trumpet of the Swan: 09 The Trumpet
The Trumpet of the Swan: 10 Money Trouble
The Trumpet of the Swan: 11 Camp Kookooskoos
The Trumpet of the Swan: 12 A Rescue
The Trumpet of the Swan: 13 End of Summer
The Trumpet of the Swan: 14 Boston
The Trumpet of the Swan: 15 A Night at the Ritz
The Trumpet of the Swan: 16 Philadelphia
The Trumpet of the Swan: 17 Serena
The Trumpet of the Swan: 18 Freedom
The Trumpet of the Swan: 19 A Talk About Money
The Trumpet of the Swan: 20 Billings
The Trumpet of the Swan: 21 The Greening Spring

(March 2015)
Something from the archives! I think I recorded it in 2003 or 2004 as a Christmas present for Henry.

The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning: Chapter 01
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 02
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 03
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 04
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 05
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 06
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 07
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 08
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 09
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 10
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 11
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 12
The Bad Beginning: Chapter 13

(March 2015)
The Return of the King, Book 1

Return of the King Bk 1: 01-1 Minas Tirith, Part 1
Return of the King Bk 1: 01-2 Minas Tirith, Part 2
Return of the King Bk 1: 02 The Passing of the Grey Company
Return of the King Bk 1: 03 The Muster of Rohan
Return of the King Bk 1: 04-1 The Siege of Gondor, part 1
Return of the King Bk 1: 04-2 The Siege of Gondor, part 2
Return of the King Bk 1: 05 The Ride of the Rohirrim
Return of the King Bk 1: 06 The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Return of the King Bk 1: 07 The Pyre of Denethor
Return of the King Bk 1: 08 The Houses of Healing
Return of the King Bk 1: 09 The Last Debate
Return of the King Bk 1: 10 The Black Gate Opens

(June 2014)
The Two Towers, Book 2

Two Towers Bk 2: 01 The Taming of Smeagol
Two Towers Bk 2: 02 The Passage of the Marshes
Two Towers Bk 2: 03 The Black Gate is Closed
Two Towers Bk 2: 04 Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
Two Towers Bk 2: 05 The Window on the West
Two Towers Bk 2: 06 The Forbidden Pool
Two Towers Bk 2: 07 Journey to the Crossroads
Two Towers Bk 2: 08 The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
Two Towers Bk 2: 09 Shelob’s Lair
Two Towers Bk 2: 10 The Choices of Master Samwise

(February 2014)
The Two Towers, Book 1

Two Towers Bk 1: 01 The Departure of Boromir
Two Towers Bk 1: 02 The Riders of Rohan
Two Towers Bk 1: 03 The Uruk-Hai
Two Towers Bk 1: 04-1 Treebeard, Part 1
Two Towers Bk 1: 04-2 Treebeard, Part 2
Two Towers Bk 1: 05 The White Rider
Two Towers Bk 1: 06 The King of the Golden Hall
Two Towers Bk 1: 07 Helm’s Deep
Two Towers Bk 1: 08 The Road to Isengard
Two Towers Bk 1: 09 Flotsam and Jetsam
Two Towers Bk 1: 10 The Voice of Saruman
Two Towers Bk 1: 11 The Palantir

(January 2014)
Here’s the last book in the Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright: Spiderweb for Two.

Spiderweb for Two 01 The Shadow’s Peak
Spiderweb for Two 02 A Loving Heart
Spiderweb for Two 03 The Resting Place
Spiderweb for Two 04 The Emperor’s Abode
Spiderweb for Two 05 A Pocketful of Gold
Spiderweb for Two 06 Peace is the Jewel
Spiderweb for Two 07 The Joyous Season
Spiderweb for Two 08 Prisoned in Ice
Spiderweb for Two 09 Number 10
Spiderweb for Two 10 Explore a Cave
Spiderweb for Two 11 Between Two Roofs
Spiderweb for Two 12 Bright Changelings
Spiderweb for Two 13 Seek in the Dust
Spiderweb for Two 14 A Door Unknown

(December 2013)
Here’s a big collection of Junie B. Jones books that I recorded for Henry when he was little. Junie is so much fun! I’ve zipped them up because they consist of a great many little short chapters. If you prefer to stream individual chapters, please visit http://archive.org/details/KayrayReadsToYou3.

Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying (#4)
Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren (#7)
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy (#11)
Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy (#12)
Junie B. Jones Is (Almost) a Flower Girl (#13)
Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day (#16)
Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl (#17)
Junie B., First Grader (at last!) (#18)
Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (#19)
Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants (#21)
Junie B., First Grader: One-Man Band (#22)
Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked (#23)
Junie B., First Grader: Boo…and I MEAN IT! (#24)
Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny! (#27)

(September 2, 2013)
Here are a few picture books: some old recordings and some new ones.

Water in the Park
The Little House
A Baby Sister for Frances
Best Friends for Frances

(July 31, 2013)
Poo-Poo and the Dragons, by C. S. Forester. Gosh this book was fun to record!

Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 1
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 2
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 3
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 4
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 5
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 6
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 7
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 8
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 9
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 10
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 11
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 12
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 13
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 14
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 15
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 16
Poo-Poo and the Dragons Chapter 17

(June 24, 2013)

Two new recordings of old favorite picture books that I found at my sister’s house!

The Day the Sun Danced, by Edith Thacher Hurd
Aldar the Trickster, a Finnish folktale retold by Mollie Clarke

(May 4, 2013)
A picture-book for my not-yet-born little niece — Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy World :)
Two flavors for you to choose from — all 33 stories in one 45-minute mp3, or an m4b with chapters if you use iTunes or an iOS device.


(May 2, 2013)
Then There Were Five, by Elizabeth Enright. The 3rd book in the Melendy Family series.

Then There Were Five 01 All Summer Long
Then There Were Five 02 A Talent for Trash
Then There Were Five 03 Shakespeare and the Hot Spell
Then There Were Five 04 The Arrowhead
Then There Were Five 05 Oliver’s Other World
Then There Were Five 06 The Citronella Peril
Then There Were Five 07 The Twelve-Pound Cat
Then There Were Five 08 A Noise in the Night
Then There Were Five 09 Mark
Then There Were Five 10 Women’s Territory
Then There Were Five 11 Welcome Cuffy
Then There Were Five 12 The Principle of the Thing
Then There Were Five 13 The Best Birthday of All
Then There Were Five 14 Admit One
Then There Were Five 15 Opus Three

(March 2013)
The Bagthorpes Abroad, by Helen Cresswell. The fifth book in the Bagthorpe Saga.

Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 01
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 02
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 03
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 04
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 05
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 06
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 07
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 08
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 09
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 10
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 11
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 12
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 13
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 14
Bagthorpes Abroad Chapter 15

(January 2013)
The Grey King, by Susan Cooper. The fourth book in the wonderful “Dark is Rising” series. So beautiful and poetic.

The Grey King 01-01 The Oldest Hills
The Grey King 01-02 Cadfan’s Way
The Grey King 01-03 The Raven Boy
The Grey King 01-04 Grey Fox
The Grey King 01-05 Fire on the Mountain
The Grey King 01-06 Bird Rock
The Grey King 01-07 Eyes That See The Wind
The Grey King 02-01 The Girl From The Mountains
The Grey King 02-02 The Grey King
The Grey King 02-03 The Pleasant Lake
The Grey King 02-04 The Warestone
The Grey King 02-05 The Cottage on the Moor
The Grey King 02-06 The Waking

(December 2012)
The Adventures of Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik; and The Sweet Smell of Christmas, by Patricia Scarry. Recorded to accompany the picture books we sent to Jaylah :)

Adventures of Little Bear 01 Little Bear
Adventures of Little Bear 02 Father Bear Comes Home
Adventures of Little Bear 03 A Kiss for Little Bear

The Sweet Smell of Christmas

(December 2012)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson! I treated myself to a nice hardback copy this year. :)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Chapter 1
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Chapter 2
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Chapter 3
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Chapter 4
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Chapter 5
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Chapter 6
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Chapter 7

(November 2012)
Here’s another older recording, Greenwitch by Susan Cooper. This is the third book in the wonderful “Dark is Rising” series. I promise I’ll read you the first book one of these days! By the way, I mispronounced “quay” through the whole book. It should sound like “key”, not like “kay”. Sorry ’bout that :)

Greenwitch Chapter 01
Greenwitch Chapter 02
Greenwitch Chapter 03a
Greenwitch Chapter 03b
Greenwitch Chapter 04
Greenwitch Chapter 05
Greenwitch Chapter 06
Greenwitch Chapter 07
Greenwitch Chapter 08
Greenwitch Chapter 09
Greenwitch Chapter 10
Greenwitch Chapter 11
Greenwitch Chapter 12
Greenwitch Chapter 13

(June 2012)
A brand-new recording of the second book of The Fellowship of the Ring! (The first chapter is an old recording; all the rest are new.)

Fellowship Book 2: 01 Many Meetings
Fellowship Book 2: 02-1 The Council of Elrond, Part 1
Fellowship Book 2: 02-1 The Council of Elrond, Part 2
Fellowship Book 2: 03 The Ring Goes South
Fellowship Book 2: 04 A Journey in the Dark
Fellowship Book 2: 05 The Bridge of Khazad-Dum
Fellowship Book 2: 06 Lothlorien
Fellowship Book 2: 07 The Mirror of Galadriel
Fellowship Book 2: 08 Farewell to Lorien
Fellowship Book 2: 09 The Great River
Fellowship Book 2: 10 The Breaking of the Fellowship

(April 2012)
A very VERY old recording of the first book of The Fellowship of the Ring:

Fellowship Book 1 01 A Long-Expected Party
Fellowship Book 1 02 The Shadow of the Past
Fellowship Book 1 03 Three is Company
Fellowship Book 1 04 A Short Cut to Mushrooms
Fellowship Book 1 05 A Conspiracy Unmasked
Fellowship Book 1 06 The Old Forest
Fellowship Book 1 07 In the House of Tom Bombadil (April 20 2012 – updated with complete chapter)
Fellowship Book 1 08 Fog on the Barrow-downs
Fellowship Book 1 09 A the Sign of the Prancing Pony
Fellowship Book 1 10 Strider
Fellowship Book 1 11 A Knife in the Dark
Fellowship Book 1 12 Flight to the Ford

(April 2012)
A very old recording of The Hobbit :)

The Hobbit Chapter 1
The Hobbit Chapter 2
The Hobbit Chapter 3
The Hobbit Chapter 4
The Hobbit Chapter 5
The Hobbit Chapter 6
The Hobbit Chapter 7
The Hobbit Chapter 8
The Hobbit Chapter 9
The Hobbit Chapter 10
The Hobbit Chapter 11
The Hobbit Chapter 12
The Hobbit Chapter 13
The Hobbit Chapter 14
The Hobbit Chapter 15
The Hobbit Chapter 16
The Hobbit Chapter 17
The Hobbit Chapter 18
The Hobbit Chapter 19

(March 2012)

Bagthorpes Unlimited, the 3rd part of the Bagthorpe Saga!

Bagthorpes Unlimited 01-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 01-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 02-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 02-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 03-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 03-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 04-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 04-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 05-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 05-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 05-03
Bagthorpes Unlimited 06-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 06-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 07-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 07-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 08-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 08-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 09-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 09-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 10-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 10-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 10-03
Bagthorpes Unlimited 11-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 11-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 12-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 12-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 13-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 13-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 14-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 14-02
Bagthorpes Unlimited 14-03
Bagthorpes Unlimited 15-01
Bagthorpes Unlimited 15-02

And also Bagthorpes Vs. The World, the 4th part of the Bagthorpe Saga:

Bagthorpes Vs The World 01-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 01-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 01-03
Bagthorpes Vs The World 02-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 02-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 03-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 03-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 04-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 04-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 05-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 05-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 06-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 06-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 07-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 07-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 08-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 08-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 09-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 09-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 10-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 10-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 11-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 11-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 12-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 12-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 13-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 13-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 14-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 14-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 15-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 15-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 16-01
Bagthorpes Vs The World 16-02
Bagthorpes Vs The World 16-03
Bagthorpes Vs The World 17-01

(February 2012)

Here’s a very old recording of “Ordinary Jack“, Part 1 of the hilarious Bagthorpe Saga by Helen Cresswell! (Part 2 is “Absolute Zero”, which you can find if you scroll down.)

Ordinary Jack 01-01
Ordinary Jack 01-02
Ordinary Jack 02-01
Ordinary Jack 03-01
Ordinary Jack 04-01
Ordinary Jack 04-02
Ordinary Jack 05-01
Ordinary Jack 05-02
Ordinary Jack 05-03
Ordinary Jack 06-01
Ordinary Jack 06-02
Ordinary Jack 07-01
Ordinary Jack 07-02
Ordinary Jack 08-01
Ordinary Jack 08-02
Ordinary Jack 09-01
Ordinary Jack 09-02
Ordinary Jack 09-03
Ordinary Jack 10-01
Ordinary Jack 10-02
Ordinary Jack 10-03
Ordinary Jack 11-01
Ordinary Jack 11-02
Ordinary Jack 12-01
Ordinary Jack 12-02
Ordinary Jack 13-01
Ordinary Jack 13-02
Ordinary Jack 13-03
Ordinary Jack 14-01
Ordinary Jack 14-02
Ordinary Jack 15-01
Ordinary Jack 15-02
Ordinary Jack 15-03
Ordinary Jack 15-04

(January 2012)

Frog and Toad are Friends, by Arnold Lobel. You’ve got to buy or borrow a copy of the book so you can see the pictures!
Frog and Toad are Friends

(December 2011)

A New year’s Eve bonus: a German translation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
Wie der Grinch Weihnachten gestohlen hat

Also: a video recording of How the Grinch stole Christmas:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Something new for December! Well, actually, once again it’s something old. But that’s ok. I love this book and I always re-read it around Christmastime.

The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper

Pt1, Ch1 – Midwinter’s Eve
Pt1, Ch2 – Midwinter Day
Pt1, Ch3 – The Sign-Seeker
Pt1, Ch4 – The Walker on the Old Way
Pt2, Ch1 – Christmas Eve
Pt2, Ch2 – The Book of Gramarye
Pt2, Ch3 – Betrayal, Part 1
Pt2, Ch3 – Betrayal, Part 2
Pt2, Ch4 – Christmas Day, Part 1
Pt2, Ch4 – Christmas Day, Part 2
Pt3, Ch1 – The Coming of the Cold
Pt3, Ch2 – The Hawk in the Dark
Pt3, Ch3 – The King of Fire and Water
Pt3, Ch4 – The Hunt Rides
Pt3, Ch5 – The Joining of the Signs

(August 2011)
Haven’t managed to do much recording lately, so here’s an older recording from my personal archives: “By The Great Horn Spoon!” by Sid Fleischman. It takes place during the California gold rush right where I used to live. I’ve been to lots of the towns they mention. Hope you like it!

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18

(May 2011)
Bonus video: The Little Engine that Could http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUQPKM-fJEw

New book! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. Who doesn’t love this story? And it’s one of the few books that has a movie version that doesn’t wreck the story entirely. I am speaking of the 2005 movie, which I like a lot; let us not mention the 1971 version, which I loathe…

104 Charlie, Ch. 1 and 2
105 Charlie, Ch. 3, 4, 5
106 Charlie, Ch. 6, 7, 8
107 Charlie, Ch. 9, 10, 11
108 Charlie, Ch. 12 and 13
109 Charlie, Ch. 14 and 15
110 Charlie, Ch. 16 and 17
111 Charlie, Ch. 18, 19, and 20
112 Charlie, Ch. 21 and 22
113 Charlie, Ch. 23 and 24
114 Charlie, Ch. 25 and 26
115 Charlie, Ch. 27 and 28
116 Charlie, Ch. 29 and 30

(April 2011)
A new book is ready for you! “The Cricket in Times Square“, by George Selden, is a lovely little story about a very musical cricket.

89 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 1: Tucker
90 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 2: Mario
91 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 3: Chesterr
92 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 4: Harry Cat
93 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 5: Sunday Morning
94 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 6: Sai Fong
95 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 7: The Cricket Cage
96 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 8: Tucker’s Life’s Savings
97 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 9: The Chinese Dinner
98 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 10: The Dinner Party
99 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 11: The Jinx
100 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 12: Mr. Smedley
101 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 13: Fame
102 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 14: Orpheus
103 The Cricket in Times Square, Ch. 15: Grand Central Station

(March 2011)
The Talking Parcel is finished! It’s a fun story, written by the famous naturalist Gerald Durrell, about three children who travel to the Land of Mythologia and help to quell the Cockatrice uprising. You’ll meet Unicorns, Gryphons, Mermaids, and a very charming Toad named Ethelred.

77 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 1: The Talking Parcel
78 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 2, pt 1: Train to Mythologia
79 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 2, pt 2: Train to Mythologia
80 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 3, pt 1: Mooncalves and Unicorns
81 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 3, pt 2: Mooncalves and Unicorns
82 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 4: Spies and Plans
83 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 5, pt 1: Weasels and Gryphons
83 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 5, pt 2: Weasels and Gryphons
85 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 6: The Singing Sea
86 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 7: Werewolves and Firedrakes
87 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 8 pt 1: The Battle for Castle Cockatrice
87 The Talking Parcel, Ch. 8 pt 2: The Battle for Castle Cockatrice

(January 2011)
The Four-Story Mistake, by Elizabeth Enright. Sequel to “The Saturdays”, which you can find if you scroll down.

64 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 1: The Last Time and the First
65 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 2: A View Apiece
66 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 3: Ali Baba Oliver
67 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 4: The Back of the Bus
68 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 5: Rock-a-bye Rush
69 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 6: Clarinda, 1869
70 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 7: The Show
71 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 8: Noel, Noel
72 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 9: The Light in the Woods
73 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 10 The Caddis House
74 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 11: Addition and Subtraction
75 The Four-Story Mistake, Ch. 12: Oh Summer Night!

Many Moons, by James Thurber (A wonderful short story with a King, a Princess, three foolish wise men and a wise fool.)

(December 2010)

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

(October 2010)

Potato Talk (a picture book), by Ennis Rees

63 Potato Talk

The Apple Stone, by Nicholas Stuart Gray

51 The Apple Stone, Ch. 1: The Golden Apple
52 The Apple Stone, Ch. 2: Bird Of Paradise
53 The Apple Stone, Ch. 3: Lost – One Old Rug
54 The Apple Stone, Ch. 4: The Bleep
55 The Apple Stone, Ch. 5: The Sword and The Planets
56 The Apple Stone, Ch. 6: The Feathered Serpent
57 The Apple Stone, Ch. 7: Detectives
58 The Apple Stone, Ch. 8: The Muddled Image
59 The Apple Stone, Ch. 9: Stupid as Stone?
60 The Apple Stone, Ch. 10: Big Game
61 The Apple Stone, Ch. 11: Sheep May Safely Graze
62 The Apple Stone, Ch. 12: The Monster

(September 2010)
And now, Half Magic, by Edward Eager. If you like this one, be sure to read all of Edward Eager’s “Magic” books!

Half Magic:
Episode 43 (Half Magic Ch.1 How it Began)
Episode 44 (Half Magic Ch.2 What Happened to their Mother)
Episode 45 (Half Magic Ch.3 What Happened to Mark)
Episode 46 (Half Magic Ch.4 What Happened to Katharine)
Episode 47 (Half Magic Ch.5 What Happened to Martha)
Episode 48 (Half Magic Ch.6 What Happened to Jane)
Episode 49 (Half Magic Ch.7 How it Ended)
Episode 50 (Half Magic Ch.8 How it Began Again)

(July 2010)
Next is “Absolute Zero” by Helen Cresswell. This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. It’s the second book in the wonderful Bagthorpe Saga.

Absolute Zero:
Episode 10 (Absolute Zero 1a)
Episode 11 (Absolute Zero 1b)
Episode 12 (Absolute Zero 2a)
Episode 13 (Absolute Zero 2b)
Episode 14 (Absolute Zero 2c)
Episode 15 (Absolute Zero 3a)
Episode 16 (Absolute Zero 3b)
Episode 17 (Absolute Zero 4a)
Episode 18 (Absolute Zero 4b)
Episode 19 (Absolute Zero 5a)
Episode 20 (Absolute Zero 5b)
Episode 21 (Absolute Zero 6a)
Episode 22 (Absolute Zero 6b)
Episode 23 (Absolute Zero 7a)
Episode 24 (Absolute Zero 7b)
Episode 25 (Absolute Zero 8a)
Episode 26 (Absolute Zero 8b)
Episode 27 (Absolute Zero 9a)
Episode 28 (Absolute Zero 9b)
Episode 29 (Absolute Zero 10a)
Episode 30 (Absolute Zero 10b)
Episode 31 (Absolute Zero 11a)
Episode 32 (Absolute Zero 11b)
Episode 33 (Absolute Zero 12a)
Episode 34 (Absolute Zero 12b)
Episode 35 (Absolute Zero 13a)
Episode 36 (Absolute Zero 13b)
Episode 37 (Absolute Zero 14a)
Episode 38 (Absolute Zero 14b)
Episode 39 (Absolute Zero 14c)
Episode 40 (Absolute Zero 15a)
Episode 41 (Absolute Zero 15b)
Episode 42 (Absolute Zero 15c)

(June 2010)

The Saturdays” by Elizabeth Enright is the first book in a wonderful 4-book series about the Melendy Family: Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver, and of course Father, dear Cuffy, and the furnaceman, Willy Sloper. I hope you like it as much as I do.

The Saturdays:
Episode 1 (The Saturdays, Chapter 1)
Episode 2 (The Saturdays, Chapter 2)
Episode 3 (The Saturdays, Chapter 3)
Episode 4 (The Saturdays, Chapter 4 part 1)
Episode 5 (The Saturdays, Chapter 4 part 2)
Episode 6 (The Saturdays, Chapter 5)
Episode 7 (The Saturdays, Chapter 6)
Episode 8 (The Saturdays, Chapter 7)
Episode 9 (The Saturdays, Chapter 8)