Talking Books and Children

Good Books, Good Friends

With summer coming and schools being out, remember that you do not want your child to be without books. Students who do not have books to read over vacation often suffer a downhill slide in skills. Without keeping up with their reading, they may spend that first month back at school trying to catch up on skills they haven't practiced. 

Over time, I have watched our statistics regarding Talking Books and children. During the years of using cassette machines, I saw the statistics decline. However, with arrival of the digital player and the iPad, Android, and Kindle apps, there has been a steady rise in the number of books that children are downloading.  

This June, July, and August, let's set a record for the most children's audio downloads ever. There will be no summer slide for us! Want to keep track of and encourage summer reading? Families can sign up for the library's summer reading program here:

These best-selling picture books are available to download from our Talking Books collection:

  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  3. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg  

  4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

  5. Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein  

  6. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

  7. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

  8. Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

  9. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

  10. Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Anyone in the Subregional Library's service area (City of Fredericksburg, and Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Orange, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties) who is unable to read or use standard print materials due to temporary or permanent visual impairment, physical disability, or dyslexia may be eligible for the Talking Books service.