Authors Read For You

Authors Read For You

There’s nothing like a book you loved as a child to bring back sweet memories and to inspire you to dream again! Now you can do more than just read it, you can listen to the author read their stories to you!

Do you remember when mum or dad read you an Australian classic or you escaped into the world of Charlotte’s Web reading with a torch under the sheets at night? Did you ever wonder how the author would have read the book out loud? These classic audio books are your chance to hear it straight from the source, from the writers themselves.

Classic Magic by Mem Fox | Read by Mem Fox

A selection of storytelling magic from one of Australia’s best loved authors.

Mem Fox is Australia’s most successful author of books for young children. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the highest selling picture book ever in Australia. Classic Magic, narrated by Mem, is a selection of her most popular and beloved stories.

There are ten stories here, including: • Hattie and Fox • Hunwick’s Egg • Koala Lou • Possum Magic • Sail Away • Sleepy Bears • The Goblin and the Empty Chair • Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge • Wombat Divine

Perfect for the young and young-at-heart.

Jackie French Reads: Diary of a Wombat and Other Stories

Five of Jackie French’s best stories together in one audiobook, ready for a new generation of listeners to enjoy.

Jackie French is an award-winning author whose books are adored by children and parents alike. She is the Australia Children’s Laureate for 2014–2015 and is Senior Australian of the Year for 2015. To celebrate these fantastic achievements, this special audiobook contains five of her most-loved children’s books including Diary of a Wombat, The Hairy Nosed Wombat Finds a New Home, Josephine Wants to Dance, Pete the Sheep and Queen Victoria’s Underpants.

Charlotte’s Webb y E. B. White| Read by E.B.White

The classic, much-loved story by E. B. White beautifully brought to life by the author himself.

Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte’s Web has become one of America’s best-loved children’s books. For fifty years, this timeless tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. Now this classic, a 1953 Newbery Honor book, comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

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            E.B. White
            About the author

            E.B. White

            E. B. White, the author of twenty books of prose and poetry, was awarded the 1970 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his children's books, Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web. This award is given every five years "to an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have, over a period of years, made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." The year 1970 also marked the publication of Mr White's third books for children, The Trumpet of the Swan, honoured by the International Board on Books for international importance. In 1973, it received the Sequoyah Award (Oklahoma) and the William Allen White Award (Kansas), voted by the school children of those states as their "favorite book" of the year.Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Mr. White attended public schools there. He was graduated from Cornell University in 1921, worked in New York for a year, then travelled about. After five or six years of trying many sorts of jobs, he joined the staff of The New Yorker, then in its infancy. The connection proved a happy one and resulted in a steady output of satirical sketches, poems, essays and editorials. His essays have also appeared in Harper's Magazine, and his books include One Man's MeatThe Second Tree From the CornerLetters of E. B. WhiteThe Essays of E. B. White and Poems and Sketches of E. B. White.In 1938, Mr White moved to the country. On his farm in Maine he kept animals, and some of these creatures got into his stories and books. Mr White said he found writing difficult and bad for one's disposition, but he kept at it. He began Stuart Little in the hope of amusing a six-year old niece of his, but before he finished it, she had grown up.For his total contribution to American letters, Mr White was awarded the 1971 National Medal for Literature. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy named Mr White as one of thirty-one Americans to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mr White also received the National Institute of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Essays and Criticism, and in 1973 the members of the Institute elected him to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a society of fifty members. He also received honorary degrees from seven colleges and universities. Mr White, who died on October 1, 1985, is survived by his son and his grandchildren.

            Books by E.B. White

            Jackie French
            About the author

            Jackie French

            Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator, the 2014–2015 Australian Children's Laureate and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to children's literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia's most popular children's authors and writes across all genres — from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction for a variety of age groups. ‘Share a Story' was the primary philosophy behind Jackie's two-year term as Laureate.

            Books by Jackie French

            Mem Fox
            About the author

            Mem Fox

            Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural life of Australia; an SA Great Award for Literature in 2001; the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal in 2003; and she was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year in 2004. She worked as an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia for twenty-four years and is now an international literacy consultant.Mem's books with Penguin include Where is the Green Sheep?Hunwick's EggA Particular CowWhere The Giant SleepsTen Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesHello Baby!, The Goblin and the Empty ChairA Giraffe in the Bath and most recently Baby Bedtime. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

            Books by Mem Fox

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            1. This is such a wonderful idea! To hear Mem Fox read Possum Magic would have been magical when my kids were toddlers 30 odd years ago. I have been considering doing my own audio books like this and your post has made me think a little harder on it. Great to see this post!