Would your kids rather listen to books than read them? My oldest child is like that. At first I really struggled with the idea that I wanted him to READ the books rather than just listen to them. I felt like listening to them was kinda the lazy, getting-off-easy approach and maybe somehow “cheating” in a way.
Ever struggle with this?
After awhile, I realized that my son was an AUDITORY learner! He not only enjoyed it better when it was out loud, but he also LEARNED better that way! After I wrestled with it I finally came to discover, that most of all, I wanted him to know these stories, to enjoy these stories, and be able to have discussions with me and his Challenge class about them! So I let go of my own issues, and I let him enjoy the audio books.
If you are looking to enjoy some great American Literature, or if you have a kid going into the Classical Conversations Challenge I program, then the following list might help you find some great audio versions.
American Literature Book List with FREE Audio Book Links
Sign of the Beaver – Audible or YouTube audio book
Johnny Tremain – Audible $12.23
Billy Budd, Sailor – Audible $10.16
Through the Gates of Splendor – Audible
Born Again – Audible $22.53
Starship Troopers – Audible (Amazon) library
Harvey – (couldn’t find an audio of this, but there is a YouTube movie for $2.99)
To Kill a Mockingbird – Audible $17.14 or YouTube audio book
Self Reliance and Other Essays – Audible $2.95 or YouTube audio book
The Old Man and the Sea – Audible $11.15 or YouTube audio book