Collection Development Popular Classics with Fresh Recordings and Original Art

Classics and Audiobooks are a perfect pair. Let’s face it, many classics may be inaccessible to contemporary readers since they contain obsolete words, outmoded expressions, and difficult sentence construction that can place them out of reach for some children, especially those with special needs. Our unabridged audiobooks can help bridge the gap between classics and kids. Plus, just in case any of your patrons or students fall into the highly-populated category of judging books by their covers, we’ve begun to release selected classics and pair them with some of today’s popular illustrators.

Jerry Pinkey created brand new gorgeous art featuring Buck, the famed dog, of THE CALL OF THE WILD and the recording narrated by Jeff Daniels was chosen as an ALSC Notable Children’s Recording. This is one of my favorite stories and Jeff Daniels does an incredible job of making this well-known story fresh and engaging.

Carson Ellis graced our cover of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA with her hip, folky art. Even though Jules Verne wrote it in 1870, he foretells with uncanny accuracy inventions and technology of the twentieth century, and James Frain does an excellent job of narrating this classic science fiction tale. AudioFile raves, “James Frain’s sturdy pacing, clipped British accent, and mellifluous baritone guide listeners through the dense, dramatic text.”

More than a century after this magical tale was first released, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum is sure to entrance a new generation of listeners. Brooke Shields transports listeners to Oz and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Award-winning illustrator, Brian Floca created the perfect original cover art. You’ll notice that Dorothy has silver shoes, not ruby red since they were only changed to red for the movie, to better show up on screen. The book contains many more scenes than the movie—making it a must listen!


THE TIME MACHINE is a science fiction adventure from one of the grandfathers of sci-fi, H.G. Wells. Sir Derek Jacobi’s expert reading helps listeners travel through time. AudioFile praises, “Jacobi’s attention to the nuances of the text makes his narration especially engaging.” It’s perfect for family listening and an excellent conversation starter.

The fresh covers will appeal to today’s listeners and so will the well-known narrators.

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