I love books and hope to pass my love on to my beautiful daughter Claire. So far, so good, she’s always bringing Jen and me books to read to her and I’m starting to read her longer books. We’re working on The Velveteen Rabbit at the moment, but her attention span is only good for three to four pages at a time. I was looking at one of the RSS feeds that I subscribe to and he mentioned a site called storynory.com. This site is very flipping cool and a godsend for me and for Claire. It has .mp3 podcasts of children’s stories. A ton of them. They’re downloadable and completely free. If you’re more into the iTunes version of podcasts, click here. Hell, I’ve got my RSS reader set to download the podcasts directly to my computer so I’ve got them pretty much as soon as they’re posted. I’m seeing great stories like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and many, many more. What really got me excited though, was Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki-tikki-tavi, a book that I distinctly remember reading as a child and falling in love with. I also remember going to the Dinuba Library during the summertime and watching the animated version of the story as well. It was a summertime tradition for me, I’d always wait with bated breath for the day they’d show it. And now, I can share part of that joy with Claire. Fantastic.
If you’re so inclined, check the site out. If you’ve got kids and want to share stories with them (in pleasing British accents), this site could very well be a godsend.
I’ve not read it, but I know a few people who should!
Looks like 15-20 authors are auctioning off something pretty cool on eBay. If you win the auction (one auction per author), your name will be used in their next book! I’d love to have my name in Stephen King’s next novel called CELL, but there’s no way I’ve got the disposable money to actually win the damn thing.
The authors are donating the money earned from the auctions to the First Amendment Project, which is a "nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition." I hadn’t really heard of them prior to today, but they sound pretty cool and First Amendment rights are, in my humble opinion, the most important.