Free Literature Galore from Lit2Go

We recently featured this in our Free Resource of the Day Email, and we felt compelled to feature it in our E-Magazine as well because it is such an invaluable resource.

By far one of the largest free collections of literature to be released on MP3 download is the University of South Florida's Lit2Go Collection. This library of literature is now available as a podcast through iTunes U, and can also be listened to and downloaded on MP3 through LearnOutLoud.com. On the Lit2Go website they also feature PDFs and text webpages of the audio titles.

This treasure trove of free downloadable audio books, poetry, and short stories is aimed at K-12 educators, but most of its resources can be enjoyed by literature listeners of all ages.

From what we can tell all of the audio titles are unabridged and they've been professionally recorded with good narrators. (Note that on the podcast feeds some of the audio files are out of order, and you'll need to scroll around a little to make sure you have all the files when it comes to the audio books.)

They've compiled their resources according to grade level from Kindergarten to 12th Grade, and the titles in the upper grade levels are certainly appropriate for older audiences as well. We've compiled a comprehensive list of what they have to offer at each grade level:

Lit2Go: Audio Files for Kindergarteners:
Features Robert Louis Stevenson poems for children, as well as classic nursery rhymes like "Jack and Jill", "Little Bo-Peep", "Hickory Dickory Dock", and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep".

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 1st Graders:
Features more classic poems and fairy tales including Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky", "Fire! Fire! Burn Stick!" from Aesop's Fables, "Humpty Dumpty", "Peter Piper", and "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 2nd Graders:
Features "The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter, "The Hare and the Hedgehog" by The Brothers Grimm, more Robert Louis Stevenson poems, and an unabridged audio book called The Outdoor Girls in Florida by Laura Lee Hope.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 3rd Graders:
Features a number of Aesop's Fables, "The Ugly Duckling" & "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Hans Christian Anderson, "How the Alphabet Was Made" by Rudyard Kipling, and the audio books Squinty, the Comical Pig by Richard Barnum, The Outdoor Chums on the Gulf; or, Rescuing the Lost Balloonists by Captain Quincy Allen, and Jack Tier, or the Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 4th Graders:
Features many more of Aesop's Fables, tales by Beatrix Potter, and the unabridged audio books The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Seven O'Clock Stories by Robert Gordon Anderson, The Tale of Tommy Fox by Arthur Scott Bailey, Whitefoot the Woodmouse by Thornton W. Burgess, and many of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 5th Graders:
Features "Sleeping Beauty" by The Brothers Grimm, even more of Aesop's Fables, tales by Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Brownie Beaver by Arthur Scott Bailey, The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat by Ross Kay, Curly and Floppy Twistytail the Funny Piggie Boys by Howard R. Garis, The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat by Thornton W. Burgess, Half-Past Seven Stories by Robert Gordon Anderson, Beyond the City by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 6th Graders:
Features dozens of short stories including many by Virginia Woolf and Rudyard Kipling. Also features the audio books The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, & The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Famous Stories Every Child Should Know, The Story of Siegfried by James Baldwin, The Light Princess by George MacDonald, The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, A Florida Sketch-Book by Bradford Torrey, Sylvie and Bruno & Sylvie and Bruno Concluded by Lewis Carroll, Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Philosophy and Fun of Algebra by Mary Everest Boole, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 7th Graders:
Features Edgar Allan Poe's most famous short stories, as well as the audio books The Tin Woodman of Oz & Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum, The Little Lame Prince by Maria Dinah Mulock Craik, The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 8th Graders:
Features poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, short stories by Emily Bronte, more of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous short stories, and the audio books In the Wilds of Florida by W. H. G. Kingston, Logic: Deductive and Inductive by Carveth Read, M.A., The Number Concept: Its Origin and Development by Levi Leonard Conant, Ph. D., The Mystery of Edwin Drood & Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 9th Graders:
Features "History" essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, more poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and the audio books Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Wakulla, A Story of Adventure in Florida & Canoemates: A Story of the Florida Reef and Everglades by Kirk Munroe, Florida Trails by Winthrop Packard, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson, A Victorious Union by Oliver Optic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Mystery of Cloomber by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 10th Graders:
Features the audio books St. Augustine Under Three Flags: Tourist Guide and History, Symbolic Logic by Lewis Carroll, The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The Professor by Charlotte Bronte, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 11th Graders:
Features the audio books The Game of Logic by Lewis Carroll, The Scarlet Letter, The Blithedale Romance & The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Deductive Logic by George William Joseph Stock, M.A., Lettres Philosophiques by Francois-Marie Arouet, and Beowulf translated by Frances B. Grummere.

Lit2Go: Audio Files for 12th Graders:
Features the audio books Physics by Aristotle, Lectures on Ten British Mathematicians of the Nineteenth Century by Alexander MacFarlane, A Short Account of the History of Mathematics by W. W. Rouse Ball, History of Modern Mathematics by David Eugene Smith, Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott, The Flamingo Feather by Kirk Munroe, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and Spherical Trigonometry by Isaac Todhunter.

Wow! That's a lot of free literature. You can listen and download these MP3s directly through LearnOutLoud.com, or click the iTunes U links to download them directly in iTunes. Many thanks to the University of South Florida!

Over 130 NAXOS Literature Downloads The literature downloads continue with over 130 downloadable titles from NAXOS AudioBooks:

All NAXOS AudioBooks Downloads

Some of the newer titles we've released are as follows:

Dracula - Bram Stoker's undisputed masterpiece of horror writing.

Hamlet - This production features the voice of Anton Lesser as Hamlet along with a full cast.

Youth and Heart of Darkness - Join Marlow as he tells tales of seaman voyages in these two magnificent novellas.

Les Miserables - An abridged edition of Victor Hugo's masterpiece of adventure, rebellion, and human redemption.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Hear James Joyce describe the early life of Stephen Dedalus.

The Iliad - Homer's great poem of the Western world, available abridged & unabridged.

Enjoy these and many more classic literature titles from NAXOS AudioBooks.

Sounds True Offers 50 More Downloads

Our good friends at Sounds True keep adding to their catalog of downloadable offerings, many of which have never been available on download before.

For those of you unfamiliar with Sounds True, they began as a conference and lecture recording service and continue to release many titles by famous authors and teachers which are not normally available in print. Sounds True focuses on titles about spiritual traditions, meditation, psychology, creativity, health and healing, self development, and relationships.

They now feature over 300 downloadable titles:

Over 300 Downloads from Sounds True

Please take a look at some of these new titles:

  • The Eckhart Tolle Audio Collection
  • The Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels
  • Is There Life After Death? by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • The Lost Teachings of Yoga by George Feuerstein
  • Relieve Anxiety with Medical Hypnosis by Steven Gurgevich
  • The Second Half of Life by Angeles Arrien
  • The Spirit of Leonardo by Michael J. Gelb
  • The Transpersonal Vision by Stanislav Grof, Ph.D.
  • Truth is a Pathless Land by Jiddu Krishnamurti Enjoy these downloads and for a sampling of Sounds True's audio check out their Voices of Wisdom Podcast.

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