Books for Children


Books

The Magic City by E. Nesbit

The Magic World by E. Nesbit

Merry Clappum Junction by Arnold Kennedy

NEW! The Wonderful Garden or the Three C.’s by E. Nesbit

Short Stories

The Boy who Rode into the Sunset by C.J. Dennis

The Feast of Lanterns by W.T. Stead

The Uncle’s Present – Read and Be Wise: A New Battledoor by Unknown

Stories and Rhymes from Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories:
The Elves And The Shoemaker
Nursery Rhymes
Puss In Boots
Seven At One Blow
The Three Bears
The Three Little Pigs
The Voice of Spring

Wondering Jack by James Baldwin

Non-fiction

Chapters in The Fairyland of Science by Arabella Buckley:
Bees in the Hive
The History of a Piece of Coal
The Life of a Primrose

Chapter in The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children by Jane Andrews
The Carrying Trade

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The Magic City by E. Nesbit
Total running time: 7 hrs 37 mins

Philip and Lucy discover that the city Philip has built using toys, books and household objects, has come alive. This is the account of their incredible adventures in those magical lands, where they meet characters from books and history, mythical beasts, and many other nice (and not so nice) people and creatures.

There is something about E. Nesbit’s writing that is just a delight to read. Such incredible fun to record: great scope for silly voices. Please do listen out for the blugraiwee – he is my favourite!

Review by MZ: This book is wonderful, the reader is fabulous and has a very talented voice, and the story is sweet without being mushy. It is worth a listen.

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The Magic World by E. Nesbit
Total running time: 7 hrs 27 mins

Talking cats, birds, fish and bells, wicked fairies, uglified princesses – adventure, magic, and more magic. A delightful collection of stories for children of all ages – and adults too, I have to admit. Recording these stand-alone stories was the most fun I have had in ages.

Review by IB: The reader (Ruth Golding) performance is as good as professional recordings created in a studio (no background noises and her reading is flawless). She has many fun voices and a few special effects that brings the stories to life.

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Merry Clappum Junction by Arnold Kennedy
Running time: 1 hr 6 mins

This is a jolly little book about a little boy, a dog, a train and a house. But not an ordinary train, oh no, and not an ordinary house either! And there are songs, too. The Preface is short, dull and only for the grown-ups.

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The Wonderful Garden or the Three C.’s by E. Nesbit
Total running time: 8 hrs 40 mins

Do you believe in magic? Caroline, Charles and Charlotte do, and nothing that happens during their summer holiday at their great uncle’s house does anything to diminish that belief. There the Three C.’s find a wonderful garden and some very old books, resulting in escapades which do not necessarily please the grown-ups.

E. Nesbit, as usual, transports us back to the hazy summer days of a well-to-do Edwardian childhood, liberally spiced with magic, humour and lessons learned.

Published exactly 100 years ago, this is one of her least-known children’s books, out of print for many years, and with no text available online at the time of recording. Yes, it’s dated. Yes, it’s politically incorrect. But it is delightful nonetheless. As Gore Vidal once wrote: “…though a reading of E. Nesbit is hardly going to change the pattern of a nation, there is some evidence that the child who reads her will never be quite the same again, and that is probably a good thing.”

G. wrote to me: (thanks G!) Thank you so much for hours of listening pleasure. The book was great fun and your reading was amazing, just like a really good commercial audiobook.

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The Boy who Rode into the Sunset by C.J. Dennis
Running time: 30 mins

Delightful story of a boy who rode into the sunset on a magic horse and had to fly all around the world to get home again before darkness fell.

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The Feast of Lanterns by W.T. Stead
Running time: 16 mins

The magical adventures of Wang Chih at the time of the Festival of Lanterns – from an old Chinese legend.

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The Uncle’s Present – Read and Be Wise: A New Battledoor by an unknown author

This tiny book is based on the colourful cries of London’s street vendors in the 19th century.

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Stories and Rhymes from Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories
These are some of my earliest recordings, and the sound quality is not as good as I would like, but it seems a pity not to include them. I will re-record them one day.

Visit Internet Archive page to listen online, to download other file formats and to see chapters by other readers in the Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories, or download individual files here:

The Elves And The Shoemaker
Running time: 4 mins 56 secs
Section 62

Nursery Rhymes
Running time: 39 mins 38 secs
Section 1

Puss In Boots
Running time: 15 mins 21 secs
Section 61

Seven At One Blow
Running time: 18 mins 25 secs
Section 147

The Three Bears
Running time: 9 mins 27 secs
Section 2

The Three Little Pigs
Running time: 9 mins 31 secs
Section 20

The Voice of Spring
Running time: 2 mins 23 secs
Section 88

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Wondering Jack by James Baldwin
Running time: 19 mins

A story about three brothers, magic and a moral!

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Chapters in The Fairyland of Science by Arabella Buckley
A little twee, and a bit outdated in parts, but still a very enjoyable introduction to the science of nature.

Visit Internet Archive page to listen online, to download other file formats and to see chapters by other readers in the The Fairyland of Science, or download individual files here:

Bees in the Hive

The History of a Piece of Coal

The Life of a Primrose

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Chapter in The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children by Jane Andrews

The Carrying Trade
Quite an interesting little chapter introducing children to the concept of trade between nations.

  • Download 64 kbps MP3 file (5.8 MB)
  • Visit Internet Archive page to listen online, to download other file formats and to see chapters by other readers in The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children.

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9 Comments on “Books for Children”

  1. s Says:

    Dear Ruthie, I really appreciate what you are doing, adding pleasure to the lives of so many people you don’t even know. I am most eagerly awaiting the librivox recording of The Wonderful Garden. When you complete it, I’m sure many people, especially all those who recognize Nesbit for the unparralleled writer she is, will love hearing it. The sooner the better!
    Thanks a lot.

  2. RuthieG Says:

    Yes, sorry about the delay on this one. I am now using a new microphone and will have to start it again from scratch. I have two commercial books to complete first, but as soon as they are done, I will get back to my beloved E. Nesbit.

  3. s Says:

    Glad to hear it, I was almost about to give up hope. I’m sure it will be worth the wait.


  4. [...] now, I must get on with recording the other “Wonderful Garden” for LibriVox… coming to an MP3 player near you before the end of May. [...]


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  6. Julie Clougherty Says:

    Dear Ruth,
    I just finished listening to The Magic City, which was such a delight! My sadness at it ending quickly turned to joy to learn of The Wonderful Garden! I cannot wait to listen to it with my children on our upcoming 14-hour drive (only in America) to Chicago. Thank you so much for making these terrific stories available to us, and especially for doing them so, so well. Best wishes to you.
    Sincerely,
    Julie Clougherty

    • RuthieG Says:

      So glad you enjoyed The Magic City – I so, so loved the blugraiwee. :lol: The Wonderful Garden is very different, but I hope you enjoy it too. Don’t miss Nesbit’s The Magic World – a collection of short, and utterly wonderful, stories.

  7. Bruce J. Says:

    Ruth, I very much enjoyed listening to “The Magic City”. I’m a young adult and still found it quite entertaining. At your recommendation I will now move on to Nesbit’s “The Magic World”, and I look forward to those wonderful stories as well. Thank you so much for your efforts in bringing these books to life.

  8. Kim Caisse Says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful recordings. “The Magic City” was the first recording I listened to on Librivox. Your reading is perfect in tone and I can tell how much you love E. Nesbit. I am an artist and I listen to books while working. My new line of work involves lots of found objects and tiny clothes for tiny gray critters, so finding this recording just now felt very ‘magical’ indeed. It is hard to keep one’s mind focused on the art when one relies on it for income, and your recording of this marvelous book helped me reconnect to all the good reasons why I do what I do. Thank you.


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