By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 11, 2010

Listen-Along Storybooks is a fantastic new program offered by Sterling Books. It’s a website with a combination of audiobooks available as free downloads and/or podcasts that can be listened to as streaming audio, a jokecast, and a section dedicated to poetry. The mastermind behind this fab new feature is Robert Agis. His recordings are crystal clear and voiced with an effective energy that will have listeners of all ages enthralled. The first eight audiobooks available are some of Sterling Books most popular picture books; including Cesar Takes A Break, which we reviewed earlier.

With extreme generosity, Sterling Books has offered up all of the eight books (listed below) for three of our luckiest readers!

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 6, 2010

Sarah Froeber - Pelican and Pelicant and Other Stories Pelican and Pelicant

by Sarah Froeber (Author), Andy Thorn (Music)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Audio CD

Publisher: Shoofly Audio

Source: Author

What to expect: Intrepidity, Self-confidence, Friendship,

There is a clear and timely message in the story of Pelican and Pelicant: friendship, encouragement, and a little bravery, can really travel a long way.

By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 3, 2009

I think all parents have a moment when we wonder what happened to the little baby we used to cradle in our arms? I know I’ve had many of these and my kids are still preschoolers. Yet, time flies and those little defenseless babies now have minds of their own, with their own wants and needs–and boy do they let me know exactly what it is they want/need. But not all kids are the same and sometimes it takes work to figure them out and to reconnect with them. Two new books give us just such a chance–one book does so in form and the other in function.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 5, 2009


Shoofly is an audiomagazine for children between the ages of 3 and 7, developed by a small independent publisher “dedicated to offering families of young children quality entertainment.” An annual subscription to Shoofly includes 4 issues and a bonus music CD (or MP3 download). Typically, each issue has 4 stories and 4 songs, all are mixed very artfully with poetry and musical elements — the CD’s usually run around 45-60 minutes.