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Shoofly: An Audiomagazine for Children

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

Shoofly


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.

The collection of stories in each issue is an all-embracing mix of original and traditional tales. Some of the traditional tales you could expect are The Tortoise and the Hare, Stone Soup, and Jack and the Beanstalk. The narrations are clear, vibrant, and lively; they certainly hold the attention of little listeners. You can listen to a sample here.

A list of awards and achievements:

  • iParenting Media Award
  • Seal of Excellence Creative Child Magazine Award
  • Parents’ Choice Silver Honor
  • National Parenting Publications Award
  • Parent’s Guide Award
  • EdPress Distinguished Achievement Award

Shoofly can be purchased individually or as a yearly subscription (available on CD or MP3 – 4 Shoofly issues  + 1 bonus music CD or MP3): http://shooflyaudio.com/

TCBR’s source of CD: Shoofly Audio

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