Oldies, but Goodies - Kids Records
For all those who remember listening to kids stories on the radio or record players there is a website for you. A former classmate of mine works at the local library and introduced me to Kiddie Records Weekly this past weekend. This website is a project that takes “golden age” children’s records and makes them available to the public for listening or downloading. The stories are generally from the 1940’s and 50’s. It is amazing the variety of materials they have located. Some of these include classics like:
Story of Robin Hood - The Adventures of Tom Thumb - Little Black Sambo - Cinderella - Pecos Bill - Rob Roy - The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Why the Chimes Rang - Mother Goose - Madeline - etc.
There looks to be about 52 record selections for each year of the three-year project. Many of these have the original storybook images that came with the record. They all include at least the album cover image. This would make a great tool to use when introducing story versions to kids of today. The audio clarity is pretty good for most of the records as well.
I am not from that time period, but really enjoyed (and had a good laugh) hearing the different stories and how they were “told” back then. With the current tech savviness of today’s youth, many would probably appreciate the audio stream or download options.