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  1. 0.6 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson’s interference, aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats. Based on the critically acclaimed 2016 Caldecott and Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.

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    Voice of Freedom

    0.6 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.3 hrs • 8/20/2015 • Unabridged

    Painter and writer Calef Brown pours his boundless creative energy into his poetry and illustrations. In Flamingos on the Roof, Brown crafts twenty-nine nonsense poems conjuring mythic and contemporary images of everything from gatorflies to light-bulb-topped birthday cakes. Kids will revel in the lively wordplay, while parents and teachers will recognize the value in teaching kids alliterative and assonant sounds.

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    Flamingos on the Roof

    0.3 hrs • 8/20/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.2 hrs • 7/23/2015 • Unabridged

    In Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963, it is one little girl’s tenth birthday. Excited about Youth Day at the 16th Street Baptist Church, she puts on her patent leather shoes and practices her choir solo. But her birthday will include no cake and no candles this year. A group of men have tucked a bundle of dynamite under the church’s steps, and when it goes off, four girls are dead: AddieMae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair. Smoke clogs the throats of worshippers as they search for sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers in the crumbled plaster and broken glass. Author Carole Boston Weatherford, an award-winning poet and children’s author, shares this story in poignant free verse poetry from the viewpoint of a fictional child eyewitness. Listeners will be transported back to this dark period in American history by Lizzie Cooper Davis’ moving narration. “These children—unoffending; innocent and beautiful—were the victims of one of the most vicious, heinous crimes ever perpetrated against humanity … in spite of the darkness of this hour we must not despair. We must not become bitter.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., eulogy for victims of the 16th Street Church bombing

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    Birmingham, 1963

    0.2 hrs • 7/23/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.5 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Celebrate the slips and slides and swims and glides of delightful penguins in poetry and song.

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    Antarctic Antics

    0.5 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Young children can spy familiar nursery characters hiding in the colourful pictures. There’s Tom Thumb, Jack and Jill, and the Three Bears, as well as Baby Bunting and a host of others.

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    Each Peach Pear Plum

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Hiawatha’s boyhood is gracefully brought to life against a background of authentic Native American music in this excerpt from Longfellow’s classic poem.

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    Hiawatha

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.1 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Sailing off in a wooden shoe, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod find sleepy time adventure under a luminous night sky.

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    Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

    0.1 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 0.8 hrs • 3/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Just in time for National Poetry Month, Nick Cannon, entertainer extraordinaire, debuts his poetry book for children. Nick Cannon—the unstoppable entertainer, comedian, actor, and musician—was inspired to write Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems as a way to combine the worlds of poetry and hip-hop. These two mediums have shaped Nick into the prolific artist he is today.

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    Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems

    0.8 hrs • 3/1/15 • Unabridged
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    3.9 hrs • 8/28/2014 • Unabridged

    Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the civil rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

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    Brown Girl Dreaming

    3.9 hrs • 8/28/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.4 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Abridged

    These humorous verses were originally written for children but the taste is much more to an adult liking. They are strange, perverse, and the morals they provide … Well, that’s for you to decide.  Luckily Joyce Grenfell is narrating, so it’s double the experience!  Here’s what you can look forward to hearing:“Jim: Who Ran Away from his Nurse, and was Eaten by a Lion.”“Henry King: Who Chewed Bits of String, and was Early Cut Off in Dreadful Agonies.”“Matilda: Who Told Lies, and was Burned to Death.”‘Franklin Hyde: Who Caroused in the Dirt and was Corrected by His Uncle.”“Godolphin Horne: Who was Cursed with the Sin of Pride, and Became a Boot-Black.”“Algernon: Who Played with a Loaded Gun, and on Missing his Sister, was Reprimanded by his Father.”“Hildebrand: Who was Frightened by a Passing Motor, and was Brought to Reason.”“Lord Lundy: Who was Too Freely Moved to Tears, and thereby Ruined his Political Career.”“Rebecca: Who Slammed Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably.”“George: Who Played with a Dangerous Toy, and Suffered a Catastrophe of Considerable Dimensions.”“Charles Augustus Fortescue: Who Always Did hat was Right, and so Accumulated an Immense Fortune.”“The Example”“John: Who Lost a Fortune by Throwing Stones.”“Maria: Who Made Faces and a Deplorable Marriage.”“Sarah Byng: Who Could Not Read and Was Tossed into a Thorny Hedge by a Bull.”“Jack and His Pony, Tom”“Tom and His Pony, Jack”“Lord Lundy (Second Canto)”“The Garden Party”

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    Cautionary Verses

    0.4 hrs • 2/26/14 • Abridged
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  11. 0.7 hrs • 1/30/2014 • Unabridged

    Gabby’s world is filled with daydreams. Now, what began as an escape from her parents’ arguments has taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer. Written in vivid accessible poems, this verse novel is a celebration of one girl’s indomitable spirit and of a teacher’s ability to reach out and change a life.

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    Words with Wings

    0.7 hrs • 1/30/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 0.7 hrs • 1/1/2014 • Unabridged

    In moving verse, Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis gives new voice to seventeen heroes of civil rights. This commanding collection of poems invites the reader to hear in each verse the thunder that lies in every voice, no matter how small. Featuring civil rights luminaries Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Sylvia Mendez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mamie Carthan Till, Helen Zia, Josh Gibson, Dennis James Banks, Mitsuye Endo, Ellison Onizuka, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

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  13. 1.2 hrs • 9/26/2013 • Unabridged

    Revolting Rhymes Did you think Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, or that the three little pigs outsmarted the wolf? Think again! Master storyteller Roald Dahl adds his own darkly comic twists to six favorite tales, complete with rambunctious rhymes and hilarious surprise endings. Dirty Beasts Roald Dahl’s inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl’s animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes.

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  14. 0.2 hrs • 3/26/2013 • Unabridged

    Come down to the shore with this rich and vivid celebration of the ocean! With playful, moving poems by Kate Coombs, Water Sings Blue evokes the beauty and power, the depth and mystery, and the endless resonance of the sea.

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    Water Sings Blue

    0.2 hrs • 3/26/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.2 hrs • 2/26/2013 • Unabridged

    The poet, author, and indomitable naturalist Jack Prelutsky, having returned safely from far-flung places with an extensive collection of unique creatures that are a blending of the animate and inanimate, has worked in close collaboration with the fine artist Carin Berger, who herself conducted considerable field operations in preparing Mr. Prelutsky’s specimens for exhibition and publication. While many creatures (two dozen species in all) were discovered and recorded and their precise qualities examined, we are presenting sixteen here for the first time, for the enjoyment and education of the general public.

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  16. 1.2 hrs • 10/2/2012 • Unabridged

    A vast array of poems old and new joyously celebrates each special day of the year, telling of New Year’s resolutions, Valentine’s Day love, Easter parades, Fourth of July fireworks, and more. Featuring verse from favorites like Walt Whitman, Jack Prelutsky, and Langston Hughes, poetic lyrics from the likes of Cole Porter and Oscar Hammerstein, and heartfelt introductions by Julie Andrews describing favorite family holiday moments, this is the perfect collection for families to share together.

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