Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Homemade Audio Books

I saw a couple posts through Pintrest about how some people made their children audio books. One person did audio books and "daddy tv" to help their child learn the parent's native language while he was at work. Another used it as an "alone time" activity for children too young to read by themselves. Because I gave a lot of downtime I decided to make some of my own. Some were family specific books but many can (and likely will) be used as gifts for friends.

Besides myself reading I found many websites and youtube videos of books I've never owned and several I've never heard of to record. Several had the authors reading.

I used a basic microphone app on my tablet. I had to download it but my phone had the app already. There are several audio book apps you can use but I went very basic.

After recording and doing a quick check for quality (definitely not the best but good enough) I renamed the file to the title, author and reader if not by me. Then I emailed them to myself a couple stories at a time. Since my laptop is dying I figure saving them on my email is the safest place for me.

Because they send as a .wav file it can be added to my iTunes.  I'll most likely burn the stories onto CDs.

I think in the future I'd like to buy a microphone to attached to my computer for better quality but the tablet idea works for me for now. I think the longest story I recorded was 12 minutes long.

Some books I recorded:


  • Paperbag Princess in English and French by Munsch
  • The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Trivizas
  • Sneetches by Seuss
  • I Need My Monster by Noll
  • Stone Soup by McGovern
  • No Mirrors in My Nana's House by Barnwell
  • Some Mother Goose nursery rhymes


Have you made your own audio books before? What did you use? If you were to record some what books would you use- any childhood favourites?