22 March 2020 02:35
Sign up to FREE email alerts from Wales Online - What's On Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email The UK government has announced schools will be closing from Friday, March 20, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. This has left many working parents feeling worried about how they can sufficiently educate and look after their children until they return to school. To make it easier, Audible is offering hundreds of kids' audio books for free here- and you don't even need to be a member. In a social media post, Audible wrote: "With school closures and social distancing affecting us all, we've created something in the hope that it makes your life a little easier. "Audible Stories - hundreds of kids' audiobooks for free.
Just click, stream and listen." Many Twitter users have praised the company's generous initiative. One person wrote: "What a great gesture - nice one!" Another commented: "Thank you - that will be such a help" "Thank you, you are brilliant," commented a third. What books can I find? The audio books are suitable for children of all ages and you will find stories written by very popular authors. Littlest listeners This category is suited to babies and toddlers, with titles such as: Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star: Bedtime Songs and Lullabies, Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Friends and Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics Primary school Anne of Green Gables, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Birchbark House are just some audio books available for primary school children.
Starting Saturday, audiobook service Audible--which is owned by Amazon--is offering free streams on a select number of children's stories across six languages to keep kids "dreaming, learning, and just being kids," its website said. The service will be available for as long as schools are closed, it said. The books are separated into six categories: "Littlest Listeners," "Elementary," "Tween," "Teen," "Literary Classics" and "Folk & Fairy Tales for All." And you don't even have to be a kid to enjoy them. The books available include "Heidi," "Jane Eyre," "Roots" and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Read More Image: Shutterstock While schools are closed around the country, Audible is offering some of its collection for free. Unlike some other free offerings, where you're required to sign up for a trial, or at least provide your email address, these offerings are all available to stream with no login and no payment information exchanging hands. Books can be streamed on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. The collection includes books for young readers such as Winnie-the-Pooh and the Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter as well as books for teens and literary classics such as Jane Eyre, The Call of the Wild, and Roots. When you click on a story from the main page you're taken to a short description of the book, as well as reviews by other readers. Tapping the "Start Listening" button will bring up a web-based player for listening. Image: Audible Just as you can normally with Audible, the player allows you to start and stop the stream, jump back or forward 30 seconds, and change the speed the book is being read. You can also navigate by chapter, so if you start listening to a book today, you can start again tomorrow where you left off. Since you're not logging in, your place isn't saved. Advertisement That said, a lot of these books are quick ones, so you can also potentially plow through. Bunch in an afternoon (or your kids can) without the need for a digital bookmark in the first place.