The University of South Florida offers a reading treasure trove for an educator — free audios of many popular stories and poems. They describe Lit2Go like this:. They want to “support literacy by providing access to recordings of historically and culturally significant literature.”
Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook (mp3) format. You can:
- Download the files to your phone or other player and listen on the go
- Listen to the files on your computer
- View the text on a webpage and read along as you listen
- Print out the stories and poems to make your own book.
You can browse Lit2Go by “authors, books, genres, collections or readibility.” Browsing through the Lit2Go archives by author, I found some of our favorites such as Jane Austen, Thornton W. Burgess, and good old Abraham Lincoln. Browsing by book title, I found such gems as The Merchant of Venice and “Hickory, Dickory, Dock” and even some that just make me curious as to whether my students would consider them gems or not, like Philosophy and Fun of Algebra.
You may also search the database by reading level, K-12. The results will show how long the audio is, and how many words are in the passage (or book, poem, etc.).
Visit Lit2Go to listen to the free audiobooks of classics.