To succeed at school, and in life, it’s important that kids have a strong core knowledge of literature, including culturally significant stories and fables. Access to this information is a great social leveler, and particularly benefits children who may not otherwise have ready access to it. 

We have drawn our selection of texts from those recommended in the Core Knowledge Sequence, a free knowledge-based curriculum that aims to build strong foundations for later learning, including knowledge known by most adults and taken for granted by literate writers and speakers. 

For each tale, we have tracked down a free, quality audio recording, including some of the now ancient recordings we listened to as youngsters ourselves! To make the list as accessible for as many people as possible, we looked for audio-recordings hosted on YouTube (rather than, say, a particular publisher’s website or podcast platform).  

These stories are intended to complement – not replace – evidence-based phonics-based materials – designed to teach young school-aged children to read. Most are suitable for children with language disorders, dyslexia, and other communication difficulties. 

In addition to this list, we recommend that children be exposed to lots of non-fiction, including science, history, art and music books.

Enjoy!

YearStoryFree Audiobook
KindergartenThe Bremen Town Musicians – Brothers Grimmhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VBswBv65KU
Chicken Littlehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk0uKcCoQ6c
Cinderella (Charles Perrault)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlfnFUHq0DI
Goldilocks and the Three Bearshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMrZ0e1Mczk
How Many Spots does a Leopard Have?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTBVd3l73K0
King Midas and the Golden Touchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6amAJaochw
The Little Red Henhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E72TZy0LNo
Little Red Riding Hoodhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuuWtiGXejk
Momotaro: Peach Boyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9ZDhhClFBw
Snow White and the Seven Dwarveshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNCLk7l7bP0
The Three Billy Goats Gruffhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj9BjN3PqB8
The Three Little Pigshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipWkUIiOTXE
The Ugly Duckling (Hans Christian Andersen)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3vpddQWmn4
The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHLYvs5zOUU
The Lion and the Mouse (Aesop)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F2dNzIf4jo
The Grasshopper and the Ants (Aesop)https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id255293600
The Dog and his Shadow (Aesop)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as2M2mgLwlU
The Hare and the Tortoise (Aesop)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPTJcRy4_eQ
Year 1
The Boy at the Dikehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STGXpq8JGIg
The Frog Prince   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLE7LqTc1N4
Hansel and Gretelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qji-GeY_NqM
How Anansi Got Stories from the Sky Godhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shr2kD_KhLI
Jack and the Beanstalkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGXUHwhsQ58
The Pied Piper of Hamelinhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5wGBAhoYes
The Princess and the Peahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV70RKOgwzY
Puss-In-Bootshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYge2Ps94_8
Rapunzelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbZXuDizlQo
Rumpelstiltskinhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apZuO1nwSvQ
Sleeping Beautyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzGDo_Uv6-E
The Tale of Peter Rabbithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuTlQCGxE5Y
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Aesop)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFD4KoyXuu8
The Dog in the Manger (Aesop)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2jO2Sn4ctY
The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Aesop)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av8UZ5C8ATU
The Maid and the Milk Pail (Aesop)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag6-Q7bUj_0
The Fox and the Grapes (Aesop)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLeJR9e8FRQ
The Goose and the Golden Eggshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czPm7Joc7xc

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Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the PreLit early literacy preparation program by MultiLit, the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP). David is a part-time Associate Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney’s Graduate School of Health. David sits on Speech Pathology Australia’s Ethics Board and Professional Standards Advisory Committee.

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