I recently discovered a fun FREE resource for educators and parents of young readers. Compiled by TeachingBooks.net, the Author Name Pronunciation Guide is a collection of over 2 ,000 (and growing) one-minute audio recordings of children’s authors and illustrators pronouncing and telling stories about their names. I spent a good thirty minutes just sitting and taking turns listening to some of my kids’ favorite authors sharing a little bit about themselves and their names in these short recorded snippets.
Brief as they are, these recordings are a FABULOUS way to enrich a reading and/or writing lesson because they bring the author’s voice into the classroom in a conversational way that can spark discussion not only about the books they’ve written, but about the meaningfulness of names. Indeed, I was so enchanted that I added my name and recording to the collection.
To access the collection, visit TeachingBooks.net. Scroll down the Author and Book Resources tab and select Audio Name Pronunciations. You will now see the whole collection alphabetized. Enjoy exploring and listening!
If you are an educator, you might also enjoy exploring the other resources this site offers. For full access, schools must pay a modest licensing fee, but given the richness of resources, I think it would be a delightful investment. The resources include exclusive Meet-the-Author Movies and Meet-the-Author Book Readings and much, much more! Samples of various resources are viewable on their website. Enjoy!