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Author: Kathryn Lopez Luker

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Listen to classic and modern stories come to life as librarian Kathryn Lopez Luker takes you on adventures in books.
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Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, HarperCollins Children Books Company is allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until December 31, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books. In these chapters, Eleanor has a dream of her own, in which she watches Prince Krishna build a beautiful dress out of snow. And then both children, so tired of winter, dream of walking a sandy beach and climbing into a chambered nautilus. Still, winter lingers on and on in Concord, and Mr. Preek has given Aunt Lily an ultimatum. The Hall family must pay the back taxes in full, in two weeks’ time, or lose the house! Uncle Freddy’s idea of living in the hollow apple tree is charming, but unrealistic. If only they could find some jewels!Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, HarperCollins Children Books Company is allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until December 31, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Again, Eleanor and Edward have some strange shared dreams. In one of these, they find themselves in a strange and mysterious maze made of mirrors. By carefully choosing their path, they stumble across some very exciting futures for themselves. But growing up is hard, and the future seems very far away, especially because the children haven’t found any diamonds or other jewels to help Aunt Lily pay all the back taxes! The adventure continues!Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life. 
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, HarperCollins Children Books Company is allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until December 31, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books. In these chapters of The Diamond in the Window, Eleanor and Edward continue to have very revealing dreams about the early inhabitants of Concord, Massachusetts. They see a doll’s-eye view of the Alcott girls and eat delicious breadcrumbs thrown to their little mouse-selves by Henry David Thoreau himself! Poor old Uncle Freddy lands himself in a bit of hot water to the embarrassment of Eddy and Eleanor when he starts harassing tourists at Walden Pond. But are the children any nearer to finding the jewels to help Aunt Lily?To find out, sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, HarperCollins Children Books Company is allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until December 31, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of HarperCollins Children’s Books. In these next four chapters of The Diamond in the Window, Eleanor and Edward Hall decide to solve the clues to the treasure hunt that were scratched into the glass at the top of the tower room. They have a mysterious dream that leads them to the first treasure, but they haven’t found any jewels yet. So, they are ready to try to figure out the second clue! Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life. 
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, HarperCollins Children Books Company is allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until December 31, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today's story is shared with permission of HarperCollins Children's Books.Today we are beginning a new story, The Diamond in the Window, by Jane Langton. This book was published in 1962 and is still as exciting and intriguing as it was when it was new. It is the first in a series of eight books. Eleanor and Edward Hall live in an old, rather rundown house that has towers and turrets and balconies, in the middle of historic Concord, Massachusetts. They live with their Aunt Lily and her brother, Uncle Freddy. One day they notice a colorful window up above the attics and realize they don’t know where that window is. They hunt for it and discover a mystery in their own house!Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life. 
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, the publishing companies of Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of MacMillan publishing company. Here are the last two chapters of The White Mountains: We Fight a Battle, and The White Mountains. While Will is resting after he and Henry and Beanpole have tried, futilely, to lose the Tripod that is somehow following them, Henry notices a strange metal button embedded in Will’s skin. It is some kind of a tracking device! That explains how the boys were never able to escape from the Tripods. But even though the boys have four grenades that Beanpole saved from the Great-City metro, these weapons seem useless against the terrible invaders. What can the boys do to escape and cover the last distance to their goal, where people live free with hope for the future?To find out, sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life. 
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, the publishing companies of Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of MacMillan publishing company. Chapters seven and eight of The White Mountains are The Tripod, and Flight and a Follower. During the second day of the tournament, Will learns something that horrifies and deeply saddens him. It also helps him realize that he must escape from the Castle of the Red Tower and join his cousin Henry and Beanpole on their journey to the White Mountains. But every day as the three are traveling, it becomes more and more obvious that a Tripod is tracking them!Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, the publishing companies of Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of MacMillan publishing company.  This chapter of The White Mountains is called The Castle of the Red Tower. After Will became very ill with a fever, he and Henry and Beanpole were taken in by the Comte and Comtesse of the Castle of the Red Tower. Their beautiful daughter, Eloise, becomes Will’s special friend. For the first time, Will has second thoughts about his trek to the White Mountains. Is it really so important to live a free life? Certainly life in the Château de la Tour Rouge is pleasant and alluring. Will has a hard decision to make.Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life. 
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, the publishing companies of Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of MacMillan publishing company.  Four years ago I visited a dear friend who lives in Paris. We had a wonderful time together exploring her beautiful old city. We peeked into shops and drank hot chocolate in sidewalk cafes and took the metro all over. It was quite a contrast between that enchanting experience and the one you will listen to today when Will, Henry, and Beanpole cross the desolate and ruined City of the Ancients on their way to the White Mountains. Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life!
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, the publishing companies of Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of MacMillan publishing company.  Here are chapters three and four of The White Mountains, by John Christopher. Will sneaks out of his house to begin the journey to the White Mountains. But soon he has an unexpected companion on his trek---Henry! As they travel south to find the free people, the boys put aside their differences to help each other find their way, first across the English Channel and then on to parts unknown. Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life. 
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, the publishing companies of Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of MacMillan publishing company. A book that has had a big impact on me and on what I think of as the standard of a wonderful and intriguing adventure story is The White Mountains, the first volume of a series by John Christopher. In this book, a powerful alien race that seem to inhabit huge three-legged creatures called Tripods have taken over the earth. Once a year, all the children who have turned fourteen years of age during the past year are taken up into the Tripods and mind controlling caps are embedded into their heads. Will Parker sees how this cap has changed his beloved older cousin, Jack, and he really doesn’t want to have the Capping happen to him. But how can he avoid it?To find out, sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
This is your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. I’m happy to share with you the last part of The Magic Cave, by Ruth Chew, presented here with permission from Hastings House Publishers and available on our podcast until 31 December 2021.Alice and Tom enjoy getting to know Merlin, and they’re  helping him gather the things he needs so he can remember his magic again. It is such a hot summer that the children set up their wading pool in the back yard. By accident, they use Merlin’s special herbs to make the little pool into an inlet of the ocean, complete with a palm tree covered island, and a pirate ship! Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life. 
This is your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. When I was in elementary school, a very long time ago, I ordered a book called The Hidden Cave, by Ruth Chew, from one of the school book orders that came every so often. When it arrived, I read it over and over again. Then when I became a librarian, I looked in our library and found that we had a copy of that same book, but it had a different title. Now the book goes by the name of The Magic Cave, but it contains the same words and is about the same wonderful adventure. Alice, Tom, and their dog, Freckles, discover a hidden, magical cave in New York City’s Prospect Park. After a violent crack of lightning splits an ancient oak tree near the cave entrance, Alice and Tom discover the magician Merlin, who needs their help. To my delight, the Hastings House publishers have allowed me to share this book with you until 31 December 2021.  Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
It is with great pleasure that I share with you a second story from one of my favorite books, The Little Bookroom, which was written by Eleanor Farjeon and published by The New York Review of Books. Today’s story is “And I Dance Mine Own Child.” This story will remain available on this podcast until December 31, 2021 and is shared with permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated, as agents for the Estate of Eleanor Farjeon. So listen now, while it is still available! Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life!
When I was very young, too young to read, my mother or father read some stories to me out of a book that has somehow lingered in my memory ever since. For years and years, I didn’t remember anything about the book except that the stories were filled with a sense of wonder and of fairyland and of something good just around the corner. As I grew up, I looked all over for that book. My parents didn’t remember what it was, and I couldn’t remember enough about it to describe it very well. All that stuck in my memory was the faint remembrance of golden pavilions and an old-fashioned charm that hung over the stories. I became a librarian about 18 years ago, and that elusive book was still on my mind. But search as I might, I still didn’t find it. Then I discovered that the New York Review of Books was reissuing some old children’s classics. I ordered a dozen or so of the titles for my library, to replace well-loved copies and to add a few that we didn’t have anymore. When the books arrived, I leafed through all of them, as I usually do. As I opened one book, the story of a girl who was given a fortune by a pair of love-birds caught my eye. I read further in the book and found golden pavilions and fairyland and the enchantment I had felt back when I was a very, very little girl. This was the book I had been trying to find for so long! I had really found it! Then I glanced over to the bookshelves near my desk. There, on the second shelf, not even ten paces away from me, was the old, tattered, much-loved book I was replacing. All these years it had been within arm’s reach! This taught me two things. First, that nothing is ever truly lost, if we can only look long enough. And second, if we are patient and wait with an open heart, the things we long for most are right within our grasp.It is with great pleasure that I share with you two stories from that beloved book, The Little Bookroom, written by Eleanor Farjeon and published by The New York Review of Books. Today’s story is “San Fairy Ann.” This story will remain available on this podcast until December 31, 2021 and is shared with permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated, as agents for the Estate of Eleanor Farjeon. Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life!
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of Penguin Random House publishers. Here is the final installment of The Animal Family, by Randall Jarrell. One day after a storm, the lynx finds something surprising and amazing. He and the bear work together to bring this new discovery back to the little house at the edge of the meadow. What he found changes the lives of the hunter and the mermaid forever!Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of Penguin Random House publishers. In the little cabin between the forest and the sea, the hunter and the mermaid have built a peaceful and happy life for themselves. It becomes all the better when they open their home to two animals, first a bear cub and then a little lynx. They enjoy watching these two creatures grow and grow and grow!Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, and MacMillan Publishers are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until September 30, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is shared with permission of Penguin Random House publishers. In 1966, Randall Jarrell’s book The Animal Family, won a Newbery Honor prize. Here is the story of a hunter and a mermaid who found each other and lived together in a small house, and of the animal family they eventually assembled together. It is a charming and lovely tale.Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, HarperCollins Children Books Company is allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until December 31, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! Today’s story is one of my favorites. This story, “The Waddle-I-Doers,” is the last chapter in Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Magic. Instead of a story of a magical cure, this is a tale of a treasure hunt for secret drawers and cupboards throughout Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s fascinating upside-down house. I hope this story makes you want to hunt for treasure as much as it does me!Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, HarperCollins Children Books Company is allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until December 31, 2021. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re available! The Franklin children have a bad habit of interrupting anyone who is talking. But Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has the cure! And then Jody Jones just doesn’t want to go to school anymore. He pretends to be sick so that he can become a carpenter and work on the treehouse, and of course carpenters don’t need to go to school. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a cure for Jody, too. Here are two more funny and clever tales from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic, by Betty MacDonald.Now sit back, relax, and listen to this story come to life.
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