The House that Jack Built

Mr. McGaughey is a volunteer reader for,
a group of volunteers all over the world who record public domain
audiobooks and put them up for free on the Internet. In October, we
helped Mr. Sayers from California by proof listening a recording he did
of The House
that Jack Built
. This story was originally published in 1880. You
can listen to the story here
and look at the pictures here.

You can find many other audiobooks for children at
You can search the Librivox Catalog just for Children’s
Books here
, but there are over 1000 audiobooks of all kinds at

The Children’s
Digital Library (
contains scans of thousands
of rare childrens books to read on your computer.

Our emails to and from Mr. Sayers are below.

Monday, October 15, 2007

By Mr. McGaughey’s Grade 1 class.

Typed by Mr. McGaughey

Dear Mr. Sayers:

How are you doing? Thank you for recording the book, The House that Jack
Built, on your computer. Mr. McGaughey and all of us proof-listened your
story and we agree that it is good. We looked at the pictures on the
computer. We really enjoyed it. We liked when the girl milked the cow.
We liked the part when the cow bucked the dog. We hope you record more
stories for children.

Yours truly,

Mr. McGaughey’s Grade 1 class


Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:58 pm

Greetings First Graders!

Thank you for the kind words about The House that Jack Built. It was
great to hear from your class 2,000 miles away, especially since I had
just recorded it an hour before you wrote me!

If you liked that nursery rhyme, you will probably also like Our Old
Nursery Rhymes which you can find at
. It has a lot of nursery rhymes that have been set to music and then

That recording has an interesting story behind it. My daughter, Jackie,
is studying music at the university where I teach. She and 16 other
friends who are also music students got together and recorded the music
and words to these nursery rhymes. I think they did a great job, and I
bet you will agree.

Let me know how you like them!

-Mr. Sayers

ps. I used to teach Kindergarten and First Grade, too!