Over a dazzling acting and singing career that’s spanned nearly eight decades, Dame Julie Andrews has been hailed for her perfect pitch, iconic leading roles, and charismatic stage presence. After tragically losing her four-octave soprano in 1997, Andrews found a new voice in children’s literature, co-authoring more than thirty books with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.

In 2020 the pair launched Julie’s Library, a storytime podcast where they bring their favorite children’s books alive with sound and music. In a note on the site, Andrews reminisced on the blessed escapism of books in war time:

“As a child, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. There was no greater joy for me than to curl up with a good read. Books transported me – away from the World War II Blitz and into the realm of my imagination and other worlds and ideas…It is our hope that the stories and ideas we share on Julie’s Library will provide family listening pleasure, inspire meaningful conversations, and be a trusted resource for literary enjoyment and learning.”

Find a list of the children’s books featured on the Julie’s Library podcast below, and listen to them being read by the beloved icon here. For more kid lit recommendations, dive into the reading lists of Elton John, Hayao Miyazaki and LeVar Burton.

Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen

Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton

The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom

Tía Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina

The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews 

Morris Micklewhite & the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Norman & the Nom Nom Factory by Bridgette Zou

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

How to Build a Hug by Amy Guglielmo

Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el

Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans by Jessie Miller 

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez 

Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament by Anne Renaud

Nightsong by Ari Berk 

Song of the River by Joy Cowley

Vincent Comes Home by Jessixa Bagley

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman 

What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston

Bright Sky, Starry City by Uma Krishnaswami

Max & the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper

Dumpy the Dumptruck by Julie Andrews Edwards

A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen

There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi

Pilar’s Worries by Victoria M. Sanchez

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Poetree by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds

The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood

Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

(via Julie’s Library)