I’ve just been having a rummage around in the attic for some of my old books for our two year old, (anything containing ducks or trucks) and found a couple of forgotten geeky treasures: Star Trek read along book and tape books for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek: The Search For Spock. Unfortunately it would seem the accompanying tapes have been lost to time.
I had forgotten these existed but remember them vividly now, listening to them over and over again with my brother on our ‘portable’ tape player (slightly bigger and about as heavy as a house brick, needing new batteries every couple of hours) in the back of our parents’ car on the seemingly endless (3 hours) drive down to our annual holiday in Devon.
There doesn’t seem to be a modern version of these available, which is a shame but not surprising, I’d love to hear them again. The books don’t give any information on who read them, in my memory they were read by Leonard Nimoy but this may not be the case. Someone has uploaded a video of the book and audio for the Wrath of Khan version (which we didn’t have) to YouTube.
Here’s a look at the inside of each of them with the instruction “You can read along with me in your book. You will know it’s time to turn the page when you hear the communicator beep like this…. LETS BEGIN NOW. Space, the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the Starship Enterprise.” Aahhhhh… teaching children to read through the power of peace-bringing, inclusive sci-fi.
The back cover gives a handy guide to which other franchises your small person could be distracted by on long car journeys, pretty much exactly as you would expect: ET, Indiana Jones & Star Wars.
A quick search has not thrown up much in a similar vein, certainly nothing that seems aimed at educating children through blockbuster sci-fi, although Amazon does have a nice selection of Star Trek related audio books. Here’s a promising selection.
I’m off to read a book to my child in my best William Shatner voice. Let me know below what good Star Trek stuff you’ve seen for kids.