Llama Llama Red Pajama app narrated by Rosemary WatsonHave you recorded voice-over narration for a children’s storybook app?
From time to time, I scout audiobook apps for children with the purpose of downloading them to review.
I happened to learn of Llama Llama Red Pajama on Facebook when reading through status updates and am I ever glad I did!
Hear more about the app and what brought me to it in today’s VOX Daily.

Voice Recognition

Do your children, relatives or friends recognize your voice when its right in front of them?
Rosemary Watson, voice actor and narratorRosemary Watson recently downloaded a children’s app that she narrated a while back called Llama Llama Red Pajama.
Rosemary shared, “I read it straight and not in character. I watched as my five year old listened to it. He liked it. I then asked if he knew who read it? Nope….not a clue. HAAAAAAAA!”
Perhaps you can relate!
Although your family and friends know your voice, they may not be able to readily identify it when separated from your person.

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama app cover, Penguin Group, voiced by Rosemary WatsonLlama Llama Red Pajama, written by Anna Dewdney and read by Rosemary Watson, is full of pleasant surprises. The story is about a little llama, who like most children, has difficulty falling asleep and needs one last hug and kiss goodnight from his llama mama.

The user can read the book on their own, hear it read to them in English or opt to listen to the Spanish version. There are about 25 pages you can turn through and explore.
The app was a hit with all of my kids, especially its animation. One of the kids figured out that if they stroked the characters, they made a sound! You could turn on and off a bedside table lamp, pop bubbles as mama llama washes her dishes, make the telephone ring and more. I haven’t come across an audiobook app that was this interactive before and am grateful for how much it can do.

Rosemary’s narration was spot on her thoughtful performance impacted me as a mom. It sounded like a story she would read to her own children which makes for a good read, especially for this genre and the demographic it serves. Rosemary’s range of emotion was wonderful and struck a chord that only an experienced mother could strike.

Spanish Narration

Joanna CardenasAs mentioned earlier, you could also listen to the app being read in Spanish. If you’ve been reading this blog for any stretch of time, you know that I have a soft spot for Spanish talent narrating children’s books. The Spanish narrator of Llama Llama Red Pajama was Joanna Cardenas, a talented lady who works as an editorial assistant at Penguin Group USA.

All in all the app was thoroughly enjoyable and I would highly recommend it if you have children into apps. The Llama Llama Red Pajama app can be found in the Apple iTunes store and retails for the introductory price of $4.99.
Rosemary has just finished another app for kids that is coming out soon. The app is in the same sort of vocal style, a “mom reading to kids.” She also got to sing on that one!

Booking App Gigs

You might be wondering how some of these voice-over jobs come about. The cool thing about this kind of work (voice-over for apps) is that many voice talent get work by contacting the author. Rosemary did just that and also let the author know just how much she loved the book. A casual reference stating she recorded voice-overs was made and lo and behold, one year later the author called and lined Rosemary up as the narrator!

Are You The Voice Of An App?

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Looking forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes,

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Hi Stephanie!   I was so excited to read your VoxDaily blog this morning on two counts, as it spans both facets of my work as a V/O talent and as a children’s music educator and recording artist!  In my 13 years as a music educator, I’ve always search out children’s books which rhyme (and have written 5 myself; ‘just haven’t taken that leap to get them published yet!), because I can apply a simple tune, frequently a familiar one, and this allows the young children in my classes to easily hear the word that is coming, and sing it to me en masse (and on pitch!!).  I’ve been using “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama” among my other favorites since discovering it at a Scholastic Book Fair last year, and I LOVE IT!   The rhyming, rollicking rhythm is augmented by the Llama’s hysterical facial expressions!  Also, the premise of Mom’s busyness coupled with the young Llama’s neediness for just one more hug really meets children where they “live”, per se, and is entirely relatable to them, another kudo to the writer, Anna Dewdney!  
    The wonderful narrator, RoseMary, made me laugh when sharing that her 5 year old did not recognize his own Mommy’s voice, something that has happened to me when I share, with my classroom children, the children’s app’s that I have narrated!  I just completed my 4th one, and have been truly blessed by Voices.com!  THANK YOU for the continued education and encouragement to all of us, both newbie & experienced! 

  2. I voiced a few children’s books on the MeeGenius app! Very similar to this it seems. Not sure if my books are out yet but it was a great project and I hope it’s an ongoing one!

  3. Hi Stephanie, thanks for the great review!
    I had a wonderful time recently recording a duet for a children’s audio book for Phartoons, an Australian company. The book is called “The Best Pet of All” and should available on iPad in August.
    -All the best!


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