Narration Scripts Example: Fairy Tales
If you’re looking for a script to inspire you, look no further. Whether you’re a voice actor in need of a voice over practice script or a scriptwriter looking for examples that will light your creative fire, these narration sample scripts for fairytale audiobooks have been assembled just for you.
Note: These sample scripts have been crafted with a focus on the audiobook industry and showcase some fictional sample scripts as well as some public domain classics of children’s fairytales.
For Clients Looking for Fairy Tale Audiobook Scripts
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For Voice Actors Looking for Fairy Tale Audiobook Scripts
Feel free to use these fairy tale audiobook sample scripts for your demo and/or for practice! Keep in mind that when auditioning for jobs, it is recommended to only provide a small portion of the read in your audition. For example, a 7 to 15-second read of a 30-second script will suffice.
Featured sample scripts:
- White Knights
- The Firelight Fairy Book
- The Princess and the Goblin
White Knights Sample Script:
Beanstalk AudiobooksVoice Age:
Male or FemaleJob description:
We’re looking for an audiobook narrator to perform both the narration and the dialogue for this short fairy tale. You can read the synopsis here:
White Knights is an original children’s fairy tale that tells the story of a lonesome White Knight tasked with standing guard over a wintry kingdom for many days and nights. Suddenly, one evening, he encounters a magical talking cow, Maria, who has been separated from her herd. She decides to settle in the nearby valley and, over the course of four nights, the White Knight and Maria keep each other company and become close friends who teach each other a valuable lesson.
The voice actor for this job should feel comfortable reading three parts: the narrator, the White Knightu2019s dialogue, and Mariau2019s dialogue. Weu2019re looking for someone who can pull off different character voices to help the listener distinguish between the two characters and the narrator.u003cbru003eu00a0u003cbru003eThis narration is for a fairy tale that takes place within medieval times, but itu2019s targeted toward a young, modern audience. Playfulness and putting a contemporary spin on the classic medieval voice are encouraged.Category:
180, 96, 46
60-Second Fairy Tale Sample Script:
To her surprise, Maria was beginning to grow attached to the wondrous new land she had found herself in.
She missed her herd back home, of course. She also missed the sweet taste of the bluegrass in the valley where she was raised.
But she liked walking around and leaving hoof prints in the freshly fallen snow. She liked gazing at the tall tower that rose up from behind the castle walls and imagining what magnificent view it offered out onto the kingdom grounds. But most of all, she liked her new friend.
One day, she asked the White Knight whether he might allow her to climb the tower to see if she could spot her homeland off in the distance.
“Well, Maria,” the Knight responded with slight hesitation. “You see, the staircase leading up to the tower is very narrow, and I’m not sure that a four-legged cow like yourself would be capable of making the trip up.”
“Never say never,” proclaimed Maria, as she instantly stood upright on her hind legs and began marching toward the castle gates.
30-Second Fairy Tale Sample Script:
As fresh snow blanketed the grounds of the kingdom, the White Knight gazed out upon the sprawling valley, sighed to himself, and said: “I must be the loneliest knight in all of the land.”
All of a sudden, the White Knight spotted a strange creature wandering up the snowy path towards him. As the distance between the knight and the creature shrank, he saw that it was a cow.
“Who goes there?” the White Knight stammered. To his surprise, a gentle voice responded. “It is I, Maria, a calf who has found herself far from home.”
Listen to a read of this sample script performed by Aleesha Bake:
You can also hear this fairy tale audiobook script come to life in an episode of Mission Audition, where voice actor and coach Joe Loesch reviews a handful of auditions by voice actors performing their best reads of this very script.
15-Second Fairy Tale Sample Script:
Once upon a time, in a magical kingdom surrounded by a vast valley, there lived a young squire who dreamed of becoming a knight. Every day, the squire carried out his daily duties, patiently awaiting the day he could prove his worth and pass into knighthood.
The Velveteen Rabbit Sample Script
Isaac Classics Publishing
Male or Female
We’re looking for an audiobook narrator to perform both the narration and the dialogue for this classic children’s tale. This story will be featured in a sleepy time app for children, so while the word count is around 120, we’re hoping it will reach the 60-second mark with slow and relaxed pacing.
The right voice actor for this narration gig will read this story as if they’ve read it a hundred times before to a child who finds deep comfort in the familiar cadence and intonation added to the story by the voice actor.
The audition is an excerpt nearing the end of the story, where the climax has been reached, the story arch begins to slow downward, and the children using the app are hopefully near sleep. Keep that in mind as you deliver the read in an even, relaxed, calming pace, ever so slightly becoming more soft spoken as you deliver the last line.
Comforting, endearing, warm
60-Second Fairytale Sample Script:
It was light now, for the moon had risen. The forest was beautiful, and the fronds of the bracken shone like frosted silver. In the open glade between the tree trunks, the wild rabbits danced with their shadows on the velvet grass, but when they saw the Fairy they all stopped dancing and stood round in a ring to stare at her.
“I’ve brought you a new playfellow,” the Fairy said. “You must be very kind to him and teach him all he needs to know in Rabbit-land, for he is going to live with you forever and ever!”
And she kissed the little Rabbit and put him down on the grass.
“Run and play, little Rabbit!” she said.
The Firelight Fairy Book Sample Script:
The Firelight Fairy BookVoice Age:
Child, Young Adult, Middle Age, Senior (all ages)Gender:
Male or FemaleJob description:
This job is for an audiobook publisher – reading a classic fairy tale for children.Art Direction:
These passages are from a fairytale titled “The Queen of Lanternland.” The target audience is children, so keep this in mind when reading. You should take on the style of a narrator and read it in an enticing and entertaining way to captivate a young audience. Should be read in a whimsical way. In the 60 second script, you should differentiate the character’s voice from the narrator’s, using a partially voiced style of narration.Category:
60-Second Fairy Tale Sample Script:
The Prince journeyed on, spending days traveling, and his nights in little wayside inns… ‘till one day, he found himself in the heart of the Adamant Mountains.
The great, red, granite crags of the surrounding peaks rose out of the gleaming snow like ugly fingers, and the slopes of giant glaciers sparkled in the sun like torrents of diamonds.
The Prince sat down by some stunted trees, whose tops had been broken off a long time ago by an avalanche, and began to eat the bit of bread and cheese that he had stored in his pocket. Meanwhile, his black horse ate the grass, which grew here and there along the mountain path. And, as the Prince sat there, in the bright sun and the silence of the mountains, he became aware of a low, continuous roaring.
“There must be a waterfall near-by,” said the Prince to himself. “I’ll go and see it.”
30-Second Fairy Tale Sample Script:
Once upon a time, the King’s youngest son became filled with the desire to go abroad, and see the world. He got his father’s permission to leave on an adventure, kissed his parents goodbye, mounted his black horse, and galloped away down the high road. Soon the grey towers of the old castle, in which he had been born, disappeared behind him.
The Princess and the Goblin Sample Script:
The Princess and The GoblinVoice Age:
This job is for an audiobook publisher – reading a classic fairy tale The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald.Art Direction:
For this role, we’re looking for a voice actor who can narrate these passages, which are from a fairytale titled, “The Princess and the Goblin.” The target audience is children, so keep this in mind when reading. You should take on the style of a narrator and read it in an enticing and entertaining way to captivate a young audience. Should be read in a whimsical way and also, you should differentiate a character’s voice from that of the narrator. The author of the book was Scottish, but we are open to hearing from any voice talent who speaks English, regardless of accent.Category:
None (or any British accent)Word Count:
60-Second Fairy Tale Narration Script:
Perhaps my readers may be wondering what the goblins could be about, working all night long, seeing they never carried up the ore and sold it; but when I have informed them concerning what Curdie learned the very next night, they will be able to understand.
For Curdie had determined, if his father would permit him, to remain there alone this night—and that for two reasons: first, he wanted to get extra wages in order that he might buy a very warm red petticoat for his mother, who had begun to complain of the cold of the mountain air sooner than usual this autumn; and second, he had just a faint glimmering of hope of finding out what the goblins were about under his window the night before.
When he told his father, he made no objection, for he had great confidence in his boy’s courage and resources.
“I’m sorry I can’t stay with you,” said Peter; “but I want to go and pay the parson a visit this evening, and besides I’ve had a bit of a headache all day.”
These audition files were recorded by real Voices members, as part of Voices’s Mission Audition podcast. In this podcast, the team at Voices exposes what exactly makes a good (and not so good) voice over audition. Listen to this episode to hear how experts have critiqued each performance, and discover who ‘won the job.’
These audition files were recorded by real Voices members, as part of Voices’s Mission Audition podcast. In this podcast, the team at Voices exposes what exactly makes a good (and not so good) voice over audition. Listen in to this episode to hear how experts have critiqued each performance, and discover who ‘won the job.’