This year, there was a little something extra going on at the American Library Association's annual conference. Random House Audio's Listening Library decided to have an open call to let fans read a page of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for a new audio recording—which would be completed before the weekend was over.

By Sunday evening, they'd recruited 301 amateur voice actors, including authors like Newbery Medalist Rebecca Stead, Libba Bray, Grace Lin, Jon Scieszka and Ken Burns. The youngest reader? Six-year-old Lillian Imhoff.

Henry, age 7, was a particularly expressive reader—listen to his reading here. It's pretty adorable.

And another clip from Christopher Paul Curtis.

The clips will be edited together and released as a digital download. Will you listen?

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