Motherhood

What Are Your Favorite Kids’ Audiobooks?

This past fall, I found myself stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to go apple picking with a carful of kids, some of whom were repeating, “Apple pick your nose!” at the top of their lungs. In an attempt to keep the peace, I quickly downloaded a Charlotte’s Web audiobook (read by E.B. White himself), and here’s what happened…

Three hours and 29 minutes of listening later, we arrived back home, the story ended and the children, ages 3 to 8, asked if we could play it again. It was like magic. Moreover, the grownups in the car enjoyed the story just as much. (Did you see the movie Ladybird, in which the opening scene involves both mom and teenage daughter weeping in the car over an audiobook of The Grapes of Wrath? That was my husband and me when Charlotte’s baby spiders left their mother’s web.)

Since that weekend, I’ve often played a few chapters from an audiobook for my four-year-old son at bedtime or during a lazy afternoon. Whether I cuddle up with him to listen or not, he’s always captivated, and I regularly hear him giggling at a funny scene. Here are six we’ve enjoyed: Ramona Quimby, Little House in the Big Woods, Bunnicula, The B.F.G., Stuart Little and Frog and Toad.

While searching online for more audiobooks to try, I’ve seen many articles quoting learning experts about how audiobooks can help improve kids’ reading comprehension and language skills. I’m not surprised. The children’s stories I’ve listened to are deeply compelling — the experience feels almost visceral — in part because they’re often read by Oscar-winning actors or celebrated authors, whose every breath, pause and register shift brings the story to life.

Have you tried audiobooks for kids? Which are your favorites? And I’d love to check out some kids’ podcasts next, if you have any suggestions on where to start.

P.S. 18 children’s books featuring kids of color and 10 great audiobooks for adults.

(Photo by Tošo Dabac.)

  1. Jessie says...

    My second daughter (almost 7) is OBSESSED with the Ivy and Bean audio books. She listens to them over and over and over. My oldest (8 years) also liked Treasure Island, and really enjoyed Lemmony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events. They also liked Ramona Quinbey. My youngest (3) really enjoyed any Winnie The Pooh ones and Frog and Toad.

  2. Amanda says...

    Fantastic idea. I was dreading a long car trip to Hilton Head this summer until I saw this post. Always a life and relationship saver, thank you Cup of Jo!

  3. Jill says...

    Audiobooks are part of our road trip tradition. We loved Because of Winn Dixie, The Princess Bride and Matilda.

  4. Bridget says...

    My boys loved listening to audio books and still do even though they are now 21, 19 & almost 17.  We would check out books on CD from our local library and most of our listening was done in the car – we could make it down to Florida with minimal stops!
    We started with the children’s section, but quickly moved on to Youth, which is still a way off for you, but here’s some of our favourites to whet your appetite for the years to come:
    “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner,
    Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew,
    The Chronicles of Narnia,
    All of Laura Ingles Wilder,
    James Jacques’ “Redwall” and others,
    “Good Dog” by Avi and others like “Poppy” and “Secret School”,
    Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” and other stories about Brian,
    “The Goose Girl” and other books by Shannon Hale,
    “Nori Ryan’s Song” and other books by Patricia Reilly Giff,
    “The Thief Lord” and others by Cornelia Funke,
    “But, Not Buddy” and others by Christopher Paul Curtis,
    “Frindle” and others by Andrew Clements,
    “The Cay” by Theodore Taylor,
    “The Black Pearl” and “Island of the Blue Dolphin” by Scott O’Dell – I still hear my eldest listen to this book every once in a while!
    They also loved ” Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery” and others by Classical Kids, which developed their classical music appreciation. Happy listening!

  5. Adriana Solomann says...

    The tale of Harry Potter Narrated by Jim Dale http://amzn.to/2FHbuCh is simply the best…it takes you into an entire different world…I think someday I will definitely gonna buy all Harry Potter series or maybe The lord of the rings…Thanks for this article…Made me wanna read some classics…

  6. When she’s listening alone, my daughter loves the Ramona Quimby and Magic Treehouse series. When we’re listening together, we up the game a bit. We both loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Wonder, and Echo. We’ve also got all the Grace Lin novels (which we’ve also read aloud together), Pax, The Penderwicks, and Harry Potter. We love audiobooks!

  7. I’ve got to add our faves here too!
    -Three-Ring Rascals series (we’ve listened to a million times…) about circus animals who can talk going on adventures…
    – Our current obsession is Wow in the World podcast – Guy Raz is great – it’s science stuff explained in the BEST ways for kiddos. My almost 8 year old is totally hooked…
    Thanks for this post! xo!

  8. Tina says...

    Neil Patrick Harris does a fantastic narration of Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. Also try, Peter Pan, narrated by Jim Dale, who, by the way, is the outstanding narrator of the Harry Potter series.

  9. Dena says...

    My 7-year-old daughter and I LOVED listening to EB White read Charlotte’s Web– I always think of the novel as a throwback to a gentler time, and so hearing White read it reminds me that it wasn’t written all that long ago.
    The children’s librarian at the amazing New York Society Library recommended the audiobook of Gooney Bird Greene (https://www.amazon.com/Gooney-Bird-Greene/dp/B0021249Q6), read by Lee Adams– it’s amazing! There are four books in the series, and Adams does separate voices for every child in the class– keeping them consistent throughout the entire series. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

  10. Janice says...

    My two and four year olds are obsessed with the Story Pirates Podcast. My four year old even dictated a story so I could send it to them! Now he won’t stop asking when they’re going to perform it.

  11. Amanda says...

    Oh man. My mom and I loved audiobooks. We took long drives to visit family and we listened to the Anne of Green Gables series and Little Women on repeat. We’re not close now but those are some of my most precious childhood memories and I cherish sharing those stories with my future children. (I also went to school 1,000 miles from home and as an adult ended up falling in love with Harry Potter on audiobook. Read them as a kid but they kept me awake for the long drives!)

  12. Andrea says...

    And don’t forget many many of these can be borrowed from your local library!!

  13. Jennifer says...

    every year for the entire month of December, my mom would play Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch audiobook. to this day, my sister and I are both adults and can recite parts of the book from memory an insist on watching the original cartoon. i loooove this idea!!

  14. Amy says...

    My boys (ages 6 & 10 at the time) loved The Doldrums last winter- we drove through Colorado and they begged to stay in the car each time we stopped at a rest stop (not their usual response, for sure).

  15. Rebecca says...

    We are huge audio book fans in our household. I am an avid reader but both my kids have dyslexia, my son the very severe kind, almost off the charts. At first I really grieved that we would probably never be that family relaxing round a pool, all with our noses in a book. Then I got determined that despite their dyslexia they would still develop a love of language and stories. I read to both of them every night (they are 7 and 9) and we have a HUGE collection of audio books. My favourites are Spiderwick Chronicles read by ‘Luke Skywalker’ and Winnie the Pooh read by Stephen Fry, Jane Hollocks and Judi Dench. It’s paid off in spades. They both love books – even the papery kind – and recently my son’s reading ability was tested three years above his actual age!!!! His reading disability has not gone away, but his smartness and love of reading has compensated. He’s also editor of his school newspaper. Not bad for a kid who writes using computer dictation. For us audio books rock!

    • Emma says...

      My younger brother has the same very severe dyslexia and writes via computer dictation. The only thing that got him interested in books was the Harry Potter series on audio book. I’ve always been obsessed with books and I’m so glad we were able to bond over the same love of Harry Potter.

      He now loves books — he still has a hard time reading, but he listens to audiobooks everywhere he drives. He’s graduating from a great university this year and I’m very proud of him!

  16. Megan W says...

    While a little longer than Charlotte’s Web or Ramona- my all time favorite audiobooks (and books for that matter) are the Harry Potter Books! The first three are for younger readers and are full of adventure! Jim Dale has the BEST VOICE and find myself listening to them ALL THE TIME. :) It’s a great series for kids AND adults- and they grow with your little ones- as they get older books 4, 5, 6, and 7 are great additions!

  17. Naomi P. says...

    In addition to many of the ones listed here already:

    Longer stories: Dominic is absolutely lovely and wonderful. It’s a really wonderful story, and the audiobook is excellent.

    Shorter stories: the Disney storybook series (iTunes / apple music) are really great for the younger set. They are all around 20 min or so… which is exactly how long it takes us to get home from errands, etc.

    Audible has an excellent, broad selection. 50% of the books I download/buy are for me, and 50% for my daughter. Makes the subscription absolutely worth it.

    Last but not least: WOW in the World is an EXCELLENT (free) kids science podcast. It’s not an audiobook, but it has the same effect.

  18. Michelle says...

    What a timely post! I just finished serving on a committee of Children’s Librarians whose task was to listen to audiobooks and develop a list of Notable Children’s Recordings for 2018. All of the titles have been listened to by 9! librarians who live across the nation. It includes music as well!
    http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncr

    • Ashley S. says...

      So awesome to learn about this through Cup of Jo! I just thought there were the Odyssey Awards. Good to know there are other Audiobook awards for kids. (I’m a librarian, too!)

  19. Steph says...

    My kids have listened to White’s narration of Charlotte’s Web dozens of times! It’s amazing. For more E.B. White goodness definitely try The Trumpet of the Swan also read by the author. On repeat over here! The kids also love Beatrix Potter’s tales on audio.

  20. Emily says...

    This is my favorite CoJ post ever! Can’t wait to try some of these suggestions! We are big fans of audiobooks, at home and traveling. I am always looking for good recommendations. My kids are 5 and 8. We still get old school CDs from the library. They like to play them on boomboxes in their rooms or the living room, and we take them in the car.
    Some of our favorites have been:
    The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites
    Fantastic Mr. Fox & Other Animal Stories (over and over)
    Little House on the Prairie series
    Charlotte’s Web
    Disney “Song and Story” like Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, etc.
    Magic Tree House series
    Appleblossom the Possum (read by Dustin Hoffman)
    Peter Pan
    Mr Popper’s Penguins

  21. jen says...

    This post is truly amazing, Thank you Cupofjo Team! My family travels constantly and I love all these great suggestions. Is there any possibility that some brave soul could condence all of the suggestions into a master reference list?! ;)

  22. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (series) is brilliant. I’m a mother of 3 boys and being outnumbered love audiobooks written from a woman’s perspective. As a freelance photographer and homeschool mom, I drive a lot, often with my youngest in tow. I’ve lost count of the amazing stories we have listened to, but this one is by far a fav. We are currently listening to it a 2nd time at my son’s request. I love that my eight year old can quote snippets from this series, and it’s our own inside joke.

  23. Olivia says...

    I can’t wait to listen to audiobooks in the car with my future kids! Sounds like an awesome idea I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of.

    I’d love to hear your opinions at Cup of Jo and any commenters as well – have you ever felt like an (adult) audiobook has actually ruined a book you otherwise would have liked? This happened to first while listening to a book by Gabriel Garcia Marques. I love his other books, but the narrator spoke in an old-timey almost magician sort of voice, and it was awful. I stopped early on. What’s most disappointing though is that I’m listening to the third of the four book series by Elena Ferrante that was recommended in an earlier post (My Brilliant Friend is part 1), and as much as I’m invested in finding out what happens, I’m pretty sure the narrator is awful. Her voice is so flat and there’s no emotion behind this very dramatic series. It makes it feel like the twists and turns in the plot are like reading a recipe or manual. It’s really bizarre! Sometimes I even picture how, if I read a sentences in my head, it would resonate with me in such a different way than how it was just spoken.

    Does anyone else feel this way??

  24. Erin says...

    Magic Treehouse series is enjoyed by everyone in our family age 5+.

    For the younger set, who don’t track the longer stories, Caps for Sale is read/sung with music and only about 10 minutes.

    • Erin says...

      Oh, and while not an audiobook technically, my family got a lot of use of Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First” routine on long road trips!

  25. Daniela says...

    Thank you for posting this! I nanny a few days a week and the seven-year-old and I have been struggling with the drive to and from (during traffic) a class she has once a week. I had this on for our drive here and she wanted to keep listening when we parked – I think it’ll work well on the way home too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s awesome, daniela!

  26. My kids love listening to Paddington Bear audiobooks right now! I’ve been working at AudioFile magazine this past year helping with reviewers and our blog, and it’s been great getting insights into all kinds of amazing kids audiobooks. You should listen to Trombone Shorty on audio, it’s amazing and has such good music from Trombone Shorty himself! We also love listening to Ada Twist, Scientist!

  27. andie says...

    My parents were very into audio books for family car trips when my brother and I were young (late 90s, early aughts). Our hands-down perennial family favorites were the “Hank the Cowdog,” series of books by John R. Erickson. The stories are all cute, simply tales of life on the range from the perspective of Hank, the dimwittedly heroic dog from the title and his quietly self-aware but put-upon mutt buddy Drover. But so much better are the memories I have hearing my dad do that weird inhaling-squeal laugh when hearing about Hank sneaking some bacon grease from the garbage, or of the creepy Halloween chorus of ghosts singing “Followers of the Lamb” while driving through dark, moonlit woods… My family uses a variation of Drover’s voice to make our pet dogs “talk” to this day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

  28. Angela says...

    I love these suggestions! Our first audiobook, when my daughter was 5, was James and the Giant Peach. Audiobooks were a surprise hit at our house – and it has been so much fun to watch my daughter draw characters from stories and retell parts – I was surprised by how much she connected with stories in this format – we’d previously listened to the Stories podcast and she’d loved it, but I hadn’t realized that she’d have the patience for a full length book.

    As a side note: I was inspired by her enjoyment, and started listening to audiobooks in the car myself – now I look forward to traffic!

  29. Sasha says...

    Yes to this! My son is also 4 and he’s been fully entrenched in The House at Pooh Corner and Blueberries for Sal. He will only go to bed at night if one of these stories is playing. We’ve also enjoyed getting a picture book with the CD. My son will use the boom box in his room to play the disc and listen to the story while he turns the pages (not always at the right time, but hey). The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons and The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton are fabulous!

  30. edie says...

    Focus on the Family does wonderful renditions of two classics – Little Women and Les Miserables.

  31. I listened to so many audiobooks when I was a kid, especially in the car. My favorites were Hillary McKay’s – such a funny author!
    They are also incredibly handy as a teacher during art lessons to keep the students focused on their own project/picture/work :)
    xx

  32. Katie says...

    What perfect timing – I’m embarking on an 8 hour road trip with my five year old twins next week. I’m already searching to see which of these are available through our local library app. We recently listened to Henry Huggins, narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, and loved it. Frog and Toad audiobooks are great for preschool age.

  33. Kerry says...

    We love listening to them in the car on long trips. The ones my kids (and my husband and I) love the best are Winnie the Pooh which is surprising witty and Beethoven Lives Upstairs. The latter may be hard to find, but the entire series is great! Classical music woven into an interesting story. My husband listened to it when he was a kids and now our kids listen to it all the time!

  34. Katie says...

    Oh my goodness! We discovered audiobooks almost a year ago for my 4.5 year old and they’ve been a lifesaver. My crazy active kid will sit for hours and listen (it’s made road trips bearable). We too started with and love “Charlotte’s Web.” “The Trumpet Swan” is another favorite as is the entire Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins series. The former is read by Stockard Channing, who is awesome, and the later is mostly Neil Patrick Harris-amazing! We’re always on the lookout for more options that are both chapter books and little kid appropriate. Also, most public libraries lend them through their digital media services-which is awesome because they get kind of pricey!

  35. Jamie says...

    Coraline is a fantastic audiobook, mostly because it’s read by the author Neil Gaiman. He’s a fantastic storyteller, and his stories come alive when he reads them. My daughter and I just finished listening to it…she’s only 15 months, but I’m pretty sure she loved it.

  36. Beth says...

    The Bridge to Teribithia had us (adults and children) all wanting a friend like Leslie and missing her. So good.

  37. Jennifer says...

    Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea.

  38. Amy says...

    For the Pre-K and Kindergarten set, the Mercy Watson stories by Kate DiCamillo are wonnnnderful. They come on cd in sets of two stories, and they’re about a pig (“a porcine wonder!”) who lives with her people and gets up to shenanigans. My son is 4.5 and we just introduced him to Mercy on our first family vacation (“we rode a plane AND a train AND a bus, grandma!”) and he was in love. And now we, like Mercy, are way into “hot toast with a great deal of butter on it.”

    • Amy says...

      I should add, it’s totally possible someone mentioned them already toward the beginning of the thread…I didn’t read all the way through so if you already mentioned them, I’ll just add my thumbs up to yours!

    • Rosa says...

      My daughter loves these too and the spinoff Tales from Deckawoo Drive are even more enjoyable for adults, and good for road trips since they are longer!

  39. Bethany says...

    The Harry Potter series is always great! (Though I can’t STAND how Jim Dale does Hermione’s voice when she says “Harry,” it’s like nails on a chalkboard for me, ha!)

    And not exactly children’s lit, but my husband and I listened to The Hunger Games on audio a few years ago. I had read the book prior and really liked Katniss, but after listening to the book, my view of her changed. It’s interesting how your reading comprehension changes when listening to a book instead of reading one!

    Oh, and P.S. this post reminds me of the Seinfeld episode when George gets an audiobook and the person narrating sounds just like him! Too funny!

    • Oh oh check out the Harry Potter series read by Stephen Fry – he is hands down THE BEST!

  40. We used to listen to audiobooks every weekend driving to our cottage, and I also listened to them while going to bed.

    Particular favourites were the Just William series – based on books about a group of cheeky schoolboys – that I remember being hilarious, and also the Gerald Durrell books – perfect for animal lovers and my version had some funny voices for the characters, which made it even better.

  41. The Penderwick series!!! So good! My 8 year old son and my 6 year old daughter LOVE them. They are just about growing up… and they are incredible. We laughed, we cried (ok, I cried) and I wish I could hear them all again for the first time!!

  42. Prentice says...

    A bit old fashioned, but as kids my sister and I listened to and LOVED Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates and Rip Van Winkle.

  43. Gina says...

    When my son was younger we listened to James and the Giant Peach on a drive down to Florida :) We all loved it!

  44. Kate says...

    my kids enjoy listening to http://www.storylineonline.net/
    It has a great collection of children’s stories read aloud by the Screen Actors Guild actors. I read to them before bed, and they always ask for one more story. I’ve started letting them choose one of these per night after I leave the room, and they typically fall asleep listening.
    There is an app too.

    • Nicole says...

      My four year old is OBSESSED with the Storyline Online series – it is the highlight of our trips to his Nana’s house.

  45. justine says...

    Awesome! Can anyone comment on whether an audiobook would work for a 2 year old? Is that too young? I would love to entertain our little guy on the plane, in the car and heck, just when I need a break. We’re flying to Palm Springs from the East Coast next week. On the plane I was thinking of maybe getting him headphones and letting him watch something on the screen or on our phones. We otherwise don’t do screen time (NOT that I judge others! We have an easy kid!) but to be honest, raising your kid screen-free means you don’t get too many breaks. Two years in…. I kind of need one….

    • Katie says...

      How long will your little guy listen to books when you read them aloud? I found when my son could listen to chapter books read aloud, he was ready for audiobooks…..he was just about 3 then. You could try shorter options (8-10min stories) to start but that doesn’t give you much of a break :-)

    • Marnina Kammersell says...

      I doubt a 2 year old will be entertained by audio books. But at 3 check out Sparkle Stories for a great first audio experience. My kids are mostly screen free and sparkle stories has saved my sanity many a day! They are all sweet and totally kid appropriate, but entertaining for adults too.

    • Erin says...

      Based on my three kids, I wouldn’t bet on it. They don’t seem to connect the headless talking with an entertaining story until about age 5.

      We’ve had luck with Caps for Sale, which reads/sings the picture book and includes music. It’s only about 10 minutes, which is why it works. It doesn’t give you much of a break, but we’ve used it strategically on our annual 12 hour road trips back home with success.

      Look at Epic (app). We got it for our older children as just one more way to get books, but it turns out that our youngest (age 2-3) loved it also. There is an endless supply of books, but also videos animating picture books.

      For for that age, look at the Duck Duck Moose truck apps. They won’t require wifi/data and are a favorite for my son.

    • Ailsa says...

      My daughter has loved audiobooks since she was about 2years old. We started with short stories on CD’s- fairy tales, Mr Men stories, Beatrix Potter and Julia Donaldson (the gruffalo and many other wonderful stories). I have always been surprised by how closely she listens and how much she takes in. Have made car trips much more bearable for all involved! Now she’s 4 I’m needing some new options which are a bit longer! Thanks for the sugggestions.

  46. Thanks for all the good ideas.

    We also love the Charlotte’s Web audiobook and the boys (6 & 8) ask to skip to certain parts. We are always quoting the funny parts, the ending, and talking like EB White (such a great voice).

    They also like the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, Cricket in Times Square, the two Peter Nimble books by Jonathan Auxier (when will the 3rd come out?) and they like to listen on their own to low-brow Minecraft books and things like “The Day my Butt went Psycho”.

    I’m still trying to get them to listen to Wonder, but they think it’s too “sad” :(

    • MMC says...

      +1 for all of the Rick Riordan audiobooks for 7 and up. My two boys LOVE then.

      We found Wonder was best in small chunks so followed by family discussion.

      Story Nory’s version of The Secret Garden and their original series Katie, the Ordinary Witch are also great. Their stories tend to be shorter and we listen to those at night.

      The Calm app also had done wonderful “sleep stories” and meditations for kids that we have enjoyed.

  47. Amy Sedestrom says...

    Anything by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We especially like Framed and Cosmic. Sometimes have to sit in the car to finish a chapter:)

  48. Laraine Eddington says...

    Another podcast idea is the “This American Kid” podcast (https://thisamericankid.com). Six year old Milo does wonderful interviews.

  49. Caroline says...

    Alan Bennett’s recording of Winnie the Pooh were a fundamental part of car journeys when I was a child and they are just wonderful – we still imitate his renditions of Owl and Roo in particular!

  50. Kay says...

    My toddler is obsessed with Pete the Cat audiobooks. The physical books, too, but the audio just enraptures him.

  51. Courtney says...

    As an English teacher, I feel REALLY strongly about audiobooks. When we are doing a novel study, I ALWAYS buy the Audible and let my kids listen to it when we read in English. It is a much better reading experience and I truly believe it improves their reading level.

    As for the adults: My husband and I listen to several of the same books and our favorites are the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan. In fact, they have a character named Alistair whom we named our son after. We also loved Brooklyn as an audio book because her accent was lovely. I personally loved The Royal We and Eligible on audio.

  52. Whitney says...

    Anything from Mabo! I have been eyeing the adorable dresses for my 2 girls with a pair of clogs!

  53. Ali says...

    Cup of Jo Team – just wanted to share how much I enjoyed this post and the comments! I am older with no kiddos, but enjoyed the walk down memory lane and the little stories shared. Growing up in the 80’s wouldn’t have been the same without Judy Blume.

  54. Shelly says...

    Yes – Series of Unfortunate Events is the best. We listened to it over 4 years ago and my boys still talk about it. It has so much adult humor in it that it great for the parents, too.

  55. Karina says...

    Anne Of Green Gables read by Rachel McAdams!

    • Rachel says...

      I agree! This one is wonderful!!

    • Katie says...

      OH! Thanks for sharing! This is super exciting!

  56. Donna C says...

    I love the Edith blouse. It’s very simple yet looks so pulled together in a way that most children’s clothes do not.

  57. We loved Cheaper by the Dozen growing up and anything with Greek Myths! Honestly we were at the grand canyon and sat in the car for an extra 15 minutes to finish our greek myths story. We were obsessed!

    • Alex says...

      hey! Is there a particular Greek Mythology audiobook you recommend?

  58. Tonia says...

    I grew up on the Hank the Cowdog audiobook series on every road trip my family ever took….It’s so silly and funny and entertaining for the whole family. The author does all the voices of the characters, and even sings songs. I can’t wait to listen to them with my own kids someday!

    • Tonia says...

      I have to suggest another one too, because this man completely captured our imaginations as kids and we listened to his stories over and over until the CDs started to skip. He is a master story-teller. Odds Bodkin: https://www.oddsbodkin.net You can download his story series on his website. My favorites are The Wise Little Girl Collection and The Teacup Fairy Collection. The stories have such unexpected lessons and Odds plays all the music in the stories himself WHILE he’s telling the story. He’s really incredible.

  59. Carlyn says...

    How to eat fried worms!

    Any of the Harry Potter books :)

    We used to always listen to audio books driving to and from the Toronto area to Bartlett, NH for our annual March Break ski trip. Both my parents and my brother and I loved them. We would go to the library and pick some out before leaving.

    I remember one year we pulled into the driveway at the end of the trip and sat there in the car until we finished the book we were listening too! We’d been driving for 8+ hours. LOL! Good memories!

  60. Jane says...

    Our favorite has always been Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. It’s the perfect mix of fascinating and creepy. It’s read by the author, and if you’ve never listened to Neil Gaiman, you should start today!
    Oh, and disregard any preconceived notions if you’ve seen the movie. Remember, never judge a book by its movie!

  61. Lindsay J Patterson says...

    My kid (4 yo) is more into kids podcasts than audiobooks. They’re PERFECT for when you need just a little screen-free something to listen to in the car, before dinner, during craft time, or even in bed.

    I highly recommend the Kids Listen app as a way to discover great kids podcasts. They are listed by age appropriateness, and feature playlists for interests like adventure, storytime, and science. It’s an Apple app, but you can also stream it on the web at app.kidslisten.org (we do).

    Just a few suggestions to start, we love:

    Tumble Science Podcast for Kids – like Radiolab for kids!! Every episode is a story about a science discovery, featuring scientists and kids
    Story Pirates – super fun stories written by kids & adapted by kids theater company
    Ear Snacks – a darling podcast from kids musicians Andrew & Polly
    Circle Round – folk stories from around the world, adapted and read with celebrity guests

    …and so many more! Seriously, check out Kids Listen.

    • Alex says...

      My daughter just turned 8, and really LOVES the Mars Patel podcast. I don’t think a 4 yo would like this, but great for kids just a bit older. I’m curious what other fictional serial podcast people have found and love for kids. We have also listened to (and not loved as much) Eleanor Amplified and Finn Caspian…

    • Lindsay says...

      The makers of Mars Patel just launched two new fictional podcasts: Six Minutes and the Mayan Crystal. Check them out on bestrobotever.com.

  62. Kirstie says...

    As a small child, I fell asleep to comforting voices recorded onto audio cassette tapes, reading me the adventures of Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden and Alice in Wonderland. The precursor to audiobooks, I guess! Those tapes are gone, but the idea of my future children finding comfort in these books – whether listening or reading – seems like a wonderful idea.

  63. Cherie says...

    I’ll often download an audio book for the kids if they are really unwell. Focusing on a book or a screen when very sick can feel like too much effort, but having a story read aloud is both soothing and distracting (and sometimes all that is needed to coax a restless patient into much needed sleep!). The Hobbit is a favourite!

    • Erin says...

      That is SUCH a good idea!

  64. Meg says...

    My five-year-old has been loving the Finn Caspian space podcast! So fun.

    • Mary says...

      Our entire family is also obsessed with Finn Caspian! So many great literary references for the adults while being funny and engaging for the kiddos. It is super well done.

      http://www.finncaspian.com/

    • Alex says...

      Mars Patel!!!

  65. Megan K says...

    Oh my gosh, the How to Train Your Dragon audiobooks are a must. There’s plenty of material (12 books) but none are longer than 7 hours and most are around 4.
    They’re narrated by David Tennant, so the Scottish accent is fun, and he does fantastic, vivid voices for all of the characters. I can’t think about either David Tennant or the series without hearing his voices.
    Also, the series itself is so good. Not only is it entertaining for kids, but it’s well written and engaging and actually gets pretty profound by the end. And who wouldn’t want to read about young Vikings with dog-sized dragons performing heroic deeds.

    This is too long already, but I saw someone else recommend the Geronimo Stilton books. I didn’t know they had audiobooks! Those were my JAM growing up. Would definitely recommend those.

  66. Kate says...

    It’s short but I love John Lithgow reading “Oh the places you’ll go!”
    Even I feel like concocring the world after that

  67. Carrie says...

    My kids (5 and 7) love, love, love audio books. We started with Frog and Toad and Dr. Seuss, and they now love Ramona and other Beverly Cleary books. But what they listen to every single day are Sparkle Stories. A couple other people have mentioned them already. They are the sweetest stories for various ages – mine love (and listen to repeatedly) Martin and Sylvia, about a brother and sister. My 7 year old just said to me today, “The reason I love Sparkle Stories so much is that they always have a happy ending.” It is so worth the monthly subscription! I can recommend them enough.

    • Carrie says...

      Oops…I CAN’T recommend them enough!

  68. Asha says...

    Love anything by Beverly Cleary! There are some wonderful ( & familiar!) narrators of her books. And Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter series is amazing! For my preschooler I found the Llama Llama books narrated by Anne Dewdney (the author). He’s familiar with the stories since we have the books and they are slightly shorter. What the boys really enjoy is “The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian” podcast. It’s a fun storyline that is nearly 3 seasons long. Jonathan Messinger incorporates storylines from classic children’s lit and other books into his story. At the end, he introduces the literature which has made my older son curious to read those books as well. Plus, nearly any kid will be a big fan of Bee Bop (you’ll see ;) )

    • Maria says...

      Jonathan Messinger is my husband! I’ve been a long time reader of Cup Of Jo. How fun to see this comment! Our family loves audio. In fact Jonathan started the Finn podcast in part because of our son’s love of audiobooks. We started listening to audiobooks on road trips when Griffin was about 3, but he really got into them around 4-years-old with A-Z Mysteries by Ron Roy. Jonathan put together a post about some of our favorite titles which I’ll post below rather than try to reinvent the wheel. Thanks, Asha for the kind words! Also, I love Bee Bop, too! https://medium.com/kidslisten/5-excellent-audiobooks-to-listen-to-with-your-kids-b1fbf694a3e9

  69. Audio books and kids podcast have literally saved us! My son has some disabilities and going to sleep at night has always been difficult. When we finally discovered audiobooks when he was 4 or 5, it was such a relief. He would happily listen until he fell asleep. No more running back and forth to our room, jumping around, crying even. It was a straight up miracle. He’s almost ten now and still listens nightly.

  70. Katie says...

    Anne of Green Gables or Johnny Tremain are both fantastic. I remember going to the library every Sunday with my dad and picking up audio books on cassette tape to listen to all week long. Then I would ask him to take the long way home so we could listen to the beginning of the stories together. Good memories those :)

  71. Shani says...

    So many great books listed. I would add the world according to Humphrey series. These are great fun.

  72. Liza says...

    So many great recommendations here!

    In addition, The Velveteen Rabbit read by Meryl Streep, with piano by George Winston is a keeper (I still return to it 30-odd years later when I feel like I need to be tucked in). Voices are excellent, music is great accompaniment, and the story is just magic.

  73. MG says...

    Roald Dahl books on tape got my family through a three-week road trip all over the Northwest when my boys were 9, 7, and 5. The ones he reads himself are particularly fantastic. We also liked Kate DiCamillo’s books and the kids (but not the grownups) loved Magnus Chase series.

  74. Ella enchanted was the first audio book I ever listened to at age 12. I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever written at the time.

  75. Katie H says...

    Anything read by Jim Dale! For kids who are old enough, Harry Potter. Or my personal favorite is Around the World in 80 Days complete with sound effects like waves and boat horns… so relaxing, yet engaging!

  76. Kel says...

    This fall, The Incredible Journey narrated by Megan Follows caught me totally off guard. I got it for my kids, but the writing is surprisingly beautiful and the description of the Canadian wilderness in the autumn was dreamy. Meagan Follows is superb, I wish she narrated more books. I’m not even an animal person and hate those sad “lost & making their way home” movies, but I can’t recommend this book enough for a lovely fall listen.

  77. MandyH says...

    We love audiobooks in our house too! Anything by Beverly Cleary is a hit. We are currently listening to Paddington.

    For podcasts:
    Circle Round
    Stories Podcast

  78. Rachel says...

    There is a fantastic version of the Beatrix Potter series that is so good even the adults enjoyed listening to it on repeat. 6 months later I still regularly hear my 5 yo son saying the limericks as he plays.

  79. the olivia audiobook collection is our gold standard! dame edna narrates and it is a strange mix of hilarious and relaxing. my kids also love the magic school bus audiobooks…

  80. Sue says...

    That picture!!

  81. Becca says...

    Yes! We “discovered” audiobooks on our most recent drive to NYC (from DC). We listened to The Phantom Tollbooth and it was a hit with our 4 year old. Plus it was a fun flashback to my childhood; I was always the only kid who knew what a dodecahedron was ;-)

  82. cara says...

    We LOVE Anne Hathaway’s of Wizard of Oz. My 3 girls (6, 3, and 21 months) also love Magic Treehouse. They often even quote facts in everyday conversation from the stories. We listen to them in the car (on repeat!). We’ve also been listening to the podcast Wow in the World, which is fun and has spurred some really great conversations with our kids.

    We’ve read the Harry Potter books out loud with our kids, but I’m excited to try the audiobooks based on all the recommendations. Love this post – and the comments!

  83. Julia Timpson says...

    My son has Winnie the Pooh practically memorized. There is a great recording with Judy Dench!

    • Kel says...

      Yes, the Dame Dench version is definitely the best!!

    • Sophie says...

      Oh gosh, we love these Pooh audiobooks. Again, we also have it memorised… to the point where my son came up to me and asked me for “a little something, something” (referring to an afternoon snack). I can’t help but giggle. Brilliant.

      Paddington is also wonderful.

  84. Polly says...

    I live in Los Angeles and we only listen to audiobooks in the car (and occasionally music), so needless to say we’ve listened to all 4 billion audiobooks ever invented because traffic.

    All the Beverly Cleary. Ramona, Henry, Mouse & Motorcycle et al.
    The Apprentice Witch
    The Lemonade Wars
    Black Panther
    Love Sugar Magic
    The Wild Robot
    The Black Stallion
    The Magic School Bus
    Wizard of Oz
    All the Roald Dahl
    Mr. Popper’s Penguins

    I could go on. And on. And on.

  85. Madeline says...

    When I was little I listened to this little known book called Mandy. It’s read by Julie Andrews and I loved it when I was about 8 years old. I still think about it often!

    • Lindsey says...

      Oh my goodness, I adored that story as a child!!

    • Liza says...

      I read this one and immediately see the cover of this book in my mind. I adored it, and still fantasize about the adventures Mandy has…

    • Courtney says...

      Oh my goodness, I was trying to search for this book recently! I couldn’t remember the title, but only the premise. I searched so many key words but nothing came up! Thank you so much! :]

  86. kate says...

    HANK THE COWDOG HANK THE COWDOG HANK THE COWDOG!!!!!!!!!!! Joanna, I bet Toby and Anton would LOVE these. So many memories of laughing hysterically listening to these on roadtrips with my family as a kid.

    • Tonia says...

      Yesssss! Hahah I LOVE seeing another Dank and Drover fan out there!!

    • Tonia says...

      *Hank!

  87. Ashley S. says...

    Children’s librarian here! Just a reminder that your local library has TONS of audiobooks available for free and many available to download from apps like Overdrive and Hoopla. Some of my absolute favorites for ages 8-12 are:

    Harry Potter (The best. The end.)
    Three Times Lucky
    The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates
    The War that Saved my Life
    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
    Nooks and Crannies
    Journey’s End

    Yay for reading!

    • Jessica says...

      I second Harry Potter because Jim Dale, narrator of the Harry Potter audiobook series, is incredible. Absolutely incredible.

    • Katie H says...

      The best. The end :)

    • K says...

      I’ve recently become addicted to my library system’s digital offerings of streaming movies and audiobooks. The only stinker is when all my hold requests come in at the same time, because I don’t have enough hours to listen to them all!

  88. Sarah says...

    Thank you for this post and great comments! I’m making a good long list.

  89. Lindsay says...

    I LOVE audio books for kids! And you mentioned some of our favorites! I have three boys ages 5-10 and anytime we are in the car we are listening to an audio book. They love Frindle, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Penderwicks, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, The Reluctant Dragon, Frog and Toad and so many more! Enjoy! Also follow @readaloudrevival for notification on Amazon Audible sales!

  90. Can says...

    Magic Tree House series
    Lemony Snicket series
    Wonder
    A Wrinkle in Time

    My kids (9 and 6) and I love audiobooks. We started listening to them a couple of years ago. We love them for long rides and just around town too!

  91. Ro says...

    Land of Stories by Chris Colfer is amazing! We have listened to the whole series twice and enjoyed it each time.

  92. Erica B says...

    I love audiobooks, but I vividly remember two books that my teachers in elementary school read aloud to the class. The first one is Holes by Louis Sachar. My third grade teacher would read this book to us every day and we would all beg her to keep reading whenever she finished a chapter. The second one is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. My 5th grade teacher read this one to us. I remember crying at a particularly sad part and looking around, worried I would be the only one, but every single kid was crying too. There is something so special about a book being read aloud to you.

  93. The Fantastic Mr. Fox (and probably any Roald Dahl book) is fantastic on audio!

    • Kel says...

      They’re so cool when Mr. Dahl does the narrating too!

  94. Katie says...

    The harry potter series is AMAZING. Jim Dale uses different voices for different characters. It’s so entertaining, I listen to them when I’m doing random tasks! It’s nice background noise.

  95. Katie Howell says...

    My 8-year-old loves the Howl trilogy by Diana Wynne Jones, read by Jenny Sterlin:

    Howl’s Moving Castle
    Castle in the Air
    House of Many Ways

    I bought them for myself years ago (love love love Diana Wynne Jones and am still so sad that she died), but my older kids never wanted to hear them. It was such a thrill when my youngest started listening. She plays them over and over again, and neither of us ever get tired of them.

    • Robin says...

      Yes yes yes! And her other books are all incredible too. I’m turning 40 this year and I still reread them. I listened to Enchanted Glass recently, which was great – I’d say more for preteens and up though. I haven’t listened to them on audiobook but I would suggest checking out the chrestomanci series. Starting with Witch week maybe, for kids who like Harry Potter.

    • Katie Howell says...

      Yes, I love the Chrestomanci series, too! And Enchanted Glass, although you’re right – much better when you’re a bit older.

  96. Beth says...

    Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon is a fun one that my three kiddos ages 5, 7 and 10 enjoy!

  97. Jenn says...

    My family (kids 6 & 8) has really enjoyed listening to Judy Blume’s “Fudge” book series.

  98. AMR says...

    I’ll put in a plug for the Lemony Snicket audiobooks.

  99. Claire says...

    My 5 year old daughter LOVES the Magic School Bus books on CD. And they are so much better read with character voices than me trying to read it to her. Plus, it’s ignited a new interest in science and investigating the unknown!

  100. Jean says...

    Absolute favorite audiobooks from when I was little: The Wind in the Willows, and The Trumpet of the Swan. I listened to the tapes for years (until they melted on a road trip to Florida!) and I can still hear E.B. White’s voice saying ‘Louie.’

    • Patti says...

      Yes. His voice reading his words=perfection.

  101. Rachel says...

    Whenever we can we listen to audio books. It’s a wonderful way to pass the time and to share the exciting world of a book with my daughter. Two of her favorites have been Anne of Green Gables and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH . They both inspired some some really wonderful conversations.

  102. Monica Gruber says...

    Our family (kids 7 & 5) love all the How to Train Your Dragon audiobooks.

  103. Kate says...

    I listened to the Harry Potter audiobooks probably 20 times each growing up. My parents bought them on tape for long road trips and we all loved it. I’d sneak them to my room and listen to them as I fell asleep, even into high school. As an adult, I listen to them all the way through probably once a year, usually in the summer when I have a lot of cleaning or projects to do. They’re better than comfort food! And Jim Dale’s voices are it. Like. They’re it. Love this question!

    • Joanna says...

      This made me feel old. ;) (that you grew up with Harry Potter?!)

    • Rachel says...

      Joanna, I just thought the same thing!!

  104. We love Sparkle Stories which is not a book but a website/ap with stories for kids of a variety of ages. They are shorter than a book, 10-20 minutes but the stories are great. My 4 year old listens to a few of the stories while he has rest time in his room each day and it has gotten us through many car trips.

  105. Kile says...

    26 Fairlmont Avenue is the absolute best. It’s read by the author— Tomie DePaolo—and tells the most charming, sweet, funny, sometime sad stories from his growing up. I’m smiling just thinking about it. We listened to this on a car trip with my kids and my parents and even after hours of driving, we all sat in the car together to hear the ending.

    All the Arnold Lobel books—frog and toad, mouse soup, mouse tails—are perfect for preschool and toddlers.

    For older kids, pretty much any book that’s won a Newbery will be a good audio book. If you’re unsure where to start with more recently published books for 8-12 year olds, I’d recommend trying a few recent Newbery medal or honor books. Jennifer Holmes’ Turtle in Paradise is a favorite!

    Unbroken (that hugely popular ww2 nonfiction from a several years ago) was also a big hit with my kids. If you’re looking to split the difference between bigger kids and adults, this is s good one.

  106. Julia says...

    My kids (6 and 4) listened to Mr. Popper’s Penguins ad nauseum until I found Ramona. They also like Tumtum and Nutmeg, and The Jesus Storytime Bible. I will have to try Charlotte’s Web! Some of my childhood favorites are The Hobbit and The Black Stallion.

  107. For years, I read to the second grade at my school (at the time I taught high school). It was captivating for me and helped me get over a rough patch in life. And when my career moved meto the Middle School, all the children to whom I had read remembered me and the books we read together. Thrilling!

    Ramona Quimby and Farmer Boy were huge hits. I also recommend the Seven Wonders of Sassafras Spring…..lovely!

  108. Grace says...

    Growing up, I practically lived at my best friend’s house on the weekends from the ages of 10-12. She lived in the mountains, but went to school in the valley where her mom was a teacher. On those hour long drives up to “The Mountain House” she’d read the Harry Potter books out loud to me and her younger brother and sister. Eventually, we split the cost for the audiobooks (at that point there were only four) which we loved and used to mimic heavily from (“Mad Eye Mooooody”). But, still, to this day, my best friend’s voice is my favorite to listen to when it comes to Harry Potter.

  109. Laura Zublin says...

    We loved From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. That book on CD got us through half of the 12 hour driving day… And we finished off the story in the hotel. It was one of my favorites as a girl. It was so fun to share it with my kids and plus the end of the story had an update with the author all about the books significance to the New York metropolitan Museum of Art over past four decades.

    • Katie H says...

      Loved this book growing up!

  110. caitlin says...

    My favorite growing up was Hank the Cowdog. Maybe a little regional (I’m from Texas), but I distinctly remember my whole family getting a kick out of listening to stories about Hank on long car trips. We still have inside jokes even!

    • kate says...

      Yes my family too!!!!!!!! I keep meaning to listen to it again as an adult!

    • andie says...

      Not regional! We were obsessed with these in Wisconsin.

  111. Kirsten says...

    As a kid, I absolutely adored listening to The Giver audiobook read by Ron Rifkin. At a younger age, my brother and I also enjoyed a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories (I particularly remember a full cast recording of Dark They Were and Golden Eyed). In middle school, I loved Jane Eyre, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Middlemarch – books that I might not have stuck with at that age in print, but were fantastic stories to hear.

  112. Jenn says...

    BUNNICULA!!!

  113. Constance Plank says...

    For the younger kids, Nancy Farmers, “The Warm Place” is outstanding. (All of her books are outstanding, but check the descriptions first. She does not stick to one age group.) We adored her, “The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm” which would be for tweens.

    Phillip Pullman’s full cast production of “The Golden Compass” is amazing and wonderful.

    We drove at least an hour a day, so the books kept us all busy and happy. Not to mention, I started having conversations about things like subtext with my kids starting about age eight. They grew up with a distinct advantage in English class!

  114. jonna says...

    We love audio books and they are a great alternative to screens. My four year old loves listening to sparkle stories. sparklestories.com
    The are listed by age range and are all original stories. Love this post and looking for recommendations for kids podcasts.

  115. Lyn says...

    Magic tree house series!! Such a great series! A little history and it’s about siblings going on adventure through a treehouse!

  116. Erin White says...

    Clementine! The reader is fabulous. Also Narnia, and the four Penderwick Books. Oh, and Cricket in Time Square and all the James Herriot books. My ten-year-old daughter has always loved audiobooks. These days she listens to them while she rollerblades in the basement…

  117. Jenn S says...

    Harry Potter series has the best narrator. His name is Jim Dale and we have listened to him narrating Willy Wonka and a Christmas Story. He makes listening to audio books a sheer delight.

  118. Mary says...

    Magic Treehouse Series
    Star Wars
    Harry Potter
    The Wind Boy & The House Above The Trees by Ethel Cook
    The Trumpet of the Swan & Stuart Little (EB White narrates)
    Little House series

  119. M says...

    Growing up my parents would always pull out Boxcar Children Tapes and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia on Audiobook for long road trips. The one time this sticks out to me was when my brother had a severe allergic reaction in the middle of nowhere and we had to drive around for an hour trying to find a hospital (talk about bad place and timing.) I remember waiting in tense silence for us to find somewhere he could get medical care (this was pre-cell phones so we were relying on the kindness of strangers) and I think the audiobook kept everyone calm while my parents sorted through this scary situation. He’s alive and well now (and cured of his anaphylaxis to bee stings, thank goodness) but I’ll always remember that scary afternoon as the one where the Boxcar Children helped us keep our cool.

  120. Anita says...

    Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic is HILARIOUS. And it’s on Spotify FYI.

  121. LS Lacy says...

    Boomerang Audio Magazine for Children was a favorite of my sons.

  122. Jennifer says...

    My son loved reading in the car until we discovered he gets car sick. He’s an avid reader at 7, so to make him stop reading in the car was devastating. Then we found audiobooks. Mostly, we go to the library and let him choose which books on CD he’d like to listen to. He’s a big Magic Tree House and Geronimo Stilton fan. He likes books that are a series. I’m drawn to classics like Cricket in Time Square. He recently found Humphrey (a series about a hampster that is a classroom pet). I’m not fond of the reader, but he likes the stories. We’ve also found that on days he’s home from school sick he likes to lay on the couch to rest (never nap) and listen to an audiobook.

  123. Amy M. says...

    We just survived a 2 hr trip home from the mountains yesterday with the help of 5-10 minute The Memory Palace podcast episodes. My 7 and 10 year old girls loved them. Each episode generates discussion and (I hope) sparks some interest in history. Nate Dimeo has a unique ability to weave dry historical facts into a fascinating story with the rhythm of poetry- I’m always a little sad at the end of each episode, wish it could go on. The podcast is aimed at adults but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything I wouldn’t let my kids hear. My all-time favorite is this one: http://thememorypalace.us/2015/10/mary-walker-would-wear-what-she-wanted/

  124. Alyssa says...

    I have such sweet memories of being a child and listening to my books on tape cassette tapes (“turn the page now” anyone?).

  125. Kate says...

    I have the most vivid memories of listening raptly to Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox” on a car trip to the east coast of Canada with my parents and younger brother. As you describe above, all of us were totally engrossed in these amazing whimsical tales, almost reluctant to reach our destination while they were unfolding. These stories still loom large in the literature of my childhood, I think in part because they live in my aural memory bank as much as my narrative one. I recently re-discovered audiobooks and am enjoying the delights of being read to all over again as an adult.

  126. Sherri says...

    The Phantom Tollbooth!

  127. Meg says...

    We discovered Audiobooks when my son was about 4. We are strict about no screen time in the car so this is perfect. We started with Henry Huggins, which he loved back then and we have since moved onto older things. We have listened to all of the Harry Potter books – the narration is outstanding. And my son who gets quite scared by movies, is okay with the books because although they are descriptive, they are limited by his own little imagination (in a good way). He was also obsessed with the Wizard of Oz which is brilliantly narrated by Anne Hathaway. Most recently we listened to Wonder as a family. Audiobooks are a life saver on road trips. Also – not an Audiobook but Story Pirates from Gimlet Media is also an amazing kids podcast!!!

    • Vicki says...

      The Harry Potter narration is wonderful! He’s the greedy quack from the 1970s Pete’s Dragon, isn’t that funny?

      We love the Narnia books, and the Ramona books read by Stockard Channing, the Akimbo books by Alexander McCall Smith, all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and the Frances books read by the mom from Mary Poppins. Kate Winslet did a jaw-dropping reading of Matilda (but the sound mix is bad, so it’s alternately too loud and too quiet)! We are lucky: our city library has great selections and will borrow from other libraries, too!

      Also (this is getting soooo long), they aren’t technically audiobooks, but Jim Weiss is a beautiful storyteller!

    • Temsy says...

      Seconding the Matilda audiobook read by Kate Winslet. My 5-year-old daughter enjoyed it, and my 3-year-old son less so. I LOVED it (I had laughs, tears, even shudders). I think she deserved a Grammy for her performance. Thanks for this post! I’d love to get into more audiobooks.

  128. shannon says...

    Janssen at Everyday Reading has lots of posts on audiobooks – some for adults, some for kids: https://everyday-reading.com/category/audiobooks/

    Her background is as a children’s librarian (plus she has four girls of her own), so she’s a great source!