Audio Books for Kids

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Audio Books for Kids
 
 We adore audio books and have gathered a rather large collection over the last few years. Listening to audio books is a great way for young children to internalize the fluency and expression that comes from reading longer chapter books. It is helpful to have them follow along with a hard copy of the book, running their finger across the text as they listen.
 
Today I wish to share with you a collection of audio books that we have enjoyed as a family. We often listen to them at bedtime.
 
  1. Wildwood | Carson Ellis and Colin Melloy Performed by Amanda Plummer
  2. Under Wildwood | Carson Ellis and Colin Melloy: We are yet to listen to their book as we are still reading Wildwood.  This series is aimed at a more mature reading age group, 8 plus.  Little R has enjoyed Wildwood. We are taking it slowly and spending a lot of time immersing ourselves in the beautiful rich vocabulary.
  3. The BFG | Roald Dahl Perfromed by Geoffery Palmer: There is an entire series of Roald Dahl books as audio, which our six year old adores: Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny the Champion of the World (this is our favorite), The Magic Finger, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Enormous Crocodile
  4. The Magic Faraway Tree | Enid Blyton Performed by Kate Winslet:  Kate Winslet does the most beautiful characterizations in this audio story. I could listen to her voice day in and day out, and her intonation is perfect.
  5. Lost and Found | Oliver Jeffers
  6. The Heart and the Bottle | Oliver Jeffers read by Helena Bonham Carter
  7. The Incredible Book Eating Boy | Oliver Jeffers
  8. The Gruffalo | Julia Donaldson
  9. The Gruffalo’s Child | Julia Donaldson
  10. Harry Potter | JK Rowling
  11. Brown Bear and Friends | Bill Martin, Eric Carle Performed by Gwenyth Paltrow
  12. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt | Michael Rosen

 

We hope you enjoy them as much as we have…

Rebecca

Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.

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    1. Charlotte’s Web has been a favourite here as well. A Bear called Paddington, Winnie the Pooh and Mr. Poppers Penquins have also been very well received. We’ve also listened to Anne of Green Gables audio book as well as the collection of songs from the musical. Our favourite stories to listen too are produced by Sparkle Stories and follow the weekly daily activities and adventures of Martin and Sylvia – I would highly recommend subscribing to these or trying out a sampling of their work through their podcasts.

      1. I forgot to mention – my daughter is 5 years old but listened to most of these last summer on road trips when she was 4. We’ve never listened to the audio book but have read the entire collection of Jame Herriot stories for Children and they were also well received. Also Little Beaver and the Echo is a fun short listen for children and has some related interactive music/sound activities.

  1. Thanks for this! We are always looking for good audiobooks. My 5 year old son has listened to the Charlotte’s Web audiobook about a thousand times and my boys love listening to shorter books together. We were lucky enough to get a ton of hand-me-down cassettes from an old neighbor who used to own a preschool. Our hands-down favorite is The Vanishing Pumpkin by Tony Johnston. It is so funny, quotes from it have become a regular part of our family vocabulary.

  2. Thank you for the list! Is the Wildwood a little scary? My 7 year old doesn’t like scary stories at all…Suspense is ok but not scary…My children (7 and 5 years old) enjoy listening to Mouse Tales Audio Collection by Arnold Lobel and James Herriot’s Treasury for Children. Also The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton and Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag.

    1. Melisa, WIldwood is not so much scary but aimed at a slightly older market. My eldest is enjoying the book but the audio version by itself is a bit too much at the moment. I however adore it!

  3. Love audiobooks for kids.
    I have converted some of my old record for the kids to listen to, like Johnny Morris reading the railway stories. Will check out Wildwood. The BFG went down well here.

    The Sophie books by Dick King-Smith read by Bernard Cribbins have been a huge hit.

    Julia Donaldson poetry book Wriggle and Roar read by Justin Fletcher is great. He’s big in UK kids programmes but also does the voices for timmy and Shaun the Sheep.

  4. I bought my son Wildwood for Christmas, he’s 9. He is an excellent reader but I can’t get him to read this book. I read the first chapter out loud but he’s not quite ready to take the plunge, I think the size is somewhat intimidating. ..

  5. Thanks for this list! Here are some others:

    Fancy Nancy (Jane O’Connor) – These audio books are greatly loved by my three-year-old daughter. They are available as individual titles or a collection.

    Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne) – This was my kids’ first chapter book. We have an awesome audiobook version read by a group of British actors (Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, and others).

    The Town Around the Bend (Bill Harley) – Is a funny collection of bedtime stories and songs.

  6. Thanks for the wonderful post! I have 4 & 7 year old girls, and we listen to a lot of stand-alone audio stories (SparkleStories.com are excellent), and audio books that go with picture books. I’m looking forward to graduating to chapter book audio stories! 🙂

    1. We did have a subscription to sparkle stories previously. At the present my children like to listen to a story I have previously read to them. There are many great companies out there as well with adults reading children’s stories. A new company in Australia is called Storybox Library, super adorable. Google them!

  7. My four-year-old has loved the SparkleStories.com audio books as well. LOVES them. I like that there is no matching book for him to lean on — he must imagine the whole story as he listens to it. I’d like to try some of the books you mention, too.

  8. I have three kids, 4, 7, and 10 and we all love listening to “The Boxcar Children” mysteries. They are interesting stories and mysteries and the readers (a man or a woman) change their voice for the different characters and use sound effects for things like clinking glasses and running motors.

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