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My husband has been a huge fan of Audible for some time now. He drives a lot for his job, so he will often listen to an audiobook in lieu of music or the radio. As you can imagine, he listens to a lot of books! I have always said I don’t have time to listen to audiobooks (I barely have time to read the old-fashioned way). Now that I have realized what a huge selection of children’s literature is available on Audible, however, audiobooks are quickly becoming a wonderful option, especially for our upcoming road trips (when the kids are ready to take a break from the DVD player).
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My boys are definitely fond of audio dramas but we don’t listen to audiobooks all that often. Since we have basically exhausted nearly ever Adventures in Odyssey episode known to man, it is high time to start
reading listening to some of these awesome books.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I love this book so much and I can’t wait to listen to it along with my children. I have been waiting until they were a little older, but I think this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy it together. You can’t go wrong with this amazing classic by the brilliant C.S. Lewis.
Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman
On the opposite end of the spectrum of C.S. Lewis, this book is sort of silly and ridiculous. This is the first book in the My Weird School series by Dan Gutman. My boys are crazy for these books…they think they are hilarious. Big Brother has already read several of these this summer and keeps wanting to check more out from the library. They will be thrilled to know they are available on audio book as well. Warning: I am not totally thrilled with all of the language in this book. They use words such as “stupid” and “hate” (among others), which are words that we don’t allow our kids to use in our home. But we use this as a teaching opportunity to remind our kids that just because we hear other people use these words (or read them) doesn’t give us the justification to talk that way.
If you have a reluctant reader (especially a boy), I would highly suggest letting him listen to one of these books with you and then encourage him to read the rest on his own. I’m pretty sure the audiobook will hook him into wanting to read more.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
We have not read or listened to this book yet, but it is on my list for our loooooong road trip in July. Although we are not sure if we will be taking our boys to see the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass (I am still waiting to read some of the reviews as the previews look pretty dark), this is a great option for discussions about similarities and differences in books and movies. Either way, however, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a classic that should be part of every childhood whether it is read traditionally or listened to!
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
This would be another great book/movie comparison! We never got to see the new Jungle Book movie while it was still in theaters but are super excited to rent it once it comes out on video. This version is broken up into two separate “books” with lots of shorter tales in each book, making it perfect for listening to in short segments.
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
I am including this book more for me than for anyone else. I have never read Mary Poppins and have been wanting to read the original book ever since I saw Saving Mr. Banks a few years ago. Yet another classic that is sure to be enjoyed the entire family!
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children series was my favorite when I was a little girl. I read the first three books aloud to the boys a few years ago, but I think they are now at the ages where they would be more interested and intrigued about how this set of siblings really did survive on their own. This is definitely one I am excited for them to listen to and hoping it will pique their interest to read the subsequent books themselves.
Our boys love listening to Bible Audio Dramas, especially before bed. I am super excited to listen to this version. Big Brother will be participating in something called Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) through our church this coming spring (for 3rd graders through high schoolers) and the theme for the year is Acts of the Apostles. This will be wonderful as he prepares his heart and mind for applying the word of God into his chosen activities.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
This is a nonfiction book about a Malawian boy who built a windmill and brought electricity to his tiny village during a drought. I chose this Audiobook for two reasons: it shows the hardships that others around the world face while also showing how one kid can truly make a difference.
Abraham Lincoln by Janet and Geoff Benge
This biography of Abraham Lincoln is perfect for kids showing an interest in presidents. Lincoln’s entire life is included, with an emphasis on the character, integrity, and courage exemplified by one of the nation’s greatest presidents.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
I bought this book to read aloud with my boys this summer in preparation for the movie coming out in July! Although this book might be a bit too scary for younger or more sensitive children it is really a wonderful and exciting book that captivates the attention of children and even adults.
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