At my house, we are very big fans of children’s audio books. It started, I think, when my daughter was not even two. I took a stack of her favorite board books to my family’s house for Christmas and had each of my siblings and parents record themselves reading one. Her eyes would light up whenever she heard a beloved relative reading a beloved book – it was audio perfection!
Later, when she was closer to 2 1/2, I bought Blueberries for Sal on a whim at Audible. We had read the book many times by that point, so the words were already very familiar to her and she was able to listen and follow along. After that success we started exploring the collection of book+cd packs at our library. In the beginning I would simply look for picture books that we had already read aloud at home (like those by Kevin Henkes, read by Laura Hamilton), because I found at her age that if the stories were familiar she could listen to them independently. As she got more and more hooked on audio books we branched out and found new favorites, such as All Pigs Are Beautiful and Dogger.
Fast forward a few years and audio books remain an important part of our family culture. They’re great for road trips, rest time, dinner prep, and sick days. And plain old regular days, too! Sometimes I get my daughter the audio version after we’ve particularly loved a chapter book read aloud so she can enjoy it again on her own, but other times she listens to a book without any intro.
I try to add to our owned collection from time to time (they make great gifts!) but we also make use of our library’s offerings. There are some great resources in this post if you’re interested in figuring out how to find good deals.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Anna Hibiscus series
- Children of Noisy Village
- A Bear Called Paddington
- Charlotte’s Web
- Little House series
- Sophie series
- Frances audio collection
- Frog and Toad audio collection
- Little Bear audio collection
- Mouse Tales audio collection
- Arnold Lobel audio collection
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series
- Rackety-Packety House
- B Is for Betsy
- Ramona series
- The Boxcar Children
- Homer Price
- My Father’s Dragon
- Jesus Storybook Bible
- At Home with Martin and Sylvia podcast (there’s a free sample each week on itunes)
- Martin and Sylvia audio books
- Jim Weiss storytelling albums (some are free on Spotify!)