Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Children's Audiobooks; Our families 10 Favorites.

We love audiobooks!

I had always shied away from audiobooks thinking that I would prefer to read the story myself.  I had no idea that audiobooks were more than just a reading of a book!

We finally tried audiobooks one day in the car because the boys were curious and picked them up off the shelf in the library.  It was magical! The car was silent.  There was no bickering or whining or fighting.  Within moments they were caught up in the story and by the end of our drive they wanted to sit in the car and listen to more of the story. 

Just like that we were hooked on audiobooks! 

We get most of our audiobooks through the library and we always have something we're listening to when we're in the car.  It's been a great way to expose my boys to more books and reading when we're busy and on the go.

Most audiobooks are read by actors and they are great fun to listen to.  The stories really come alive with different voices for the characters, music, and expression.

They are perfect for long car trips and we have found so many stories that appeal to us all.

There are so many great books to choose from out there.  Here are a few of our favorites:

1.  How to Train Your Dragon Series-- The sound effects really make this story come alive.  A young Viking boy and his pet dragon save their tribe over and over again in the most unusual ways.

2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back So You Want to be a Jedi?-- This hilarious retelling of the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back has cute little snippets where the kids are encouraged to try out some Jedi training exercises; most of which could not be done in the car but my boys had no problems waiting until later to try them out.

3.  When Life Gives You OJ--A Funny story about a girl who is trying to convince her parents to buy her a dog.  Her grandfather decides if she pretends an empty bottle of OJ is a dog her parents will see she is responsible enough and eventually buy her one.  As you can imagine it is not easy to walk a jug!

4.  The Magic Tree House-- We listened to many of Jack and Annie's adventures on Cd.  They are read by the author and she, obviously, does a tremendous job making these stories come alive.

5. The Boxcar Children's Series-- These beloved books are just great in audiobook format.  We love hearing all about Benny, Violet, Henry and Jessie.

6.  The Chronicles of Narnia-- We are part way through this series right now.  We're listening to Prince Caspian and we have loved hearing all these stories so far.  There is no way I could have done justice to some of these accents.

7.  The Mouse and the Motorcycle series-- Complete with motorcycle sounds we loved this set of stories.

8.  Pain and the Great One-- This fun series was a great way to introduce my boys to Judy Blume; one of my favorite authors!

9.  The Heroes of Olympus-- With all six main characters and the various supporting characters all having their own voice it was an easy to follow story filled with adventure, intrigue and drama.

10. Science Fair-- One of our all time favorite books on CD! This hilariously silly story was really brought to life.  Our favorite part was the breathing of the character "Darth" (a crazy lunatic who thinks he's Darth Vader) and the accent of Gerdankle the Strong.

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  1. My kids and I LOVE audiobooks! If you can find Homer Price and Centerberg Tales at your library you should give them a try. Such good stories and we loved them on tape because they sing in all the right places.

  2. Awesome selection! My son his a huge audio book fan! Thanks for a couple of new titles to present him with. Sharing!

    1. You're welcome and thanks for sharing!

  3. What a great list! We just started "The Mouse and the Motorcycle." I haven't read the "How to Train Your Dragon" books -- we'll have to give them a try.

    1. We loved The Mouse and the Motorcycle and just to warn you if you've watched the movies the How to Train Your Dragon books are vastly different. My boys were confused and a bit resistant at first but they soon fell in love with them.

  4. We love audiobooks and use them much of the time we are in the car.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. It's a rare day that we don't have a book going in the car; usually it's only when we're waiting for one to come in on inter-library loan.

  5. Great list of audiobooks. We were listening often in the car and someone have gone back to radio. Need to dig up my sets again. Found you on #LiteracyMusingMondays.

    1. We usually take a break in between books (or series) and spend a good couple of weeks listening to music too. Unless I make the effort to request some new books on CD we can go pretty long between books without my realizing it.

  6. Thanks for some new ideas! We have loved "The Magic Tree House" series, and have listened to a few others, but this is great. Grandparents live 12 hours away, and that drive seems to get a little longer every time!
    Also, I tend to get carsick sometimes, which means I can't read out loud as much as I'd like.