Audiobooks are one of our family’s secrets to happy road trips AND peaceful afternoon rest time. For some reason, having to pay attention to the story of an audiobook keeps everyone so much quieter and happier than trying to play a movie in the car.
As a homeschooling work-at-home mom, I desperately need my kids to have a consistent afternoon quiet time or else I lose my sanity (and it’s not pretty!). Audiobooks really help the kids enjoy rest time and stay occupied so the little ones can nap. And my oldest even listens to them to fall asleep at night sometimes (and I do the same!)
Since I’ve mentioned how much we love audiobooks before on the blog I’ve had several readers email or message me asking which are my favorites, so I thought I’d compile a list of kids audiobooks we’ve loved. We order our very favorites from Amazon, but the library is another great resource for audiobooks. I also love the free site, LibriVox that features books in the public domain read by volunteers. You can download and app and listen from your phone, or from your laptop. The thing to remember about it is that the readers can vary in the talent department. Some are splendid and others are hard to listen to. But here’s a few from the very best reader that produces professional quality audiobooks (and the price is right!)
Free Audiobooks Books for Kids on LibriVox
From reader Karen Savage:
- Anne of Green Gables
- Anne of Avonlea
- Anne of the Island
- Anne’s House of Dreams
- Rilla of Ingleside
- A Little Princess
- The Secret Garden
- The Railway Children
- The Story of the Treasure Seekers
Some of Our Favorites (On CD or Audible):
The Chronicles of Narnia: This is a dramatized version of the wonderful C.S. Lewis books that my kids have adored! It’s very well done and while I usually don’t prefer dramatized audiobooks, this one is really splendid.
The Hobbit: This one is read by Rob Inglis and it’s a great length for a long road trip. We are big Tolkien fans and love to pass our nerd-dom to the rest of the fam.
The Lord of the Rings: Also read by Rob Inglis this one is unabridged and fantastic. We keep coming back to it!
The Tale of Despereaux: This is such a delightful book by Kate DiCamillo and the reader, Graeme Malcolm is fantastic.
The Harry Potter Series: Jim Dale is hands down my favorite reader ever and these are some of my all-time favorite books (because I aspire to be Molly and am convinced the Weasleys are a Catholic family and we’d have bunches in common except for magical powers). These are just wonderful on road trips, for naptime, or anytime.
Alice in Wonderland: Also read by Jim Dale, this a great one. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s now very expensive so you might want to try your local library or use a free trial of Amazon’s Audible program to listen.
A Christmas Carol: This is such a wonderful reading (also Jim Dale) but again, super pricey on Amazon so definitely see if your library can track it down for you!
The Little House Series: Cherry Jones does a great job of reading this wonderful series. And there’s plenty of songs in the books to keep toddlers interested. This one is especially great because it engages younger children (even our two-year-old loved it!) but it’s fun for everyone, even the grown ups.
The Story of the World: Jim Weiss reads this history book for children. It’s so delightful that it doesn’t feel like school at all. Our kids love it and I finally know where Upper and Lower Egypt are.
Chapter Books We Love:
These are some of our favorite books for kids that are available on audiobook. We haven’t listened to all of these so I can’t vouch for each reader!
- The Penderwicks
- Charlotte’s Web:
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- Stuart Little
- Mary Poppins
- The Hundred and One Dalmatians
- The Boxcar Children
- A Wrinkle in Time
- The Roald Dahl Collection
- Peter Pan
- The Princess and the Goblin
- The Jungle Book
- Ballet Shoes
Hope your family enjoys listening as much as we have! Be sure to share your favorites that I missed in the comments!
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