40 favorite audiobooks for kids

40 favorite audiobooks for kids

I’ve been listening to audiobooks more these past few months than I have in years. I got hooked with a free trial of Audible.com (you can get yours here) and haven’t looked back.

I mostly listen to audiobooks while I’m running, driving solo, or washing dishes, but with summer road trips coming up, I wanted to curate a list of terrific audiobooks for kids.

I’m sharing my own family’s favorites, the ones we’re looking forward to listening to in the car and during quiet time this summer, and your favorites that you shared on facebook.

Get ready to take notes: there’s lots of good books to choose from here. Happy reading!

(A note about the age recommendations: it’s tough to recommend books based on age alone because so much depends on the individual child. If you have a question about whether or not a book is appropriate for your kid, leave a question in comments. This great community of readers will help you out.)

My kids’ faves:

  1. The Ramona Quimby series.
  2. The Henry Huggins series.
  3. The House at Pooh Corner (the version performed by Peter Dennis)
  4. Little House in the Big Woods (the whole series as read by Cherry Jones is fantastic)
  5. Charlotte’s Web
  6. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  7. The Wind in the Willows (BBC edition)
  8. Come On, Seabiscuit

Books our whole family can listen to together (maybe on our summer road trips?)

  1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  2. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
  3. Misty of Chincoteague
  4. My Father’s Dragon
  5. Hank the Cowdog
  6. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  7. How to Train Your Dragon
  8. Ballet Shoes (Kathleen Kelly’s favorite)
  9. Matilda (read by Kate Winslet)

Your suggestions for younger-ish kids:

  1. The Magic Tree House
  2. Thornton Burgess animal stories
  3. Stuart Little
  4. The Froggy Books
  5. The Betsy-Tacy books

Your suggestions for grade schoolers (and older):

  1. The Wingfeather Saga
  2. The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
  3. Frindle
  4. The Penderwicks
  5. The Boxcar Children
  6. Alice in Wonderland
  7. The Willoughbys
  8. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (and the whole Fudge series)
  9. Thimble Summer
  10. Bunnicula

 Your suggestions for older grade school and middle school kids:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time
  2. The Wizard of Oz (performed by Anne Hathaway)
  3. The True Meaning of Smek Day
  4. Redwall
  5. Peter and the Starcatchers (narrated by Dave Barry)
  6. Inkheart
  7. Princess Academy
  8. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Have a great audiobook recommendation? Share it with us in comments. 

P.S. 40 favorite audiobooks for grown-ups.

40 favorite audiobooks for kids. (perfect for those summer road trips!) | Modern Mrs Darcy

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  1. Sarah Zacher says:

    My family just finished Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, read by Jim Dale. I apologize if this recommendation is redundant. But it bears mentioning, even repeatedly. All 5 of my kids (minus the three year old) loved it! I cannot speak highly enough of it. We were sorry when it ended. Thank you all for the wonderful ideas with which to replace it!

  2. Bunny Chidester says:

    You all MUST check out audio stories by Jay O’Callahan. My children loved these when they were small. Favorites were “Earth Stories”, “Little Heroes”, and “The Little Dragon and Orange Cheeks”. And these are just the ones for 3-5 year olds (and up)! Check him out at http://www.ocallahan.com. No audio list is complete without him. No kidding, he is a great storyteller. We can still remember his stories all these years later.

  3. Davina Lawlor says:

    the whole series (12 books) of how to train your dragon, was well enjoyed by my 6yo and 4yo. brilliant read by David Tennant.

  4. Emily Ellingson says:

    This is a wonderful list and I appreciate the comment recommendations too! One of our faves is Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. It had my kids on the edges of their seats and rolling in the isles with laughter! Thank goodness for seat belts!

  5. stephanie says:

    For older kids (and adults), L.A. Meyer’s series about Mary “Jacky” Faber, set in the early 19th century. London orphan girl signs on as ship’s boy in the British Navy. Lots of adventure, great historical descriptions, humour, and an extremely strong female lead. First book in the series is Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy. Read by Katherine Kellgren

  6. susan says:

    we just listened to Appleblossom the Possum read by Dustin Hoffman. Very cute story, and Hoffman just makes the story SHINE!

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