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:
- The Ramona Quimby series.
- The Henry Huggins series.
- The House at Pooh Corner (the version performed by Peter Dennis)
- Little House in the Big Woods (the whole series as read by Cherry Jones is fantastic)
- Charlotte’s Web
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
- The Wind in the Willows (BBC edition)
- Come On, Seabiscuit
Books our whole family can listen to together (maybe on our summer road trips?)
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- Misty of Chincoteague
- My Father’s Dragon
- Hank the Cowdog
- The Mysterious Benedict Society
- How to Train Your Dragon
- Ballet Shoes (Kathleen Kelly’s favorite)
- Matilda (read by Kate Winslet)
Your suggestions for younger-ish kids:
- The Magic Tree House
- Thornton Burgess animal stories
- Stuart Little
- The Froggy Books
- The Betsy-Tacy books
Your suggestions for grade schoolers (and older):
- The Wingfeather Saga
- The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
- The Penderwicks
- The Boxcar Children
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Willoughbys
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (and the whole Fudge series)
- Thimble Summer
Your suggestions for older grade school and middle school kids:
- A Wrinkle in Time
- The Wizard of Oz (performed by Anne Hathaway)
- The True Meaning of Smek Day
- Peter and the Starcatchers (narrated by Dave Barry)
- Princess Academy
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Have a great audiobook recommendation? Share it with us in comments.