Audio books for children are a great way to teach listening skills. Learning how to listen is as equally important as learning how to read. Not to mention the fact that you and your child can listen to and share your favorite books wherever you are. Fill the hours of any tedious road trip with a beloved book.
Parents can purchase audio books for children nearly anywhere. You can usually get them in bookstores, in a CD format. But you can also buy them from online stores like Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.
A great thing about audio books is that they are basically are a combination of books and audio theater. This way, each book you buy will never be the same although the originally story was written by the same author.
Great authors like Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson often narrate audio books for children. Many authors, like Neil Gaiman and Phillip Pullman, like to narrate their own novels.
Moreover, audio books are also a great way to develop your child’s skills of understanding audio pieces.
Here’s a list of some of the best audio books for children, narrated by some of the most popular voices out there.
1. Mary Poppins – P.L Travers
Narrated by Sophie Thompson, who has lent her inimitable voice to other audio novels such as Jem and the Holograms by Kelly Thompson and Zoo Boy, Mary Poppins is considered by a far a classic tale when it comes to books for children.
The Banks children are about to have a really hard time at being naughty after Mary Poppins becomes their new nanny. The naughty children will soon discover that Mary is not a typical nanny, because she uses magic in order to teach children all about good manners.
The audio book format of Mary Poppins is available on Amazon.com for a price of about $10.
2. Matilda – Roald Dahl
Follow the adventures of little Miss Matilda, a bright girl who manages to amaze her school teacher and her class with her sharp reading and math skills. Matilda is the daughter of Zinnia and Harry Wormwood, an awful couple that do not seem to love their child.
After making new friends at school, Matilda will have to face Miss Trunchbull, the school’s headmistress, who, in many ways, is behaving like her parents.
Dahl’s beloved story is narrated by David Ian Davies, who has loaned his voice to other literary pieces like The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
3. The Wolves in the Walls – Neil Gaiman
In The Wolves in the Walls, Lucy is a young lady living in an old house with her parents. Pretty soon, the little girl finds out that the house is not as it appears to be. In the dead of night, Lucy begins to hear creaks and squeaks coming from behind the wall. She soon becomes convinced that wolves are living behind the wall.
The story of Lucy is narrated by Neil Gaiman, the author of the story, who often narrates his own audio books for children and adults.
4. The Lions of Little Rock– Kristin Levine
The Lions of Little Rock tells the story of Marlee, a twelve-year-old girl who is so shy, she cannot talk. With her brother leaving for college, and her older sister moving out of the room they shared growing up, Marlee feels abandoned.
Pretty soon, Marlee must acknowledge the fact that she has to start middle-school. There, she meets an unlikely friend, who will help her open up. Little by little, the bond between the girl grows and pretty soon, Marlee starts to talk. When her newly found friend leaves the school, Marlee faces yet another new challenge.
The Lions of Little Rock is narrated by Julia Whelan. You can get this audio book for free if you create an Audible trial account.
5. The King’s Taster – Kenneth Oppel
Follow the delicious adventures of Max, the cook’s dog, who is also the king’s taster. Max has a chance to taste everything before the king, from pies to delicious chicken drums. But Max’s dream job will be in danger when the new king arrives. And this new monarch doesn’t agree with Max’s position.
The story of Max, the King’s taster is narrated by Fred Berman. You can purchase this and other audio books for children from Amazon books or directly from Audible.
6. Goodnight Moon/ Buenas Noches, Luna – Margaret Wise Brown
As the cute little bunny prepares to snuggle away into bed, he says goodnight to everything around the house. He says goodnight to the grandfather clock that drowsily chimes away the evening hours, to the bear family’s portrait hanging above the mantelpiece, and to the kittens purring on the carpet.
A delightful story for both children and parents penned by Margaret Wise Brown, a beloved children’s books author. This is one of many audio books for children that have been produced in both English and Spanish.
7. The Things My Grandmother Says/ Que Costs Dice Mi Abuela – Ana Galan
As the kids settle down for dinner, their wise grandmother prepares to teach them everything about good manners. The grandmother also teaches the importance of being well-behaved to her grandchildren’s parents. This audio book is available in Spanish and English.
8. Are You My Mother?/ Eres Mi Mama? – P. D Eastman
Follow the adventures of a little bird who fell out of the nest too soon and now searches for his mother. The little lost bird will meet all sorts of animals, like cats and dogs, who will teach him all about family values.
9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz“- Frank L. Baum
Perhaps one of the most intricate children’s tales ever written, The Wizard of Oz continues to fascinate both children and literary critics alike. Follow the adventures of Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the frightened Lion as they set out on a journey to find the Great Wizard of Oz.
Actor Anne Hathaway narrated the audio book version of The Wizard of Oz.
10. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass tells the exquisite and fantastic adventure of a little girl who sets out to find the origin of the mysterious dust, a substance that floats around the Universe and functions as a gateway between many parallel worlds. The author of the trilogy, Philip Pullman, narrated the audio version of The Golden Compass.
These are some of the most beloved audio books for children. Whether it’s fantasy, adventure, or family fun you’re looking for, you can find an audio book you and your child will love to listen to.