I love audio books for myself and for my kids! Today I’ll share some of my favorites. And if you want to expand your audio book collection, check out my tips for getting the most out of an Audible membership.
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It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of our month of homeschooling lists! Everything from sanity strategies to book lists to managing life details to more book lists. It’s been a great month and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Not that I’m not relieved it’s over. Back to publishing 3 times a week for me!
Unending Homeschooling Lists
Top 10 Audio Books for Kids
These are the books I’d purchase again in a heartbeat, even paying full price for, if I had to. Using audio books helps save my voice and my sanity, giving the kids the culture and experience of shared books without my having to stay on the couch for hours on end, being the reader. I’m not good at reading aloud. I’ve improved greatly over the years, but I still rely on audiobooks and MP3 players more than my own dedication to reading aloud myself.
Picking 10 was hard enough; as it is, these are not in any particular order.
- Winnie the Pooh. I once tried to read this one aloud and it made no sense. Read by Peter Dennis, however, it is winsome and engaging and now the source of many family quotes.
- Little House. This series can only be made better by being accompanied with fiddle music, which this version is. It’s a childhood classic not to be missed.
- Narnia. Narnia should be visited multiple times over a childhood, and the audio series makes that journey so much simpler to begin again.
- Blue Fairy Book. This is another book I have a hard time reading aloud, but my 6-year-old daughter will listen to story after story during her quiet time.
- Wind in the Willows. If you’ve never rollicked with Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger, you’re missing out.
- Story of the World. All 4 volumes, kept in the car and played multiple times over the course of a few years is an adequate young elementary history study in my book.
- Heidi. I like to leave the German names to a professional. When left unabridged, Heidi is a Christian tale of love and redemption.
- The Hobbit. Books with songs and poems also are better on audio than read by me.
- Old Yeller. I didn’t think I liked this book until I heard it read aloud to me by Jim Weiss. That version appears to be out of print, but it’s what our library has.
- Little Princess or Secret Garden; I couldn’t make the call between them, so you’ll just have to do that for yourself.
Winnie the Pooh, Little House, and Narnia are all only available on CD from Amazon and not on Audible, but if you’re interested in the others, try a trial membership where you get one free credit (use it on The Hobbit to maximize your savings). Then, while you’re on that trial, check out my list of free or cheap audible books available and come back Monday for tips on getting the most out of your audible credits and membership.