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Our All-Time Favorite Audio Books for Kids

A list of favorite audio books for kids by an audio book loving family. Many of these have been listened to over and over again. Some are series; some stand alone. Some are better for older children; some for younger.

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We have long been big fans of family audio books, listening to them in the car, at breakfast, while drawing, and even while doing chores.

HEADS UP: Audible is offering free audio books to kids right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic (see below for more info).

Regular books are great, too, of course, but sometimes you just want to listen to a story, especially with a good narrator.

Sometimes an audio book is a good way to enjoy a story together as a family.

Sometimes you’re doing something else with your eyes or hands (finger knitting, drawing, folding laundry) and can’t hold or read a book.

And sometimes, ahem, the libraries are closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus and we’re advised not to go out shopping, and we need to turn to books in different mediums than we might be used to.

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Right now digital media is seeming like just the thing.

So, today, I thought I’d share some of our very favorite family audio books from the past several years. And also ask your favorites (we need some new recommendations).

Our Favorite Audio Books for Kids

I’m going to link to Audible, which as you probably know, is Amazon’s sister company, because that’s what our family has used for years. I’m a huge fan of Audible and use it all the time for myself as well as for the kids. Like many people, I started with a free trial and a couple of free books and quickly became a regular.

Free Kids Books on Audible

Audible is offering many kids books for FREE right now, while schools are closed due to COVID-19. So check out their selection to see if you might be interested in listening to some of those. I didn’t see our top faves on the list (just browsing quickly), so am linking to them separately below, but it looks like you can find lots of good ones.

Our Top 3 All-Time Favorite Audio Book Series’ for Kids

This post contains affiliate links.These three series’ are our all-time faves and have been listened to over and over and over again by our family (the Ramona Quimby books listed under books for younger kids falls under this category as well). I’ll link to the first book in each series so you can get started listening. :)

Our All-Time Favorite Audio Books for Kids and Families

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Our Other Favorite Audio Books for Kids

These next audio books haven’t been listened to quite as often as the three listed above, but we love them!

Best Audio Books for Younger Children

Favorite Audio Books for Younger Kids

Here are a few audio books that we enjoyed more when the kids were a bit younger. The Ramona books have been listened to so much, that they should probably go on our top all-time list.

More Recommended Audio Books for Kids

A Few More Recommended Kids Audio Books 

Here are a few more audio books for kids that we haven’t listened to, but that we know and love in other formats or that come highly recommended by others.

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5 Tips for Family Audio Books:

  1. Definitely listen to the audio sample before making a purchase! The story is important but the narrator makes or breaks the book. If you don’t like the narrator, you won’t want to listen to the book. Luckily, there are many truly wonderful narrators out there!
  2. Download two free audiobooks with audibleIf you’re choosing an audio book for a range of ages, consider what might be interesting enough for the older child but still appropriate for the younger one. This can be tricky, but you know your kids best, and every child is different. And sometimes you might just need to skip a scene to make it work. For example, when we first started listening to the Harry Potter books, Maia and I would listen to the final, scarier scenes without Daphne, who is 4 years younger.
  3. Audible books can be exchanged if you’re not happy with the book for some reason. I haven’t done this with fiction books, actually, but have a few times with nonfiction.
  4. If you’ve listened to an audio book as a family and your child wants to listen again (and again), hand her some earbuds.
  5. Some great times to listen to audio books together are in the car, of course. But also at breakfast. Or while having a family art session. Or while everyone is doing some sort of handwork (knitting, embroidery, drawing). Or to make the time pass more quickly while doing chores.

How about you? Is your family into audio books? What are your favorites? Do you have some to add to the list? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Kristen
    March 26, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Two of our top favorite audiobooks are Three Tale of My Father’s Dragon (all 3 books) and The Wizard of Oz narrated by Anne Hathaway. We all can listen to them on repeat.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      March 27, 2020 at 5:32 am

      Thank you, Kristen! I’m familiar with the stories, but not the audio book versions.

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    Colleen
    March 29, 2020 at 1:20 am

    “Fortunately The Milk” is a short story that you can find on YouTube, narrated by Neil Gaiman, who also authored it. Pretty Side-splitting!
    https://youtu.be/L5KWuM48QA0

    “The Wee Free Men” By Terry Pratchett is an excellent book-but it doesn’t look like it’s on Audible, sadly. There are 5 books total in the series, a couple of the later ones are more coming-of-age and it would be good to preview them to decide if age appropriate (not smutty, all good, just tougher subjects).

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    gm
    April 15, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    I just joined Libro.fm, which is like Audible except your $ also supports your favorite indie bookshop. Seemed like a thing to do right now when my favorite indie bookshop is closed because of the pandemic. So far I really like it! Great app, great website, lots of options, and you can tell the people who work there really love books. I don’t work for them or anything (I’m in healthcare— my work is hopping right now), but I want Powell’s in Portland to stay open! :)

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 19, 2020 at 6:08 am

      Good to know! I hadn’t heard of that option! Thanks for sharing.

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