Great Audiobooks for Kids

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"Are we there yet?" Oh, the dreaded refrain sung from the backseat of the car on many a summer roadtrip. Whether driving time this summer is counted in hours or days, one must find a way to keep the children entertained enough to prevent parental road madness. An excellent solution is to bring along a few audiobooks!

Audiobooks are primarily unabridged now, which means not a word gets skipped. They also have some truly fantastic readers including actors of stage and screen. Children can listen to a narrative at a much higher skill level than they can read, which helps develop vocabulary, fluency and inflection while reading. Listening to a longer book read aloud, like audiobooks, also helps develop the mental ability to visualize the characters and action. This can be especially important for helping those reluctant readers make a mental breakthrough.

Here are some great audiobooks that the whole family can enjoy while on those winding, rushing roads. Check them out on CD or download the eaudio at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library!

For the younger kids:

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, read by Mutiyat Ade-Salu
Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa with her whole family in a wonderful house. There is always somebody to laugh or play with. She loves to splash in the sea with her cousins and have parties with her aunties. But more than anything else in the world, Anna Hibiscus would love to see snow.

Matilda*Matilda by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet
Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi, read by Alan Cumming
When the simple folks in the sleepy little village of Roundbrook catch wind that there's a dragon running loose in the countryside, they get the wrong idea, and the stage is set for a fight to the death. So it's up to Kenny to give his neighbors front-row seats to one of the best-known battles in history – the legendary showdown between St. George and the dragon – without losing a friend in the fray.

For the older kids:

*Frindle by Andrew Clements, read by Keith Nobbs
When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn't belong to Nick anymore.

*Rules by Cynthia Lord, read by Jessica Almasy
Catherine, a 12-year-old girl with big responsibilities, loves her autistic younger brother David and makes lists of rules she thinks will help him get by. This Newbery and ALA Award-winning debut novel is a tender look at the frustration, struggle, devotion, and hope experienced by families with autistic children.

mobilism.jpgThe True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, read by Bahni Turpin
This book recently adapted into the animated movie, Home, is about Tip's unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.

*Major Award Winner

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library loves sharing the magic of summer reading with your family no matter the format of your reading!