Favorite Listening Reads: Audio Books Your Kids Will Love

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Top Audio Books for Kids of all Ages

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If there was going to be a theme for this last weekend it would have been crafting. Though our hands and eyes were busy creating fun things, our ears and minds were being enchanted with some of our favorite audio books. Car trips also see the audio books come out. Below is a list of some of very favorite audio books both old and new alike.

Audio Books For the Littles (Ages 0-4)

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss



Baggledorf: The itching Powder Plot by Zina Pearce-Tomenius


Skippy Jon Jones and the Big Bones by Judith Byron Schachner

Skippy jon

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney


Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown


Audio Books For the Emerging Readers (Ages 5-7) The books in this section never get old and have become good friends.

Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Audio Books For the Middle Readers Ages 8-11:

The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles Book 1 by Rick Riordan

Red pyramid
The Water Horse by Dick King Smith This is an incredible book on audio. We highly recommend this.

Water horse

The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginnings by John Stephens Brand new book out that we just couldn’t stop listening to.


Charlotte’s Web  by E.B. White

Charlottes web
Holes by Louis Sachar


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Bk1 by Philip Pullman

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson


Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl


These are just a few of our favorite listens. Which books does your family like to listen to? Leave a comment below and let’s make a big list afterwards for us all to enjoy.

10 thoughts on “Favorite Listening Reads: Audio Books Your Kids Will Love

  1. Yes! Llama Llama Red Pajama! I read The Giver a few months ago as it came highly recommended and, well…it was too disturbing for me. My son is 4 1/2 and we’ve been listening to the audio version of the Little House on the Prairie series – Cherry Jones, the reader is AMAZING. Pretty much anything by Richard Scary is read over and again here…personally, though, I don’t think it counts. We recently picked up How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightening and thought it was fabulous…read it many times before returning it to the library. Looking forward to seeing what others come up with!

  2. We recently listened to and enjoyed the audiobook version of “Frog and Toad are Friends” by Arnold Lobel. The version was listened to was read by the author himself, and I highly recommend it!

  3. We just discovered the Akimbo books by Alexander McHall Smith. They’re read by the author. I’m not sure how many there are. We listened to them last weekend on our way to a campground. My son immediately requested all of the others.

  4. I love the Little House series on audio. It has filled many hours on long car trips. Here’s a secret, when I was about 10 years old I would have done anything to have been Laura Ingalls Wilder. Thanks for you contributions to the list. Be well Rain.

  5. I really love Frog and Toad and what a treat to have the author read the book. I love it when authors read their own works. It truly comes from the heart!

  6. I’ve never heard of these but I am familiar with Alexander McHall Smith’s books. I’m going off to find these immediately. Thanks for sharing this with us. Be well.

  7. All the Little House on the Prairie books are hits with my girls, who are 7 and 5. We’ve also enjoyed Akimbo and the Max and Maddy books, also by McCall Smith. Classics are a big hit here, too–all of E.B. White’s books, Caddie Woodlawn, Betsy-Tacy, The Railway Children, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, etc. Oh, and Clementine!

  8. Ditto on the Little House on the Prairie Books. We listened to On the Banks of Plum Creek while we were driving to Minnesota and ended up taking a detour to Walnut Creek. So much fun!
    Another book that I firmly think needs to be heard as well as read is the Tale of Despereaux by Kate diCamillo.
    I also love, love, love all children’s books written by Roald Dahl. Matilda is my favorite because it’s so funny. After reading Dahl’s fiction, reading his autobiography Boy is a real treat.
    Half Magic by Edward Eager, Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel, and The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop are also favorites at my house.

  9. Valerie,
    Do you remember the All of a Kind Family? The first one is easy to find but the following books are rare. It was one of my favorites as a child and I just found some on a used book site. You’ve featured MANY of my favorites here.

  10. Skippy Jon Jones is a huge favorite with us. Also Chika Chika Boom Boom when the kids were toddlers. Its been a while since we listened to any new audio books – this is a great list to visit!

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