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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 audiobooks.
In many cases, audiobooks have proven successful in providing a way for young readers to access literature and enjoy books. Kids that struggle with reading may discover a renewed interest in fiction and non-fiction if they are able to listen to a story on the device of their choosing. For us, car trips or airline travel is when the audiobooks come out.
To encourage everyone to dip their toe into the audiobook pond, below is a list of 29 #Kidlit Audio Books For Readers/Listeners of all Ages..many of which are our family’s personal favorites.
Audio Books For the Littles (Ages 0-4)
Baggledorf: The itching Powder Plot by Zina Pearce-Tomenius
Skippy Jon Jones and the Big Bones by Judith Byron Schachner
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.
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
Audio Books For the Middle Readers Ages 8-11:
The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1 by Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) by Rick Riordan
The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3) by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) by Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) by Rick Riordan
The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles Book 1 by Rick Riordan
The Water Horse by Dick King Smith This is an incredible book on audio. We highly recommend this.
The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginnings by John Stephens Brand new book out that we just couldn’t stop listening to.
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
Wonderful multicultural audiobooks from Live Oak Media:
MOMENTS IN BLACK HISTORY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Charles R. Smith; illustrated by Shane Evans (available February 2016)
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 afterward for us all to enjoy.
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Recipient of the 2017 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards-Children’s/YA-New Voices GOLD Award!
Ascension by Hannah Rials
Enter this world of vampires, set in the south, and realize you are being pulled in more—and deeper—with each page.
Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.
What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit
This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F
The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B