As much as we love picture books, but I also want my kids enjoy chapter books. One way we do this is with audiobooks. The thing about audiobooks is that when you have a good narrator, the book can feel like it comes alive. My three children are under five years old. I don’t expect them grasp everything in the books we listen to, but I do hope they enjoy the books we listen together.
We have listened to a LOT of books on Librovox using the Podcast App on my iPhone. That has been a great way to listen to fabulous classic literature. We recently started buying audiobooks by adding the audible option to kindle books on Amazon. You can go the traditional route to purchase or borrow audiobook CDs from the library. A lot of libraries also have the option of an app where you can electronically borrow the audiobook. All libraries are different, so be sure to check with your local library.
We have listened to many amazing books, I thought I would share the books we’ve listened to AND what my kids thought. I rated my kids’ reaction based on 5 stars.
1 Star – awful…5 Stars – BEST EVER.
Sherlock Holmes: 3 Stars
My kids: 2 stars. (This probably has to do with their ages. I loved it, but they never asked to listen to it)
Alice in Wonderland: 4 Stars.
(My kids really enjoyed listening to this book. We have the BabyLit Alice in Wonderland board book, so they were familiar with the characters.)
Peter Pan : 5 STARS.
(They LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Peter Pan. It’s almost been a year since we’ve listened to it, and they still ask for it. We will be listening to it again VERY soon)
Mary Poppins : 3 Stars
(They were indifferent to Mary Poppins. I think they would have connected with it better if we had watched the Classic Disney movie Mary Poppins first).
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling : 4 Stars
(They really got a kick out of the stories and characters in Just So Stories. It’s all about talking animals, and they loved that.)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz : 4 Stars
(My kids really loved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We usually listen to audiobooks in the car, but we actually listened to this book at the table during breakfast. They would ask for it with their breakfast.)
The Wind in the Willows : 2 Stars
(This really surprised me, but my kids weren’t big fans of The Wind in the Willows. This surprised me because it’s about talking animals and their adventures. But, I think the storyline was a little slow for their ages. I loved it and finished it without them!)
We are currently listening to The Railway Children. I can’t give any feedback because we just started it.
Do you listen to audiobooks with your family? Share your favorites!
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