In today’s episode, I’m answering several of your questions about audio books for kids. Let’s talk favorite narrators, whether audio books hold you children back from learning to read on their own, and more.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how to choose winning narrators
  • whether it’s holding our kids back to let them listen to lots of audio
  • how I handle books in a series
  • whether or not to assign books during quiet reading time
  • when your husband is not a big reader

Listener Guide:

4:58Choosing audio book narrators
11:19Are we holding our kids back by using audio books?
17:19What are your thoughts on introducing higher level books to young kids?
22:10How do you handle reading aloud books from a series?
26:44Should I assign books for my son to read during quiet time?
29:58What to do when your husband isn’t a reader
33:48Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

“There is no greater impetus or motivation for (a child) to want to be a reader than to love stories.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“There’s really nothing so powerful to help your child become a reader for life as to fall in love with the regular habit of free, voluntary reading.” – Sarah Mackenzie

Some of my favorite narrators:

  • Jim Dale
  • Katherine Kellgren
  • Cherry Jones
  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Stephen Fry
  • Meryl Streep
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Glenn Close
  • Jack Nicholson

Some of my favorite audio books for kids:

Miss Rumphius
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small
A Bear Called Paddington
Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics, Volume 1
Anna Hibiscus
The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection
The Henry Huggins Audio Collection
The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection
Once Upon a Time Saints
Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad All Year
Frog and Toad Together
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [with Biographical Introduction]
The Trumpet of the Swan
Princess Cora and the Crocodile
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows
Just So Stories
The Chronicles of Narnia Complete Audio Collection
The Green Ember
Peter Pan
Matilda
Poppy
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
Kaya: An American Girl
Astrid the Unstoppable
The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking, Book 1)
Adventures with Waffles
A Place to Hang the Moon
Wonderland
The Hobbit (Recorded Books)
Felicity: An American Girl
The Gilded Girl
Kit: An American Girl
Addy: An American Girl
Samantha: An American Girl
Josefina: An American Girl
Echo
The Story of God’s Love for You
Bud, Not  Buddy
Brown Girl Dreaming
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood
When Stars Are Scattered
Lovely War
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
Emma
Pride & Prejudice
Miss Buncle’s Book
Murder on the Orient Express
Fountains of Silence
Middlemarch
Animal Farm
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel
Secrets of a Charmed Life
The Downstairs Girl
The Dutch House
The One in a Million Boy
The Practice: Shipping Creative Work
Atomic Habits
The Last Bookshop in London
Once Upon a Wardrobe
The Last Train to Key West
The Wild Robot
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables #1)
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Betsy-Tacy
The Penderwicks
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
The Penderwicks in Spring
The Screwtape Letters
Kirsten: An American Girl
Rebecca: An American Girl
Tuesdays at the Castle
Redwall: Redwall, Book 1
Little House in the Big Woods: Little House, Book 1
Charlotte’s Web
Pippi Longstocking
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Anne of Green Gables

Books from this episode:

Matilda
Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)
The Chronicles of Narnia (Box Set)
The Ramona Collection, Vol. 1: Beezus and Ramona / Ramona the Pest / Ramona the Brave / Ramona and Her Father [4 Book Box set]
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
Secrets of a Charmed Life
50 Famous Stories Retold
A Christmas Carol
Anne of Green Gables
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Penderwicks
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition

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