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:

Peter Pan
A Bear Called Paddington
Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne’s Pooh Classics, Volume 1
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection
The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking, Book 1)
Adventures with Waffles
The Henry Huggins Audio Collection
Bud, Not  Buddy
Brown Girl Dreaming
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad All Year
Frog and Toad Together
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [with Biographical Introduction]
Princess Cora and the Crocodile
Redwall: Redwall, Book 1
Little House in the Big Woods: Little House, Book 1
Pippi Longstocking
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Books from this episode:

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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