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Every year we road trip from Chicagoland to the Adirondacks.
If you haven’t been to these wonderful mountains, you really do owe yourself a family trip.
The Adirondacks are such a magical place. But the drive can be long, and we use children audio books to keep us all engaged during the trip.
Here are 20 terrific audio books that are sure to be a hit with your children.
My boys haven’t been introduced to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle yet… I think that will definitely be on our list this year!
Benefits of Audio Books for Kids
Audio books offer many benefits for children, making them a great alternative to traditional reading.
Listening to stories helps to build vocabulary, comprehension and language skills in children.
Audio books also help to engage children’s imaginations and promote a love of reading by bringing stories to life through sound and narration.
In addition, audio books are a great tool for children who struggle with reading or have reading difficulties, as they can provide a way for these children to access stories and information in a way that is accessible to them.
Plus, audio books can also be a fun way for families to enjoy stories together, whether on long car rides or during quiet times at home.
Avi’s swashbuckling tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas has a fascinating twist: the heroine is a 13-year-old girl. In 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards a ship bound for America and is caught in a battle between a mad captain and his ruthless crew.
If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure story for girls, you’ll find it in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
“Money, money, money…I love money, money, money” is Fudge’s new theme song. He’s drawing dollar signs for breakfast, thumbing through catalogs at bedtime, and making enough “Fudge Bucks” so he can buy the whole world (or at least Toys “R” Us).
Fudge’s latest obsession is driving his brother, Peter, crazy!
But life really spins out of control when Peter and his family meet their long-lost relatives, the Howie Hatchers of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Not only does Peter have to deal with the Natural Beauties, his annoying twin cousins who burst into song at the drop of a hat, but also their weird little brother.
When Fudge discovers he’s not the only Farley Drexel Hatcher in the world, look out!
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: He was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost.
Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes’ camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis.
And along the way, we are shown a true miracle, that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
The Sands of Time is the tale of four nuns who are abruptly forced to flee the secure environment of their Spanish convent and face a hostile world they long ago abandoned.
Suddenly these four women find themselves pawns in a violent struggle between the outlawed Basque underground movement, led by the charismatic Jaime Miro, and the Spanish army, under the command of the vengeful Colonel Ramon Acoca, who is bent on destroying all of them.
Megan, the orphan, would give anything to learn the identity of her parents. She fights against her overpowering attractions for the legendary and idealistic Jaime Miro.
Lucia, the fiery Sicilian beauty, is wanted by the police, but risks her future and fortune for a dying revolutionary. Even the serenity of the convent cannot erase Graciela’s nightmares of the past. How can she again face a world of carnal love?
It is Teresa whose confused conscience finally drives her to seek help from Colonel Ramon Acoca, a terrible mistake that will betray her friends.
As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem.
Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent on destroying the abbey’s tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall.
This dazzling story in the Redwall series is packed with wit, wisdom, humor, and blood-curdling adventure, but has the added bonus of taking the listener to the heart and soul of Redwall Abbey and the characters who live there.
On the brink of adulthood (not to mention a whole new century), Rosie makes her first trip to the big city, along with her wide-eyed siblings and their rascally old granddad.
There, amidst the wonders of the fair, Rosie discovers the world and herself, while also coming face-to-face with some of the era’s most famous people – including showgirl Lillian Russell and Colonel William F. Cody (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill).
Here is another wondrously rich, varied, clever – and always funny – collection.
Meet Miss Misinformation, Swami Gourami, and Gladiola Gloppe (and her Soup Shoppe), and delight in a backwards poem, a poem that ever ends, and scores of others that will be changed, read, and loved by readers of every age.
The Prelutsky-Stevenson duo is irresistible. Whether you begin at the beginning or start the CD at random, you won’t stop smiling.
Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City – the Times Square subway station.
Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still if he hadn’t followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone’s picnic basket.
Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guides – and friends – than Tucker and Harry.
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne is a classic novel filled with wonder and adventure.
The story begins when London native Phileas Fogg attempts to win a wager by attempting to travel around the world in 80 days.
Fogg accompanied by his newly hired valet, Jean Passepartout, sets off on his adventure on October 2, 1872.
In order to win the bet, Fogg is expected to return at the same time on December 21st, 1872; exactly 80 days from his departure. Although Fogg has his route perfectly planned, several mishaps challenge him along the way.
Complete with a love story and a race against time, Around the World in 80 Days is a fast-paced action packed adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
tuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat.
Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure.
Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life.
He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?
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