Audiobooks are helpful for many struggling readers, people who are too busy to read, or readers who want to give their eyes a break for a while. As we’ve talked about in previous blog-posts, audiobooks can be a very helpful way to “read.” Audiobooks are proven to help children with reading disabilities become better readers and learners.
Sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. You may see that your library has many audiobooks available for your child, but it can be intimidating to know which ones that your child may like or want to listen to. To help you on your journey, I put together a list of some of my family’s favorites (wide variety of ages). Hope it helps and happy reading!
- The Ramona Quimby series. (read by Stockard Channing)
- The Henry Huggins series. (read by Neil Patrick Harris)
- Charlotte’s Web
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
- The Wind in the Willows
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- How to Train Your Dragon (Read by David Tennet)
- Alvin Ho series
- Wonder Series by R.J. Palacio (read by various narrators)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (or anything by Roald Dahl)
- Sammy Keyes Mysteries by Wendelin Van Draanen
Suggestions for younger kids
Suggestions for grade schoolers (and older)
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (and the whole Fudge series)
- Bunnicula (a little scary)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- How to Train Your Dragon series
Suggestions for middle school kids
- A Wrinkle in Time
- The Wizard of Oz (performed by Anne Hathaway)
- Peter and the Starcatchers (narrated by Dave Barry) This series is great, but it can be a little scary for some.
- The Mysterious Benedict Society