“Are we there yet?”If you’re hitting the road this summer, there is nothing worse than a car full of bored family members. Instead of leaving everyone to their own tablets, devices, and headphones, consider listening to audio books instead. Not only are audio books immersive and imagination-stimulating, but they can also encourage even the most reluctant readers to get engaged in a story. The following are a few of our favorite family-friendly audio books, perfect for road trips this summer.
- Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
Even children too young to read the novels will enjoy listening to the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Expertly read by British actor Jim Dale, the Harry Potter series is a perfect way to introduce brave children as young as six to the series.
- Magic Tree House collection – Mary Pope Osborne
With more than 40 of the Magic Tree House titles available as audio books, there are more than enough titles for a summer’s worth of road trips. Adventurous children will love Jack and Annie’s adventures with their Magic Tree House – and parents will love that each book has an educational or historical component.
- Matlida – Roald Dahl
The story of an exceptional young girl who learns to fight back against injustice with her own remarkable powers, Matilda is a beloved children’s classic that comes to life on audio book. Fans of Matilda will also like the Roald Dahl Audio Collection, in which the author himself narrates five of his works including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Enormous Crocodile, and The Magic Finger.
- The Incredible Journey – Sheila Burnford
An indomitable trio of pets crosses the country to get back to their beloved owners. Suitable for children as young as six, set the stage for The Incredible Journey when driving through the country or woods.
- A Long Way From Chicago – Richard Peck
If your family is driving to Grandma’s house this summer, make sure to listen to A Long Way From Chicago. For seven summers starting in 1929, a pair of siblings visit their grandmother in rural Illinois, discovering many adventures along the way.