This week’s blog is a guest post from Cristen, Youth Services Supervisor at the Macon County Public Library. She’s going to tell us about children’s audiobooks with the assistance of a bright young lady by the name of Tessa. Enjoy!
I don’t know about your family, but my family spends a lot of time in the car! Up until my daughter, Tessa, was about 4 years old, we listened to children’s music. But after 4 years of listening to kids’ music, we had grown a bit tired of it. At 4 years of age, I didn’t know if Tess would have the attention span to listen to chapter books. We gave it a try though and started with the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne. Tess loved them because, as she says, “they have cool adventures and the adventures weren’t too scary.”
Our whole family’s absolute favorite is the Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling. Even my husband, who initially wasn’t enthusiastic about listening to a children’s book, loved the Harry Potter books. On several trips to Pennsylvania, these audiobooks have helped time fly by (and helped us all keep our sanity). About the books, Tess said, “They were really, really interesting and exciting and the characters were funny.” Jim Dale, the narrator of the Harry Potter audiobook series, is amazing! As a narrator, he has won 2 Grammy awards and has 7 Grammy nominations.
Jim Dale also narrates the Peter and the Starcatcher series, which we are currently listening to, and again he did an incredible job. Tess has enjoyed these books “because of the battles, but not too much blood and guts.” Some of her other favorites and the reasons why (in her own words) –
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary “because a mouse was riding a little boy’s toy motorcycle!”
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate “because of the happy ending.”
- The Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald Sobol “because they have cool mysteries and not scary mysteries.”
- Matilda by Roald Dahl “because it was kind of like Harry Potter but different.”
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder “because it was far back in time.”
Over the past 3 years, we’ve listened to over 100 children’s audiobooks! We’re very fortunate that with our library card we have many options for listening to children’s audiobooks. We can borrow CD audiobooks from libraries throughout North Carolina using NC Cardinal. We can also download audiobooks for free from OneClick Digital and Overdrive. So, if you want to save yourself from hearing “Are we there yet?” and if you want to build your child’s vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, audiobooks are the way to go!