Audiobooks for Kids: Benefits and Surefire Family Favorites!

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Audiobooks for kids are amazing.

Seriously amazing. The engagement of a screen…without a screen!

They’re learning and using their imaginations and OCCUPIED (cue the Hallelujah chorus, folks).

No, really.

Okay, sorry, back to the subject.

I truly adore my kiddos. I do. I wanted nothing more than to be their mommy.

But good grief does it feel nice to have something to entertain them with on occasion that’s not me or a TV or a huge, ahem, mess (don’t worry, they still get to make plenty of these on the daily!).

Oh and car rides. Audiobooks for kids and car rides are maybe the best idea ever.

I can still remember listening to audiobooks on long car rides with my Nana. I loved them then, but I totally get it now.

We had amazing chats, but really, how many games of “I Spy” or “Punch Buggy” can you play on a 5 hour car ride with a 4 year old before you rip your hair out?


Plus audiobooks for kids are amazing for their little brains.

Benefits of Audiobooks for Kids:

Audiobooks are amazing learning tools for all ages. Whether your kids are not even reading yet or entering middle school, they can gain so many skills from simply listening to audiobooks. They can be perfect for car rides, waiting for appointments, or even to help resistant sleepers fall asleep at night. Some of their many benefits include:

With an audiobook, your child can become fully engaged in an activity that practices listening without even realizing they’re building that skill. We all know practice makes perfect, and with as much practice listening as they can get with good audiobooks, you might start to notice improvements in other areas that require listening (no promises on better toy clean-up compliance though, haha!).

Since your child can hear an entire passage in context without stumbling through the language they might find difficult they are better able to understand what is happening in a story.

  • Improves speaking skills

The more children hear spoken language the more vocabulary they learn as well as how to properly use it. Hearing people speak builds up their own language skills.

Since a child can easily follow along in an actual physical book while listening to an audiobook they can get excited figuring out how different letters create the words they are hearing. Listening to an audiobook and reading at the same time can help readers learn phonics skills (and can also prevent frustration if they’re struggling).

  • Encourages reading motivation

As mentioned previously, by circumventing some of the frustrations a child may encounter trying to read on their own, audiobooks help kids stay excited about reading. They also open a new world of reading opportunities by allowing kids to pick books that interest them beyond their current reading abilities. In this way audiobooks can also help children move forward as readers as they see how much more there is to discover as they become more competent.

  • Practices focused attention

Because children become immersed in the story they are listening to they also get good practice on focusing their attention on their current activity. Unlike a TV show they are not constantly distracted by everything from flashy animation to targeted commercials and instead can be mindful in the flow of the story.

Since audiobooks lack pictures and animation, children are forced to create images in their minds as they listen. This is a critical skill that benefits from use as often as possible. It can be fun to have kids draw pictures or act out what they’ve imagined as they have listened to their audiobooks.

How to Make Listening to Audiobooks for Kids Work in Your Family:

  • Introduce audiobooks as a joint adventure at first

Our kids want to spend time with us, they want our attention. If you begin introducing audiobooks by making it about doing something special together they’re automatically going to be more interested. Perhaps you can play an audiobook in the car to keep everyone happy running errands, and provide plenty to chat about during stops!

Giving kids the ability to become completely absorbed in their audiobooks is a precious gift. When they have the proper equipment like their very own sturdy set of noise-canceling (and volume-limiting!) headphones they’re going to be more keen to listen to their audiobooks.

  • Help your kids pick out audiobooks that truly interest them

Don’t try to force your own tastes onto your kiddos, let them explore the world of books (within reason of course). Let them choose books beyond their current reading level. Let them explore new interests. Show them books you loved when you were little, or still love today, but follow their lead.

  • Show interest in the audiobooks they’re listening to

It feels great to be asked questions about a book you’re enjoying, and your kids thrive on your loving attention. Asking them thoughtful questions about the books they love helps them develop better reading skills and makes them even more excited to share their reading adventures with you.

  • Let them see you enjoying audiobooks too

We all know for better or for worse that our children are copycats. You know good and well that they’re going to notice you eating chocolate before dinner. They’re also going to copy other things they see you doing, like listening to audiobooks, so set the example and they will follow.

Anywho, here are some of our absolute favorite audiobooks for kids that I hope you love too! We love our audiobooks and recommend you try Audible and get two free audiobooks!

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Always a soothing classic, these stories will bring smiles of delight to parents and children alike as you adventure along with Rat, Mole, and Toad.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
What’s not to love in this topsy turvy lovable tale? Children love the fantastical world and experiences Alice encounters along her way to find the White Rabbit.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Sure to be requested again and again, the adventures that happen around this magical nanny are sure to delight all ages.

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes

At times hilarious and at others a bit poignant, experiencing life through this family’s ups and downs is sure to please.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Such a fun story that will get kids giggling in delight! A mouse riding a motorcycle?! How absurdly fun!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Following Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road is an adventure every child needs to experience!

The Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary

This series is sure to please girls and boys alike with the lovable Romana, Beezus, Henry and Ribsy.

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Kids are sure to love following the cricket, mouse and cat through their adventures together in New York City!

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh is dear to many for obvious reasons, he and his friends are completely delightful and full of life lessons in their play and adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.

So while audiobooks for kids keep your little ones occupied, why don’t you skip the dishes and practice some self-care?

You can’t pour from an empty cup, sweet mama.

This mama wants to know:

Which audiobooks are your favorites from this list? Do you have recommendations for me? How are audiobooks for kids going to improve your life?

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