I recently spent 12 hours in a car with my 3-year-old and 1-year-old, and it was madness. My neck muscles are actually stiff from craning around so often to answer their questions, hand them snacks and toys, and do my best to keep everyone's sanity intact. We survived, but only because I had loaded up my phone with audiobooks. I swear by them. So if you're wondering what audiobooks to download for your kids that you will find interesting, too, I've got you covered.
Early on, my husband and I made a commitment to raise our kids in a basically "screen-free" environment. Now, that ethos was certainly put to the test on this most recent road trip, when all I wanted to do was shove my tablet at them and say "watch anything, anything at all", just to buy myself some quiet moments. Yet, with the audiobooks I had on hand, we did okay and I feel good knowing that I was doing something positive for their developing minds. Audiobooks can help introduce children to books above their reading level, foster critical listening skills, and introduce new vocabulary, according to Reading Rockets.
If you're worried that queuing up a kid's book on the car speakers will drive you nuts, don't worry. There are some good ones out there that you'll actually enjoy, and you'll be sad when it's over.
Time of Wonder
You may be familiar with Robert McCloskey's more famous children's books, Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal. But Time of Wonder, another great book of his, is perfect to enjoy in audio format. It's about the sights and sounds of nature in Maine, and it's pretty poetic.
There's a reason that Winnie the Pooh is beloved by children the world over. Listening to the soothing voice of Peter Dennis narrate the stories of Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, and all of the other wonderful characters in A.A. Milne's universe, is a real treat.
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Berenstain Bears' Stories
I grew up reading the Berenstain Bears books, so it's fun to introduce my daughters to the goofy bear characters. The audio CDs have some great stories on them, but be forewarned, the old-timey narration and accompanying music can get a little grating. This is a good audiobook to whip out for quick hits of entertainment, but not for hours of listening — that is, if you want to still like the Berenstain Bears at the end of it.