Audiobooks are great for kids to listen to as bedtime stories, or to keep them amused on long car journeys. The best books (and the best narrators) will fire their imaginations and keep them entertained and enthralled. Especially with younger kids, however, it won't just be kids listening. Parents and older siblings are often listening along as well. That's why, in our selection we've tried to make sure they appeal to kids and grownups alike.
If you've listened to all of these and are looking for the most recently published books, we also have a list of the best audiobooks for kids of 2020 or the best audiobooks for teens, according to the 2020 Audie Awards.
¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat
by Raúl the Third, narrated by Gary Tiedemann
by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome, narrated by Shayna Small and Dion Graham
When Stars Are Scattered
by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson, narrated by Faysal Ahmed (and full cast)
Before the Ever After
by Jacqueline Woodson, narrated by Guy Lockard
King and the Dragonflies
by Kacen Callender, narrated by Ron Butler
Whether you’re on a car journey or sitting on the sofa together at home, listening to audiobooks with kids can be an incredible experience. Some will make you laugh, some will make you weep. Many will help us develop empathy for other human beings in the world around us. Here Emily Connelly, Assistant Editor at AudioFile, talks us through the magazine’s choices of the best audiobooks for kids of 2020.
Audiobooks are a great way to keep teenagers entertained and informed. Mary Burkey, an expert on kids’ audiobooks, and Robin Whitten, editor and founder of AudioFile magazine, talk us through the wonderful titles that were finalists in this year’s Audie Awards in the ‘young adult’ category.