We are an audiobook family. Our third grader especially enjoys finding new books to listen to while he cleans his room. Although he’s usually listening to something new, there are a few books he comes back to again and again. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard parts of these stories when I walk past his room after lunch. If you’re looking for something for the young reader in your life, here are 6 of his favorites and 6 similar reads (because when you have a child listening to a book a day, there’s no such thing as too many books!):
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo was his first favorite audiobook. He listened to this one three separate times the year he turned six. Almost three years later, this WWI story is still part of the regular rotation. I’d also recommend Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli was my favorite book in third grade, so I’m ridiculously pleased that he loves it. When I asked him to tell me his favorite audiobooks, this was the very first one on his list. I’d also recommend Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin. I was surprised how much he liked this book, despite the fact that it came highly recommended by just about everyone I know. Every time he listens to it, he spends dinnertime telling us all kinds of things I forgot (or never knew) about Benedict Arnold. I’d also recommend Two Miserable Presidents or another of the Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You series by the same author.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald is a family favorite, although some of the humor is lost on the younger children. We listened to this one on a family trip last spring and it’s been a regular part of his audiobook rotation ever since. I’d also recommend Half Magic by Edward Eager.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. He has listened to this one so many times that he dressed as Percy Jackson for Halloween last year. Percy and his friends are a little older, so some parents prefer to wait on this series, but it’s been a huge hit at our house. I’d also recommend Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson.
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl is his current favorite book by one of his all-time favorite authors. When he started listening to audiobooks, he preferred The Fantastic Mr. Fox or The BFG. Now that he’s older, I find him requesting George’s Marvelous Medicine and The Twits. I’d also recommend a collection of stories like The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar and Six More.
All of these favorite audiobooks are available through our local library’s OverDrive account. We’re getting ready to subscribe to Audible, however, and our listening choices are going to be much broader. Do you have any favorite titles we should consider? Summer is coming up and heaven knows we need them!