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Kids’ Audiobooks

on August 9, 2013

Not too long ago, I posted about the “Benefits of Comics” bookmark I made for caregivers. Now, I made a similar one about kids’ audiobooks. On the front side of the bookmark is a list of benefits of audiobooks, and on the back is a recommended booklist. I have them in a little stand in the middle of the audiobooks shelves for anyone to take.


  • Use sound effects, music, and multiple voices to make books come alive!
  • Provide a model of fluent reading.
  • Increase listening skills.
  • Help children develop a sense of narrative structure.
  • Encourage children to think critically, use imagination, and make connections.
  • Increase vocabulary.
  • Inspire children to read aloud with inflection and intonation.
  • Are a great way to introduce children to books above their reading level.

Recommended Listening

Grades K-2

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Audio Collection. Read by the author.
Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh. Read by Jim Broadbent.
Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic Treehouse Collection: Books 1-8. Read by the author.
Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine. Read by Jessica Almassy.
Steig, William. The One and Only Shrek: Plus 5 Other Stories. Read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci.

Grades 3-5

Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Read by Jim Dale.
Clements, Andrew. No Talking. Read by Keith Nobbs.
Funke, Cornelia. Ghost Knight. Read by Elliot Hill.
Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Read by Janet Song.
Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship. Read by Dion Graham.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Read by Jim Dale.
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. Read by the author.

Grades 6-8

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women. Read by Kate Reading.
Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. Read by the author.
Levine, Kristen. The Lions of Little Rock. Read by Julia Whelan.
Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Read by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd.
Reedy, Trent. Words in the Dust. Read by Ariana Delawari.
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. Read by Rob Inglis.


The Literacy Benefits of Listening.” Scholastic.
Olivera, Monica. “Using audiobooks to boost your child’s literacy.” NBC Latino.
Johnson, Denise. “Benefits of Audiobooks for All Readers.” Reading rockets.
Hannegan, Lizette & Grover, Sharon. Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy.



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