Spring Break is coming up for a lot of our students and lots of our families will be taking road trips. What better time to feature our audiobook collection? My librarian Miss A created this display to promote our audiobooks (and their print counterparts):
We have lots of great audiobooks in our collection, but often families need a little help finding titles that make great listens for the whole family. The best family listens will entertain kids of all ages, as well as the adults in the car. Here are some of my favorite family listens to recommend for road trips.
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy, read by Katherine Kellgren. Listening Library, 2012. Kids will delight in this delightful animal tale, while teens and adults will enjoy catching all the Dickens references woven into the story.
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl, read by Richard E. Grant. HarperAudio, 2005. Roald Dahl’s many books make great family listens. His imaginative stories will appeal to kids and adults may enjoy revisiting some of their childhood favorites! It looks like many of Roald Dahl’s audiobooks are due to be rereleased by Penguin Audio this spring and summer.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2009. This audiobook is great for families with tweens or teens and the story has a lot of crossover appeal for adults, too. Alan Cumming narrates the story with an expert touch, switching between many different accents with ease.
The Maze of Bones (39 Clues #1) by Rick Riordan, read by David Pittou. Scholastic Audio, 2008. The rip-roaring adventure of the 39 Clues series is brought to life with excellent narration by David Pittou. This is a great choice for families with school age kids and tweens who like adventure stories.
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo, read by Ron McLarty. Listening Library, 2006. Mercy Watson is like a combination of Curious George and Dennis the Menace. The Mercy Watson audiobook collections are great family listens for families with young kids.
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, read by Bahni Turpin. Listening Library, 2011. Bahni Turpin’s excellent narration absolutely brings this tale to life with its madcap action and the best alien voice I’ve ever heard.
What awesome family listens would you recommend?
— Abby Johnson, Children’s Manager
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
New Albany, IN