Over the summer, our kids have gotten hooked on audiobooks in the car, especially during longer drives or even just while running errands around town. At ages three and five, they are absorbed in the chapter books, and it keeps them engaged each time we hop into the car. Studies have also shown that by just listening to books, children increase their attention span, ability to focus, and comprehension skills. Plus an excellent narrator can add so much to a classic tale. Sometimes even the author reads the story, which I think is a best case scenario.
Anyway, if you’ve never tried it or rely mainly on movies in the car, I would highly, highly recommend these books as a great place to start:
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White, narrated by E.B. White
Henry Huggins, by Beverly Cleary, narrated by Neil Patrick Harris
Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, narrated by Cherry Jones
Stuart Little, by E.B. White, narrated by Julie Harris
Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie, narrated by Lily Collins
We often pick up audiobook CDs from the library, especially for long car trips. However you can also try a 30-day free trial of Audible, an Amazon company, offering the world’s largest selection of digital audiobooks and spoken word content to listen to anytime and anywhere. The trial comes with 2 free audiobooks of your choice. Also be sure to check with your library, as many have free e-audiobooks that you can check out (basically a download with a time limit).