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Audio books for long journeys

Audio books are a great way of passing the time on a long journey. Lots of our favourite picture books have great accompanying CDs so if you are looking for in car or in flight entertainment here are some that we really like. There are so many more that we could have included, we’d love to hear which audio books you enjoy listening to.

The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales continues to be a favourite and with twenty stories the CD keeps us entertained for a while. The stories are accompanied by sound effects so we really do hear Farmer Dray’s chainsaw and Ted’s tractor crashing into the pond 🙂

Giles Andreae’s rhyming text is accompanied by a wonderful calypso beat in Giraffes Can’t Dance. With such catchy music we can understand how Gerald the Giraffe turns into such a great dancer!

Doing the Animal Bop is also accompanied by some great music and I’ve often used the CD in the Early Years classroom. Children love to ‘Do the Animal Bop’ especially when their teacher joins in!

The sound effects in the Winnie the Witch audio books add a comedy element and really do bring Winnie’s amusing adventures alive. We find the noisy bed springs particularly funny 🙂

The fun, rhyming text in Lift the Flap Fairy Tales is wonderfully narrated by Anna Chancellor. She reads the stories twice, once with page turning sounds and once without.

Nosy Crow’s books have been great entertainment on long journeys as many have a free audio reading of the book. My daughter particularly enjoys The Princess and the PeasShifty McGifty and Slippery Sam and Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter. All of the stories are read by children.

Now we’re moving into chapter books we’re enjoying stories from my childhood. Paddington and My Naughty Little Sister are two favourites but we would really appreciate any recommendations  you may have for fun and entertaining audio chapter books.

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12 responses to “Audio books for long journeys”

  1. Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews avatar

    I used to love reading along with audio picture books when I was a kid. My all-time favorite was “Jamberry” by Bruce Degen. Thanks for sharing your recommendations with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    1. Catherine avatar

      Jamberry is a great book! I’ll look out for the audio book 🙂

  2. My Life As A Mummy avatar

    I used to love audio books when I was little. May have to invest in some for the kids.
    Thanks for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura x x x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Audio books are really useful, my daughter often listens to a CD at the time when she used to have a daytime sleep.

  3. Julie Grasso avatar

    Oh my goodness Catherine, I wish I had seen this post a week ago, LOL, we just took a car trip to Sydney, 10 hours either way lol. I will totally be getting some audio books for the next one. OOOhh, I didn’t realise Shifty McGifty was in audio book, I want that one in our collection. Thanks for a great list and for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Shifty McGifty is one of Nosy Crow’s Stories Aloud books. There is a code in the book that allows you to download an audio version.

  4. Reshama avatar

    I love audio books too. Our recent favorites has been Grace Lin’s Year of the Dog. These are especially good for long drives.
    Thanks for sharing on KidLit BlogHop this week Catherine.
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you so much for the suggestion Reshama. I’ve just looked up Year of the Dog and now I’m intrigued to read it 🙂

  5. Single Mother Ahoy avatar

    We bought our first proper audio book the other day, and S really enjoyed listening to it while I had a shower in the morning… might invest in a couple more!
    Thanks for linking up with #WeekendBlogHop!

    1. Catherine avatar

      They are really useful at home as well as in the car. As we don’t have a television we listen to them quite a lot.

  6. Lucinda Turner avatar

    Audio are books are great for helping develop listening skills. A few of my fave kids stories there 🙂 #weekendbloghop

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love children’s audio books but I’ve never really enjoyed adult audio books, I prefer to read for myself 🙂