Ten years ago, I fell in love with audiobooks. I felt torn because I had adult books I wanted to read and prize winning children’s books that deserved my attention. There wasn’t time to read everything. Audiobooks became part of the solution!
Audiobooks are great for the whole family. Consider taking them along on your next road trip. Here are my favorite recorded books:
Not only are the Harry Potter books great adventure stories, they are also hilarious, especially when narrator, Jim Dale creates over 200 voices and special effects for the wizards, muggles, goblins and house-elves that pass through Hogwarts. These volumes are among the top selling audiobooks of all time. Children who have already read these books will notice things they missed the first time.
Country music singer and actor, Lyle Lovett, brings Kathi Appelt’s adventure tale, The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp to life. Two raccoon scouts, Bingo and J’miah, must wake the Sugarman, A Yeti creature, when trouble comes to the swamp. And trouble is coming! Jaeger Stitch, world-class alligator wrestler, plans to turn the peaceful swamp into the world’s tackiest theme park. To make matters worse, a gang of feral hogs are attacking the swamp. Lovett has the perfect southern drawl. This story appeals to a wide range of ages.
Don’t let the cost of audiobooks discourage you. Many are available at the public library. Services like Audible and Hoopla are also making these books more accessible.
In the 1940s, a Baptist pastor from Georgia, traveled to Germany to learn more about the Protestant Reformation. He was so inspired by the work of church reformer, Martin Luther, that he changed his name from Michael King to Martin Luther King Sr. He also changed the name of his five year old to Martin Luther King Jr.
Princess Harriett Hambone isn’t your typical princess, even for a hamster. She doesn’t like getting all dressed up and hanging around the palace. She dislikes her etiquette lessons. She doesn’t want to be sad or melancholy like other princesses. She loves ridiing her quail, Mumsey, and pretending to slay dragons.
Harriet’s parents can’t help but be a little overprotective. They know that their daughter is under the curse of the wicked fairy, Ratshade (listed third on Fairy-God Mouse Today’s Most Wicked List.)
Ratshade showed up uninvited to baby Harriet’s christening party and cast a spell. On her 12th birthday, Harriet will prick her finger on a hamster wheel and fall into a deep sleep. There are three conditions:
- Harriet will not need food or water while asleep.
- She will not need to use the bathroom.
- The kiss of a prince will wake her.
Harriet’s parents tell her about the spell on her tenth…
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