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.