More time in the car – anyone tried children’s audiobooks? And some recs for books we like and how to get free ones!

Back to school time – do you love it or hate it? I feel bittersweet about it and seem to have the lyrics from “Sunrise, Sunset” stuck in my head constantly (“seedlings grow overnight to sunflowers. . .” And my kids aren’t even that old!) It definitely means a lot more time in the car this year, so we’re trying out children’s audiobooks. We did books with CDs from the library but could never restart where we’d start, so I was excited to see that Amazon is offering a free trial of its Audible service.

Somehow I can’t edit the link, so it says Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks but when I clicked through it offered me a three month free trial, I believe because I have Amazon Prime. In addition to books for me for the commute, they have kids books ranging from Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl to Charlotte’s Web and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (can I be the only person who read that book growing up? Everyone looks at me blankly but I loved it). I’ll put a list to more titles I recommend below. They also let you sort by age group (0-4, 5-7, 8-10), length, type, and various categories (classics, animals, etc).

image Obviously I am not suggesting that you stop talking to your kids in the car and just listen to books, but I thought it would be a pretty neat thing to do sometime, and then you could also talk about the book. I’m also planning to try a chapter while making dinner one night, or try alternating listening to a chapter with me reading a chapter or them reading a chapter (as the ability grows, of course!)  Anyone ever tried this and what did you think? Any favorite books to recommend?

Here are some books we’ve liked and some old favorites that we’re looking forward to trying out:

Oh, and one last one that I don’t quite understand. . .

Have you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Have you perhaps read it 7,000 times, in fact? Then you will understand how the whole book is so short as to be a sample unto itself. . .

Have you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Have you perhaps read it 7,000 times, in fact? Then you will understand how the whole book is so short as to be a sample unto itself. . .


Don’t have Prime? Here’s their free trial link copied overl: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

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  1. Pingback: Children’s audiobooks, part 2 – your recommendations and an evaluation of Audible, Hoopla, and more | momlifehacker

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