Benefits of Audiobooks for Kids
Audiobooks count as reading.
Audiobooks are quiet.
Audiobooks are motivating for reluctant readers.
Audiobooks build reading skills such as these:
- background knowledge
- listening skills
How to Choose an Audiobook
If you’re wondering what book to pick, you may have to cross-reference the audio book with a regular book section to get the suggested age range — or sample page. In general:
2 – 4 years: short picture books
5 – 6 years: beginning chapter books
7 + years: chapter books
– Teach young children how to listen for the beep and turn only one page.
– Get kid headphones (for comfort and volume control) with a LONG cord for younger listeners.
Audiobooks We Love
Preschool – Kindergarten: Our all-time favorite picture audiobooks are anything by Doreen Cronin.
Kindergarten – Second Grade: Both my kids love the Magic Tree House books. I love that there are a zillion books — and they’re learning history.
Third Grade – Sixth Grade: Harry Potter of course! Drama, intrigue, magic . . .
Where to Find Good Audiobooks – FREE & Paid
The library. LOVE the library! It’s the place for free audiobooks.
You can borrow audiobooks to read from your library’s website. Each website will be different but generally you can get started with a downloads tab. Most libraries recommend the free Overdrive app.
However, you generally need to help your children go to the library website and choose audiobooks. We like to have titles in mind before we borrow, otherwise you can be searching for hours.
Once you borrow a book using your library card number, you’ll have three weeks to read / listen before you must return it or renew it. Isn’t that cool?!
Also look here for good titles:
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