Nine Back-to-School Listens

When it comes to books, back-to-school time means finishing up required reading. However, there are plenty of engaging, fun, and insightful stories that kids can pick up to get back into the school mind-set. We have a wide selection for all ages, from the youngest school-age child to the older teenager.

 

The Llama Llama Audiobook Collection
Author: Anna Dewdney
Read By: Anna Dewdney

This collection of tales about everyone’s favorite llama begins with Llama Llama’s first day of preschool and includes stories on bullying, sharing, and learning.
Listen to an excerpt THE LLAMA LLAMA AUDIOBOOK COLLECTION

The Gooney Bird Collection
Author: Lois Lowry
Read By: Lee Adams

Listeners join Gooney Bird at Watertower Elementary School as she tells stories and schemes, in this humorous collection.
Listen to an excerpt THE GOONEY BIRD COLLECTION

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Author: Louis Sachar
Read By: Louis Sachar

These classic, wacky stories from Wayside School have delighted young readers for decades. They’re a fun read to get kids excited for school.
Listen to an excerpt SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL

Fish in a Tree

An emotionally charged, uplifting novel that speaks to everyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
Listen to an excerpt FISH IN A TREE

The Lightning Thief

If your child hasn’t read the Percy Jackson books, start now! Here Percy wrestles, not only with his dyslexia, but with the gods of Mount Olympus, who step out of the pages of his Greek-mythology textbook and accompany him to summer camp.
Listen to an excerpt THE LIGHTNING THIEF

Goodbye Stranger

From the author of the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me, this audiobook explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship.
Listen to an excerpt GOODBYE STRANGER

Twerp

“A vivid, absorbing story about one boy’s misadventure, heartache, and hope for himself.” —Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award‒winning author of When You Reach Me
Listen to an excerpt TWERP

Eleanor & Park

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Listen to an excerpt ELEANOR & PARK

Saints and Misfits
Author: S. K. Ali
Read By: Ariana Delawari

An unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern-day My So-Called Life, starring a Muslim teen.
Listen to an excerpt SAINTS AND MISFITS