6 ways to prepare for the new school year with audiobooks

It’s almost time to head back to school! Have your kids finished their summer reading yet? Learn how audiobooks can prepare students for the school year ahead.

1. Finish your summer reading lists on your family road trip.
Summer is winding down and if your summer reading list is far from complete, never fear! Audiobooks can help! Kids can finish their summer reading on your Labor Day family road trip. Find family road trip listening picks here.

2. Look for this year’s assigned reading titles on audiobook.
Did you know? Many of the classics read in school every year are also available on audiobook! Check out our classic fiction collection for some required reading titles on audio.

3. Bring an audiobook on car rides so you’re always ready to listen.
Whether you’re on the way to school or sports practice, turn anytime into reading time! Listening to an audio is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. Watch how fun it can be in our new video (below). Plus, find more back-to-school listening recommendations here.

4. Press play during playtime.
Turn on an audiobook while your kids are playing—for example, try listening during arts and crafts time to keep kids engaged while they work. Once playtime is over, audiobooks are also a great way to wind down for nap-time or relax before bed. Check out our bedtime listens collection for more soothing audio picks.

5. Audiobooks are not cheating! Try listening with struggling readers.
Did you know 30% of students are auditory learners?* Audiobooks are a great resource for struggling and reluctant readers. They expose listeners to new vocabulary, providing a demonstration of fluent reading and correct pronunciation. Learn more about the literacy benefits of audiobooks here.

6. Sneak science and history into your daily listening for an entertaining and educational experience.
Inspire young listeners to learn computer science and technology with these new Girls Who Code audios! Author Reshma Saujani told The New York Times, “I wanted to create a series of books that girls could see themselves in, where you could sneak in the algorithms and you sneak in the coding.” Listen to a clip read by the author here.
For history buffs, try the Who Was series. These short, kid-friendly accounts of historical events and famous figures are like podcasts for little listeners. With fascinating facts and captivating narration, the whole family can learn a lot from these listens. Plus, don’t miss the new Who Was? Netflix series, coming soon! View our full collection of Who Was? audios here.

*Hoskisson & Tompkins, 1991