August is Family Fun Month. Many families use these precious last weeks before school starts to travel together. One way to make getting there and back a little more pleasant is by listening to an audiobook.
For road trips where everyone will be listening to the same thing, it can be hard to find exactly the right audiobook. In any given car thereâ€™s a variety of ages and interests, plus you want something that will keep everyoneâ€™s spirits up and wonâ€™t make anyone in the car blush or squirm (at least not too much). Here are some suggestions:
If the car has early-elementary schoolers:
My mom read Charlotteâ€™s Web aloud to my sister and me when we were growing up, and we were charmed by the childrenâ€™s classic. When I first started at Listening Library, it was recommended that I experience Charlotteâ€™s Web again by listening to the audio. Iâ€™m glad I did. Author E. B. Whiteâ€™s narration adds an extra layer of nuance to the story of farm life and friendship. My favorite aspect of the audio is the voice Mr. White uses for Templeton.
Listen to an excerpt CHARLOTTE’S WEB
If the car has kids nearly in middle school:
Send the Swiss Family Robinson to an island similar to the one on the hit TV show Lost, and youâ€™ve pretty much got the Shipwreck Island series by S. A. Bodeen. Fair warning: just like Lost, once you start this series, itâ€™s very hard to stop.
Listen to an excerpt SHIPWRECK ISLAND, BOOKS 1-2
If the car has seasoned middle schoolers:
If the car has high schoolers: