man and woman in a car with Marcus Makes a Movie on the dashboard
Books That Play: Summer Listens for the Family

Family road trips can be tough, especially when you’re tasked with entertaining everyone ages 1 to 92. Transform your travel (and little listeners’ summer reading) with audiobooks that bring the laughs, bring the smarts, and bring the conversation.

Author: Geoff Rodkey and Kevin Hart
Read By: Kevin Hart

Marcus is NOT happy to be stuck in after-school film class…until he realizes he can turn the story of the superhero he’s been drawing for years into an actual MOVIE! The laughs don’t stop in this audiobook written and read by superstar Kevin Hart.

Author: Eve L. Ewing
Read By: Bahni Turpin

From award-winning author Eve Ewing and narrator Bahni Turpin comes Maya and the Robot: a middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend — and a science fair project.

From rising country star Jimmie Allen comes a lyrical celebration of the many types of voices that can effect change. My Voice is a Trumpet, coming at a time when issues of social justice are at the forefront, is the perfect book to teach children that they’re not too young to express what they believe in.

Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers, this read-aloud board book series adapted for audio offers adults the opportunity to start important conversations in a safe and supported way. Being You begins the conversation on gender.

Tomorrow is Kalamata’s first day at a new school, and she’s nervous! Luckily for Kalamata, magic is right in her own kitchen! In Kalamata’s Kitchen, Kalamata and her alligator friend, Al Dente, transport themselves to a magical land filled with tasty ingredients, and she realizes being brave is exciting!

Author: Frank Berrios
Read By: Jade Wheeler

Waffles and Mochi return to throw a Pickle Party! Their friend Kennedy loves all kinds of pickled food. But when they try to get pickles for her birthday party, Waffles and Mochi learn that pickles aren’t made quickly.


Packed road trip schedule this year? Find all the listens you’ll need in our full Summer Family Listening collection.