Spring Break Family-Friendly Listens

Spring break family vacations are a lot of fun, but they can also be a little exhausting. Excitement for a road trip can quickly turn into one long “are we there yet?” drag; anticipation for a quick plane ride to visit grandparents can become a nightmare of delayed flights at the airport. Luckily, you can prevent all those traveling blues by picking out a few audiobooks that will keep the entire family entertained.

From engaging productions featuring full casts, sound effects, and music, to soulful, moving stories that will stay on your mind, here are a few audiobooks that should join you on your family’s spring break:

Max and the Midknights

Join Max’s quest to become a knight in this laugh-filled adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Big Nate series! This fun-filled production features a rollicking cast that makes the listening experience fun for the entire family.

“A full cast brings a ton of energy to this audiobook…Listeners can’t help but chuckle at the overlay of contemporary language abounding in slang and puns and admire the pluck and sensibilities of the characters.” —AudioFile (Earphones Award Winner)

Roller Girl

The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller is a heartwarming tale about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby!

“Full of the best kind of punk-rock energy, narrator Almarie Guerra and a full cast take listeners on a rollicking ride around the roller derby track. This much loved graphic novel comes to life with bright voices and sound effects, including tumbles, bottles of hair dye, and lots of roller skates.” —AudioFile

I am Jackie Robinson
Author: Brad Meltzer
Read By: Various and Donte Bonner

This New York Times bestselling biography series, Ordinary People Can Change the World, has an inspiring message: We can all be heroes. Young listeners will not only learn something new, but they’ll also be inspired to dream big! The series features everyone from Jackie Robinson and Albert Einstein to Marie Curie and Billie Jean King. Learn more about the unique recording process for the entire series with this peak behind-the-scenes.

To Night Owl From Dogfish

Avery Bloom is bookish, intense, and afraid of many things. Bett Devlin is fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads. When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends, but things soon go off the rails. Told entirely in emails and letters, this full-cast production is heartwarming, funny, and will get families through any long road trip.

Song for a Whale

Twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she’s the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she’s not very smart. When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to “sing” to him! But he’s three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him? (Intrigued? Find out a little bit more with the author’s Q&A.)

“Listeners can still hear her every thought and sign. This is thanks to Abigail Revasch, who expressively narrates Iris’s ASL conversations and mental musings.” —AudioFile (Earphones Award Winner)


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