Summer Smarts: Keep Kids Learning With Audiobooks

In the summertime it’s easy to let the memories of classrooms and textbooks go by the wayside, especially if there’s an ice cream truck to chase or a slip and slide to whiz down. Just because school’s out doesn’t mean learning has to be! Use summer as a moment to pique your kiddos interest about something new: American history, food culture, climate change, or our digital world.

Press play on audiobooks that will inspire them to become more informed citizens of the world, and have them returning to school this fall with a backpack full of knowledge. You may even learn something, too!

Author: Gaby Melian
Read By: Gaby Melian

In Food-Related Stories, chef and activist Gaby Melian shares her journey with food, from growing up in Argentina to her time as a Jersey City street vendor and later, as Bon Appetit’s test kitchen manager. Powerful and full of heart, Melian explores how we can develop a relationship with food that’s healthy, sustainable, and thoughtful.

When Mary Kate Murphy joins a special science program focused on climate change, the class opens her eyes to lots of things she never noticed before about her town. And the mayor isn’t willing to listen to new ideas. In The First Rule of Climate Club, Mary Kate and her friends have big plans to bring lasting sustainability change to their community, and it’s the time for leaders to follow.

Penny Purple taught us how to be a purple person: someone who finds common ground with others while celebrating what makes them unique! Now, in The World Needs More Purple Schools, Penny and her pals will put their purple skills into action to make a purple school!

Harvard is used to his father telling him about all the babies he helps at the hospital. But since he made a mistake at work, Dad decides to take Harvard and his brother back to his hometown. As a summer project, the family decides to start an ant farm that will teach them about ants, each other, and how to forgive ourselves when things go wrong.

Author: Kate Messner
Read By: Angela Butler

In 1920, Susan B. Anthony passed a law that gave voting rights to women in the United States. RIGHT? WRONG! The truth is, it took millions of women to get that amendment into law. They marched! They picketed! They even went to jail. In History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote Kate Messner explores the little-known details behind the fight for women’s suffrage.

ReThink the Internet is a series of fun stories from innovator, inventor, social entrepreneur and upstanding digital citizen, Trisha Prabhu. Prabhu goes through the hows, the whats, and the whys of digital citizenship, showing listeners how to lead with kindness and stop internet hate.