Take a Listening Field Trip
Take a Listening Field Trip

Traveling is a no-go, but with the help of trusty earbuds, audiobooks can still take you and your family to far off places. Press play on these picks to soar over the seaside town of Koriko, dash through the canals of Amsterdam, and cruise down the highway towards Nashville. Your young listeners will feel like they went on a trip after all.

Author: Eiko Kadono
Read By: Kim Mai Guest

When her thirteenth birthday arrives, Kiki is eager to follow a witch’s tradition of choosing a new town to call home for a year, and flies to the seaside village of Koriko. With her wise-cracking cat Jiji, Kiki forges new friendships and builds her inner strength, ultimately realizing that magic can be found in even the most ordinary places. Blending fantasy with the charm of everyday life, this enchanting new translation, read by the fabulous Kim Mai Guest, will delight new listeners and dedicated fans.

Though the matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage thinks Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem, and Milou “unadoptable,” they know their individuality is what makes them special and determined to stay together. When a sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart, the gang make a daring escape across the frozen canals of Amsterdam. But is their real home already closer than they realize?

Author: Nic Stone
Read By: Dion Graham

From bestselling author Nic Stone and award-winning narrator Dion Graham comes a timely road-trip story through landmarks of the Civil Rights movement. Take an unexpected trip alongside an eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover that the world hasn’t always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren’t always what they seem–his G’ma included.

The only thing Maybelle Lane has of her daddy is an old recording of his laugh. Then one day she hears that laugh pouring out of the car radio. When her radio DJ daddy announces he’ll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, May signs up. But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her stiff neighbor and a boy from the trailer park are not the people May would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they’re searching for things too. And the journey will mold them into the best kind of family–the kind you choose for yourself.

When Cal’s father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus. Amidst the chaos, Cal meets Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

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