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Best Listening for Kids and Families

This list of audiobooks for kids and families is created by Audiofile Magazine.  Divided into four categories this list will appeal to both kids and their parents.

Classics | Other Times & Places | Fantastic Worlds | Family & Community

 

Classics

Irene Hunt.  Across Five Aprils

Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.  Read by Terry Bregy.

Jack London.  The Call of the Wild

The adventures of an unusual dog, part St.Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to Alaska where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.  Read by Frank Muller.

L. M. Montgomery.  Anne of Green Gables

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.  Read by Barbara Caruso.

E. Nesbit.  The Railway Children
Betty Smith.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

J. R. R. Tolkien.  The Fellowship of the Ring

The first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One ring. All the members of the fellowship, hobbits, elves and wizards, are plunged into a clash between good and evil.  Read by Rob Inglis.

J. R. R. Tolkien.  The Two Towers

In the second volume of the trilogy, the fellowship has been forced to split up in order to destroy the ring and fight the first battle of the War of the ring.  Read by Rob Inglis.

J. R. R. Tolkien.  The Return of the King

The little hobbit and his trusty companion make a terrible journey to the heart of the land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron.  Read by Rob Inglis.

Jules Verne.  Around the World in 80 Days

In 1872, English gentleman Phileas Fogg has many adventures as he tries to win a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days.  Read by Jim Dale.
H. G. Wells.  The War of the Worlds

Other Times & Places

Caroline Cooney.  Goddess of Yesterday

Nancy Farmer.  The Sea of Trolls

After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.  Read by Gerard Doyle.

Adele Geras.  Troy

Told from the point of view of the women of Troy, portrays the last weeks of the Trojan War, when women are sick of tending the wounded, men are tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses find ways to stir things up.  Read by Miriam Margolyes.

K. M. Grant.  Blood Red Horse

A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's armies during the Third Crusades.  Read by Maggie Mash.

Marian Hale.  The Truth About Sparrows

Eva Ibbotson.  Journey to the River Sea

Michael Morpurgo.  Private Peaceful

When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.  Read by Jeff Woodman.

Linda Sue Park.  When My Name Was Keoko

With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.  Read by Norm Lee and Jenny Ikeda.

Richard Peck.  The Teacher's Funeral

In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."   Read by Dylan Baker.

Nathaniel Philbrick.  Revenge of the Whale

Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whaleship "Essex" by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. Based on the author's adult book "In the Heart of the Sea."  Read by Taylor Mali.

Mildred D. Taylor.  The Road to Memphis

Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.  Read by Lynne Thigpen.

Fantastic Worlds

L. G. Bass.  Sign of the Qin

Joseph Bruchac.  The Dark Pond

Neil Gaiman.  Coraline

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.  Read by Neil Gaiman.

Michael Hoeye.  Time Stops for No Mouse

When Linka Perflinger, a jaunty mouse, brings a watch into his shop to be repaired and then disappears, Hermux Tantamoq is caught up in a world of dangerous search for eternal youth as he tries to find out what happened to her.  Read by Campbell Scott.

Michael Hoeye.  The Sands of Time

Despite fierce opposition from mouse supremacists and other residents of Pinchester, three mice team up with an old chipmunk to prove that there existed, long before the time of mice, a Cat Kingdom.  Read by Campbell Scott.

Michael Hoeye.  No Time Like Show Time

Watchmaker-mouse Hermux Tantamoq enters the exciting and somewhat shady world of show business to investigate a mysterious blackmailer at the Varmint Theater.  Read by Campbell Scott.

Anthony Horowitz.  Raven's Gate

Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.  Read by Simon Prebble.

D. J. MacHale.  Pendragon:  The Merchant of Death

Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal and somewhat reluctant 14- year-old boy who is swept into an amazing five-year quest. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world. And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was.  Read by William Dufris.

Garth Nix.  Sabriel

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.  Read by Tim Curry.

Garth Nix.  Lirael

When a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, Lirael and Prince Sameth are drawn into a battle to save the Old Kingdom and reveal their true destinies.  Read by Tim Curry.

Garth Nix.  Abhorsen

Abhorsen-In-Waiting Lirael and Prince Sameth, a Wallmaker, must confront and bind the evil spirit Oranis before it can destroy all life.  Read by Tim Curry.

Michelle Paver.  Wolf Brother

6,000 years in the past, twelve-year-old Tarak and his guide, a wolf cub, set out on a dangerous journey to fulfill an oath the boy made to his dying father--to travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit seeking a way to destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans.  Read by Ian McKellen.

Philip Pullman.  The Golden Compass

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.  Read by Philip Pullman and cast.

Philip Pullman.  The Subtle Knife

As the boundaries between worlds begin to dissolve, Lyra and her daemon help Will Parry in his search for his father and for a powerful, magical knife.  Read by Philip Pullman and cast.

Philip Pullman.  The Amber Spyglass

Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.  Read by Philip Pullman and cast.

Jonathan Stroud.  The Amulet of Samarkand

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.  Read by Simon Jones.

Jonathan Stroud.  The Golem's Eye

In their continuing adventures, magician's apprentice Nathaniel, now fourteen years old, and the djinni Bartimaeus travel to Prague to locate the source of a golem's power before it destroys London.  Read by Simon Jones.

Jonathan Stroud.  Ptolemy's Gate

Dangerous adventures continue for the djinni Bartimaeus and his master, seventeen-year-old Nathaniel, a powerful magician who is serving as England's minister of information.

Family & Community

Tom Bodett.  Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier

Episodes in the life of Alaskan teenager, Norman Tuttle, as he grows from ages thirteen to fifteen, falls in love for the first time, and deepens his relationship with his father.  Read by Tom Bodett.

Ann Cameron.  Colibri

Kidnapped when she was very young by an unscrupulous man who has forced her to lie and beg to get money, a twelve-year-old Mayan girl endures an abusive life, always wishing she could return to the parents she can hardly remember.  Read by Jacqueline Kim.

Sharon Creech.  Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door just can't seem to get along, but Granny Torrelli know just what to do to make things better.  Read by Donna Murphy.

Sarah Dessen.  The Truth About Forever

Narinder Dhami.  Bindi Babes

Three Indian-British sisters team up to marry off their traditional, nosy aunt and get her out of the house.  Read by Nina Wadia.

Narinder Dhami.  Bollywood Babes

The Indian-British Dhillon sisters open their home to a down-on-her-luck former movie star from India and employ her talents to raise money for their school.  Read by Nina Wadia.

Deborah Ellis.  The Breadwinner

In Afghanistan, a country controlled by the Taliban, a courageous young woman pretends to be a boy in war-torn Kabul in order to support her family.  Read by Rita Wolf.

Paul Fleischman.  Seedfolks

One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.  Read by multiple narrators.

Cornelia Funke.  Inkheart

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force them into service.  Read by Lynn Redgrave.

Cornelia Funke.  Inkspell

Carl Hiaasen.  Flush

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.  Read by Michael Welch.

Witi Ihimaera.  The Whale Rider

The whale rider was Kahutia Te Rangi. Ancestor of the people of Te Tai Rawhiti, he travelled from Hawaiki, the place of the Ancients, to the East Coat of New Zealand. Then there was Kahu. The first great-grandchild of the whanau, she was loved by all her relatives except the one whose love she needed most -- her great-grandfather.  Read by Jay Laga'aia.

Kathe Koja.  Buddha Boy

David Lubar.  Dunk

While hoping to work as the clown in an amusement park dunk tank on the New Jersey shore the summer before his junior year in high school, Chad faces his best friend's serious illness, hassles with police, and the girl that got away.  Read by Matt Golden and cast.

Melina Marchetta.  Saving Francesca

L. S. Matthews.  Fish

As fighting closes in on the village where Tiger's parents have been working, the three of them and a mysterious guide set out on a difficult journey to safety.  Read by Jenna Lamia.

Joyce Carol Oates.  Big Mouth and Ugly Girl

Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth, but it's never gotten him in trouble until the day he is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High. Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl and a loner. But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really said that day, and she is the only one who can help him.  Read by Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe.

Jacqueline Woodson.  Miracle's Boys

Twelve year old Lafayette's close relationship with his brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.  Read by Dule Hill.