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What to Listen to When You and Your Family Go Riding in Your Car

Summer Audiobook listening suggestions for family car rides.


If you’re traveling with children this summer, Emma Weiler, our Youth Services Librarian, recommends several audiobook titles, starting with titles for the very young, up to teens, with some very long books to keep the "inbetweens"-- and their parents –focused  and entertained on a long trip. 

Emma says, “The nice thing about audiobooks is that children can listen to a book at a level above what they might not be able to read by themselves. These are all audiobooks I have listened to and can safely say they are  narrated well.”

Ages 4 – 7  These are two classics, but not necessarily ones kids may have heard of. Emma enjoyed these as a little girl.

Arabel's Raven, by Joan Aiken
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling

Ages 7 - 12

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall – A sweet-old fashioned story parents will also enjoy..

The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex- A funny, silly story

Ages 8 - 14

Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher (read by Jim Dale) Jim Dale narrated the Harry Potter books so you will recognize his voice.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan -- A series that will keep children entertained for miles.

Over 14

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett -- Having three different narrators/voices really adds to the listening experience.

Starters, by Lissa Price –This summer’s popular dystopian teen novel is also part of a series.

These  audio titles are available in the MVLC Consortium through the online catalog, .

Coming Soon:
Find out what the library’s long-time volunteer Barbara Ham, and her husband, Dave, like to listen to and recommend for car trips.

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