Ah, summer. The long and boring car trips I remember from my childhood are no more. Now with audiobooks, they can now be so much more fun for the whole family! Here are some new audiobooks that can help put off the Are We There Yets.
Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall, read by Susan Denaker
The fourth book in The Penderwicks series does not disappoint. Eldest sister Rosalind has gone away to college and the other OPSs (Older Penderwick Sisters) are busy with high school, leaving the stage free to tell the now 10-year-old Batty’s story as she tries to raise money for singing lessons so she can stage a Great Birthday Concert. This modern classic series makes for wonderful family listening. (ages 8-12).
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater, read by Cassandra Morris
Because Pip Bartlett can speak to magical creatures, even though no one believes her, so she’s excited to spend the summer helping at her aunt’s Magical Veterinary Clinic. With her highly allergic new friend Tomas, Pip encounters snooty unicorns, ballet dancing Hobgrackles, and exploding Fuzzles. Packed with more magical creatures than you thought possible, this is fun for the whole family. (ages 8-12)
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo, read by Arthur Morey
Younger listeners and their grown-ups will love Kate DiCamillo’s foray back into the world of Mercy Watson with former robber-turned-cowboy Leroy Ninker! He’s got a hat, he’s got a lasso, he even has boots! What he’s missing is a horse. Enter Maybeline. It’s love at first sight, but Leroy doesn’t know how to ride, and Maybeline is afraid of the rain. Even so, Leroy says, “Yippiee-i-o!” (ages 4-8)
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel, read by Nick Podehl
All aboard The Boundless, the longest and most luxurious train ever, as it crosses the Canadian wilderness. As he makes his way forward to the engine, young Will, son of the railroad manager, encounters members of the outstanding Zircus Dante and together they find robbers, mystical paintings, and even Sasquatch. With action, colorful characters, and just a big of magic, this will keep listeners glued to their seats. (ages 8-12)
My favorite way to listen to audiobooks is straight from my phone, through library books from Overdrive and 3M. You can check out downloadable ebooks and eaudiobooks for free! They check out for three weeks, just like physical books and audiobooks. You can listen on headphones or over bluetooth in the car. Some fun ones to try are A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Lawrence Yep, The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors, and The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter.