Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Scooter & Chewy Read: Audio Books

I haven't done a "Scooter & Chewy Read" post in a long time.  They love to read.  I love that they love to read.  Sometimes it's frustrating that they love to read so much.  It causes them to be slow in doing other things...."just a minute, I need to finish this page."  Or it causes them to be hard of listening.  Scooter misses a lot of things when he's reading.

But this post is more of a record of some of our favorite audio books.  I think I'll keep adding on to it.  We've been listening to Audio Books (and audio programs) with the kids since they were teeny tiny.  They've gotten more into listening to the books and helping us pick them out as they've gotten older.

We listen to audio books on car drives.  We've taken lots of car trips and audio books help pass the time and keep the driver awake.  Since we no longer subscribe to cable, which in turn means that we can't even get local channels, (gasp...no TV!) we listen to audio books.  The kids like to listen to them while we eat breakfast.  (They're listening to the tablet in the photo below.)


For car drives we'll usually go to the library and scan the juvenile section of audio books.  We'll bring home a book on CD.  At home I download audio books on to our Android tablet from our local library.  We use OverDrive Media, which connects to our local library, and then I can download and use an audio book for 2 weeks.  It's pretty slick.  If we haven't finished the book in 2 weeks (rarely happens), I can usually renew it.

So here's a running tally of some of our favorite audio books (in no particular order).  I'll put some photo links at the bottom of a few favorites, in case you want to see what they're about.

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voight (We all loved this one!)
Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I've read a few to the kids and we've listened to the rest on trips.  Only 2 left in the nine book series!)
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol (a couple of these)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
How to Train Your Dragon Book 1 by Cressida Cowell
The Best Christmas Pagent Ever by Barbara Robinson (another family favorite, we actually listened to it twice!)
When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke
The Capture - Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 1 by Kathryn Lasky
Magic Tree House (numerous ones of this series) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis (all of these, we own the digital audio versions)
Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand by Gail Carson Levine
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
The Littles and the Lost Children by John Peterson
Jigsaw Jones (a couple of these) by James Preller
Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan
Rainbow Fairy Books by Daisy Meadows
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

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