the best audio books for kids of any age

They always sit this still, honest.

Haven’t the summer holidays felt…. long? We got back from our holidays in Week 2 (HELP ME!) and the mad juggle between chores/admin/work and kids and the age-old battle of how to occupy them without constantly resorting to technology took over.

When we were glamping in France we hit upon the genius plan of playing them audio books – but not just in the car. We were staying in a eco cabin and when they were bored/tired we discovered that they would – miraculously –  lie on their bunk-bed together and listen to a story CD together. And so I’ve kept up the tradition at home when I’ve wanted an hour to myself. Here’s my selection of must-listen audio books to buy or download now. Prepare for instant peace!

3 of the best age-appropriate audio-books you need for the kids in your life (and you!)

Under 5s

Spectacular Stories for the Very Young by David Walliams, £6.99 – BUY!

Treat yourself 33 minutes of peace – under 5s will be enamoured by David Walliams narrating his funny stories.

The Paddington Treasury for the very young by Michael Bond, £5.99 – BUY!

Stephen Fry – aka the king of audio books – as Paddington… need I go on? Lovely stories, beautifully and hypnotically told.

The Cat in the Hat and othe stories by Dr Seuss, £5.99 – BUY!

Fun rhyme time for the kids (and for you) as this CD is voiced by Adrian Edmonson and also features John Cleese, Billy Crystal and Dustin Hoffman.

5-8

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, £12.98 – BUY!

Narrated by the author’s great niece Janet Streatfeild, this new audio version of the classic children’s book is lovely. Now my 6 year old loves Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil as much as I did as a child.

Matilda by Roald Dahl, £12.99 – BUY!

I bought as part of a box set that includes The BFG read by David Walliams and Fantastic Mr Fox by Chris O’Dowd, this version read by Kate Winslet was my 6 year old’s favourite.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, £13.99 – BUY!

We listened to this audiobook on holiday and we all enjoyed it so much we immediately downloaded the rest of the series.  David Tennant is BRILLIANT.

9+

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, £14.99 – BUY!

If you loved Stephen Fry reading the Harry Potter series, this narrated by Eddie Redmayne is a no-brainer. Instant peace!

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, £10.99 – BUY!

Another classic children’s novel, brilliantly dramatised and will enamour kids and adults alike.

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner by Terry Pratchett, £15.98 – BUY!

Introduce your pre-teens to the fantastical world of Terry Pratchett with this series of 14 age-appropriate funny short stories.

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