Thursday, September 17, 2015

Value added car trips with kids

 The first words I often hear before even turning the keys to start my vehicle is “Can we listen to the story?” This makes me smile.

I check out audiobooks from our library on a regular basis to save my sanity while traveling with children in the car, this is the truth. But, the bonus is that I know my kids are sharpening their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. I also know that they are being exposed to language rich with vocabulary and their imaginations are working hard visualizing all of the details as the tale unfolds. I like that the stories often provide an opportunity to discuss important topics, or that we have to hit the pause button to explain what a certain word or phrase means. And most important to me, they are learning that books are entertaining and fun.

Here are a few of our top audiobook picks:

 The Best Candy in the whole world: and other stories by Bill Harley. Hilarious short stories with sound effects and goofy songs perfect for the younger audience. This is the one that got us hooked on audio.

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Also good for younger audiences, short detective stories that are funny and the narrator has nailed the voices of Nate and his eclectic gang of friends.

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume. Be prepared for fits of laughter, and demands for more “Fudge”. This one is expertly read aloud by the author.

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne. Jack and Annie are charming siblings with adventures involving history and geography. Read by the author.

Indian in the cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks. I found tiny paper teepees and miniature campfires in our living room shortly after finishing this gem of a tale.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. We started book one and never looked back until we finished the entire series! Jim Dale does an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life.

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. An adventure story that takes place on a 986 car passenger train with bandits, Sasquatch, and thieves aboard.

The Lion the witch and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This one is done in a Radio theatre style. It has multiple narrators, realistic sound effects, and music.

Blog written by Miss Rita in the Children's Room.

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