Sick of TV? A nice 8-12 hour audio book can help kids pass the time, they can listen while they color or fold laundry.  Our family loves audio books and has been enjoying them for years, mostly in the car.  I thought I’d share some of our favorites.

Your library likely has free audio book checkouts through apps, check their website for which apps and how to log in!  Some libraries have even worked out a system where you can get a library card online, while the libraries are closed.

If you have a friend with an audible subscription, they can send you a free book from audible.

Audible has put a bunch of children’s books online for free, but you have to listen in the browser, not the app.

Our favorite audio books, by age:

Preschool-ish: Chris and Amy books, time travel adventures. (Make the kids wear headphones.)

Elementary school: Wayside School books, Percy Jackson series, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, OMG, so good! The narrator does lots of voices, and it’s fast paced, so if you have kids who you think might not listen, try that series.

Older Elementary: Okay, Percy Jackson should be on this list. The Alchemist, but only the first one or two. The Mysterious Benedict Society and additional books by that same author.

Older kids and adults: The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley and the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman.

This post was first published on on Saturday, March 21st, during the Covid-19 Global Pandemic.