Spanning genres and featuring selections to captivate both tweens and younger listeners, these are the best audiobook series for children.
Orphaned as an infant, young Harry Potter has been living a less-than-fortunate life. Belittled by his pompous uncle and sniveling aunt (not to mention his absolute terror of a cousin, Dudley), Harry has resigned himself to a mediocre existence in the cupboard under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
A skilled thief on a mysterious mission, Carmen Sandiego is endlessly pursued by ACME and Interpol. But the woman in the red fedora is always one step ahead! In this novelization, based on the Netflix animated series, Carmen shares her backstory for the first time. Now, it’s time to find out… Who in the world is Carmen Sandiego.
As expected from an Audible Original, this is another quality podcast that I enjoyed both the performance and the story. I have no doubt this will be a great all-star audio drama based on the cast. I can’t find any fault with this smart comedy which has a precocious 11-year-old budding journalist investigating a mystery at her summer camp. The voice performances are excellent, especially that of Sunny Sandler (daughter of Adam Sandler) in the lead role of Mookie Hooper. The writing is funny and clever, which brings up the question of the author’s credit.
The Magic Tree House books can take young readers to places they’ve never been. Their imagination will be broadened and they will learn at the same time. These are great chapter books to get young readers wanting to read.
The Christmas Pig is a heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child’s love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. This story comes from a very good place and you can tell it. The writing is so charming, filling the quieter moments with life. Jack is adorable. I wanted to squish his cheeks just how he squishes his piggy’s. It’s not all cute, though; silently Rowling deals with mature themes, divorce and estrangement and change and loss biggest of all.
This was an extremely well done children’s/young adult mystery by jazz performer and music educator Ashli St. Armant (who sings under the stage name of Jazzy Ash). It had a fun storyline and an excellent audio production with incidental music, presumably by Jazzy Ash herself and her band the Leaping Lizards.
The real world is boring; it’s mundane, unimaginative, and dry. So humans create fantasy as a means of escape. We watch movies or go to the theatre to see something more interesting than the standard realities of the everyday. We paint pictures and gaze up at the stars. We play video games and roleplay. We dream. Authors like C.S Lewis and J.K Rowling show us this miserable world; they show us its tones of grey. Then underneath it all, they reveal something spectacular: they reveal fantasy.
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls is an engaging, adventurous, and heartfelt story about a girl who lives in a village haunted by fear and traditions—they must fight brujas (witches) who steal souls, and creatures (creatures) and dark spirits that prey on the people
The Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling comes to the Americas finally, using New York City as the scenario of the adventure at hand, and I guess that it was something to happen, sooner or later, but reading in the web about the intentions of using Paris as the next location in this new prequel series, it seems that Harry Potter Magical Universe isn’t only coming to the USA, but it will reach eventually the whole world!
Five-and-a-half-year-old Matilda is already reading the likes of Hemingway and Dickens while computing complex sums in her head at the drop of a hat. But she has a horrible family who despise her and her precocious intellect – which is nothing compared to the flat-out hostility of her new school’s headmistress, the monstrous Miss Trunchbull! Luckily, Matilda finds a soulmate in her kind teacher Miss Honey and together they set out to teach the bullies a lesson, once and for all!