Great Audiobooks for Kids

Got a long road trip coming up? An audiobook may be just the thing to keep kids entertained -- and parents, too. Audiobooks also are a perfect treat for a sick day or a private listening experience anytime. So get out your earbuds or headphones, or just blast a book through your speakers. We've gathered a list of books we know have excellent audio versions, some read by the authors themselves. Check 'em out and tune in! You'll find other captivating tales on our Read-Aloud Books and Great Books for Summer Travel lists.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Poster Image
Classic morality tale is wildly entertaining.
By Roald Dahl
(2005)
(1964)
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The Field Guide: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Siblings discover a fairy world in charming fantasy tale.
By Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
(2003)
(2003)
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Ivy + Bean, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.
By Annie Barrows
(2007)
(2007)
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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(2012)
(1992)
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Mr. Popper's Penguins Book Poster Image
1939 Newbery Honor book is both tender and funny.
By Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
(2007)
(2007)
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Charlotte's Web Book Poster Image
Gentle, much-loved barnyard classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
(1952)
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Ramona the Pest Book Poster Image
Ramona tale helps young kids build empathy.
By Beverly Cleary
(2003)
(1968)
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Belly Up: FunJungle, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Clever, action-packed zoo mystery has some graphic parts.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2013)
(2011)
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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Book Poster Image
Funny, poignant tale of cynical girl, superpowered squirrel.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2013)
(2013)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
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Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition Book Poster Image
Powerful true story of African American women at NASA.
By Margot Lee Shetterly
(2017)
(2016)
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Engaging story is great for reluctant readers.
By Cressida Cowell
(2009)
(2004)
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Classic Narnia tale has exciting battles, Christian themes.
By C.S. Lewis
(2005)
(1950)
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Matilda Book Poster Image
Kid genius gets revenge on mean adults in fun fantasy.
By Roald Dahl
(2005)
(2005)
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The Wizards of Once Book Poster Image
Winning combination of action and humor in fun fantasy.
By Cressida Cowell
(2017)
(2017)
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Poster Image
Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.
By L. Frank Baum
(2011)
(1900)
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The Boundless Book Poster Image
Gripping historical adventure aboard a gigantic train.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2014)
(2014)
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Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery Book Poster Image
Farcical, highly readable vampire rabbit tale.
By James Howe
(2003)
(1979)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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Elijah of Buxton Book Poster Image
Funny, powerful tale of free Black community in 1859 Canada.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
(2007)
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The Hobbit Book Poster Image
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2011)
(1937)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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Listen, Slowly Book Poster Image
Captivating tale of U.S. girl meeting her family in Vietnam.
By Thanhha Lai
(2015)
(2015)
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The Mighty Miss Malone Book Poster Image
Unforgettable 12-year-old girl battles the Great Depression.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2012)
(2012)
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The Secret Garden Book Poster Image
Classic novel inspires love of nature.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
(2004)
(1911)
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Stella by Starlight Book Poster Image
Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2014)
(2015)
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A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(2003)
(1962)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Esperanza Rising Book Poster Image
Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2011)
(2000)
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Ghost: Track, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Poignant, smart look at track star running from his past.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(2005)
(1998)
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Holes Book Poster Image
Funny, moving tale has an edge kids love.
By Louis Sachar
(2004)
(2000)
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Peter and the Starcatchers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
A swashbuckling high-seas adventure.
By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
(2004)
(2004)
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The Princess Bride Book Poster Image
Fast-paced fun, but more intense than the movie.
By William Goldman
(2006)
(1973)
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The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson author tackles more complex Egyptology.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
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The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting Norse mythology adventure with Percy-like hero.
By Rick Riordan
(2015)
(2015)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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Hatchet Book Poster Image
Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.
By Gary Paulsen
(2006)
(1987)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
(2010)
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Egg & Spoon Book Poster Image
A beautifully written, wildly imaginative modern fairy tale.
By Gregory Maguire
(2014)
(2014)
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My Name Is Not Friday Book Poster Image
Powerful tale of enslaved life near end of U.S. Civil War.
By Jon Walter
(2016)
(2016)
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Nimona Book Poster Image
Brash shape-shifting hero soars in graphic-novel fantasy.
By Noelle Stevenson
(2015)
(2015)
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