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Audiobooks to Enhance Literacy in Early Readers

Audiobooks to Enhance Literacy in Early Readers

Listening to audiobooks is a wonderful way to help early readers fall in love with books and stories while they master foundational skills such as decoding and comprehension. These audiobooks were recommended by teachers and librarians as some of the best to listen to with kids age 5-8 (Kindergarten through third grade). Whether kids listen along while paging through a picture book or listen as a way to enter the world of chapter books, these audiobooks can help our youngest readers become skilled, confident, and joyful bookworms.

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Ballpark Mysteries #3: The L.A. Dodger

Ballpark Mysteries: Book #3

By David A. Kelly
Narrated by: Marc Cashman
Length: 1 hours 15 minutes

Now batting third—book #3 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

It's spring break and Kate and Mike are off to Los Angeles to visit Kate's dad, a scout for the Dodgers. But all is not sunny in L.A.—strange things have been happening to Kate's dad. Pages have gone missing from... Read more »

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The World According to Humphrey

Humphrey: Book #1

By Betty G. Birney
Narrated by: Hal Hollings
Length: 2 hours 34 minutes

The first book in the series about everyone's favorite classroom pet!

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like... Read more »

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Each Kindness

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Nikki m. James
Length: 7 minutes

Chloe and her friends shun the new girl, Maya, who eventually stops coming to school. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe realizes how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, this book...

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By Misty Copeland
Narrated by: Misty Copeland
Length: 6 minutes

In her debut book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.

Lyrical and... Read more »

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

By Betty MacDonald
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 2 hours 42 minutes

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Hubert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them. Read more »

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By Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Kate Winslet
Length: 4 hours 18 minutes

“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian…[His] stories work better in audio than in print.” –The New York Times

“The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to... Read more »

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Dory Fantasmagory

Dory Fantasmagory: Book #1

By Abby Hanlon
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
Length: 55 minutes

Move over, Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean! Here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a BIG personality--and an imagination to match! As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she's too much of a baby for them, so she's left to her own... Read more »

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Juana & Lucas

Juana & Lucas: Book #1

By Juana Medina
Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
Length: 49 minutes

Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl who stars in this playful new series.

Juana loves many things—drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to...

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The Proudest Blue

A Story of Hijab and Family

By Ibtihaj Muhammad
Narrated by: Ibtihaj Muhammad
Length: 7 minutes

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a... Read more »

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We're Not from Here

By Geoff Rodkey
Narrated by: Dani Martineck
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes

Imagine being forced to move to a new planet where YOU are the alien! From the creator of the Tapper Twins, New York Times bestselling author Geoff Rodkey delivers a topical, sci-fi middle-grade novel that proves friendship and laughter can transcend even a galaxy of differences.

The first time I heard about Planet Choom, we'd been on Mars for... Read more »

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Charlotte's Web

By E. B. White
Narrated by: Meryl Streep, January LaVoy, Kirby Heyborne, MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Kimberly Farr, Mark Deakins, Lincoln Hoppe, Tavia Gilbert, Robin Miles, Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell & Full Cast
Length: 4 hours 2 minutes

Brought to life by Meryl Streep and a full cast, this beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."*

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spider web tells of her feelings... Read more »

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