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Audiobooks for Kids 6 to 8

Audiobooks for Kids 6 to 8

Early grade-school is that beautiful time when children are just starting to read and are getting drawn into longer, more complex stories. The titles in our playlist for burgeoning young readers will enchant the busiest of kids.

Playlist Tags: genre: Children's audience: kids audience: families

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How to Train Your Dad

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Dan Bittner
Length: 3 hours 16 minutes

From the legendary author of Hatchet, a laugh-out-loud middle-grade romp about a boy, his free-thinking dad, and the puppy-training pamphlet that turns their summer upside down.

Twelve-year-old Carl is fed up with his father's single-minded pursuit of an off-the-grid existence. His dad may be brilliant, but dumpster-diving for food, scouring...

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By Alejandra Algorta
Narrated by: Andres Macias Hernandez & Christopher Salazar
Length: TBA

Fabio flies through the streets of Bogotá on his bicycle, the children of his neighborhood trailing behind him. It is there that life feels right—where the world of adults, and their lies, fades away. But then one day, he simply forgets. Forgets how to ride his bicycle. And Fabio will never be the same again. From Colombia comes a special... Read more »

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Ten People Who Shaped History

By Tracey Baptiste
Narrated by: Karne Chilton
Length: 3 hours 39 minutes

In a richly designed work with maps, portraits, and graphics throughout, the award-winning author of the Jumbies series shows readers this underrepresented side of Black history and Black excellence.

Every year, American schoolchildren celebrate Black History Month. They study almost exclusively American stories, which are not only rooted in...

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Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1)

Skunk and Badger

By Amy Timberlake
Narrated by: Michael Boatman
Length: 2 hours 56 minutes

Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.
No one wants a skunk.
They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks... Read more »

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Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2)

By Amy Timberlake
Narrated by: Michael Boatman
Length: 3 hours 54 minutes

Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2)

“Skunk and Badger are back in book two of Amy Timberlake's new middle-grade series. Jon Klassen's illustrations bring this animal buddy book to life as both friends wrestle with a nagging issue in this installment. Badger yearns for his stolen Spider Eye Agate while Skunk is more than upset that someone is consistently snitching the New Yak Times Book Review. Egg Marks the Spot is a book that parents and caregivers will look forward to reading aloud, though I suggest you find an inquisitive grade-schooler to do the honors.”

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The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

By Traci Sorell
Narrated by: DeLanna Studi, Traci Sorell & John Ross
Length: 20 minutes

Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. This story traces her journey from being the only girl in a high-school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native... Read more »

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Child of the Civil Rights Movement

By Paula Young Shelton
Narrated by: Paula Young Shelton
Length: 25 minutes

What was it like growing up in the Deep South when Jim Crow laws were everywhere? How did it feel to sit down to dinner with grown-ups who planned protests between bites of Mama’s creamy macaroni and cheese?And imagine walking right beside Uncle Martin and Aunt Coretta in that historic march from Selma to Montgomery—until your legs were so... Read more »

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Code Breaker, Spy Hunter

How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars

By Laurie Wallmark
Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
Length: 42 minutes

In this biography, young listeners will learn all about Elizebeth Friedman (1892-1980), a brilliant American code breaker who smashed Nazi spy rings, took down gangsters, and created the CIA's first cryptology unit. Her story came to light when her secret papers were finally declassified in 2015. From thwarting notorious rumrunners with only... Read more »

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Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott

By Joyce Scott, Brie Spangler & Melissa Sweet
Narrated by: Joyce Scott
Length: 22 minutes

A moving and powerful introduction to the life and art of renowned artist, Judith Scott, as told by her twin sister, Joyce Scott.

Judith Scott was born with Down syndrome. She was deaf, and never learned to speak. She was also a talented artist. Judith was institutionalized until her sister Joyce reunited with her and enrolled her in an art... Read more »

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We Are Water Protectors

By Carole Lindstrom
Narrated by: Carole Lindstrom
Length: 10 minutes

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal
New York Times Bestseller

This program is read by the author.

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption
a bold and lyrical audiobook written by Carole Lindstrom.

Water is the first...

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Jo Jo Makoons

The Used-to-Be Best Friend
Jo Jo: Book #1

By Dawn Quigley
Narrated by: Jennifer Bobiwash
Length: 52 minutes

Hello/Boozhoo—meet Jo Jo Makoons! Full of pride, joy, and plenty of humor, this first book in an all-new chapter book series by Dawn Quigley celebrates a spunky young Ojibwe girl who loves who she is.

Jo Jo Makoons Azure is a spirited seven-year-old who moves through the world a little differently than anyone else on her Ojibwe reservation. It...

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What the Road Said

By Cleo Wade
Narrated by: Cleo Wade
Length: 7 minutes

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What the Road Said is the comforting and uplifting picture book from bestselling poet and activist Cleo Wade.

Which way do I go?
That is your choice to make,
said the Road.

But what if I go the wrong way?
The Road curved a little,
almost as if it was giving me a hug, and said,
Do not worry. Sometimes we go the wrong...

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The Teachers March!

How Selma's Teachers Changed History

By Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace
Narrated by: Corey Allen
Length: 27 minutes

Reverend F. D. Reese’s favorite subject to teach his students was freedom. But in Selma, Alabama, unfair tests and police officers’ swinging billy clubs kept African Americans from voting. Reverend Reese knew something had to change, so he asked his fellow teachers to do something dangerous—something that might lead to beatings and prison time.... Read more »

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Anne of Green Gables

A Graphic Novel

By Mariah Marsden
Narrated by: Sharon Alexander, Rachel Jacobs & Alan Carlson
Length: 1 hours 43 minutes

Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

The spirit of Anne is alive and well in Mariah Marsden's crisp adaptation, and it's a thrill to watch as the beloved orphan rushes headlong through Brenna Thummler's heavenly landscapes. Together Marsden and... Read more »

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Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids

By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Narrated by: Kenny Ramos & DeLanna Studi
Length: 6 hours 11 minutes

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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The Sea in Winter

By Christine Day
Narrated by: Kimberly Woods
Length: 4 hours 25 minutes

In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended...

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Class Act

By Jerry Craft
Narrated by: Nile Bullock, Jesus Del Orden, Guy Lockard, Marc Thompson, Peyton Lusk, Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Jordan Cobb, A.J Beckles, Robin Miles, Ron Butler, Miles Harvey, Kim Mai Guest, Kyla Garcia & Soneela Nankani
Length: 2 hours 6 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. The audiobook was a 2020 Audie Awards Finalist for Middle Grade and named an Audible Best Audiobook of the Year.

This time, it’s Jordan’s friend Drew who takes center...

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I Talk Like a River

By Jordan Scott
Narrated by: Jordan Scott
Length: 18 minutes

When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and incapable of communicating in the way he'd like, it takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice. Through this powerful and uplifting story, poet Jordan Scott uses his own experiences to reveal what it’s like to be a child who feels lost, lonely, or unable to fit in....

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The Ocean Calls

A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

By Tina Cho
Narrated by: Jeena Yi
Length: 15 minutes

A breathtaking book featuring a Korean girl and her haenyeo (free diving) grandmother about intergenerational bonds, finding courage in the face of fear, and connecting with our natural world.

Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea--generations of Korean women... Read more »

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Amelia Bedelia Audio Collection

By Peggy Parish
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 1 hours 8 minutes

Five of the most popular Amelia Bedelia books on one compact disc!

Amelia Bedelia is the world's most literal-minded housekeeper, who causes quite a ruckus whenever she's given a chance. In Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, she arrives with a garden hose and the party is turned into an uproarious mess. In Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia, her...

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