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Bestselling Audiobooks for Kids

Bestselling Audiobooks for Kids

Look no further: these are the books that parents and kids are buying. Whether you're shopping for titles like Little Blue Truck for your preschooler, The BFG for your grade schooler, or The Apprentice Witch for your middle schooler, we’ve got you covered.

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Amari and the Night Brothers

Supernatural Investigations: Book #1

By B. B. Alston
Narrated by: Imani Parks
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

Amari and the Night Brothers

“WOW!! This is my new favorite Middle Reader book, hands down!! Amari Peters is a fantastic character full of spunk and determination. She is on a mission to find her brother when she dives headfirst into a brilliant, brutal world of imagination and magic, a world of supernatural affairs. But in this world of supernaturals, magicians are illegal and the worst criminal masterminds. When Amari joins the school at the Supernatural Bureau, her dormant magical powers are unleashed. She must fight to prove herself to all those who fear her as a magician. Amari stands strong and true to herself in the face of controversy–she is a great role model to all. This is a fun, addictive book, filled with many twists and turns.”

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Gladys the Magic Chicken

By Adam Rubin
Narrated by: Adam Rubin
Length: 14 minutes

From the mega-bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos and the mega-bestselling illustrator of The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, comes this hilarious new picture book about an irresistible chicken who unexpectedly finds herself on an epic journey during Ancient Times, adaped for audio.

Gladys the chicken must be magic. After all, for everyone... Read more »

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Barakah Beats

By Maleeha Siddiqui
Narrated by: Salena Qureshi
Length: 5 hours 19 minutes

Twelve-year-old Nimra Sharif has spent her whole life in Islamic school, but now it's time to go to "real school." Nimra's nervous, but as long as she has Jenna, her best friend who already goes to the public school, she figures she can take on just about anything. Unfortunately, middle school is hard. The teachers are mean, the schedule is... Read more »

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Orphans of the Tide

Orphans of the Tide: Book #1

By Struan Murray
Narrated by: Georgina Campbell & Lucian Msamati
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

An ancient myth looms over a powerful new friendship in this debut middle grade fantasy packed with Hugo Cabret charm.

The City is the only home that Ellie has ever known. She’s always been told that there is nothing to see beyond the shores of her small, salty island.

That is, until a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, trapped inside the...

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Tía Fortuna's New Home

A Jewish Cuban Journey

By Ruth Behar
Narrated by: Ruth Behar
Length: 15 minutes

A poignant multicultural ode to family and what it means to create a home as one girl helps her Tía move away from her beloved Miami apartment.

When Estrella's Tía Fortuna has to say goodbye to her longtime Miami apartment building, The Seaway, to move to an assisted living community, Estrella spends the day with her. Tía explains the... Read more »

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Hide and Geek

Hide and Geek: Book #1

By T. P. Jagger
Narrated by: Danice Cabanela
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

A puzzlemaker's last clue. A friendship's last chance.

The GEEKs:
Gina, Edgar, Elena, and Kevin have been best friends for as long as they can remember. So when their arch-nemesis points out that their initials make them literally GEEKs, they decide to go with it.
 
The problem:
The GEEKs’ hometown of Elmwood was once the headquarters of the famous... Read more »

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Operation Sisterhood

By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Narrated by: Kristen Ariza
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

Fans of the Netflix reboot of The Babysitters Club will delight as four new sisters band together in the heart of New York City. Discover this jubilant novel about the difficulties of change, the loyalty of sisters, and the love of family from a prolific award-winning author.

"[A] jubilant middle grade novel." -The New York Times
 
Bo and her mom... Read more »

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Aru Shah and the City of Gold

Pandava Series

By Roshani Chokshi
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 12 hours 8 minutes

Best-selling author Rick Riordan Presents the penultimate book in the Pandava series by best-selling author Roshani Chokshi. Aru Shah and her sisters--including one who also claims to be the Sleeper's daughter--must find their mentors Hanuman and Urvashi in Lanka, the city of gold, before war breaks out between the devas and asuras.Aru has just... 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.

... Read more »

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The Legend of the Christmas Witch

By Dan Murphy & Aubrey Plaza
Narrated by: Aubrey Plaza
Length: 40 minutes

The Legend of the Christmas Witch

“A charming, whimsical, and chilly tale of yuletide. Grab some comfy socks and maybe some pine needle tea to listen to the ever- wonderful Aubrey Plaza tell you the story of the twin sister of Santa Clause. It's utterly enchanting.”

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Ace of Spades

By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Narrated by: Jeanette Illidge & Tapiwa Mugweni
Length: 13 hours 48 minutes

This program includes an author's note read by the author.

Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

All you need to know is . . . I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do....

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Front Desk

By Kelly Yang
Narrated by: Sunny Lu
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!

* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the... Read more »

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Echo Mountain

By Lauren Wolk
Narrated by: Holly Linneman
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

★ “Historical fiction at its finest.” –The Horn Book

“T
here has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart. –The New York Times Book Review

Echo Mountain is an acclaimed best book of 2020! 
An NPR Best Book of the Year • A Horn Book Fanfare Selection • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year • A Publishers Weekly Best... Read more »

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First Test

Book 1 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
Protector of the Small: Book #1

By Tamora Pierce
Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes

Kel will not allow this first test to be her last. Her adventure begins in the New York Times bestselling series from the fantasy author who is a legend herself: TAMORA PIERCE.
 
Keladry of Mindelan is the first girl who dares to take advantage of a new rule in Tortall—one that allows females to train for knighthood. After years in the Yamani... Read more »

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The Silver Arrow

By Lev Grossman
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 3 hours 51 minutes

The Silver Arrow

“This is a great book for a family read aloud. Loved the narrator for the audiobook.”

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A Thousand Questions

By Saadia Faruqi
Narrated by: Gail Shalan & Reena Dutt
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

A Thousand Questions

“With alternating perspectives Saadia Faruqi gives readers a chance to explore the city of Karachi and the nature of family. Each girl has something the other wants, a stable family or chance at education, and through their friendship learn to appreciate the things they have as well as what they lack. Content warning for absent parent, gang intimidation, home invasion, diabetic crisis.”

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Mañanaland

By Pam Muñoz Ryan
Narrated by: Roxana Ortega
Length: 5 hours

Mañanaland

“From the rubble of a ruined tower, Papa builds bridges, and as Max learns the family trade of stonemasonry, he also learns about his family's astonishing past, the history of the tower and its resident peregrine--and most importantly, about his mysterious mother, who left when he was very small. This sensitively constructed parable leads Max to a natural realization about why his mother left while telling the adventurous story of Max's football dreams and desire to be taken seriously by grownups. The message hidden in the story is full of powerful insights into the immigrant condition and its challenges for families, and the subplot about 'Buelo's love of stories and their importance as tools for understanding and sharing vital history will appeal to teachers as much as to kids!”

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The Barren Grounds

The Misewa Saga, Book One
The Misewa Saga: Book #1

By David A. Robertson
Narrated by: Brefny Caribou-Curtin
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes

Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their... Read more »

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Echo

By Pam Muñoz Ryan
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler & with music by Corky Siegel
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

Echo

“The best use of the audio medium bar none! Echo follows the notes of a harmonica through the lives of several people, showing how something even as small as this instrument acts as a catalyst for each of them. The audio is so magical because it plays the music described in the book!”

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King and the Dragonflies

By Kacen Callender
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

King and the Dragonflies

“Kingston (King) James and his parents are grieving the loss of Khalid-- King's older brother. When Khalid was alive and the two shared a bedroom, he would talk in his sleep, telling his younger brother stories about the universe and its magic. King continues to see Khalid in his dreams, and is convinced Khalid has transformed into a dragonfly. The Louisiana bayou provides the backdrop for both a colorful landscape and a tense, fearful place where racism festers. When King's former friend, Sandy, who is white, and the son of the racist police chief, goes missing, King ends up helping hide Sandy from his abusive father. Woven seamlessly into this wise story is King's slow awakening of his sexuality, brought to the fore by his renewed friendship with Sandy, who is known to be gay. Callender's writing is so authentic and their characters are so tenderly portrayed by Ron Butler's superb narration I mourned its conclusion. The whole package is a crowning achievement.”

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