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Kids Books to Listen to with Grandparents

Kids Books to Listen to with Grandparents

Looking for a long-distance listen perfect for kids and grandparents? Look no further!

Playlist Tags: genre: Children's audience: middle grade audience: tweens audience: grandparents audience: kids

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Little House in the Big Woods

By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Narrated by: Cherry Jones
Length: 3 hours 41 minutes

The book that started it all! Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, which is based on her life growing up as an American pioneer.

Told from four-year-old Laura's point-of-view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives...

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A Bear Called Paddington

Paddington

By Michael Bond
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 2 hours 39 minutes

The classic novel about Paddington—who's now a major movie star!

Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Peru when the Browns first met him in Paddington Station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same . . . for ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

First published in 1958, A Bear...

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Walk Two Moons

Walk Two Moons: Book #1

By Sharon Creech
Narrated by: Hope Davis
Length: 5 hours 27 minutes

In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in...

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Ralph Mouse: Book #1

By Beverly Cleary
Narrated by: B.D. Wong
Length: 2 hours 17 minutes

In this imaginative adventure from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, a young mouse named Ralph is thrown into a world of excitement when a boy and his shiny toy motorcycle check into the Mountain View Inn.

When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith's red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his...

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum
Narrated by: Brooke Shields & Paul Rudd
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes

More than a century after L. Frank Baum first released this magical tale of a young girl, Brooke Shields entrances a new generation of young listeners with her narration of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 

Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her
and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land...

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

The Fudge Series: Book #1

By Judy Blume
Narrated by: Judy Blume
Length: 2 hours 33 minutes

Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing.

Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing smashed potatoes on walls at Hamburger Heaven, or scribbling all over Peter's homework, he's never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything—and... Read more »

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

By L. M. Montgomery
Narrated by: Kate Burton
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes

Listen to the timeless classic about the beloved Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan with a fiery spirit, before the new NETFLIX series premieres. This audiobook includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, celebrating the 100th anniversary of this children’s favorite! 
 
Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a... Read more »

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From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

By E.L. Konigsburg
Narrated by: Jill Clayburgh
Length: 3 hours 46 minutes

A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

Run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with E. L. Konigsburg’s beloved classic and Newbery Medal­–winning novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia... Read more »

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Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

By Astrid Lindgren
Narrated by: Esther Benson
Length: 2 hours 39 minutes

The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades.

Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson. Whether Pippi’s scrubbing her floors, doing arithmetic, or... Read more »

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The Tale of Despereaux

Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread

By Kate DiCamillo
Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
Length: 3 hours 30 minutes

This is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately,... Read more »

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James and the Giant Peach

By Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Length: 3 hours 17 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


A little magic can take you a long way.

After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible... Read more »

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 6 hours 50 minutes

Who could forget the pranks, the adventures, the sheer fun of Tom Sawyer? From Tom’s sly trickery with the whitewashed fence to his and Becky Thatcher’s calamities in Bat Cave, the enjoyment never ends.

Just what did boys do in a small town during the mid-1800s, a time when there were no televisions, no arcades, and no videos? They whitewashed...

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Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt De La Pena
Narrated by: Lizan Mitchell
Length: 7 minutes

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the... Read more »

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The Saturdays

By Elizabeth Enright
Narrated by: Pamela Dillman
Length: 4 hours 8 minutes

Meet the Melendys!

Mona, the eldest, is thirteen. She has decided to become an actress and can recite poetry at the drop of a hat. Rush is twelve and a bit mischievous. Miranda is ten and a half. She loves dancing and painting pictures. Oliver is the youngest. At six, he is a calm and thoughtful person. They all live with their father, who is a...

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All-of-a-Kind Family

By Sydney Taylor
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 3 hours 31 minutes

It’s the turn of the century in New York’s Lower East Side and a sense of adventure and excitement abounds for five young sisters—Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Follow along as they search for hidden buttons while dusting Mama’s front parlor, or explore the basement warehouse of Papa’s peddler’s shop on rainy days. The five girls...

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The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien
Length: 4 hours 13 minutes

The original American full dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio.

Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage—and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings...

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

By Bette Bao Lord
Narrated by: Melissa Hughes
Length: 3 hours 10 minutes

In1947, the Year of the Boar, Sixth Cousin, also known as Bandit, leaves Chinawith her parents for a new beginning in America. Proud of the American namethat she chose herself, Shirley Temple Wong is optimistic that her new homewill be the land of many opportunities. But it’s harder than she expected. Shedoesn’t speak English, the kids at school...

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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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The Phantom Tollbooth

By Norton Juster
Narrated by: Rainn Wilson & Norton Juster
Length: 4 hours 40 minutes

Hailed as "a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention" (The New Yorker), this beloved story--first published more than fifty ago--introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond.

For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he's got nothing... Read more »

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