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Non-Fiction Audiobooks for Kids

Non-Fiction Audiobooks for Kids

The truth can be stranger than fiction, and this playlist proves it! These unbelievably true audiobooks include tales of brave humanitarians, groundbreaking mathematicians, ambitious young inventors, plucky lost dogs, and much more. Sure to inspire!

Playlist Tags: genre: Children's topic: non-fiction audience: kids audience: middle grade audience: tweens

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Young Readers Edition

By William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
Narrated by: Korey Jackson
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

The bestselling story of the young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village, now in an accessible middle grade edition

When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. The family was starving, and they could...

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Finding Gobi: Young Reader's Edition

The True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey

By Dion Leonard
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Length: 3 hours 39 minutes

Bring home the amazing true dog story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! You will love the inspiring tale of Gobi, a lost dog who kept pace with an ultramarathon runner, Dion Leonard, across a vast desert. Follow their unlikely friendship through the challenges of an 80-mile race and Dion's struggle to bring Gobi home for...

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Three Cups of Tea

Young Reader's Edition

By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
Narrated by: Atossa Leoni & Vanessa Redgrave
Length: 3 hours 57 minutes

This young readers edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted for younger readers and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up to date for the present. Read more »

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In the Heart of the Sea, Young Reader's Edition

The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

By Nathaniel Philbrick
Narrated by: Taylor Mali
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex-the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick. In a harrowing page-turner, Nathaniel Philbrick restores this epic story to its rightful place in American history.In 1819 the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage. Fifteen months... Read more »

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I Am Malala

How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)

By Malala Yousafzai
Narrated by: Neela Vaswani & Malala Yousafzai
Length: 4 hours 52 minutes

The bestselling memoir by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

I Am Malala. This is my story.

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of... Read more »

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Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition

By Margot Lee Shetterly
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 4 hours 10 minutes

The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller!

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It's the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. 

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil...

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The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation)

The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics

By Daniel James Brown
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestseller about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation.
For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the... Read more »

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It's Your World

Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

By Chelsea Clinton
Narrated by: Chelsea Clinton
Length: 9 hours 21 minutes

Get Informed! Get Inspired! Get Going!

In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in... Read more »

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Caught by the Sea

My Life on Boats

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 2 hours 3 minutes

Another such wave could easily be the end of us. I had to do something, fix something, save the boat, save myself.

But what?

Gary Paulsen takes listeners along on his maiden voyage, proving that ignorance can be bliss. Also really stupid and incredibly dangerous. He tells of boats that owned him, good, bad, and beloved, and how they got him...

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My Life in Dog Years

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Gary Paulsen
Length: 1 hours 44 minutes

Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells of one special dog, among them Cookie, the sled dog who saved his life; Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; and his true friend Josh, a brilliant border collie.

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By Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Length: 3 hours 11 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

Where did Roald Dahl get all of his wonderful ideas for stories?

From his own life, of course! As full of excitement and the unexpected as his... Read more »

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