Books and Audiobooks

We love books, and they are a massive part of our learning around here. Our eldest can read well and reads part of his chosen book every day. He also reads other books, but I showed him a handful of books that I wanted him to read this year and he can pick which order he reads them in. My seven year old is doing pretty well with reading, but still needs a little help on bigger words. The girls and I read together, in fact we all read together, a lot. Each child has their own book that we are working on, and then we work on some together as a family. We have shelves of books, baskets of books, and quite often books all over the floor. We learn from nature books, historical books and biographies and even cookbooks (got to love learning measurements and fractions by baking cakes). We also love audiobooks. Everyday the kids have a quiet “resting” time where they play in their rooms and listen to stories. We also listen to them on car trips, as I get motion sick from reading while we are moving. Often when the kids are working on art projects we put one on as well. Here are some of the audiobooks we are loving at the moment. The boys are really enjoying The Chronicles of Narnia, and seriously who wouldn’t like to listen to Kenneth Branagh read tales of amazing far away places. Next up on the boys’ list is Our Island Story (I did get this one cheaper at They all enjoy Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, again with Judi Dench and Stephen Fry reading, what’s not to love. The girls are also loving A Bear Called Paddington and More About Paddington also read by Stephen Fry. So, these are the audiobooks that are in heavy rotation these days and I look forward to sharing more of the titles in our audiobook library in the future. These are some great stories, even if you don’t have kids. Do you listen to audiobooks, and if so, what are some of your favourite audiobooks?

books, family, homeschooling • Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 • 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Books and Audiobooks”

  1. amanda makes says:

    Hi Jennifer! Little J and I had never listened to an audio book before but my Dad gave us a Doctor Who one, read by David Tennant and we were hooked so I was glad to read your recommendations! Hope all’s well with you my dear! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

  2. Petit Filoux says:

    I’ve never listened to one actually, probably because I have enough time to read books should I want to. They sound brilliant though, and I’m sure people like Stephen Fry make stories come to life!!

  3. Mousy Brown says:

    We listen to loads or rather Jack does – he is really severely dyslexic but that doesn’t stop him loving stories and books – and he listens to audio books all the time (much prefers them to music!) Both boys have always enjoyed listening to audio books as they drop off to sleep as well – we have them read to us, we read to them and then a cd is popped on for them to listen to. Sam loves Horrid Henry and Just William and Jack likes the Horrendous Hiccup books, anything by Eoin Colfer or Eva Ibbotson – I’ll have to get them to do you a list of what they love next time I write xx

  4. Ag Ambroult says:

    yes! we love audiobooks, though we haven’t listened to any since the school year started. sigh. The girls fell in love with the Little House Series this summer, so we were sad when it ended. I bet they’d love the Chronicles of Narnia. I’ll have to carve out a little extra listening time for them during the evenings.

  5. pamela says:

    Hello, I love books and audio-books myself (I listened to ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie last winter. It was the most amazing experience. The narrator on the copy I followed took over thirty parts, male, female, young, old, and used several different dialects. The story was absorbing, complex, heart-breaking. As a library rental it was actually a twelve cassette tape set, some undertaking to stop, start, reload but sooo worth it. Recommended if you have time for you 😉 I’m updating my profile to include reeading and other pursuits at the moment so this was on my mind! )

    Sorry, got a bit carried away there! What I was meaning to say was I’m on the look out for ‘The Borrower’s’ on audio for my granddaughter. I don’t have the opportunity to read to her myself very often. She has a great imagination though. I got her a copy of the book and explained the outline of the story which intrigued her (she likes a lot of pictures of which there were few, and so I thought the audiobook would be perfect for her (she’s not five yet).

    It’s so lovely to hear of your little one’s enjoying reading and enjoying stories!

    pamela x

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