100 best free audiobooks for kids

Family friendly audiobooks for kids of all ages.

Reading paper books is irreplaceable, but audiobooks are great for the times and places where this is not feasible – such as for the many kids who get sick while reading in the car! (This is VERY common, as motion sickness is caused by spatial disorientation and can be exacerbated when kids eyes are focused on a stationary subject while there is motion in the peripheries). Audiobooks are a great way to keep your kids engaged in books even during long vacation car rides or commutes.

100 best audiobooks for kids

However, it can be difficult to find an audiobook that is interesting enough to hold a child’s attention without being unendurable to the adults in the car. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best family friendly audiobooks for kids. All of the audiobooks in this list are timeless classics that are great for a wide range of ages.

100 best audiobooks for kids

TitleDescriptionAgesGradesAuthorNarrated ByDurationLink
The Mouse and the MotorcycleA daring young rodent named Ralph comes across a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and learns to motorcycle3+Pre-K and upBeverly Cleary‎B. D. Wong2:18Get it free
Thornton Burgess animal storiesOld Mother Nature must teach peter about the animals who share the Green Meadows and Green Forest3+Pre-K and upThornton W. BurgessTom Weiss8:06Get it free
Nuts to YouTwo squirrels must traverse thick and thin to save a comrade who is kidnapped by a hawk3+Pre-K and upLynne Rae PerkinsJessica Almasy2:43Get it free
Anna HibiscusAnna Hibiscus lives in Africa but desires nothing more than to see snow4+Kindergarten and upAtinukeMutiyat Ade-Salu1:06Get it free
The Froggy BooksFroggy attempts to make his mother a birthday cake using flour, sugar, and the chocolate candy his mother had hidden since Halloween4+Kindergarten and upJonathan LondonJohn McDonough0:10Get it free
Alice in WonderlandA timeless tale of a journey through the looking glass6+1 and upLewis CarrollCindy Hardin Killavey5:58Get it free
The Wingfeather SagaJanner Igiby, his brother Tink, and their crippled sister Leeli must survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang6+1 and upAndrew PetersonPeter Sandon8:05Get it free
The PenderwicksJeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, quickly proves himself to be the perfect parnter in crime for their misadventures6+1 and upJeanne BirdsallSusan Denaker6:43Get it free
BunniculaMisadventures of the vampire bunny, Bunnicula6+1 and upJames HoweVictor Garber1:35Get it free
FrindleNicholas Allen dreams jup a prank to play on Mrs. Granger's fifth grade language arts class6+1 and upAndrew ClementsKeith Nobbs1:40Get it free
Thimble SummerOnce 9-year-old Garnet linden uncovers a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains come and end the long drought on the farm6+1 and upElizabeth EnrightJoan Allen3:25Get it free
Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingPeter encounters an ever increasing problem in his demanding two-year-old brother6+1 and upJudy BlumeJudy Blume2:33Get it free
The Boxcar ChildrenThe Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar6+1 and upGertrude Chandler WarnerPhyllis Newman1:57Get it free
The WilloughbysThe Willoughby children devise a diabolical plot to convert themselves into worthy and winsome orphans6+1 and upLois LowryArte Johnson2:55Get it free
Fortunately, the MilkA ridiculous tale of time travel and breakfast cereal6+1 and upNeil GaimanNeil Gaiman0:58Get it free
The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First CaseA young African girl named Precious who fancies herself a detective takes on the case of the missing cake7+2 and upAlexandra McCall SmithAdjoa Andoh0:55Get it free
Beezus and RamonaIt's no easy task for Beezus Quimby to be patient with her 4-year-old little sister, Ramona7+2 and upBeverly ClearlyStockard Channing2:22Get it free
The Magic Tree HouseJack and Annie get inton trouble when Magic Tree House takes them off to the center of the ocean.7+2 and upMary Pope OsborneMary Pope Osborne5:26Get it free
The War That Saved My Life9-year-old Ada's life is forever changed after she follows her brother who is sent away from London during the war8+3 and upKimberly Brubaker BradleyJayne Entwhistle7:38Get it free
Prince CaspianA battle of honor between two men alone will decide the fate of the entire world.8+3 and upC.S. LewisLynn Redgrave4:42Get it free
Stuart LittleA bittersweet story of friendship and adventure starring a E.B. White's charming mouse8+3 and upE.B. WhiteJulie Harris1:55Get it free
ClementineA funny story of Clementine's disastrous week8+3 and upSarah PennypackerJessica Almasy1:29Get it free
Navigating EarlyA landlocked Kansas boy is unexpectedly uprooted to a Maine boarding school following his mother's untimely passing.8+3 and upClare VanderpoolRobbie Daymond7:20Get it free
The Wind in the Willows (BBC edition)A special dramatisation for BBC Radio 4 including a varied original cast8+3 and upKenneth GrahameKenneth Grahame2:20Get it free
Sarah, Plain and TallAnna and Caleb's lives are changed for good after their widowed father orders a mail-order bride for the farm8+3 and upPatricia MacLachlanGlenn Close1:01Get it free
The Year of Billy MillerBilly might be worried about second grade, but he's sure that this is his year8+3 and upKevin HenkesDan Bittner2:21Get it free
Charlotte's WebCharlotte's spiderweb reveals her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur8+3 and upE.B. WhiteE.B. White3:28Get it free
CoralineCoraline encounters a magic door into another house that's identical to hers8+3 and upNeil GaimanNeil Gaiman3:36Get it free
The JumbiesCorinne follows an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest8+3 and upTracey BaptisteRobin Miles5:09Get it free
MastermindsEli, Tori, Amber, and Malik make their ways to the real world in order to expose the leaders of Serenity. 8+3 and upGordon KormanRamon de Ocampo6:48Get it free
Elijah of BuxtonElijaj is the first child born into freedom in the Black community of Buxton, Canada during the mid-1800s8+3 and upChristopher Paul CurtisMirron Willis8:58Get it free
How to Train Your DragonHiccup Horrendous Haddock III tries to pass his Viking clan's initiation test by catching and training a dragon of his own.8+3 and upCressida CowellDavid Tennant3:30Get it free
The Invention of Hugo CabretHugo's undercover life in the walls of a busy Paris train station, as well as his most guarded secret, are put in jeopardy8+3 and upBrian SelznickJeff Woodman2:51Get it free
The One and Only IvanIvan the gorilla meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family and begins to miss his old life in the jungle8+3 and upKatherine ApplegateAdam Grupper3:46Get it free
Listen, SlowlyMai travels to Vietnam with her grandma to discover the truth about her grandpa after the Vietnam War.8+3 and upThanhha LaiLulu Lam7:32Get it free
MatildaMatilda must uncover her magic powers in order to get back at the Trunchbull.8+3 and upRoald DahlKate Winslet4:18Get it free
A Snicker of MagicMidnight Gulch was once an enchanted land where residents could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers, until a curse ruined everything8+3 and upNatalie LloydCassandra Morris8:12Get it free
Greenglass HouseMilo's inn home is suddenly full of strange and secretive visitors, each one with a strange story to tell8+3 and upKate MilfordChris Henry Coffey11:41Get it free
Princess AcademyMiri's mountain-top home is converted into a princess academy8+3 and upShannon HaleLaura Credido7:53Get it free
The Wolves in the WallsNoone believes Lucy that there are wolves living within the walls of their house8+3 and upNeil GaimanNeil Gaiman0:16Get it free
Because of Winn-DixieOpal enters the Naomi, Florida Winn-Dixie supermarket and unexpectedly walks away with a dog.8+3 and upKate DiCamilloCherry Jones2:28Get it free
Ramona Quimby CollectionRamona gets into zany adventures, makes trouble, and learns about growing up across every single Ramona Quimby book in one.8+3 and upBeverly ClearyStockard Channing19:00Get it free
Hank the CowdogSally May is planning a dance in her yard and launches a major Spring Cleaning Offensive8+3 and upJohn R. EricksonJohn R. Erickson1:16Get it free
Better Nate Than EverSmall-town kid Nate Foster has big dreams of starring in a Broadway show8+3 and upTim FederleTim Federle5:54Get it free
Howl’s Moving CastleSophie gets transfigured into an old lady by a witch and must struggle to break the enchantment.8+3 and upDianna Wynne JonesJenny Sterlin8:34Get it free
HolesStanley's quest to uncover what he is digging for brings him to danger and adventure and to a confrontation with his own family's history.8+3 and upLouis SacharKerry Beyer4:23Get it free
Little House in the Big WoodsThe inaugural book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House collection, based on her experiences growing up as an American pioneer.8+3 and upLaura Ingalls WilderCherry Jones3:41Get it free
My Father’s DragonThree timeless tales of Elmer Elevator and his flying baby dragon8+3 and upRuth Stiles GannettRobert Serva2:24Get it free
The Lions of Little RockTo remain friends, Marlee and Liz must take on segregation and the dangers their companionship could bring upon their families.8+3 and upKristin LevineJulia Whelan8:22Get it free
The Betsy-Tacy booksTracy moves into Betsy's neighborhood on Hill Street and becomes her new best friend.8+3 and upSutton FosterMaud Hart Lovelace2:02Get it free
Save Me a SeatTwo boys find out they have a common adversary, the class bully8+3 and upSarah Weeks and Gita VaradarajanJosh Hurely and Vikas Adam4:01Get it free
One Hundred DressesWanda Petronski, an immigrant girl in an American school, is made fun of for wearing the same faded blue dress every day8+3 and upEleanor EstesChristina Moore0:54Get it free
The Count of Monte CristoA man who is wrongfully imprisoned escapes from jail and acquires a fortune.9+4 and upAlexandre DumasAlan Munro9:18Get it free
Mr. Popper’s PenguinsA Newbery Honor winning children's book that lent iteself to the rambunctious Jim Carrey movie9+4 and upRichard AtwaterNick Sullivan2:14Get it free
See You in the CosmosA space-obsessed 11-year-old names Alex Petroski attempt to launch Alex’s golden iPod into space9+4 and upJack ChengKivlighan de Montebello6:10Get it free
Inside Out and Back AgainA young Vietnamese girl must get accustomed to life in America after she flees her war-torn homeland in 19759+4 and upThanhha LaiDoan Ly2:30Get it free
Island of the Blue DolphinsAn Indian girl spends 18 years alone on the island of San Nicholas in the early 1800s9+4 and upScott O'DellTantoo Cardinal4:00Get it free
GhostAn uplifting story about a 13-year-old inner-city Black kid Castle Crenshaw, known as “Ghost,” who stumbles into joining a track team.9+4 and upJason ReynoldsGuy Lockhart3:29Get it free
WonderAugust (Auggie) Pullman has always had a facial deformity that precluded him from going to a public school - until now.9+4 and upR. J. PalacioDiana Steele8:06Get it free
Shingaling: A Wonder StoryIt's not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.9+4 and upR. J. PalacioTaylor Ann Krahn3:08Get it free
James and the Giant PeachJames mistakenly adds some magic crystals to the old peach tree and interesting things start to transpire.9+4 and upRoald DahlJulian Rhind-Tutt3:18Get it free
Odd and the Frost GiantsOdd comes across an eagle, bear and fox that turn out to really be Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the villainous frost giants9+4 and upNeil GaimanNeil Gaiman1:46Get it free
The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeThe inaugural book of The Chronicles of Narnia9+4 and upC.S. LewisMichael York4:21Get it free
The Magician's NephewThe second to last installment in the Narnia series9+4 and upC.S. LewisKenneth Branagh3:57Get it free
The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderEdmund and Lucy, along with their reluctant cousin Eustace, once again enter the magical world of Narnia.9+4 and upC.S. LewisDerek Jacobi5:50Get it free
The Silver ChairBook 4 in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia9+4 and upC.S. LewisJeremy Northam5:25Get it free
The Horse and His BoyTwo runaways meet and join forces for a battle that will finalize their destiny and the fate of Narnia itself.9+4 and upC.S. LewisAlex Jennings4:40Get it free
The Last BattleEustace and Jill must return to Narnia to overcome the Ape Shift and expose the fake Aslan who is wreaking havoc all over this formerly peaceful land.9+4 and upC.S. LewisPatrick Stewart4:49Get it free
A Wrinkle in TimeMeg must try to find her father after experiments with time-travel go wrong10+5 and upMadeleine L'EngleHope Davis6:08Get it free
Where the Mountain Meets the MoonMinli embarks on an astounding adventure to meet the Old Man on the Moon10+5 and upGrace LinJanet Song4:56Get it free
Princess AcademyMiri's princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding10+5 and upShannon HaleCynthia Bishop7:53Get it free
InkheartMo reads aloud from Inkheart and an evil ruler named Capricorn frees himself from the boundaries of fiction10+5 and upCornelia FunkeLynn Redgrave15:27Get it free
Peter and the StarcatchersPeter and his friends are exiled to an island governed by the evil King Zarboff10+5 and upDave BarryJim Dale8:39Get it free
The Wizard of OzYoung Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are swept away into the magical land of Oz10+5 and upL. Frank BaumAnne Hathaway3:52Get it free
Brown Girl DreamingA memoir of a childhood spent across New York and South Carolina10+5 and upJacqueline WoodsonJacqueline Woodson3:55Get it free
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneA young wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry must overcome the evil Voldemort10+5 and upJ.K. RowlingStephen Fry and the Jim Dale8:34Get it free
Diamond WillowAn Athabascan Indian girl named Willow must overcome a critical mistake while mushing the sled dogs to her grandparents' home in the Alaskan winter.10+5 and upHelen FrostJennifer Ikeda2:02Get it free
Just So StoriesCharming classic children's tales of unusual natural phenomenon10+5 and upRudyard KiplingCathy Dobson2:55Get it free
Treasure IslandJim Hawkins, a young cabin boy fights the pirate Long John Silver for a lost treasure10+5 and upRobert Louis StevensonAlfred Molina8:10Get it free
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson ElementaryPoems from 18 kids in a fifth grade class highlight a particularly transformative year10+5 and upLaura ShovanMultiple3:14Get it free
The HobbitThe classis saga of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who must depart the Shire for adventures throughout Middle Earth 10+5 and upJ.R.R. TolkienRob Inglis11:08Get it free
One Crazy Summer3 Gaither sisters unwittingly become involved in the Black Panther movement while trying to visit the mom who abandoned them.11+6 and upRita Williams-GarciaSisi Aisha Johnson5:06Get it free
Hidden FiguresA child-adapted non-fiction account of African American female mathematicians who transform NASA’s space program11+6 and upMargot Lee ShetterlyBahni Turpin4:11Get it free
The Incredible JourneyA Labrador retriever, bull terrier and a Siamese cat band together to find their way home11+6 and upSheila BurnfordMegan Follows3:09Get it free
RedwallA young mouse must save his woodland friends at Redwall Abbey from the villainous Cluny the Scourge11+6 and upBrian JacquesBrian Jacques10:26Get it free
The Graveyard BookAdventures in the graveyard with the lovable Nobody Owens, AKA Bod11+6 and upNeil GaimanNeil Gaiman7:47Get it free
Anne of Green GablesAn 1890s Canadian classic tale of an orphaned girl finding a home11+6 and upL.M. MontgomeryRachel McAdams9:30Get it free
Okay for NowDoug Swieteck just relocated to a new city, with no friends and a terrible older brother11+6 and upGary ScmidtLincoln Hoppe9:16Get it free
Esperanza RisingEsperanza must transition from young daughter of wealthy landowners to Mexican farm worker11+6 and upPam Muñoz RyanTrini Alvarado4:42Get it free
The Mysterious Benedict SocietyFour kids must embark on a secret mission at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened11+6 and upTrenton Lee StewartDel Roy13:15Get it free
The Golden CompassLyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon, must rescue Roger from a team of scientists are conducting unspeakably horrible experiments11+6 and upPhilip PullmanPhilip Pullman10:41Get it free
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)Mythical creatures appear to be arising straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life11+6 and upRick RiordanJesse Bernstein10:02Get it free
Rain ReignRose Howard, a girl with OCD and Asperger's syndrome, must go outside of her comfort zone to find her lost dog11+6 and upAnn M. MartinLaura Hamilton4:07Get it free
A Series of Unfortunate EventsThe Baudelaire children must fight back against the evil Count Olaf using books11+6 and upLemony SnicketTim Curry2:31Get it free
Come On, SeabiscuitThe true story of a couragous horse that would not quit during the Great Depression11+6 and upRalph MoodyCameron Beierle4:01Get it free
The Dark is RisingWill learns that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals sworn to keeping the earth safe11+6 and upSusan CooperAlex Jennings8:47Get it free
The Amber SpyglassThe legions of both heaven and hell are gathering to participate in Lord Asriel's daring rebellion.11+6 and upPhilip PullmanPhilip Pullman14:47Get it free
The Subtle KnifeA world where soul-eating Specters patrol the land and witches barrle with troops of angels in the sky11+6 and upPhilip PullmanPhilip Pullman9:02Get it free
The CrossoverPoems about talented 12-year old basketball player Josh Bell13+8 and upKwame AlexanderCorey Allen2:16Get it free
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyAliens demolish the Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass14+9 and upDouglas AdamsPeter Jones3:56Get it free

Best audiobooks for kids

100 Best audiobooks for kids

Why we love audiobooks for kids

Never forget that hearing books read aloud is a critical way for kids to learn listening, pronunciation, and comprehension skills. Talented and engaging narrators are commissioned to recreate these books in a way that is entertaining to kids and adults.

Of course there is no substitute for a parent reading to their child, but guess what! You can’t always do that! Audiobooks are a great way to expose your kids to literature when you’re driving, doing chores, or just have your hands busy.

Audiobooks are a great way to productively entertain kids while they are multitasking.
If you think that your kids may be watching too much TV, try turning off the screen and putting on a book while your kids draw, paint, play with Legos, etc. It’s guaranteed to be less of a distraction from more worthwhile playtime endeavors.

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How to listen to audiobooks in the car

We love to use audiobooks during a long car ride. When I was a kid, they were “books on tape.” Now, it’s easy to get recorded books to play from your phone over your cars speakers. If your car has an AUX port (AKA 1/8 inch cable port), a small circular hole the same diameter as your phone’s headphone jack, an inexpensive adaptor like [this one] should do the trick.

Besides road trips, audiobooks are great for helping to drift off to sleep at night, or for a sick day. When do your kids listen to audiobooks?

All of the books in this list of the best audiobooks for kids are free a part of an Audible by Amazon FREE trial. There’s no obligation and you can cancel anytime. It’s great!

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Author’s note:
The age recommendations on this list of the best audiobooks for kids are intended to be used as a general guideline for selecting an appropriate book. Every child is different and picks up reading comprehension on an individual pace. You know your child best – pick an audiobook that is right for them! Too easy, they may get bored; too difficult, they’re likely to get discouraged.

 

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