The Weekly Read: Audiobooks

My oldest girl gave up naps a while ago, but I insist on a “quite time” and we’ve tried a variety of activities to keep her occupied.  Full length audiobooks are the golden ticket!  She now skips off happily to quite time, and even asks for extensions if she’s in the middle of a good chapter.  Most books (Little House on the Prairie series, James and the Giant Peach, Black Beauty), I insist on reading aloud myself the first time, just because I’m greedy, and want to share the first listen magic.  She has no problem listening to favorites over and over and over again.  It could be just that she’s a bit older, having a bit of a mental growth spurt, or it could be related to the hours of reading aloud she gets each day, but we’ve noticed a large leap in her vocabulary and in her reading comprehension since around the time these audiobooks made their way into the daily routine.  I’m determined not to let my own reading aloud to the girls take a back seat to these recorded versions, but I’m thrilled that she loves them so much.  It’s also a surreal feeling to have the four and a half year old BEG for quite time to begin.  We’re also huge fans of popping a book on in the car, or on cranky afternoons when we need a distraction.  If you listen to audio books with your kids, I’d love to hear your favorites!


This last set of photos has nothing to do with reading . . . but it happened this morning and my Beanie’s excitement was so adorable that I couldn’t resist posting.  She’s watching butterflies emerge:


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Lily - September 9, 2011 - 4:37 pm

My current audiobook obsession is the Flavia DeLuce series by Alan bradley. The first book is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. The stories are about a cheeky 11-year-old scientist/ detective in 1951. The books might be a bit too old for Eva- each one deals with solving a murder- but they are childrens books and not grisly or detailed about those things. It’s mostly just a fantastic reader, an extremely clever girl, and a lot of fun. Maybe when she’s 7 or 8? I would recommend listening over reading the book for sure- the reader is truly gifted.

Ashley DeLatour - September 15, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Oh I can’t wait to check these out when Lilly is a bit older. I might get them now and listen though. Sounds too cute to pass up!

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