On the Road Again! Great Audiobooks for the Entire Family

By Melody Palmer, Youth Librarian, South Broken Arrow Library

Do you have a road trip planned this summer? Do you tend to enjoy music while driving and let the children play handheld games or watch movies (with headphones, of course) to keep them from bickering or whining? If you answered "yes" to any of the above, I'd like to suggest an alternative: audiobooks! 

Audiobooks on a road trip will not only give your brain something to focus on during the drive, but a great narrator can transform the mundane drive into a journey of epic proportion. Not only that, but listening to audiobooks when traveling can also give your family a shared reading experience. It's a great way to encourage family conversation - you'll always have something to discuss while stopping at roadside diners for refreshments and gas!

If you are someone who has been told "listening to audiobooks is cheating," you've been misinformed. Studies show that listening to audiobooks actually stimulates the same part of the brain as reading a physical book. So fear not, neither you nor your children are cheating at reading. I hope that your curiosity has been piqued, and you are now wondering what you should listen to.

Award-winners and classics are a great place to start! Try these:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (read by Neil Gaiman) 

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

 

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