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Summer Road Trip — 10 Audiobooks To Keep Your Kids Happy In The Car

Jul 30, 2018

When your nap plans go out the window, your cookie stash is low and the special surprise stickers you packed end up falling on the floor and making everyone cry, these audiobooks will keep your kids (and you) distracted from the fact that they have to pee AGAIN before the next rest stop in 70 billion kilometres.

Dogger (By Shirley Hughes)

Book cover: Dogger

All Shirley Hughes’ books are packed with the perfect blend of charm and childhood nostalgia, and this one about a boy and his favourite stuffed toy, Dogger, is no exception. Every child can relate to what it feels like to have a special snuggly toy, and what it’s like to lose it. We love this audiobook for the sounds of childhood: an ice cream truck, a bustling family home and a busy fair. Also the sweet music and the charming British accent.

Just make sure your kid is snuggled up in the back seat with their own special stuffy before you hit play — because they’re going to ask for it! Recommended for ages 0 to 5.

Room On The Broom (By Julia Donaldson)

Book cover: Room On The Broom

All Julia Donaldson books make for easy listening thanks to her engaging stories and rhymes. Sound effects, sweet characters and a scary dragon will add some intrigue to your adventure. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

Frog And Toad Audio Collection (By Arnold Lobel)

Frog And Toad Audio Collection

These stories might make you feel like you’re on a '70s-era road trip, given the overall old-fashioned vibe. But the sweet stories of friendship will keep preschoolers engaged and younger passengers will be lulled right to sleep by the soothing tones. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

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The Lorax (By Dr. Seuss)

Book cover: The Lorax

Fifteen minutes of catchy rhymes, all about saving the earth and anti-consumerism. The audiobook is narrated by Ted Danson, so it’s read with a unique flair kids and grown-ups can both enjoy. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

The Book With No Pictures (By B.J. Novak)

Book cover: The Book With No Pictures

Cue the giggles from the back seat as your little ones listen to this book the way it was meant to be read: with funny voices and a whole lot of enthusiasm. B.J. Novak made the grown-ups laugh when we watched The Office, but it’s the kiddos who will love his humour this time. Recommended for ages 2 to 8.

The Detective Dog (By Julia Donaldson)

Book cover: The Detective Dog

A sweet story about a dog named Nell, a love of reading and an adventure to find some missing books. In our family, Julia Donaldson books are a big deal, and we’ve read all of them multiple times. They’re so fun to read aloud, and even better as an audiobook, thanks to character voices, fun rhymes and sound effects. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (By Dr. Seuss)

Book cover: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Kids will love the clever rhyming and dreaming up all the colourful adventures described in the story. This one is a great reminder for parents, too, that there will be ups and downs on your journey, in life and probably on this road trip (we’re looking at you, side-of-the-road emergency poop break when we’re out of wipes). Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

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Llama Llama Loves To Read (By Anna Dewdney And Reed Duncan)

Book cover: Llama Llama Loves To Read

A lovely story (and the late Anna Dewdney’s last, completed by her husband) lays out the simple steps in the journey of learning to read. A sweet story of rhymes, letters and learning, your little one will love hearing Llama Llama’s latest tale read aloud. My kids like to look at the book while listening to the audio for this one, so my four-year-old can see the letters and words and my two-year old can look at the pictures. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.

Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth (By Oliver Jeffers)

Book cover: Here We Are: Notes For Living On Planet Earth

A love letter appreciating the beauty of the planet we all share and the unique perspective of all earth’s inhabitants. This story explores themes of respect, consideration and tolerance in a lovely, accessible way for little kids. It’s read aloud by the author, who wrote this book for his son, so it’s read with a lot of love and emotion. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

Giraffes Can't Dance (By Giles Andreae)

Book cover: Giraffes Can't Dance

Gerald just wants to dance — but he can’t! This rhyming story is so fun to listen to aloud thanks to the upbeat music, animal sounds and smooth narration. Major bonus: this story inspires little kids to march to the beat of their own drum. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

All audiobooks, except for Dogger, are available on Audible and iTunes. These audiobooks can also be found at your local library. 

Article Author Katharine Reid
Katharine Reid

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Katharine is a freelance writer and editor who loves libraries and nature. The former editor of a health website, she now spends her days with her three adorable young kiddos. A big believer in the power of unstructured free play, she can usually be found either going on outdoor adventures with her kids, setting up invitations to play and create, snuggling up to read or escaping the chaos to head to a yoga class.

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