20 Exceptional Audiobooks to Kick-start Your Family Listening

Start here with audiobook listening for the whole family. AudioFile’s recommendations give you so many stories to share.

Audiobooks and kids make a great match. Intimate and exciting performances from dynamic voices can help bring the stories to life in new ways. We’ve made some great matches for you, pairing up newer titles along with well-loved classics that all share a similar theme or idea.

There are misfit girls, journeys to self-discovery, battles against injustice, and opportunities to learn about cultures and experiences that may be different from our own. There’s sure to be something that will appeal to every young listener in your life—and will be fun for you to listen to right along with them!

Fantastic Worlds
37006.jpgALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
by Lewis Carroll, read by Jim Dale (Listening Library)

If you like Wonderland, you might like . . .

HATCHED
by Bruce Coville, read by Matthew Frow, Jeremy Gumbs, and a Full Cast, Ages 8+ (Listening Library)

BAKER’S MAGIC
by Diane Zahler, read by Tavia Gilbert, Michael Crouch, and a Full Cast, Ages 8+ (Live Oak Media)

THE HIDDEN ORACLE
by Rick Riordan, read by Robbie Daymond, Ages 10+ (Listening Library)

Other Times & Cultures
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WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER
by Grace Lin, read by Kim Mai Guest, Ages 8+ (Hachette Audio)

If you like learning about cultures from around the world, you might like . . .

ONE HALF FROM THE EAST
by Nadia Hashimi, read by Ariana Delawari, Ages 8+ (Harper Audio)

THE RED PENCIL
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane W. Evans, read by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Ages 8+ (Hachette Audio)

A CRACK IN THE SEA
by H.M. Bouwman, read by Bahni Turpin, Ages 8+ (Listening Library)

The Battle Against Injustice
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THE GIVER
by Lois Lowry, read by Ron Rifkin, Ages 12+ (Listening Library)

If you liked uncovering the world of THE GIVER, you might like . . .

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins, read by Carolyn McCormick, Ages 12+ (Scholastic Audiobooks)

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON

by Kelly Barnhill, read by Christina Moore, Ages 10+ (Recorded Books)

THE INQUISITOR’S TALE
by Adam Gidwitz, read by Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley , Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby, Arthur Morey, Ages 10+ (Listening Library)

Discovering the Magic Within
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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale, Ages 8+ (Listening Library)

If you wish you could learn at Hogwarts, you might like one of these . . .


THE GOLDEN COMPASS
by Philip Pullman, read by a Full Cast, Ages 12+  (Listening Library)

GRAYLING’S SONG
by Karen Cushman, read by Katherine Kellgren, Ages 10+ (Recorded Books)

HOODOO
by Ronald L. Smith, read by Ron Butler, Ages 10+  (Dreamscape)
Keep your eye out for our Behind the Mic visit with narrator Ron Butler!

Family & Community
20856.jpgBECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE
by Kate DiCamillo, read by Cherry Jones, Ages 8+ (Listening Library)

If you shared Opal’s family with yours, you might like . . .

THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE
by Jacqueline Kelly, read by Natalie Ross, Ages 12+ (Brilliance Audio)

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
by Matt de la Peña, read by Lizan Mitchell, Ages 4-6 (Recorded Books)

BROWN GIRL DREAMING
by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Jacqueline Woodson, Ages 10+ (Listening Library)

What audiobooks have you listened to with your kids that you would recommend for someone who loves Harry Potter? What audiobook have they loved that helped teach them more about valuing family and community? Share your favorites in the comments!

Find more great audiobooks here, Audiobooks for Kids & Teens. AudioFile’s dynamic lists come complete with with age ranges.
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3 thoughts on “20 Exceptional Audiobooks to Kick-start Your Family Listening”

  1. Two series that we also love in my family are Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo. Artemis Fowl is performed by Nathaniel Parker, and is amazingly entertaining. I don’t remember who performs Charlie Bone, but it is equally entertaining, and a very interesting story.

    1. Those are both great series for family listening! There are eight ARTEMIS FOWL audiobooks out and Nathaniel Parker has narrated them all, winning multiple Earphones Awards. He’s a great narrator! Here’s a link to the full list:
      http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/listing/?Title=artemis+fowl&by=Title
      The CHARLIE BONE series is wonderful, and Simon Russell Beale narrated the earlier audiobooks, with Simon Jones narrating the later audiobooks. To see them all, check the list here:
      http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/listing/?Title=Charlie+Bone&by=Title
      Thank you for your additions!

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