Awesome CD Books for Kids!

August 14, 2013

My kiddo is big, HUGE, majorly into her audio book CD's. She listens to one almost every day. Multiple times a day. There are so so very many wonderful audio books out there, but these are a few of our favorites:

1) 'The Roald Dahl Audio Collection'. This one is FANTASTIC and it's read by The Man himself, Roald Dahl! I read one review that said he was hard to understand. RUBBISH. He's clear as a bell, does a marvelous job, and he has a great voice.

(Julia has been listening to this collection non-stop since we got it. 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' and 'James and the Giant Peach' are slightly abridged, but since I know both stories like the back of my hand, I can tell you that the edits made are very minimal and not at all detracting from the overall story.)

2) 'Arabian Nights', narrated by Jim Weiss. Julia knows this guy by name now. HE IS A STORYTELLING MASTER. You must must MUST seek out any and all Greathall Productions audio books done by this guy. The best. We have at least a half dozen of them!

3) We don't have this 'Junie B. Jones' set, but I think we should.

4.) We've had 'A Bear Called Paddington' for awhile now. It's read by Stephen Fry, who is so droll and British and wonderful. Julia listens to this one over and over and over. It's been in constant rotation since we got it! Can't praise it enough.

5.) More Jim Weiss in 'Animal Tales'. This was our first Greathall Productions CD and one of our very favorites. Super funny, this one.

6.) 'The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins' is not a bit scary. There's only one ghost, and he's quite nice. I think in the goblin story, the goblin eats jam and cakes. The 'Fin M'Coul' story is Julia's favorite.


I have such fond memories of listening to story records when I was little. It makes so happy to see my kiddo enjoying audio stories as well. And let's face it, as much as I love to read stories to her, I can't read all the time, whenever she wants me to. Really, it's true. Audio CD books are total lifesavers and jolly good fun to boot. Julia and I enjoy talking like Stephen Fry now. Basically we pretend to be British whenever we can. Brainwashing! I've successfully turned my kid into a faux Brit!




14 comments:

  1. These are all so cool! I too have fond memories of listening to story records when I was a kid. I think I slipped in at the end of that era because we also had lots of stories on cassette tape. I love that my mom saved all of our old see-hear-read storybooks on tape, because now my kids enjoy them too. My aunt has even managed to thrift a few for us, which makes for great excitement whenever a package of books on tape arrive in the mail. xoxo

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    1. How I miss those storybook records! So fabulous that yours were saved!

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  2. I have never been a big fan of audio books but it's due mostly to my inexperience with them. You sold me on the Paddington book and OMG Stephen Fry??? So so hunting for that!

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    1. I had accompanying picture books that went along with most of my old records. Julia's CD's rarely come with a book, some do, esp the ones from Barefoot Books. But she doesn't care, she just lays on the floor and plays while listening to a story. And they are pure brilliance in the car!

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  3. I can't wait to audio with my kiddo.

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    1. There are TONS of great ones for tiny tots over at Barefoot Books.com!!! You should go look! We had several. Maybe I should do a post on Tiny Tot audio CD's as well :)

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  4. We haven't done too many audio books, either. Some picture books, maybe, and the occasional Barefoot Book, which as you know, you can follow along with, but are more text-heavy than the average picture book. I tend to save them for long car trips, which we don't take too many of. This does give me a good idea of what to look for next time we take one, though! :o)

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    1. We just got a bunch of new ones b/c we had had the old ones for a long time and she was growing a bit tired of listening to the same ones all the time. We also get them from the library. She is way way into them! REALLY good for car rides!

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  5. We are currently listening to "Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire" in the car, which is INCREDIBLE. It's really a little beyond my 8-yr-old, but I figure it's good to stretch her vocabulary. My 5-yr-old tunes in and out, but the 10-yr-old and I are loving it. SO CLEVER. We need an extra CD player for the house, or we'd listen to more of them.

    We also like Storynory podcasts--"The Nose That Ran Away" is a particular favorite.

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    1. Oh FUN Melissa! I've heard those books are amazing! Can't wait to read those!

      Haven't checked out the Storynory stuff but that title sold me right there :)

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  6. YES! I love audiobooks! I listen to them when I draw/paint. Merge the 2 things I love! When she's ready, I love Rick Riordan's books. Super funny!

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    1. We're all about the funny around here....:)

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  7. You are breaking my bank, lady! We're headed to Chelan next week and just ordered two of these for all of us to listen to on the rides over & back.

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    1. Always happy to help :)

      Have fun in Chelan!!!!!!!!

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