Unforgettable Audiobooks for Kids~

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Unforgettable Audiobooks for Kids~
Wed, 12-02-2009 - 8:59pm

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman
Read by the author

Take The Jungle Book, move it into a spooky cemetery, and you get this magical — and creepy — fantasy! Orphaned as a baby, Nobody Owens wanders into the graveyard next door, where he is raised by the ghouls, witches, and werewolves who call it home. British author Neil Gaiman reads this, his first full-length novel since Coraline, with a passion that only grows as the chapters pass. But don’t take our word for it — Gaiman won a 2009 Audie Award for best audio book of the year.

Peter Pan

By J.M. Barrie
Read by Tim Curry

Anyone familiar with the Rocky Horror Picture Show knows that actor and singer Tim Curry has a flair for the dramatic. So who better to read the unabridged tale of the boy who refused to grow up? Take note, Disney fans: This is the original Peter Pan as Barrie wrote it, so be ready for some differences. (For instance, did you know that Peter’s famous green outfit was created for the movie because it was easy to animate?) If you and the grandkids love it, look for Curry’s reading of the authorized sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet.

Charlotte’s Web

By E.B. White
Read by the author

If you want a job done right, do it yourself. Even though E.B. White passed away more than twenty years ago, this recording of the author reading his heartwarming masterpiece — taped by a neighbor in 1970 — still survives. With his charming New England accent and warm tone, you can tell this master storyteller loves his characters. And after your grandchildren listen to the touching friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider, they’ll love them, too.

The Harry Potter Series

By J.K. Rowling
Read by Jim Dale

Jim Dale has won two Grammys and ten Audie Awards for his readings of the Harry Potter series, so isn't it time to find out what all the fuss is about? Just make sure you and the little ones have plenty of time to spend on this 117-hour collection that includes all seven volumes of the wizard-in-training series. That means you can follow Harry, Ron, and Hermione from their first day at Hogwarts all the way to the Deathly Hallows (for which Dale holds a Guinness Record for doing 146 different character voices). It beats the movies any day of the week!

The Cricket in Times Square

By George Selden
Read by Tony Shalhoub

It’s your typical fish out of water — or should we say cricket out of the countryside — story. Connecticut cricket Chester had no idea what he was in for when he smelled liverwurst, hopped into a picnic basket, and wound up in New York City. Luckily, a little boy named Mario helps him adjust to life in the Big Apple. And with the help of Monk star Tony Shalhoub, you’ll be able to perfectly picture Chester’s adorable matchbox bed (with Kleenex sheets!) where he dreams of eating tasty mulberry leaves.

James and the Giant Peach

By Roald Dahl
Read by Jeremy Irons

When you think of who you want reading a story to children, Scar from The Lion King might not be the first person who comes to mind. But Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons brings this classic Roald Dahl story to life, creating wonderfully distinct personalities for Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, and everyone else sharing this adventure with James. You’ll feel like you’re sitting with them in that oversize fruit as it soars through the clouds tied to seagulls and ends up stuck on top of the Empire State Building.


By Judy Blume
Read by the author

A lot of kids can relate to having a crazy younger brother, but they may start to appreciate him after they hear the antics of uncontrollable 4-year-old Farley Drexel, aka Fudge, and the embarrassment he heaps on his older brother Peter. Author Judy Blume reads this sequel to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, following the kids as they move to the suburbs, enter a new school, and learn that Mommy is pregnant again. (A warning: If your grandkids believe in Santa Claus, this isn’t the book for them.)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Roald Dahl
Read by Eric Idle

Charlie Bucket was the luckiest boy alive when he opened a package of Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights and won a trip to the world’s most famous chocolate factory. Now your grandchildren will feel like they've found their own Golden Ticket when they hear Monty Python funnyman Eric Idle hilariously portray Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop, and all the other spoiled little brats who learn their lessons in the magical world of Willy Wonka

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Wed, 01-13-2010 - 7:49am
I really need to start checking out some audiobooks for the kids from the library! Thanks for posting these recommendations!