Did you love listening to books on tape or CD when you were little? These days it’s all about audio books, and I’ve put together a list of some of the best audio books for toddlers and preschoolers – perfect for car trips and rest time.
Does your toddler ever listen to audiobooks? This was something that I remember doing all the time as a child (books on tape – wow that shows my age, and then progressing to books on CD) and I’ve recently started letting my toddlers listen to audiobooks too. They love it! To be honest, we do still have a collection of children’s books on CD as my car is old enough to still have a CD player and they are great to keep them entertained in the car. We currently have the Lion King on repeat! If you have a more modern car than mine then you can play your audiobooks through your phone with an app like audible.
Listening is such an important skill and one that often gets overlooked now that everything is so interactive. While listening to stories, your toddler is learning about the structure of texts, increasing their vocabulary, identifying language patterns (rhyme, repetition etc), and most importantly, learning to love books. Even thought they’re only little, they learn so much from listening.
We’ve been using Audible.com (they have a 30 day free trial) and I download them to my phone or Ipad using the free Audible app. Our favorite place to listen to them is in the car, but I’ll often put one on when we have quiet time, or just before nap time. If we happen to have a hard copy of the book as well, they like to follow along.
Searching for audio books can be a bit overwhelming and it’s hard to find ones that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. Our favorite audiobooks so far have been:
5. Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
By signing up for a 30 day free trial here you are eligible for 2 free audio book downloads to get started.
I’d love to hear what audio books you think your toddler would love to listen to with their Audible free trial (comment below).
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