Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer Survival: Audio Books

summer survival
The number of school days has dwindled into the single digits. I know this because my 7-year-old's teacher keeps count in class and this exciting bit of information gets passed on to me daily.

Last summer was our summer of the chapter book. The kids and I read: The Trumpet of the Swan, Owls in the Family and 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos. I really loved our read-aloud time and can't wait to do it again this year.

This year in addition to our read-alouds I'm also going to be relying on audio books a good bit, especially while I try to work. The only real parental involvement needed for audio books is the downloading (We use the library's free Overdrive App but you can just as easily use Audible) and being called in to mediate disputes about certain people talking when others want to listen.

Even though school isn't quite out, we've already gotten a head start on our summer reading thanks to a little me and them road trip. Over the long weekend, we listened to Mr. Poppers Penguins and The Box Car Children.

While I enjoyed the audio version of Mr. Popper's Penguins, I don't think I'll bother with the movie.  I had read The Box Car Children as a child and had very fond memories of the books and was looking forward to listening to them but have to say they were much better the first time around. Listening to Jesse trill, "It's so good to eat with spoons" is, well, annoying as all get-out but the book was well-received by both the 6 and 7 year old. (The 4 year old gets bored with anything of long length.) I also had Frindle cued up and ready to go, but we haven't listened to that one yet.

The other benefit of audio books is that they're hands-free. I can listen to audio books while I drive, cook and fold laundry. The kids can listen to them while they color, play Legos or line up dominoes. They listened to Because of Winn Dixie earlier in the month and I really enjoyed the bits I heard. And Sparkle Stories are always a favorite at our house.

Still not convinced that audio books are the way to go for kids? Check out this article on 8 reasons audio books are great for kids. Also, here is a list of 40 great audio books for kids.

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