There is nothing better than bedtime stories or stories at any time for that matter, for children. Stories and books help a child grow intellectually, keep them entertained and happy, can calm them down and send them to sleep. There may be times however when you cannot read to your child and your child is not old enough to read for themselves. This is where children’s audio books come into their own and here we have chosen 10 of the best childrens audio books for you to consider.
Our Top 10 Children’s Audio Books
1. A Bear Called Paddington
Paddington Bear is one of the most loved childrens characters of all time. The little brown bear in the blue duffel coat and red hat is known around the world.
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond is a great choice of audio book for children as no child can resist the bear who loves marmalade sandwiches. Stephen Fry tells the tale of how the Browns meet Paddington at the railway station, and he reads the story superbly. Paddington arrived in London from Peru with nothing but a marmalade sandwich and suitcase. The story goes on to tell the tale of how the Browns life is turned upside down when they take him into their home.
Even though your children may have seen the movie, the audio book is well worth listening to and it will keep the little ones happy.
2. The Gruffalo
Every child likes rhyming stories and one of the best is The Gruffalo. The book has been adapted into a film but there is nothing like hearing it read aloud. The Gruffalo is by author Julia Donaldson and read by Imelda Staunton.
The Gruffalo is the story of a little mouse who goes for a walk through a deep and dark wood. It is delightful with the focus being on the mouse and a monster. However, the monster is not at all scary, even for little ones. The mouse makes up a tale about a monster to frighten off his enemies as he is walking through the wood but then he comes across a real monster.
3. The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch is now in a series of books with this being the first one. Jill Murphy is the author and Gemma Arterton the narrator.
This is a wonderful story for youngsters who like magical mayhem. Mildred Hubble, the worst witch imaginable, provides the mayhem. She is prone to disasters and training at the Miss Cackle Academy for Witches where she continually gets her spells wrong and needs lessons on how to fly a broomstick.
The story is about her life at the school as she attempts to become a full-fledged witch and her falling out with the teacher’s pet who becomes her deadly enemy.
The talented Kate Winslet reads this classic Roald Dahl tale about Matilda Wormwood, a genius who just happens to live with extremely stupid parents.
Matilda attends a school with a headmistress called Miss Trunchbull, who hates all children and thinks they are stupid. While Matilda might only be small, she proves repeatedly that she has plenty of tricks up her sleeve.
This is an excellent audio book for any child who likes magical happenings and perfect for listening to at any time.
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the audio book version of the Penguin book written by Jeff Kinney and read by Dan Russell.
It tells the story of a young boy, Greg Hefley, whose mom asks him to keep a diary, which he says, is a journal not a diary. The boy agrees because he reckons that it might come in handy later on when he has become rich and famous. The boy begins to keep his journal and throughout the book, it is the story of Greg and his life at school, along with friends and enemies, and how he feels about life in general.
This is a great choice of audio book for young teens from around eight upwards.
7. The Midnight Gang
The Midnight Gang is written and narrated by David Walliams and is a lovely fun book with a charming tale set in the ward of a childrens hospital in the Lord Funt Hospital after dark.
The focus of the book is on friendship of the children who join what they call the Midnight Gang. This is a time when all children in the hospital apart from the gang are fast asleep and the gang gets up many adventures within the hospital and how they deal with the wicked matron in charge.
If your child likes magic and friendship stories, they will love The Midnight Gang.
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the story that has enchanted very young children for many years. The book is written by Eric Carle and is narrated by Roger McGough and Juliet Stevenson.
The book includes five stories wrote by Eric Carle and they include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Please Get the Moon for Me, Papa, I see a song, The Very Quiet Cricket and The Mixed up Chameleon. All the stories feature narration combined with music.
8. The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Tiger Who Came to Tea was first published more than 40 years ago but it is a classic story that is timeless and keeps younger children fascinated. The book is written by Judith Kerr and narrated by Geraldine McEwan.
When the doorbell of their house rings, Sophie and her mum go to the door to see who is there. To their surprise, they find a huge tiger standing on the doorstep. However, do they let the tiger in and is it friendly?, let your children listen to the story to find out.
9. Childrens Top 100 Stories & Rhymes
The Childrens Top 100 Stories & Rhymes are spread over a 3CD audio book so there is plenty to keep children happy and entertained or company while they fall asleep. Perhaps not for older children, but babies and toddlers will love it.
Stories and rhymes include childrens favorites such as The Wheels on the Bus, Grand Old Duke of York and Old McDonald.
10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a story that children have loved for time. Roald Dahl wrote the book and this version is narrated by Douglas Hodge.
Almost all children will have seen the movies but will love recapping listening to this audio version. It features distinguishable Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket and his grandfather who visit Wonka in the factory. From the search for Golden tickets to entry to the Chocolate Factory, to the Umpa Lumpas and more, this audio book has everything to delight and keep children young and old entertained.
If you are looking for an audio books for kids or two to keep your children entertained or help them fall asleep, check out the 10 from above, there is something for children of all ages.