Whether it is a summer vacation to the beach or mountains, a trip to grandma’s house on the farm, or a magical trip to Disney World, it takes time to get there. Traveling with children who constantly ask, “Are we there yet?” can make the trip seem extra long. But, I have found the secret weapon for keeping everyone entertained. Try audiobooks while traveling to your next family vacation destination!
Today I have a great list of audiobooks for children paired with your final destination in mind. Your child can listen with headphones or if you are commuting by car or RV, let the whole family listen through the vehicle speakers.
Audible is a very convenient way to get audiobooks when you are traveling. There are over 180K audiobooks available including a large selection of children’s audiobooks. I love that you download the audiobooks and they are yours to keep. You can even exchange books you don’t like.
So, what audiobooks should you take on your next vacation? Check these out!
BEST AUDIOBOOKS TO LISTEN TO WHILE TRAVELING
Going to the Beach
Traveling to a new location is generally filled with some degree of mystery. So, listening to a mystery on the way seems like a perfect fit. Try The Boxcar Children: Mystery in the Sand by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
Oh, my kids love Nate the Great audiobooks. I think we have listened to them all. For a trip to the beach, listen to Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Nate the Great is a detective and together with his dog, they solve lots and lots of cases.
Cynthia Rylant is one of my favorite authors. The Lighthouse Family is a series of books and there are five audiobooks available from Audible. Enjoy the animal adventures along the sea.
Trekking to the Mountains
The first book that comes to mind when I think of the mountains is Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Heidi is sent to live in the mountains with her grandfather at age five. She loves her life there, but one day is sent to live with another family away from the mountains. Will she return to the place she loves so much?
Visiting Disneyworld or Disneyland
Before there was the Disney version of Winnie-the-Pooh, there was the original story by A.A. Milne. It is a delight to listen to and great for young listeners.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie is the story of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys in Neverland. The story is full of adventure just like the adventure that awaits you at your destination.
Staying at a Cottage
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall gives us a look at the summer vacation of the Penderwick family on a lovely estate in Massachusetts. There the Penderwick girls meet Jeffrey, who joins them on their summer adventures.
Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary is a book you may remember from your own childhood. Ralph S. Mouse decides he wants to explore life outside of the Mountain View Inn. He sets off on his motorcycle and ends up at a summer campground. That is where all the adventures begin.
Alvin Ho Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look is the story of Alvin who is afraid of everything. Now, he is headed to camp. How will he conquer his fear of bears, the dark and more?
Enjoying Time at the Farm
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White has also delighted generations of readers. Fern rescues the runt of the pig litter from an untimely death. Wilbur, the pig, lives a long life filled with friends on the farm.
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski is the story of Birdie Boyer and her family in their new home in Florida. The strawberries need to be planted but there are lots of hardships along the way including dealing with the Slater family who live nearby.
Another Book About Traveling and Going on a Journey
I have to include Dominic by William Steig on the list too because it is one of my all-time favorite chapter book read-alouds. Dominic is a wise and kind dog who is on an adventure. Along the way, he meets and helps various animals. Each animal Dominic encounters helps him learn new things. Vacations are always full of learning new things so this is a great audiobook for any journey you may be taking.
When you have had your fill of children’s audiobooks, you might be ready to listen to an adult book. Check out Turn of the Screw narrated by Emma Thompson. Her engaging voice tells the Gothic ghost story by Henry James.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.