National Storytelling Week starts on today, 30th January, and we’re celebrating with a round-up of recommendations for the best audiobooks for kids. “A little magical can take you a long way.” Roald Dahl.
The benefits of audiobooks for kids
Audio storytelling is a brilliant way of engaging and entertaining young kids. In fact, audiobooks are a gift; they introduce pre-readers and developing readers to the world of narrative long before they can read the text for themselves.
Recent research from the National Literacy Trust has proven that storytelling and listening to stories are key to improving a child’s early language and literacy development. It’s known that audio storytelling enriches a child’s vocabulary, as well as assists with pronunciation and comprehension. To get your child interested in audio, we recommend investing in the Toniebox, the ultimate audio player for kids. Tonies unlock a whole world of audio adventure and curiosity. Children will enjoy listening, as well as dancing, singing, and playing with their favourite stories any time they choose.
Best audiobooks for kids
Here are our top 12 audiobooks for kids. Which is your favourite?
It all started with a tickle! Meet Mr. Tickle. He is small and round and has arms that stretch and stretch and stretch. If you are in any way ticklish, beware those extraordinarily long arms, and join him on his mischievous escapades in this collection of laugh-out-loud stories.
If you’re a fan, check out the rest of the collection in the Tonies’ shop. There’s everything from Mr. Strong to Little Miss Sunshine.
Little listeners will love this wonderful introduction to Roald Dahl’s spine-tingling story, The Witches.
To a witch, a child smells like dogs’ droppings, and the Grand High Witch has a plan to get rid of every child in England…
When a boy and his grandmother find themselves at the same hotel as the Grand High Witch and her followers, they must do everything they can to foil the witches’ evil, child-squashing plans. Before they are both frizzled like fritters, can one boy and his grandmother stop them?
Based on the original fairy tale by Brothers Grimm, this magical opera recounts the hugely popular tale of Hansel and Gretel.
Children will love the thrill of this classic story, as well as learning more about composer Engelbert Humperdinck, and hearing some of his beautiful music and songs, sung in their original language, German.
You see, Elmer is a very different elephant – he’s a patchwork elephant. All the grey elephants love him, but he soon starts to wonder what it would be like to be the same as them.
An elephant never forgets, and Elmer will delight young listeners with all his favourite tales. This modern classic about a kind and wise elephant makes ideal bedtime listening.
The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks, Jack & The Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood are all included on this Little Red Riding Hood Tonie.
Fuel your child’s imagination with this charming collection of four age-old fairy tales that will delight little ones and adults alike!
A fairytale collection wouldn’t be complete without these classics!
The Rapunzel Tonie includes six different stories, including Cinderella, The Frog Prince, The Golden Goose, The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats and Rapunzel.
NEW! Extended track list to bring you 120 minutes of your favourite classic children’s stories.
Discover a world of adventure with these six timeless children’s classics retold for your little ones to enjoy. Pinocchio, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Black Beauty, Five Children & It and A Little Princess are stories they’ll treasure forever.
An orphaned young boy called James is sent to live with his two beastly aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker.
James is sad and lonely with not one friend in the whole world, until one day, at the end of the garden, a peach begins to grow. Curious, James soon finds himself inside the giant peach where he meets a bunch of friendly insects waiting to take him on a magical adventure.
The list of best audiobooks for children wouldn’t be complete without this all-time classic written by A.A Milne. The delightful, cute and cuddly Winnie The Pooh makes the perfect bedtime story for any little bear lover.
Join Winnie on his adventures in the hundred-acre wood with his friends Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore and Owl.
“There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!”
The Gruffalo has to be top of the list of best children’s audiobooks when it comes to new kids’ classics.
If you’re a fan, check out the rest of Julia Donaldson’s collection in the Tonies’ shop. There’s everything from Zog to Room on the Broom and Stickman.
Pippi Longstocking is one of those groundbreaking female characters that every little girl and boy should grow up listening to. Regularly voted as one of the world’s favourite children’s characters, Pippi’s fans include Lady Gaga and Madonna to name just two.
Pippi is loved and admired for being self-sufficient, quick-witted, generous and never letting anything – or anyone – shake her self-belief or take advantage.
For the ultimate in nostalgia, choose this Famous Five audiobook for kids, they will enjoy it just as much as you did growing up.
Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find new discoveries and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton‘s most popular series. From solving mysteries to half-term escapades, you’ll join these five on many an exciting adventure.