National Storytelling Week starts on 30th January, and we’re celebrating with a round-up of recommendations for the best audiobooks for children.

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’re able to 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 audioplayer 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 children

Here are our top 12 audiobooks for children. Which is your favourite?

Paddington

Paddington Bear meets The Browns’ family on a railway platform in London. When they take Paddington home, they soon discover he is a very unusual bear with a habit of making the ordinary extraordinary…

A Bear Called Paddington is the first in a series of novels written by Michael Bond. Narrated by the wonderful Stephen Fry.

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Peter Rabbit

As audiobooks for children go, Beatrix Potter’s most famous tales are a fantastic place to start.

Your children will enjoy the antics of mischievous Peter Rabbit who loves nothing more than having endless adventures with his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. This wonderful collection includes the Tales of Benjamin Bunny, Mr. Tod and The Flopsy Bunnies.

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Hansel and Gretel

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.

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Puss in Boots

Puss-in-Boots, The Magic Porridge Pot, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, and The Brave Tin Soldier make up this collection of five well-loved fairytales.

Narrators Alex D’Attoma, Alex Averell and Rob Quirk bring these classic Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson tales to life, making them ideal for bedtime listening, long car journeys, holidays, and lazy Sunday afternoons.

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Little Red Riding Hood

Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood are all included on this Little Red Riding Hood Tonie.

These five charming fairy tales are lovingly retold by David Henry Wilson and will be treasured by young readers.

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Rapunzel

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.

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Pinocchio

The Pinocchio Tonie brings together five famous classics of children’s literature, read by David Henry Wilson.

Pinocchio, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Treasure Island are masterpieces that will engage and inspire generations of young adventurers and explorers.

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Peter Pan

This has to be the ultimate Tonie for budding explorers.

Enjoy the adventures of Peter Pan, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Gulliver’s Travels, Little Lord Fauntleroy and Sinbad the Sailor.

Little adventurers will love to add this audiobook to their collection and listen to it time and time again.

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Winnie the Pooh

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.

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Gruffalo

“There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!”

When it comes to new kids’ classics, the Gruffalo has to be top of the list of best children’s audiobooks.

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.

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Pippi Longstocking

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 Madoona 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.

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Famous Five

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.

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