Series – The Lighthouse Family

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My daughter fell in love with this sweet series about an unusual family of animals that live in a lighthouse by the sea.

We’ve read and enjoyed some of author Cynthia Rylant‘s other books (the Annie and Snowball, and Henry and Mudge series). And I knew these would be a hit as well.

There are soon to be eight books in the Lighthouse Family series. The first seven have been recorded into audiobooks by narrator Mark Nelson. They are short and delightful for younger kids.

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Podcast – Little Stories for Tiny People

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I wasn’t sure about this podcast when I first heard about it. My older daughter is five now and we’ve started to listen to some pretty adventurous fare; this podcast features cute animals doing cute things. But you know what? She loved it!

Little Stories for Tiny People is a super sweet podcast “featuring original audio stories that will delight the tiny people in your life” and boy does it ever! You can definitely feel the love that writer and performer Rhea Pechter puts into each episode. This podcast is now part of our regularly listening rotation.

P. S. I’m actually quite happy that my big kid is still a tiny person; some days it seems like she is growing up too quickly.

Series – The Secrets of Droon

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First a little shout out to the Kingdom of Wrenly books by Jordan Quinn. This fantasy series is not available as audiobooks but was seriously beloved by my 5 year old and by me! I highly recommend them to any beginning readers.

Which brings us to The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott. About a trio of plucky friends who discover a hidden world where reside sorcerers, witches, magical creatures, and more, this long-running fantasy series kicks it up a notch.

There are 34 books (plus a number of special editions) in the series but we’ve only gotten through the first 6 books so far in two fast-paced, action-packed collections, narrated by Oliver Wyman. I am so hoping for more!

 

Series – Cam Jansen

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“Click.” 

I’ve always loved this simple catchphrase of the girl detective with a photographic memory.

Cam Jansen and her best friend Eric use their memory and skills of deduction to solve case after case in this fun series written by David A. Adler.

There are dozens of books. We’ve been scouring our local library for them, but here’s a list from Audible.

Series – Emily Windsnap

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First she was obsessed by fairies. Now mermaids!

Emily Windsnap is just a regular girl who discovers one day she’s actually part mermaid. Of course, adventure ensues. This cute fantasy series by Liz Kessler deals with themes of family, friendship, and identity.

Only four of the seven books in the series have been made into audiobooks, but I hope there are more to come.

Podcast – Sugarcrash Kids

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This charming original music and podcast website is not often mentioned when I crowdsource for new audio story ideas, but I’m sure glad we found it.

There’s so much here. “Through creative music and thoughtful storytelling, Sugarcrash Kids invites kids and grown-ups alike to ignite their sense of wonder and to whimsically adventure into the world around them.”

There are three fun seasons, but sadly doesn’t look like new episodes are being produced right now.

Music – Peter and the Wolf

So not technically an audiobook or podcast, but lately my daughter’s been obsessed with Sergei Prokofiev‘s “symphonic fairy tale for children”, which uses instruments to represent different characters and animals.

The version we’ve been listening to is narrated by David Bowie, but there are many, many others out there (just take a look on YouTube).

Narrated classical music has been a great way to introduce my kids to the art. We’re also a fan of Classical Kids, and I’m going to start looking to incorporate more music into our listening adventures.