Ivy + Bean is a sweet series of books by Annie Barrows about two very different girls who are best friends. Bean is noisy and wild, while Ivy is quiet and full of ideas.
My daughter loves the friendship aspect of these books! Recommended for age six to nine, but my almost five-year old really dug them.
There are ten books in this series, and the audiobooks are narrated by Cassandra Morris:
The premise of Story Pirates podcast is “Kids write stories. We act them out. Kids write more.” And the results are hilarious!
All the stories are original works, written by kids, with definite kid sensibilities. The stories are then adapted by professional comedians, actors, and improvisers.
My daughter is often in stitches. Me too!
Seriously, who doesn’t remember and love Judy Blume and her delightful tales about Peter and Fudge Hatcher? And don’t forget their friend Sheila Tubman.
I’m most familiar with the first three books in the series, having read them as a kid myself. But there are five in total:
And they are read by the author herself!
My older daughter (being the big sister) loves the sibling aspect of these books. We have definitely laughed out loud many times listening to Fudge’s hilarious antics. Peter is definitely a good, long-suffering big brother.
If your kids like spirited protagonists like Ramona Quimby and Judy Moody, they will be sure to love Clementine!
It’s a seven book series by Sara Pennypacker about a third-grader who is having a tough week. She keeps getting into trouble, like for cutting off her friend Margaret’s hair! Don’t worry, lots of life lessons are learned. And narrator Jessica Almasy captures the humour and charm of the books perfectly.
My daughter thought the Clementine books were pretty funny, and I enjoyed them too.
Check them out through Audible, or at your library!
Storynory is a popular free podcast that is wonderful for bedtime or quiet time. Main host Natasha has the most soothing British voice ever! Almost puts me to sleep.
This one has been around for years, and though I haven’t counted, I’m sure there are hundreds of stories in their collection, ranging from fairy tales, fables, and myths to original works. It will definitely keep your young child entertained for a long, long time.
I thought this beloved series by J. K. Rowling was fantastic from the first time I read them. Then I discovered the unabridged audiobook series narrated by Jim Dale when my daughter M was born. Seriously one of the best narrators I’ve listened to. He does every character’s voice just slightly differently. Amazing.
These books have a special place in my heart. During the first three months of M’s life, I somehow finished listening to all seven novels, and I truly feel they kept me sane during that foggy period of late night cluster feeds. Mischief managed.
My kids are too young right now as there are some darker themes. But I cannot wait to listen to this series again when they’re ready. Again, this is a must listen.
Check it out through Audible (well worth getting to listen to over and over), or at your library!
So not only am I sharing my favourite books with my daughter, I’m also discovering new favourites with her!
This trilogy of books by Ruth Stiles Gannett about Elmer Elevator and his baby dragon will be sure to enchant younger listeners. The stories are so sweet and imaginative! Definitely a classic for a good reason.