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.
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!
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.
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.
Another funny series about sibling and family dynamics written by the beloved Judy Blume. If you adore Peter and Fudge, you’ll like this too.
The Pain is six-year old Jake, and the Great One is his eight-year old sister, Abigail. My kid loves these two spunky siblings. They don’t always see eye to eye (what real siblings do?), but they know they can always count on each other.
And that’s what family is for, right?
There are four fun books in the series, narrated by Kathleen McInerney:
Nim is a little girl who leads an extraordinary life on a remote desert island with her scientist father and animal friends. Her story is about survival, adventure, and independence.
My daughter really enjoyed Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr. I wouldn’t say the narration by Kate Reading blew me away, but I love any and all stories with strong female leads!
Sometimes I wonder what really good children’s books did I miss out on when I was a kid? My parents are immigrants, and English was our second language, so I was pretty much left to my own devices when it came to choosing reading material.
I luckily stumbled onto some wonderful books (like these ones and these ones), that I still love, but sadly, I completely missed British author Enid Blyton. Until now.
The Faraway Tree collection is a lovely series about siblings who discover different magical lands by way of an enchanted forest.
You know you can’t go wrong when the audiobooks are narrated by Kate Winslet!