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.
So I’m including these fantasy books by Daisy Meadows (a pseudonym for a number of different writers) for completion’s sake.
I thought this series, about two friends who help save the seven Rainbow Magic fairies (one book for each fairy), was a little saccharine, but my four year old freaking loved it! Did I mention she had a fairy phase?
And so I followed a book lover’s advice to let your child make their own book choices, no matter how annoying, in the early years so they develop a passion for more stories. Good literary taste will come later – I hope!
The audio series is made much better by narrator Kathleen McInerney, who we’ve listened to and enjoyed in other productions.
I have really fond memories of this book, about a fabulously strong, kind and completely unconventional girl and her two next-door neighbour friends. My 5 year old laughed along too!
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren is just about as absurd and fun as I remember it. Definitely a classic worth listening to.
Narrator Christina Moore is actually a bit no-nonsense sounding, but somehow it works well for this book.
Growing up, I read my fair share of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries. What’s old is new again in this updated series, this time about an 8-year old Nancy and her best friends, George and Bess.
The Clue Crew series is the latest reincarnation of the famous detective books by Carolyn Keene (actually a collective pseudonym for a number of ghostwriters). It seems geared toward a younger audience. Case in point, my five year old loves them!
Although there are about forty books in the series now, only five have so far been made into audiobooks, which are narrated by Cassandra Morris. We found a few in our library, then purchased the rest which are currently on sale on Audible (sale until November 27, 2017).
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:
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!