Another sweet, funny, British classic. My daughter loved Winnie the Pooh, so it was no surprise when I introduced Paddington that she would love him too. These silly bears are always getting into trouble!
Lots of books in the series by Michael Bond:
Fabulous narrators include British actors Stephen Fry, Hugh Bonneville, and Jim Broadbent.
(I have to say, Stephen Fry’s narration is really softening me up to his version of Harry Potter. Right now I’m still in the Jim Dale narrator camp, but can be persuaded…)
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.
Young Stanley Lambchop was hit by a falling bulletin board and is now as flat as a pancake. But being half an inch thick has advantages, like the ability to be mailed all over the world! Readers can travel with him and his brother Arthur, in Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures.
My daughter loved the original whimsical picture book by Jeff Brown. This particular series was written after his death by a number of different authors, including Sara Pennypacker (who we know and love from the Clementine series)! My daughter devoured it all the same.
I so wanted to share these beloved stories with my daughter earlier on in our listening journey, but there are some potentially scary elements, so I had to wait. Finally put on a couple of the shorter stories recently, and it was love!
All of Roald Dahl‘s books have this wonderful dark humour that I adore. We haven’t listened to everything yet, but so far so good!
Start with the Roald Dahl Audio Collection (read by the author!) and go on from there. I found most of them at my local library.
My personal favourite is The Witches but it can be a little intense for younger listeners. The movie still gives me chills too!
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.
As a kid, I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss books. They are just so silly and fun!
Although wonderful for younger kids, these two collections of stories are full of enough big name comedic stars (like Billy Crystal, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, and more) that even adults will enjoy the readings.
We found the matching books at our library and followed along too. Definitely still childhood classics!