This series by humorist Dave Barry, about a middle schooler’s misadventures, is a wee bit mature for my daughter, but we still found it really funny and very well-narrated. I think older kids will definitely enjoy this one!
I’m looking forward to more in this series.
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:
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!