Book – Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

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I loved the movie as a child. I loved the book even more. So glad I got to share this classic by Robert C. O’Brien with my daughter in audiobook format.

Mrs Frisby is a mouse who seeks the help of mysterious intelligent rats to help move her family to safety. A timeless story about a mother’s love and bravery for her family, sprinkled with philosophy.

I’m only sad I can’t find the audio versions of the sequels. But they were fun books to read too!

Author – James Herriot

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I discovered this collection of warm and fuzzy animal stories through the audiobook narrator, Jim Dale. (If you didn’t know already, he narrates Harry Potter!)

I actually didn’t know who James Herriot is. Turns out he’s a country veterinarian and author who has written a number of books about his life working with animals. This Treasury for Children is a collection of gentle tales about some of the creatures he’s encountered. Perfect for younger listeners and animal lovers.

Podcast – Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

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The name says it all – it’s a science podcast for kids!

Tumble is another excellent free podcast for the young scientist. Hosts Lindsay and Marshall interview guest scientists on each episode, in a fun way that brings each topic to life. They cover many a kid-friendly subject. Like poop and ninjas.

If you like Radiolab, you just might love Tumble for your children. Wonderful listening for the whole family!

Author – Chris Colfer

Did I mention my daughter loves fairy tales?

So I know author Chris Colfer best as courageous Kurt Hummel from Glee. But he’s since become a children’s book author, and has an entire series of books called The Land of Stories, about twins who enter a world where fairy tales are real.

We haven’t actually gotten to his series yet, but we did discover this separate little collection of the classic fairy tales. These are adapted to be not too violent, and acceptable for younger listeners.

For some reason, I don’t find Chris to be as good of an audiobook narrator as he is a Warbler. But overall, my daughter really enjoyed this collection.

Maybe one day, we will get through the Land of Stories series too.

Series – Whatever After

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My daughter loves fairy tales, and this series is no exception. Whatever After, by Sarah Mlynowski, follows the adventures of siblings Abby and Jonah as they enter different fairy tale worlds through a magic mirror in their basement. Of course, they mess up the story, and hilarity ensues. It’s a neat twist on classic stories that often need a little updating (as in the princess learns to fend for herself).

I really enjoyed audiobooks mainly because of the narrator Emily Eiden, who brings 10-year old Abby to life perfectly.

Ten books in the series already, and counting! Fun for kids age 8 to 12.

Check them out through Audible, or at your library!

Series – The Magic School Bus

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I remember this series best from the 90’s television show, but they are actually based on books, and we just discovered that those books are available as audiobooks!

The Magic School Bus is about the adventures of eccentric Miss Frizzle and her class of budding scientists, as they take fantastic field trips to learn about different topics, such as:

Fun and educational. Great for kids age 5+!

Series – Classical Kids

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Another throwback to my childhood!

These are not your typical audiobooks. But if you want a great way to introduce your kids to classical music, look no further than Classical Kids.

These stand-alone stories weave together storytelling with musical excerpts by famous classical composers. The result is kids discovering the beauty of classical music and a fun history lesson to boot.

My favourite is Mozart’s Magic Fantasy though that Queen of the Night role is not an easy one to sing! The rest are: