Series – Catwings

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I was very sad to learn that Ursula K. Le Guin passed away earlier this year. Her books always fascinated and haunted me, including this series about a charming family of kittens born with wings. This was my first introduction to her rich, thoughtful writing, which I read when I was a child and never forgot about.

These short audiobooks are read by the author, who has a very grandmotherly voice. If you love cats, like my girls, you will love this.

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Series – Anna Hibiscus

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My daughter loved this sweet little series by Atinuke, about a young girl living in Africa (amazing Africa!). It’s always neat to learn about different cultures and ways of life than our own here in North America. And in many ways, we are really not so different.

We found the books at our local library, but they are also available on Audible.

Series – The Great Mouse Detective

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Hands up if you’re an ’80s child like me whose first exposure to Sherlock Holmes was by way of the the 1986 Disney movie, The Great Mouse Detective.

I did go on to consume other movies and books about the many iterations of the famous consulting detective, originated by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and of course read the original tales. But somehow I missed this fun little series by Eve Titus, about Basil, the great mouse detective of Baker Street, and his associate, Dr. Dawson. (The movie was based on these books!)

Thankfully, I found them when I was looking for more mystery books for my five year old to listen to. It’s really a favourite genre of mine, and one that I hope my kids will love too!

The whole series is available on Audible.

Series – Fancy Nancy

I’ve been reading cute series to my oldest since she was three, and now that she’s five and learning to read, it’s been amazing to hear her read books to me for a change! Ooh la la!

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor is awesome because she introduces new vocabulary by calling them fancy words.

The audio collection is comprised of 31 short stories (each about 7 minutes long), and dozens of new words to learn!

The narration by Chloe Hennessee is a tad saccharine, but my daughter still enjoyed it immensely.

Series – American Girl

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Right now, my kids’ favourite doll is this battered old baby doll called… (wait for it…) Baby. I don’t know what they would do with an actual American Girl doll. Probably destroy its perfect hair in minutes.

But I have to admit, they are probably better role models for girls than your average Barbie.

I actually really enjoyed listening with my daughter to all these positive stories about girls growing up in America in different regions and times in history. The characters are diverse, and we learned quite a bit about American history (hey, we’re Canadian)!

There are ten books in this wholesome audio series. They are written and narrated by various authors and performers, and definitely worth a listen.

 

Series – The Lighthouse Family

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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.