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:

Series – Ivy + Bean

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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:

 

Series – The Fudge Books

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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.

Series – Clementine

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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!

Series – Harry Potter

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So. Good.

I thought this beloved series by J. K. Rowling was fantastic from the first time I read them. Then I discovered the unabridged audiobook series narrated by Jim Dale when my daughter M was born. Seriously one of the best narrators I’ve listened to. He does every character’s voice just slightly differently. Amazing.

These books have a special place in my heart. During the first three months of M’s life, I somehow finished listening to all seven novels, and I truly feel they kept me sane during that foggy period of late night cluster feeds. Mischief managed.

My kids are too young right now as there are some darker themes. But I cannot wait to listen to this series again when they’re ready. Again, this is a must listen.

Check it out through Audible (well worth getting to listen to over and over), or at your library!