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.

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Podcast – Little Stories for Tiny People

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I wasn’t sure about this podcast when I first heard about it. My older daughter is five now and we’ve started to listen to some pretty adventurous fare; this podcast features cute animals doing cute things. But you know what? She loved it!

Little Stories for Tiny People is a super sweet podcast “featuring original audio stories that will delight the tiny people in your life” and boy does it ever! You can definitely feel the love that writer and performer Rhea Pechter puts into each episode. This podcast is now part of our regularly listening rotation.

P. S. I’m actually quite happy that my big kid is still a tiny person; some days it seems like she is growing up too quickly.

Series – Cam Jansen

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“Click.” 

I’ve always loved this simple catchphrase of the girl detective with a photographic memory.

Cam Jansen and her best friend Eric use their memory and skills of deduction to solve case after case in this fun series written by David A. Adler.

There are dozens of books. We’ve been scouring our local library for them, but here’s a list from Audible.

Podcast – Sugarcrash Kids

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This charming original music and podcast website is not often mentioned when I crowdsource for new audio story ideas, but I’m sure glad we found it.

There’s so much here. “Through creative music and thoughtful storytelling, Sugarcrash Kids invites kids and grown-ups alike to ignite their sense of wonder and to whimsically adventure into the world around them.”

There are three fun seasons, but sadly doesn’t look like new episodes are being produced right now.

Music – Peter and the Wolf

So not technically an audiobook or podcast, but lately my daughter’s been obsessed with Sergei Prokofiev‘s “symphonic fairy tale for children”, which uses instruments to represent different characters and animals.

The version we’ve been listening to is narrated by David Bowie, but there are many, many others out there (just take a look on YouTube).

Narrated classical music has been a great way to introduce my kids to the art. We’re also a fan of Classical Kids, and I’m going to start looking to incorporate more music into our listening adventures.

Series – The Pain and the Great One

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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:

Podcast – Barefoot Books

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I’ll preface this post by stating I am not a Barefoot Books ambassador, and have no affiliation with the company. I’m only ever in search of great audio content for my kids!

I first stumbled upon a CD collection called Storytime: First Tales for Sharing at my local library. It was narrated by actor Jim Broadbent and had some cute, classic stories that my then four-year old enjoyed.

When I started looking for more Barefoot titles online, I discovered their lovely little podcast. Just cue the jaunty intro – my daughter M loves it!

I’m actually very late to the game, as this podcast was produced from 2010 to 2013, and no new episodes are being made. But you can still enjoy over a hundred classic folk and fairy tales for free!