Audiobooks help children to develop listening skills and concentration while immersing them into a world of their own imagination with music and sound effects to make the stories even more magical. Discover our list of the best children’s audiobooks for all ages and situations.

 

The best kids audiobooks for long car journeys

 

Audiobooks for kids aged 3-5

Favourite Stories by Campbell, read by Floella Benjamin

This delightful collection of ten fairy tales is read by Playschool presenter Floella Benjamin and features added sound effects and music for extra fun. All your favourite stories are here, from The Princess and the Pea to Snow White. This collection is perfect for keeping younger children entertained in the car or at home.

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Audiobooks for kids aged 6-8

Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell, read by Nicole Arumugam

Katherine Rundell takes Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale The Jungle Book as the basis for these enchanting new stories about the early years of Kipling’s much-loved characters, from Baloo to Shere Khan. As Mowgli travels through the jungle, each short story comes together as a whole in this atmospheric reading by Nicole Arumugam. This is one all the family will enjoy listening to.

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Audiobooks for kids aged 9-12

Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell Boyce, read by Ben Bailey Smith

This funny, heartwarming adventure from award-winning children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce is about two best friends helping to put each other back together. Alfie finds a lot more than he bargained for when he visits Airport Lost Property – in the form of a giant robot called Eric! Eric is sure he’s the latest technology when he’s actually about to be consigned to the scrapheap. Can Alfie find a way to save Eric? Kids certainly won’t be arguing over what to listen to with this sweet, funny story on hand.

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Audiobooks for kids aged 12+

Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard, read by Charlie Sanderson

This stunning novel from Sara Barnard, author of the bestselling Beautiful Broken Things is the perfect audiobook for older children to become absorbed in, and the twelve-hour running time means this will keep them entertained through a long journey and into the holidays. Two years after she hit rock bottom, Suzanne is rebuilding her life. But her two best friends, Caddy and Rosie, are about to leave for university. How will she cope with being the one left behind?

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The best kids’ audiobooks for bedtime stories

 

Audiobooks for kids aged 3-5

Bedtime Stories and Rhymes, read by Derek Griffiths and Katy Ashworth

Full of stories, lullabies and rhymes, this CD is perfect for getting sleepy little ones to settle down in bed. From much-loved fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and Thumbelina to calming songs, this is a must-have for any parents of young children.

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Audiobooks for kids aged 6-8

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, read by Imelda Staunton

 Have you met the Gruffalo? With his terrible tusks and terrible claws? Join the quick-witted mouse as he takes a stroll through the deep dark wood and avoids being a meal for a fox, an owl, a snake and even the Gruffalo! The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic with gentle rhyming words that will improve your child's phonetic skills. This much-loved book will be asked for at bedtime again and again.

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Audiobooks for kids aged 9-12

The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay, read by Katherine Press

Audiobooks are a great way to relax and unwind before bed, and older children will love this beautiful story of a family growing up through the years of World War One. Clarry and her older brother Peter spend idyllic summers in Cornwall with their grandparents and cousin Rupert. But as boring, ordinary life resumes in September and the war looms closer, will everything change for the Skylarks?

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The best audiobooks for reluctant older readers

 

Audiobooks for kids aged 9-12

13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, read by Stig Wemyss

The first in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s hugely popular Treehouse series, The 13-Storey Treehouse is a laugh-out-loud story about Andy and Terry’s wacky treehouse adventures. The friends live in the world’s best treehouse, with a secret lab, giant catapult and a marshmallow machine! The first book in this hilarious series is sure to leave even the most reluctant readers wanting more.

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Audiobooks for kids aged 12+

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin

This award-winning audiobook read by Bahni Turpin provides a truly immersive experience for older children and teenagers. Zélie remembers when magic clans ruled Orïsha and her own Reaper mother had the ability to summon forth souls. But everything changed when the ruthless king called for all those with powers to be killed, and Zélie was left motherless as her people were left without hope. But now, she may have the chance to bring magic back, and bring down the monarchy . . .

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