• Hearing a book read aloud helps the story come alive. The narrators are very skilled with voices, sound effects, and dramatic emphasis. For example, actress Anne Hathaway narrates The Princess Diaries. An audiobook might be the perfect way to hook your reluctant reader into books.
• Your child might be able to listen to a story that is more complex than he can read on his own. This will help him develop listening and comprehension skills, as well as introduce him to new vocabulary words and help stretch his imagination.
• How many times does your child hear the word, “façade” in everyday conversation? If he sees it in a book, will he be able to pronounce it correctly? Listening to audiobooks helps with pronunciation. It also helps improve understanding. What does it mean when a character responds “ruefully?” An audiobook can express the meaning of this word.
• Audiobooks provide a model of fluent reading and engaging storytelling. Listening to a great story read aloud gives children an example of how to become a better reader and can motivate them to read more.
To choose a great audiobook for your child or for your family to listen to together, ask a librarian for suggestions or visit the American Library’s Association’s award page for audiobooks. Enjoy!
Wee Sing in the Car
Fun on the Run: Travel Games and Songs
Fifty Nifty Super Travel Games
Smileage: Fun Travel Games and Activities for All Ages
Great Games for Kids on the Go: 250 Travel Games to Play on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Kid’s Travel Fun Book
The Everything Kids’ Travel Activity Book
Electronic Hand-held Connect Four
Games on the Move!
Brain Quest Extra for the Car: 550 Questions and Answers All About America
Car Songs: Songs to Sing Anywhere
Kids’ Travelin' Songs
Songs for the Car
Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games and Activities to Turn Travel Time to Learning Time
Just Plane Smart
Are We There Yet?: Great Car Games to Keep Families Sane
Elmo’s Travel Songs and Games