We have three kids and have officially hit the stage in which there is competition over who gets to talk first when in the car! This conflict can be maddening for me as a parent.  One great solution I’ve found to this new problem is to always have a audio book on loan from the library to listen to in the car. This has been great for us all. My kids aren’t yet into listening to me read chapter books at home so this is a great way I can expose them to longer books and keep our car rides calm. Here are some our favorites that we have come across thus far.

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  1. The BFG by Roald Dahl – The narrator  that read this book did a great job making the characters come to life! My kids loved the silly language the BFG uses.  The story was fun and kept them engaged the whole way through. I enjoyed it too, which is a huge factor on if a book makes it onto our list.  
  2. Stuart Little by E.B White – The whole book takes less than 2 hours to listen to, so the kids were able to easily follow the storyline.  Who wouldn’t love a tiny mouse facing the world of humans? Stuart’s world is a great mix between something that feels real but is also totally magical.  We loved it.
  3. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Oh my, I just love all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. I would keep listening to this one even when the kids were not in the car.  We all learned so much about how farmers lived during this time period. My boys asked so many questions about the animals and lifestyle she describes in the book.  It’s wholesome and engaging. You should definitely take a listen!
  4. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – We loved this too! We learned a lot about Native Americans and how western expansion worked in this time period.  It’s a great way to teach your kids about past vs. present. The whole series of books are so good.
  5. The Eloise Audio Collection: Four Complete Eloise Tales: Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmas Time and Eloise in Moscow by Kay Thompson –My kids think Eloise is hilarious.  She is full of silly antics. The narrator does a great job bringing her character to life.  The great thing about this set is the stories change so it’s easy for younger kids to stay tuned to what’s going one.  

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