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Audiobooks for kids

Trying to keep the kids entertained is no mean feat. While you might not have convinced them to sit still long enough to keep a book under their nose, you may be able to immerse them in the magic of storytelling another way.

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Amazon’s audiobook streaming service Audible allows you to stream all the classics as well as the latest kids’ hits so they can listen to their favourite titles instead.

Narrated by the stars of the screen, performed as full dramatisations or read by the authors themselves, there are lots of ways popular books have been brought to life as audio editions.

You can take advantage of a free Audible trial or a money-saving deal to test out the service and keep any paid-for downloads, even if you cancel your subscription later on.

Plus, we’ve put together a guide in case you’ve ever found yourself wondering, just how does Audible work?

30 of the best audiobooks for kids

From Roald Dahl to Philip Pullman and Beatrix Potter to David Walliams, there’s a story for every child or young adult. Here’s our pick of the best books on Audible for kids.

1. The Restless Girls

By: Jessie Burton
Narrated by: Thandie Newton
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
Restless
Read by actress Thandie Newton, this feminist retelling of a well-known fairytale follows twelve princesses, whose mother’s death in a car accident has far reaching consequences when their father, King Alberto, attempts to ensure his daughters’ safety at all costs — costing them their freedom…

2. George’s Marvellous Medicine

By: Roald Dahl
Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
George Roald Dahl
Narrated by the acclaimed actor Derek Jacobi, Roald Dahl’s hilarious and grizzly tale follows eight-year-old George, who decides to teach his grouchy grandmother a lesson by brewing up a very special potion just for her, using everyday ingredients from around the house — with explosive and unexpected results… Dahl’s Matilda is also available on Audible, and is voiced by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet.

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

By: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Harry Potter
No one reads Harry Potter aloud better than the beloved Stephen Fry. Kick things off where it all began, at Number 4 Privet Drive, where the odious Dursleys have a sneaking suspicion that their rather unusual (or, more accurately, magical) connections are about to catch up with them — but nothing can prepare them for the small bundle left on their doorstep one night…

4. The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories

By: Rudyard Kipling
Narrated by: Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, Tim McInnerny, Bernard Cribbins, Celia Imrie, Martin Shaw
Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
Jungle Book
This award-winning adaptation features an all-star cast that kids and adults alike will appreciate, with voices lent by Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant, Celia Imrie and Doctor Who’s Bernard Cribbins, among others. The beloved tale follows Mowgli, a young human boy raised by wolves in the depths of the jungle.

5. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2

By: Francesca Cavallo, Elena Favilli
Narrated by: Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Janeane Garofalo, Phillipa Soo, Esperanza Spalding, Samira Wiley, Mozhan Marnò, Rowan Blanchard
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
Goodnight Stories
With the all-star slate of narrators including the Alicia Keys and Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo, this brilliant compilation is the sequel to the New York Times bestseller, and takes kids through 100 empowering stories.

6. Noughts and Crosses

By: Malorie Blackman
Narrated by: Syan Blake, Paul Chequer
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Noughts
Ahead of BBC1’s TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s bestselling dystopian young adult novel, listen here to the original, which follows Sephy, a member of the ruling black class, the ‘Crosses’, and her childhood friend Callum, a ‘Nought’ and member of the white underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
Fantastic Beasts
Narrated by none other than Newt Scamander (aka Eddie Redmayne) himself, discover the inspiration behind the hit Harry Potter spinoff film series, starring Redmayne. JK Rowling presents a complete guide to magical beasts, from manticores to phoenixes and unicorns.

8. Zog

By: Julia Donaldson
Narrated by: Imelda Staunton
Length: 28 mins
Zog
If you know a child who enjoyed this year’s BBC1 animated adaptation of Zog, why not introduce them to Julia Donaldson’s original? Harry Potter’s Imelda Staunton (she played the sickly-sweet and secretly evil Dolores Umbridge in the franchise) narrates. Donaldson’s best-known work, The Gruffalo, is also available on Audible, and is narrated again by Staunton.

9. Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales

By: Beatrix Potter
Narrated by: Gary Bond, Michael Hordern, Rosemary Leach, Janet Maw
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
Peter Rabbit
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Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher… Beatrix Potter’s iconic animal characters are brought to life in this complete collection of her beloved children’s tales, narrated by a range of talented readers, including Gary Bond.


10.Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete BBC collection

By: A. A. Milne
Narrated by: Alan Bennett
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
Winnie
Alan Bennett narrates this compiled collection of A.A. Milne’s iconic children’s stories, following a bear with a taste for honey and who frequently gets himself into scrapes, along with his friends Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Eeyore and Owl — and not to mention their human friend, a boy called Christopher Robin.

11. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia

By: C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: Maurice Denham, Full Cast
Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
Narnia
Radio 4’s classic full-cast dramatisations are preserved here, as well-known actors including Fiona Shaw and Timothy Spall lend their voices to bring C.S. Lewis’ classic books to life. From The Magician’s Nephew to Prince Caspian and, of course, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the collection is perfectly rendered for kids of all ages.

12. How to Train Your Dragon

By: Cressida Cowell
Narrated by: David Tennant
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
Dragon
Broadchurch and Doctor Who star David Tennant tells the story of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (otherwise known as Hiccup), the scrawny young Viking who defies all odds to become a feared dragon-trainer, ‘The Dragon Whisperer’ — with just a little help from his secret pet dragon…

13. The Ice Monster

By: David Walliams
Narrated by: Jane Horrocks, Miriam Margolyes, Peter Serafinowicz, Nitin Ganatra, James Goode, David Walliams
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
Monster
Victorian London, and news arrives of a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole. Orphan Elsie is determined to see the ‘ice monster’ for herself, no matter what, and her journey takes her across London and all the way to the Arctic. Author David Walliams is joined by an ensemble cast.

14. The Tales of Beedle the Bard

By: J.K. Rowling

Narrated by: Warwick Davis, Noma Dumezweni, Jason Isaacs, Jude Law, Evanna Lynch, Sally Mortemore, Bonnie Wright

Length: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Tales of Beedle the Bard
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This spin-off book from the Harry Potter universe consists of fairytales for wizarding children, including the story of the Deathly Hallows. The tales are narrated by stars of the films including Evanna Lynch who played Luna Lovegood, Bonnie Wright (Ginnie Weasley) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy).

At least 90% of the proceeds from this book go to The Lumos Foundation which helps children out of institutions across the world.

Regular price: £12 – buy now

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15. The World’s Worst Teachers

By: David Walliams

Narrated by: David Walliams

Length: 2 hours and 51 minutes

World's Worst Teachers
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This collection of 10 stories tells of a whole host of terrible teachers, from ones who are half monster to those who are terrified of children. The book follows the popular World’s Worst Children collection from much-loved children’s author David Walliams and is sure to keep kids laughing.

Regular price: £8.49 – buy now

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Read the best David Walliams books here.


16. The Boy Who Grew Dragons

By: Andy Shepherd

Narrated by: Ewan Goddard

Length: 3 hours and 8 minutes

The Boy Who Grew Dragons
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Tomas finds an usual tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden and can’t believe it when one of its fruit hatches into a real-life dragon, who he names Flicker. Tomas is just about figuring out how to look after his new friend when lots more dragons begin to hatch from the tree, too.

Regular price: £9.99 – buy now

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17. Matilda

By: Roald Dahl

Narrated by: Kate Winslet

Length: 4 hours and 18 minutes

Matilda
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If kids haven’t already read the book, they’ll surely be familiar with Matilda from the film or even the stage play. A very clever child to not-so-clever parents in a school run by an evil headmistress, Matilda has a lot to deal with. Luckily, she has a friend in Miss Honey and some very special talents of her own.

Regular price: £18 – buy now

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18. The Gruffalo

By: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Narrated by: Imelda Staunton

Length: 25 minutes

The Gruffalo
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The much-loved story of the Gruffalo has become a modern classic. It follows as mouse on a stroll through the woods as he comes face to face with a big hungry Gruffalo.

This audio edition is read by Imelda Staunton, who kids will know best as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter Films. At 25 minutes long it’s not as long as most other tales, which might work better for younger children with a slightly shorter attention span.

Regular price: £3.99 – buy now

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19. Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy

By: Philip Pullman

Narrated by: Philip Pullman

Length: 10 hours and 45 minutes

His Dark Materials
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Philip Pullman’s trilogy won both the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award and His Dark Materials has since been made into a TV series on BBC One. In the first book, 12-year old Lyra sets off on a rescue adventure with the help of a bear, a daemon and a witch-queen. This edition is read by the author and the following two books in the series are also available as audio versions.

Regular price: £19.69 – buy now

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Also available in the His Dark Materials trilogy:


20. The Boy at the Back of the Class

By: Onjali Q. Rauf

Narrated by: Imogen Wilde

Length: 5 hours and 4 minutes

The Boy at the Back of the Class
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This heart-warming story follows a 9-year-old child and his friends who find a new boy called Ahmet has joined their class. Ahmet doesn’t talk and he doesn’t like sherbet lemons which all seems very unusual, Then, they learn that Ahmet is a refugee and the friends decide to hatch a plan.

Regular price: £11.99 – buy now

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21. The Tiger Who Came to Tea

By: Judith Kerr

Narrated by: Geraldine McEwan

Length: 9 minutes

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
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Judith Kerr’s much-loved children’s classic is available as an audiobook for bedtime listening or daytime fun. It’s another short one at only nine minutes long so it’s great for younger kids. In the story, a hungry tiger arrives at the door of Sophie and her mum, just as they are about to have their tea.

Regular price: £1.99 – buy now

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22. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

By: John Boyne

Narrated by: Michael Maloney

Length: 4 hours and 55 minutes

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
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One of slightly older kids and a top pick for lessons in school, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas tells the story of a little German boy called Bruno during the Holocaust. They’ve moved to a strange house in the middle of nowhere, where Bruno makes friends with a little boy who lives on the other side of the chain fence. Shmuel is a little boy just like Bruno, except he always wears a pair of blue striped pyjamas.

Regular price: £15.99 – buy now

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23. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

By: Rick Riordan

Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein

Length: 10 hours

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
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Percy Jackson thought he was just a normal kid, but it turns out he is the son of a Greek God which makes him a “half-blood” with special powers. Now, somebody has stolen a lightning bolt from the powerful god Zeus and Percy needs to try and find it before it’s too late. This one is the first in a whole series of Percy Jackson books which can also be listened to.

Regular price: £25.99 – buy now

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Also available in the Percy Jackson series:


24. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By: Roald Dahl

Narrated by: Douglas Hodge

Length: 3 hours and 17 minutes

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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One of Roald Dahl’s most adored stories, Charlie and the Chocolate factory is known the world over and has been made and remade into Hollywood films. Charlie Bucket and his parents don’t have much money, so imagine his luck when he finds a coveted golden ticket in one of his scarcely afforded chocolate bars. The ticket means he gets to visit the curious chocolate maker Mr Willy Wonka and his fantastical factory.

Regular price: £18 – buy now

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25. Room on the Broom

By: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Narrated by: Josie Lawrence

Length: 24 minutes

Room on the Broom
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As a witch flies along on her broom, she offers rides to helpful forest friends who retrieve the lost items she drops along the way. Then, the broom breaks and the friends tumble down to where a hungry dragon is roaming around.

Regular price: £3.99 – buy now

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26. The Hunger Games

By: Suzanne Collins

Narrated by: Tatiana Maslany

Length: 10 hours and 35 minutes

Hunger Games
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The first in the now famous trilogy, The Hunger Games is set in a world where an elite Capitol is surrounded by 12 impoverished districts who must each offer a teenager as tribute. The tributes fight to the death on the live TV show, so when Katniss Everdeen hears her younger sister’s name announced for their district, she volunteers to fight in her place.

Regular price: £17.99 – buy now

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Book 2: Catching Fire

Book 3: Mockingjay


27. Funny Bones: The Collection

By: Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg

Narrated by: Stephen Mangan

Length: 35 minutes

Funnybones
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This audio book is a collection of charming tales from the friendly skeleton pals as they go about their night-time adventures. The edition includes The Pet Shop, Bumps in the Night and Dinosaur Dreams among other tales.

Regular price: £7.99 – buy now

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28. Treasure Island

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Narrated by: Sam Taylor

Length: 6 hours and 44 minutes

Treasure Island
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Originally written in the 1800s, this classic story from Robert Louis Stevenson is set in a world of buccaneers and buried treasure. The adventurous novel is a coming-of-age story which set the precedent for the fictionalised world of pirates as we know them today. Most of all, watch out for the infamous Long John Silver.

Regular price: £0.89 – buy now

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29. Disney: 365 Bedtime Stories

365 Bedtime Stories Disney
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By: Disney Press

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay

Length: 14 hours and 35 minutes

One for every night of the year, this audio collection of 365 bedtime stories for children should have them drifting off in no time. The stories include all their favourite Disney characters like Toy Story’s Woody as he and his friends go camping plus Frozen’s Elsa, Anna and Olaf having a sleepover.

Regular price: £34.19 – buy now

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30. The Highway Rat

By: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Narrated by: Imelda Staunton

Length: 29 minutes

The Highway Rat
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Another gripping story from favourite children’s duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this tale follows a mischievous, horse-riding rat who rides along the highway stealing food. That is until he encounters a crafty duck.

Regular price: £4.99 – buy now

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