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The Best Family Friendly Audiobooks for Summer (and Family Road Trips!)

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Stock up on the best audiobooks for family road trips! This summer take audiobooks on your travels or listen at home.  


You can start your kids listening to audiobooks from birth. Audiobooks are a great option if (like me) you hate reading aloud. Audiobooks are perfect for cuddling up together on the couch and listening to a story as a family. 

Family road trips are another one of the best times to listen to an audiobook. One of the easiest ways to grab audiobooks is with Audible through  Just download the app to your phone, tablet, or laptop, sign up for the 30 day FREE trial and you’re set to start downloading and listening! The good news with Audible is that the books are always there. 

You can also find many audiobooks free through your public library’s partnership with apps like Overdrive, Libby and Hoopla. Availability will depend on where you live. Like a library, the books on Libby and Hoopla can only be borrowed for a set time. And not all books have audio options. But they are both still great services to check out. 

I love to keep things fresh so we listen to a lot of different types of books. I’ve included general categories of books your family make like as well as some specific suggestions.  Head over to Audible and just dig around to find audibooks your family will love.

The Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

Classics Audiobooks

Listening to classic books is a great way to get great literature in your kids heads.  Audible offers a couple of different collections of classic books.

The Adventure Collection Audiobook


The Adventure Collection is great for boys and includes Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Gulliver’s Travels, White Fang and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. This collection is only on but you can find the individual books on Libby and Hoopla. 

Enchanted Collection Audiobooks

The Enchanted Collection is another great set which includes The Secret Garden, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty and Little Women. This collection is only on but you can find the individual books on Libby and Hoopla. 


The Complete Wizard of Oz on audiobook

The Complete Series of Wizard of Oz has all 22 books written by Frank L. Baum.  Did you know there’s more to the movie! This collection is also available on Hoopla.

Biographies and History for Kids

Pick a famous person or place to learn about each week. Bonus points if they something to do with a place you’re headed to soon!

Who was series for kids on audiobook

My kids love the Who Was? Series and it’s easy to find a famous person or event to learn about. The series includes people like Milton Hershey, Benjamin Franklin and even Walt Disney.


Your Story Hour Audiobooks


Your Story Hour provides hours of historical stories kids love.  Heritage of Our Country (volume 6) includes stories of Columbus, the pilgrims, Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers and more. There are 10 volumes to choose from. These were not available on Hoopla or Libby. 


Magic tree house Books 1-8 Audiobook cover

The Magic Tree House Series – Did you know The Magic Tree House books are all on audiobooks? Jack and Annie take adventures back in time in their magic tree house. Kids learn history through short and fun stories. These are a kid favorite found on all the audiobook services.

Mysteries for Kids

Kids absolutely love mysteries.  These books can be fun for the whole family to listen to and try to figure out whodunnit?!


The Boxcar Children Collection on audiobooks

The Boxcar Children Collection – The Boxcar Children are older books that have kept generations of kids entertained through their fun mysteries. Get a whole collection for hours of listening. 


Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys audiobooks

Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys – The older Nancy Drew mysteries are still classics the whole family can listen to. The older mysteries are easier to find on Libby. There are also newer versions of Nancy Drew available called The Nancy Drew Diaries and a set for younger kids called Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew. The Hardy Boys have a new series called The Hardy Boys Adventures as well. 


Secret Series Books for Kids

The Secret Series – This fun series is on our list for this summer after a recommendation from a friend. There are 5 books in the series about Cass and Max-Ernest, a team of investigators. You’ll have to listen to find out more because… it’s a SECRET!

The Mysterious Benedict Sociey audiobook

The Mysterious Benedict Society – This is part sci-fi and part mystery and part adventure! Your entire family will love this witty and mind bending story.


Popular Fiction for Kids

After a little bit of “learning” it’s always fun to just sit back and listen to something more recent.

Percy Jackson Books for kids

Percy Jackson series – These books are fairly well known thanks to the movies, but there are several in the series that have not made it to the big screen. It’s a great way for kids to learn about Greek mythology.


The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates audibook

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates – This is another series of swashbuckling fun and adventure of a girl pirate.


NPR Road Trips

NPR Road Trips Series – Can’t go anywhere this summer? Take a virtual road trip. NPR has a fun road trip series which includes stories and tales about road trips. Titles include Family Vacations; Fairs and Festivals; National Park Adventures; Roadside Attractions; Postcards from Around the Globe and more. These are also available on Libby. 


Audiobooks for travel with kids

No matter where you are headed this summer or even if you are staying home, there is an audiobook or two for you!   

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.


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  • Jae
    June 29, 2016

    I featured your post in this week’s Learn & Play Link Up. Thank you for sharing! – Jae of The Pinay Homeschooler

  • Beth
    June 23, 2016

    What great recommendations! Thanks!

  • samantha
    June 21, 2016

    Great post! I loved the Percy Jackson books and can’t wait to share them with my son. Thanks for joining the Family Joy linky party! 🙂

  • Mother of 3
    June 21, 2016

    Great suggestions! We almost always have an audiobook going in the car and if we don’t it’s usually because we’re waiting for one to come in from the library. Right now we’re re- listening to The Lost Hero. Pinned.

  • Trena
    June 19, 2016

    We got hooked on dramatized audio books. We started with the Lamplighter series and are now listening to GA Henty series recently released.
    Visiting from #FamilyJoy

    • Camille
      June 21, 2016

      Thanks for the suggestions! I will look those series up!