If you know me IRL, you know I hoard children’s books. I have over 1,500 kids books…all. in. boxes. You see, the week before Coronavirus quarantine, we put our house up for sale and are waiting to close the sale in a few weeks. So while I’m a bibliophile, I’m currently cut off from my book collection. With libraries and bookstores closed, we are looking for online options. Audiobooks have been a staple in our house for years. We listen to audiobooks for afternoon rest times (We need a daily break from each other!) and in the car. And it’s not cheating on reading–you are still enjoying the books! Here are a few places I’ve found quality books for free or cheap:
- Overdrive (or Libby) app – My library provides free access to both ebooks and audiobooks (with a library card number).
Our absolute favorites are the BBC Children’s Classics (They have different voices & sound effects): Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows, 101 Dalmatians, Secret Garden, Railway Children & more. Other favorites include: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, James and the Giant Peach, Pippi Longstocking, Stuart Little, The Hundred Dresses, Rabbit Ears series, and the Who Was series.
- Audible app – Currently FREE to Stream (not download or own).
Younger kids will enjoy: Now We Are Six, Beatrix Potter, Just-So-Stories, Follow the Drinking Gourd, The Owl & the Pussy-Cat & other rhymes. For older kids: The Reluctant Dragon, Anne of Green Gables (reader Rachel McAdams), The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Then watch the new movie), Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, Call of the Wild (Then watch the new movie!)
An extensive list of cheap Audible to buy can be found here: https://simplehomeschool.net/deals/
- Adventures in Odyssey (AIO Club) app – Offering a FREE month membership right now.
Their Adventures in American History and Pilgrim’s Progress Revisited series are my two favorites. The latest club season 7 has some Titanic episodes that are well done.
I give my kids a bluetooth speaker or headphones to listen while they play with figures, build something, color, craft with yarn/fabric, or work on a puzzle. We also enjoy listening all together as the characters become our friends!