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10 Essential Children's Audio Books

10th June 2019


This week (10th to 16th June 2019) is #LoveAudio week, celebrating the many advantages of this brilliant format. 

I was reading an article a while back about the growth of audiobooks and it made me think, how, if someone had asked me 10 years ago what would be booming, I would probably have said ebooks or book apps, but audiobooks, who saw that one coming?! 

Except, now that I'm a parent I can COMPLETELY understand why children's audiobooks are booming. 

Got a long car journey coming up? Put on an audiobook. 

Have a child who doesn't want to read (or listen to you read), put on an audiobook. 

Have a child who just point blank refuses to go to sleep? Turn down the lights and press play and hey presto, one sleepy child.

If you haven't yet given audio books for kids a go, then here are some new books which have been converted to audio and ten essential children's audiobooks to get you started.

new children's books out in audio

10 Essential Children's Audiobooks

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1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

New, repackaged audio editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series. This is the audio version of book 1, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, read by Stephen Fry containing 7 CDs with a total running time of 8 hours and 25 minutes. 

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2. Roald Dahl's Phizz-whizzing Audio Collection

This is a beautifullly presented audio-CD tin containing audiobooks of three of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories. Spread over eight CDs, these three sumptuous recordings are complete and unabridged, allowing listeners to enjoy Dahl's work word for word. The tin contains the following stories: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" read by James Bolam (Abridged); "The BFG" read by Geoffrey Palmer (Abridged) and "James and the Giant Peach" read by Andrew Sachs (Unabridged). Many audio-newbies start off with Roald Dahl audio books. 

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3. The World of David Walliams CD Story Collection

Five screamingly funny stories from bestselling children's author David Walliams, performed by the King of Comedy himself. Includes THE BOY IN THE DRESS, MR STINK, GANGSTA GRANNY, BILLIONAIRE BOY and RATBURGER. If you like David Walliams books, you'll love the David Walliams audio books.

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4. The Gruffalo and Other Stories 8 CD Box Set

Children can travel the world with The Snail and the Whale , zoom through the night sky in Room on the Broom and explore the deep dark woods in The Gruffalo.

Featuring eight of Julia Donaldson's best-loved tales as well as their accompanying songs, this jam-packed CD box set is perfect for long car journeys or just a story before bed. Full of warmth and character, the books are performed by some of the UK's most beloved actors and actresses, including Josie Lawrence, Imelda Staunton and even the author herself - Julia Donaldson!

The Gruffalo and Friends 8 CD Box set includes: The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, A Squash and a Squeeze,The Snail and the Whale, The Gruffalo's Child. Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

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5. The Tiger Who Came to Tea and other stories CD collection

Share in fifty years of magic with this wonderful audio collection of five classic stories.

Celebrate the very special anniversary of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and share in fifty years of magic with this wonderful audio collection of five classic stories from the inimitable Judith Kerr.


* The Tiger Who Came to Tea
* The Great Granny Gang
* One Night in the Zoo
* The Crocodile Under the Bed
* Katinka's Tail.

With music and sound effects written especially for an incredible listening experience.

Read by Geraldine McEwan, Phyllida Law & Susan Sheridan with an approximate running time of thirty minutes.

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6. The Enchanted Wood

Unabridged audio edition read by Kate Winslet. The Enchanted Wood is the first wonderful story in the Faraway Tree series by the world's best-loved children's author, Enid Blyton. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, they discover an Enchanted Wood just outside their doorstep. Soon they find the Faraway Tree, which is the beginning of many magical adventures...Join them and their new friends Silky the fairy, Saucepan Man and Moonface, as they discover which new land awaits them at the top of the Faraway Tree. 

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7. A Triple Treat of Horrid Henry

3 brilliant CDs read by Miranda Richardson. Contains: Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse, Horrid Henry's Revenge and Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter

Horrid Henry creates havoc wherever he goes. To his well-meaning parents and to every adult whose path he crosses, he is the ultimate nightmare child. His naughtiness is of the kind all children secretly admire and few dare to aspire to. He doesn't always mean to be bad, but the best- laid plans have a habit of going wrong - and you can't help sympathizing with anyone who has a little brother like Perfect Peter! 

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8. The Story of Tracy Beaker

The brilliant book, dealing with real issues from Jacqueline Wilson, read by Sandi Toksvig.

I'm Tracy Beaker - have you heard of me? I'm stuck in The Dumping Ground just at the moment, but I'm sure my Mum will come and get me soon. A certain Justine-Hateful-Littlewood has stolen my best friend Louise but I don't let it get me down. I never cry. Ever. I've done a bit of screaming and stamping in my time mind you ... I like eating birthday cake. And Smarties and Big Macs with French fries and strawberry milkshakes. I also like story writing. This is a story all about me - so I know you'll enjoy it!

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9. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Everyone's favourite doodling schoolboy, ready by Rupert Grint.

Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks - spilt water - lightning... And Tom's exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his CAMPING SUCKS holiday story, Tom's work starts to go downhill - which is a pity, as he's desperate to impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him...

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10. War Horse

Michael Morpurgo's classic tale, capturing the power of the human spirit, beautifully performed by Dan Stevens. 

First published back in 1982, the book was adapted to the stage and was performed at the National Theatre and on Broadway.At the outbreak of World War 1, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.


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