A No-Complaints Car Trip!


Last weekend we drove 2 ½ hours to visit friends, and for the first time, my 6-year-old daughter, Jane, didn’t ask “How much longer?” every 10 minutes. Why? I finally bought us an audiobook.  As the mother of a 17-year-old too, you’d think  I would have tried this trick for car trips before, but somehow I never had. The assistant principal at Jane’s school had recently suggested it to a group of parents (she and her daughters had listened to Beverly Cleary’s entire Ramona series in the car) and I decided it was time to try it. The audiobook I bought was Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, which I thought be a good one because it’s comprised of individual stories. Jane loved it! After a couple of stories, my husband was ready to turn on the radio, but she insisted that we keep listening. Unfortunately, CD audiobooks aren’t cheap, so I’m going to investigate some of the rental and downloading services (Simply Audiobooks, Booksfree.com, Audible) to see who has the best and most reasonably priced selection of children’s books. Have you had success with any of these? Favorite books to listen to?

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  1. by Mamalya

    On July 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    We love audio books. My husband listens to books on his way to work. We rent ours from the library. You can also download many books from Librivox.

    Our 5 yo really enjoyed listening to Winny Pooh books, James and the giant peach and BFG, Marry Poppins and some others (and these books don’t make adults grind their teeth). It really depends on the narrator (we were less impressed with Flat Stanley books because we did not like the narrator). I think that most any book by Astrid Lindgren should be a pleasure to listen to for a 6yo.

  2. by Jessi

    On July 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    That’s a great idea! My kids love audiobooks at home, so I’m feeling kind of silly right now for not thinking to take them in the old grocery-getter.

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