Audiobooks for Your Road Trip Needs!


A few years ago, I went on a little road trip with my two girls. Just me and my gals. It was about a six-hour drive. I’m the kind of person that easily falls asleep in a moving car, so I was worried I would get sleepy driving. I decided if someone to talked to me, I would be able to stay awake! I went to the library and borrowed a few kid-friendly audiobooks with the hope that they would be interesting enough for me to stay awake on my long drive.

And Guess What?

At one point on our drive, I turned off “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” My sweet little six year old shouted from the backseat, “But mom, what happened to Dumbledore’s hand?”

Say what?!

She was listening to the story this entire time?! Sold. Audiobooks all day! Or at least on road trips.

Searching for good audiobooks can be a challenge. The book itself may be wonderful, but if the reader’s voice doesn’t fit with the story, it may not resonate with you or your kids. Here are a few audiobooks my family loves and has listened to many times! I hope this list helps you when you are searching for road trip audiobooks this summer!

Audiobooks I Recommend:

  • ECHO by Pam Munoz Ryan
    My recommended age: 8+
    Music is a big theme in this book, and it plays throughout the audiobook, creating a completely different experience than it would if you had just read the book yourself.
  • PAX by Sara Pennypacker
    My recommended age: 6+
    Sara Pennypacker did a wonderful job grabbing the thoughts and feelings of foxes in the wild. It’s a great listen for a kid who is interested in seeing the world from an animal’s point of view.
    My recommended age: 6+
    My girls laugh at this book every time we listen to it. They think Centipede is the funniest character.
  • THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill
    My recommended age: 10+
    If you’re looking for a magical listen, this is the one.
  • THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE by Mary Pope Osborn
    My recommended age: 4+
    These are very short audiobooks, but my girls loved them. The author is the reader, and she does a great job with voices!
  • HARRY POTTER series by JK Rowling
    My recommended age: 6+
    Jim Dale (US version) and Stephen Fry (UK version) both do the most awesome job with voices for each character. It’s quite the treat to listen to an entire book.
  • AMALEE by Dar Williams
    My recommended age: 5+
    I may be partial to this book because my daughter has the same name. And when the book ended, said five year old asked, “Can we listen to it again?”

So what happened to Dumbledore’s hand? I’m not telling. Best of luck to you in your audiobook searches. Happy listening!

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Amber was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado. She grew up in Rockrimmon until she was 9, when her family moved to the eastern plains of Colorado until she was 17. At 17, Amber came back to Colorado Springs and stayed put. She married her favorite guy in 2008 and settled on the east side of Colorado Springs. Amber is mother to two sweet, rambunctious girls. Amber’s two girls share her love of being outdoors, comic books, and Harry Potter. Amber enjoys reading to her girls (and to herself), listening to and telling life stories with friends, and getting outside to enjoy our beautiful state.