17 of the Best Audiobooks for Toddlers

Audiobooks for toddlers can be a lifesaver on long and busy days. Whether you have a reluctant reader or a child who’s always on the go, audio allows your child to be introduced to the wonderful world of stories. And with BookBub’s audiobook retailer, Chirp, you have a great selection to pick from! This list of audiobooks for kids ages three to four will entrance your little ones, soothe them to sleep, teach them lessons, and tickle their imaginations. There’s no time like the present to start listening!

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

Narrator: Jason Alexander
Run time: 5min

Why it's worth a listen: Sam-I-Am has a rather unusual favorite food, green eggs and ham — but another Dr. Seuss character is having none of it. With imaginative rhymes and absurd arguments, this classic read in Jason Alexander’s silly voice will have kids laughing and might even make an impression on the picky eater in your house. 

 

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Narrator: Anna Dewdney
Run time: 4min

Why it's worth a listen: As the title implies, Llama Llama Red Pajama is a catchy book in rhyme. This selection of 19 tales from the hit collection includes all sorts of llama drama at bedtime, wake-up time, birthdays, holidays, and more. Read in turns by author Anna Dewdney and narrator Cassandra Campbell, this sing-song series will keep kids entertained and parents amused!

 

Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh

Narrator: Peter Dennis
Run time: 2h 46min

Why it's worth a listen: The tale of Winnie-the-Pooh is one for the ages, a quiet tale of love, kindness, and adventure. Meet your new best friends Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, and Christopher Robin. Peter Dennis’s calming narration of this classic story evokes a sense of peace and tranquility. This audiobook is one children will forever remember and treasure.

 

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day

Narrator: Jane Harvey
Run time: 5min

Why it's worth a listen: No matter the season, there’s never a wrong time to listen to this lovely classic by Ezra Jack Keats. Narrator Jane Harvey’s charming voice brings Jack and his snow-filled adventures to life. She’ll have you wishing for a proper romp in the snow, filled with snowball fights and angel-making till sundown. 

Days with Frog and Toad

Days with Frog and Toad

Narrator: Arnold Lobel
Run time: 28min

Why it's worth a listen: Author and narrator Arnold Lobel’s good-natured, old-fashioned voice has all the charm of a black-and-white film. Frog is doing his very best to take care of his friend Toad. He’s looking awfully green and needs a rest, but all Toad wants is a story — and no matter how hard he tries, Frog can’t think of a good story to tell him. This collection of humorous tales will have both kids and grown-ups giggling along as Frog tries to be the friend Toad needs.

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Narrator: Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
Run time: 1h 57min

Why it's worth a listen: Everyone loves Julie Andrews, and this compilation of favorite poems, songs, and lullabies is just the type of peaceful art we all need sometimes. Narrated by Andrews and her daughter, the collection shares lyrical words of hope, positivity, and respect for the world. It will calm any aching soul, cheer any sad hearts, and lull any restless minds to sleep. 

 

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Narrator: James Earl Jones
Run time: 10min

Why it's worth a listen: Delivered in James Earl Jones’s enchanting, robust voice, this delightful mystery won’t disappoint. It all starts with a mosquito telling a lie that sparks another lie… and another… and another. The lie causes so much ruckus that the sun isn’t able to rise anymore! Based on an old African legend, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears offers a powerful lesson about the effects of a lie and will resonate with listeners of all ages.

 

Little Bear's Visit

Little Bear's Visit

Narrator: Owen Jordan
Run time: 14min

Why it's worth a listen: The Little Bear books are beloved classics, and Owen Jordan brings this particular story to life with whimsy and charm. Little Bear loves his family and has very much looked forward to his visit with his grandparents. Their day is filled with such excitement that he is absolutely wiped out by the end. As your young listener follows along with Little Bear’s fun-filled day, they’ll hear a beautiful example of grandparents’s love.

 

Mother Bruce

Mother Bruce

Narrator: Robertson Dean
Run time: 7min

Why it's worth a listen: Bruce the Bear is a grump: He keeps to himself and frowns at sunny days. There’s only one thing he loves, and that is eggs. So, after reading a delicious recipe on the internet, Bruce decides to try a little home cooking. But it turns out the eggs have already hatched, and a flock of little goslings now believe he’s their mama — and Bruce is not happy. He may like to be alone, but these sweet goslings are not going to give up. Robertson Dean’s deep, resonant voice brings humor to grumpy Bruce’s story and will have the whole family laughing. 

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Narrator: Linda Terheyden
Run time: 4min

Why it's worth a listen: Before going to sleep, a rabbit says goodnight to all of his precious possessions. This timeless classic, narrated by Linda Terheyden, has the undying power to send every child off to a peaceful, dream-filled sleep. The gentle rhymes and simple, beautiful words have a magic of their own — magic that no listener can resist. And wrapped inside it all is a sweet and important lesson: The things we love don’t cease to exist just because we can’t see them. 

 

Henry and Mudge

Henry and Mudge

Narrator: George Guidall
Run time: 9min

Why it's worth a listen: What do you do when there are no siblings to bother and no kids on the street to play with? Henry asks for a sibling; his parents say no. He asks to move to a street with more kids; his parents say no. So he asks for a dog, and for once, his parents say yes! This leads to the loveable relationship between Henry and his dog, Mudge. Together they get into all the best kinds of mischief. Any dog owner will relate to Henry and Mudge's shenanigans in this audiobook brought to life by the enthusiastic George Guidall.

 

Flossie & The Fox

Flossie & The Fox

Narrator: Patricia McKissack
Run time: 13min

Why it's worth a listen: Flossie isn’t afraid of anything — especially a silly old fox, even if it is scaring off all the chickens. They say that foxes are clever creatures, but Flossie is smarter and she’ll prove it. Author Patricia McKissack’s smooth Southern drawl draws listeners right into the American South and into Flossie’s brave adventure against that nuisance of a fox.

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Narrator: Peter Schickele
Run time: 12min

Why it's worth a listen: Max can’t help himself: He loves making mischief, especially when he’s wearing his wool cape. One night, his mother has had enough and sends him to his room. But the moment he closes the door, Max’s room grows a forest, then a river, and soon enough, he’s sailing off to the land of the wild things, where he’s meant to be king! Peter Schickele is a true storyteller with a voice sometimes monstrous, sometimes soothing, and always matching the ebb and flow of the story. 

 

Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos

Narrator: Adam Rubin
Run time: 6min

Why it's worth a listen: It’s a well-known fact that dragons love tacos, but tacos don’t exactly love them back. Though dragons think they can handle the spice, the power of the jalapeños, they just can’t! No matter how often they’re warned, they don’t listen, and trouble follows. There’s no one better than author Adam Rubin to narrate this tale. He knows just how high the stakes are for these dragons… and just how spicy the tacos.

 

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Narrator: Lizan Mitchell
Run time: 7min

Why it's worth a listen: CJ is full of questions after church. Why do they have to take the bus on a rainy day? Why don’t they have a car? Why do they go to the dirty part of town? Each of his questions is met by one of his grandma’s good-hearted, loving responses. Slowly, CJ’s perception of his day begins to shift. A heartfelt story about seeing and appreciating the beauty in our lives, Last Stop on Market Street is made even sweeter with Lizan Mitchell’s sincere narration.

 

Caps for Sale

Caps for Sale

Narrator: Peter Fernandez
Run time: 8min

Why it's worth a listen: The peddler is a master problem-solver, but he’s hit his greatest challenge yet. Last night, a bunch of monkeys stole all his wares: colorful caps. The peddler must outwit this pack of monkeys, or else he won’t be able to buy his breakfast… or keep his job! Peter Fernandez’s upbeat telling of this classic story makes the peddler’s puzzle spring to life and gets listeners pondering their own solutions.

 

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Narrator: Hal Hollings
Run time: 6min

Why it's worth a listen: Little Mouse would just like to take a nice, peaceful walk, if only every predator would stop trying to eat her! They invite her to their homes, hoping to devour her whole, but she’s too smart for them. She says she’s on her way to have lunch with a gruffalo — a creature she thinks is imaginary. But Mouse is in for a surprise, because gruffalos do exist — and they love mice on toast! Hal Hollings’s exciting, emphatic narration of a fun tale will have kids dreaming of their new friend the gruffalo.