18 of the Best Audiobooks for Kids

Nowadays there’s a wide array of audiobooks for kids, from classics to award-winning new releases, all recorded and narrated by the best. Therefore, there has never been a better time to dive into them! And with BookBub’s audiobook retailer, Chirp, you’re guaranteed to catch a deal. Whether you’re looking for picture books, books for early readers, or middle-grade novels, this list of audiobooks for kids will keep the young ones (and the adults!) entertained. 

I Want My Hat Back!

I Want My Hat Back!

Narrator: Daniel Pinkwater
Run time: 6min

Why it's worth a listen: Bear can’t find his hat, and none of the animals have seen it — especially not Rabbit. But when Deer asks the right question, Bear comes to a shocking realization. Daniel Pinkwater’s sleepy New Yorker narration only adds to the hilarity of this picture book.

 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Narrator: Various
Run time: 3h 20min

Why it's worth a listen: This New York Times bestseller has created a sensation around the globe and changed the standard for bedtime stories everywhere. Drawing on the format of fairy tales, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo compile over 100 true stories featuring women throughout history, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Artists, mathematicians, writers, pirates — you’ll find them all here. Narrated by an all-star cast that includes Janeane Garofalo, Mozhan Marnò, Phillipa Soo, and more, this listen is sure to inspire listeners young and old.

 

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Narrator: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Run time: 3h 18min

Why it's worth a listen: When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by an old peach tree, the peach at the top begins to grow. In the blink of an eye, it’s as large as a house. Inside, James meets a colorful cast of human-sized bugs — a charismatic grasshopper, a kind ladybug, and others. When the peach’s stem breaks, they’re off on a very unusual adventure. Julian Rhind-Tutt gives an upbeat performance that pairs well with this spunky, strange classic. 

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Narrator: Adam Grupper
Run time: 3h 46min

Why it's worth a listen: Ivan the gorilla doesn’t ask for much as the mall zoo’s main attraction. He doesn’t think about life back in the jungle, and he doesn’t mind strangers pressing their faces to his glass enclosure. He’d just rather spend time drawing. But when a baby elephant joins his small zoo family, grieving her lost home, Ivan knows something needs to change. Can he draw their way to a better future? Beautiful in its simplicity, this heartfelt, earnest story is poignantly delivered by Adam Grupper. 

 

Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh

Narrator: Peter Dennis
Run time: 2h 46min

Why it's worth a listen: The Hundred Acre Wood awaits. Join Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, and the rest of this iconic cast on a series of misadventures, both delightful and funny. This award-winning audiobook is the only recording to be endorsed by the real-life Christopher Robin, who said, “Peter Dennis has made himself Pooh’s Ambassador Extraordinary… If you want to meet the real Pooh, the bear I knew, the bear my father wrote about, listen to Peter.”

 

Amelia Bedelia Audio Collection

Amelia Bedelia Audio Collection

Narrator: Suzanne Toren
Run time: 1h 9min

Why it's worth a listen: “Have you ever gotten in trouble for doing exactly as you were told?” this audiobook asks the listener, and any kid listening would probably answer, “Yes!” Enter Amelia Bedelia, a housekeeper who takes everything literally. Ask her to throw a surprise shower, and she’ll bring a hose. Ask her to play baseball, and she’ll bring a whole new interpretation to the game. It’s hard not to laugh listening to this collection of Amelia’s blunders, all read in Suzanne Toren’s smiling voice.  

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Narrator: Ramon de Ocampo
Run time: 1h 59min

Why it's worth a listen: Greg Heffley is your typical middle school boy: perpetually confused, infallibly logical, and a little too obsessed with jokes. In this first installment of the New York Times bestselling series, Greg has started a very manly journal for recording his thoughts about his weird friends and family. Ramon de Ocampo reads with the energetic sincerity of a young boy and will have you snickering over the ups and downs of Greg’s daily life.

 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Narrator: Judith Ivey
Run time: 1h 56min

Why it's worth a listen: Life couldn’t be more luxurious for china rabbit Edward Tulane. He may just be the most important item in the entire house. But then the unthinkable happens — Edward is lost. On this miraculous journey from the bottom of the sea to the city streets to the shelves of a doll shop, Edward moves through the lives of people old and young, good and broken, and learns that neither love nor loss should be feared. Judith Ivey’s grandmotherly narration makes this feel like storytime with family, and only adds to the magic of the tale.

 

A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington

Narrator: Stephen Fry
Run time: 2h 40min

Why it's worth a listen: When the Browns meet Paddington Bear in a train station, their lives change forever. Ordinary just isn’t an option with Paddington around. Guided by good intentions that always veer into the hilarious, he’s sure to win the hearts of listeners young and old. This classic — also a feature film — is narrated by award-winning actor Stephen Fry.

Little House On The Prairie

Little House On The Prairie

Narrator: Cherry Jones
Run time: 5h 46min

Why it's worth a listen: Readers have long adored Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, based on her real experiences as a girl growing up on the American frontier. In Little House on the Prairie, Laura and her family leave behind their home in Wisconsin to build a new house in Kansas. But just as they begin to put down roots, they find themselves in the middle of a serious conflict that might put an end to their new start. Read by Cherry Jones in a soft midwestern accent, you’ll be instantly transported through time to the excitement and danger of the Great Plains.

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Narrator: Lynne Thigpen & Jacqueline Woodson
Run time: 7h 28min

Why it's worth a listen: The power of this Newbery Medal–winning story still reverberates 40 years after publication. Cassie Logan and her family are fighting for their own land while trying to build a life of independence and integrity — a dream that seems almost impossible for an African American family in the deep South during the Great Depression. In the building clash between racism and social justice, Cassie learns her own value and claims her dignity. Narrator Lynne Thigpen’s warm Southern accent will put you right in the moment. Additionally, this audiobook includes an introduction written and read by award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. 

 

Long Walk to Water

Long Walk to Water

Narrator: David Baker & Cynthia Bishop
Run time: 2h 42min

Why it's worth a listen: Sudan, 1985: Salva Dut is an 11-year-old boy caught up in a conflict between rebels and government soldiers. After the destruction of his village, he is forced to embark on an impossible journey toward an uncertain future. South Sudan, present day: Nya is a girl who has to walk eight hours a day to fetch water — until a stranger shows up in her village with an unusual dream. Told in dual narratives, this heartfelt listen based on a true story weaves two lives together in the most unexpected way. David Baker and Cynthia Bishop alternate the narration for this award-winning audiobook.

 

Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising

Narrator: Trini Alvarado
Run time: 4h 43min

Why it's worth a listen: When the unthinkable happens, Esperanza and Mama must flee their ranch in Mexico for the labor camps in California. Faced with physical toil and peers wary of accepting her, Esperanza must learn how to let go of the past, empower her community, and survive. Her life — and Mama’s — depends on it. Trini Alvarado reads in a gentle tone that makes Esperanza’s struggles during the Great Depression feel like they’re happening right now, and even sings the recurring songs in the story.

 

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Narrator: Collected Narrators
Run time: 6h 27min

Why it's worth a listen: Meg Murray and her brother, Charles Wallace, don’t know what happened to their dad. A scientist experimenting with time travel, he disappeared without a trace. But when a stranger stumbles into their living room with information about something called a “tesseract,” the children realize their dad might still be out there. Meg and Charles embark on an epic quest that will confront fantasy and science, light and dark, and good and evil. Maybe — just maybe — they can save their dad after all. This audiobook comes with a few special features, including an introduction read by film director Ava DuVernay, a forward read by Madeleine L’Engle herself, and an afterward read by L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis. 

 

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl

Narrator: Nathaniel Parker
Run time: 6h 7min

Why it's worth a listen: Artemis Fowl is a boy genius who’s a mix of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and even a bit of Batman. He’s on a quest to prove fairies exist, and things seem to be going his way when he manages to capture Captain Holly Short of LEPrecon Unit. But the magical realm beneath his feet isn’t eager to be discovered by humans, and Artemis has no idea what he’s unleashed. In turns thrilling, mysterious, and funny, Nathaniel Parker delivers a performance that will have you at the edge of your seat — just don’t fall off laughing!

 

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Narrator: Sophie Thompson
Run time: 3h 51min

Why it's worth a listen: The Banks family needs a nanny, but they get more than they bargained for when Mary Poppins blows through the door. With her parrot-headed umbrella and her bottomless bag, she is here to challenge everything about Jane, Michael, and the twins. A spoonful of sugar and a heaping lump of curiosity will soon have these children playing again. And, just as she promises, Mary Poppins leaves everything practically perfect. Read by award-winning actress Sophie Thompson, this British classic will charm all who hear it.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Narrator: Michael York
Run time: 4h 23min

Why it's worth a listen: There’s a world inside a wardrobe. Lucy opens the door, and suddenly she and her siblings are pulled into a magical place called Narnia. Under enchantment by the evil White Witch, this land is trapped in an eternal winter. But rumor has it the lion Aslan is returning, and if the children can help him defeat the Witch, they can restore this incredible realm to its full glory. Michael York reads this classic in a proper British accent that will have listeners of all ages longing to check nearby wardrobes for secret portals.

 

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Narrator: Susie Berneis
Run time: 11h 4min

Why it's worth a listen: Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert need a boy to help out on the farm, but what they get is Anne: an 11-year-old orphan girl who desperately wants a family. Armed with a spirit that can’t be tamed and an enthusiastic love for nearly everything (aside from her own red hair), Anne sets out to make the Cuthbert house her home. The town of Avonlea will never be the same. Susie Berneis’s narration is the perfect way to introduce new listeners to this beloved series as it captures all the whimsy and eccentricity of Anne.