The best audiobooks for kids

Not just for rainy days and long car journeys, audiobooks are a brilliant way to enjoy a book together. We've rounded up a list of titles recommended by Mumsnet users, plus some great new releases from Puffin Books - click on the images to listen to extracts 

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"A fab audiobook that my daughter thoroughly enjoyed. The narration is wonderful and suited the story - my daughter likened it to being read to by her favourite teacher. Praise indeed! The story is enchanting and kept my seven-year-old's attention the whole way through. Highly recommend for children aged five to eight."


"Just William read by Martin Jarvis got us through a three-hour drive brilliantly - in fact, I was sad to get home!"

"Martin Jarvis reading Just William has kept us sane happy over many thousands of miles."


Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling, read by Samuel West

"My four-year-old daughter loves the Just So Stories. She announced the other day that she had 'great endeavour and sagacity' in a very serious voice. I don't think I was meant to laugh."


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl, read by the author

"We listen to audiobooks in the car all the time, and my three-year-old and four-year-old sons absolutely love Roald Dahl."


Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney, read by Dan Russell

"My eldest loved it, the book was designed for slightly older children and he loved the jokes and the format of the diary. It was a very high- quality recording."

"Mine love Diary Of A Wimpy Kid audiobooks (and the bonus is that I really like them too!)"


The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham, BBC dramatisation version

"It had a nice old-fashioned feel to it brought about by the music in the background. The voices were different to each other making it easy to differentiate between the characters. Lovely humour throughout also helped to paint a vivid picture of what was happening in the story. Excellent."

Puffin Books recommends 

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner - Terry Pratchett, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt

Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks!

Age 6+

Anna and the Swallow Man - Gavriel Savit, read by Allan Corduner 

A beautifully told tale about a little girl who meets the mysterious Swallow Man after Germans take her father away during World War Two. 

Age 12+

The Christmasaurus - Tom Fletcher, read by the author

Tom Fletcher's debut novel for children is the story of a boy and a dinosaur who meet on Christmas eve and find themselves thrown into a magical adventure. 

Age 7+

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia - C.S Lewis, read by Maurice Denham and full cast

Delve into C.S Lewis' fantastical worlds and you'll get days of entertainment out of this complete collection of the Chronicles of Narnia. 

Age 9+


The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop - Clare Balding, read by the author

Clare Balding reads her girl-empowering book about a little girl who accidentally buys a racehorse and then discovers he can't gallop! A funny and heart-warming story.

Age 7+

Chasing the Stars - Malorie Blackman, read by Matthew Morgan and Georgina Campbell

Former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman returns with a gripping love story. Three teenagers are thrown together after a virus wipes out swathes of people on Earth, but unexpected romance threatens to tear them apart.

Age 12+

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots and Other Stories - Beatrix Potter, read by Helen Mirren and Anna Friel

Beatrix Potter's familiar storytelling is brought to life by the fabulous Helen Mirren. Plus, Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel reads five more Potter classics.

Age 4+




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