10 Must Listen to Family-Friendly Audiobooks for Your Homeschool
Reading in your homeschool doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth, (ouch!) especially when you have audiobooks. It’s Isabella here, and this is my first post on my mom’s blog. I am so excited to share why I think audiobooks are the perfect addition to your homeschool and share 10 must listen to family-friendly audiobooks for your homeschool.
Benefits of Audiobooks in Your Homeschool
- Audiobooks help you learn to read! If you have or borrow the hard copy of the book and read along with an audiobook, it helps you to learn the words.
- If you are reading a book that includes words in a foreign language, you don’t have to struggle with the pronunciation.
- If you are feeling sick and don’t have the strength to try and speak the words, an audiobook is a perfect replacement for your voice.
- If your kids want a bedtime story, you’re in luck! Turn out the lights and cozy up, because you don’t have to see it to read it with an audiobook!
- If you are stuck in the house with absolutely nothing to do and are completely out of ideas, just listen to an amusing audiobook! It will do the trick! Especially if you cannot make a trip to the library or bookstore.
Before we jump into 10 Must Listen to Family Friendly Audiobooks for Your Homeschool, take a moment and pin this to your homeschool reading board.
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August Pullman was born with a facial disorder, (Treacher Collins Syndrome to be exact) that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid – but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER begins from Auggie’s point of view but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. This is an amazing book, packed full of emotion, but there’s only one way to find out if this book is truly that amazing!
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
A young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside her in this epic coming-of-age fairy tale from the highly acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy.
Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. When Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule – but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her – even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known. This is a great story, but you should probably just find out for yourself!
Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren’t going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately – forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what’s going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school – and the steadfast connection that defines family. This is a great book, but you don’t have to take my word for it!
By The Great Horn Spoon!
When Jack’s aunt is forced to sell her beloved mansion but is still unable to raise enough money to pay her debts, the twelve-year-old goes to California in search of gold to help her. Joined by his trusty butler, Praiseworthy, Jack finds adventure and trouble at every turn. Will Jack strike gold in San Francisco or come home empty-handed? I know, you may be thinking, well what is this book!? This looks more like California Gold rush history or some boring book, but trust me, I was fooled too! If I like this book, I’m sure you and your kids will love it too!
A Wrinkle in Time
Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract”, which, if you didn’t know, is literally a wrinkle in time. Yep! It’s a thing! Meg’s father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father? This is a very good book and I highly recommend it! Try it out for yourself if you don’t believe me!
Because of Winn-Dixie
When 10-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father, she doesn’t know what to expect. She is lonely at first, that is until she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog who helps her make some unusual friends. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to let go of some of her sadness and finds she has a whole lot to be thankful for. This is a great book, So click that ol’ button down below!
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry – and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.
The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will, won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.
Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day. This is an amazing series, so please check it out, I read all the books, and it was so good!
This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.
That hero is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey. The villain is Cluny the Scourage, one of the most deliciously despicable rats of all time. The unforgettable cast of supporting characters includes the stalwart badger Constance, an irrepressible hare named Basil Stag Hare, and the elderly wise mouse Brother Methuselah.
But most of all there is Matthias, seeking his true destiny in a journey that will lead through danger and despair to true wisdom.
Anne Of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables is absolutely scrumptious! Fans of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley rejoice! Collected here are six of the original Anne Shirley books in the order they were published. This collection includes Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside. Published between 1908 and 1921, these heartwarming tales of hidden hopes and cherished dreams will enchant fans and new listeners alike! I highly recommend it!
Family-Friendly Homeschool Audiobooks
I hope you enjoy these family-friendly audiobooks for your homeschool as much as we did. For even more ideas for the perfect audiobooks for your homeschool check out this list of some more of our favorite family-friendly audiobooks. Audiobooks are perfect for kids of all ages. You can enjoy these titles together or let the kids listen with their headphones or an Amazon Dot.
If you don’t already have an Amazon Audible membership, then grab one and download a title or two right away. You can always cancel later. If you are looking for a completely FREE option, visit your local library website for the Overdrive or the Libby App, which provides rental of audiobooks with your library card.