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What is a great way of getting your kids to go to bed early? Bribe them with audiobooks!
Okay…maybe that isn’t the best way to do it, but hey, it worked with us! We were to go to bed half an hour early so we could listen to an audiobook until the “official” bed time. We couldn’t wait to hear what happened next in our stories, so being set to bed wasn’t as bad as it felt.
The experience was great! Stories being read to you, in your bed, with the lights out. Talk about getting cozy!
Most of the audiobooks we were assigned were for the easier way out of reading the larger and older books. We were exposed to a lot of classic literature this way. If your child doesn’t like to read, this may be a great way to mark off their assignments and assure that they are exposed to some great books! Of course, to make sure that they are listening to the audiobook, maybe have them tell you about what they just listened to, or have them write up a final essay?
10 “Must Listen to” Audiobooks:
- Dramatized Pilgrim’s Progress
- Dramatized Christiana: Progress Progress II
- Jonathan Park
- The Sugar Creek Gang
- Lamplighter Audiobooks
- Your Story Hour
- The Pineapple Story
- Living Principles of America
- The Hiding Place
- Bonheoffer: the Cost of Freedom
My family LOVES listening to audiobooks on long road trips. So, all the audiobooks listed above, we have listened too! There are dozens more, but I thought this list was a good starter.
Have you ever listened to a dramatized audiobook? They are fantastic! There are actors for each character, supplying identifiable and unique voices for all the people in the story, and there are sound affects. (So, just imagine what it is like when there are sword fights going on, or gunfire in the background. Captivating.) So, in reality, its like a movie, without any moving pictures! Growing up, these were the type of audiobooks that got our attention.
For children between the ages of 6 and 10, I highly recommend Jonathan Park (Creation adventures), The Sugar Creek Gang (Christian encouragement and boy adventures), Lamplighter Audiobooks (Classic audio books that encourage godly character), Your Story Hour (Godly character in historic figures), and the Living Principles audiobooks (American history through a Christian perspective). These audios helped build my family’s faith and character, a lot!
I’ll be writing more about each of these audiobooks with more detail later!
What are some ways that you and your family listen to audiobooks?