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With having a younger brother, I have learned how much children enjoy listening to stories…on audio!
Growing up listening to audios, I know how “lost” one can get when listening to a book on audio. Time can truly escape you.
I remember going to bed every night to listen to an audiobook we borrowed from the local library, or had on our shelf. I learned so much on those nights. Plus, I added more “books” to my accomplished list. My brother and I loved listening to the Living Principles and Your Story Hour audios. In fact, on certain days, we would listen to more on our free time.
There are other benefits, too, with having them listen to audiobooks while your children are young.
- It teaches them a vast amount of vocabulary
- Introduces them to all kinds of stories
- Allows them the ability to listen at any time
- Let’s them find their favorite authors (I love Jean Craighead George’s books)
- Teaches them a lot of good information (My whole family LOVES Jonathan Parks, an adventure series that teaches about Creation)
I love how most audiobooks it has sound effects. Those type of audios are the BEST! You really find your self lost in the story, especially if there is fighting, sword fights OR gun fire. It brings the thrill to a whole different level.
Every week night my two younger brothers go to bed (They are 10 and 3) and they LOVE listening to audio. In fact, my three-year old brother asks for it some times. It has become a true enjoyment for the both of them. I can relate…and so can my other brother. I am sure I will do the same with my children…if the library doesn’t get rid of all of them. (Buying them retail sure adds up to a whole lot of $$$!)
I would suggest going to your local library and checking out the books and audio combo they have in those plastic bags. It’d be a great way to introduce audiobooks.
Here are few of my families FAVORITE audiobooks:
- Jonathan Park
- The Sugar Creek Gang
- Pilgrim’s Progress
- The Hiding Place
- Living Principles
- Your Story Hour
- Library of Classics (A new device I found! You can buy an MP3 player with 100 classic, unabridged audios!)
I am sure we will be adding to this list, just because we all love to listen to audiobooks. We always bring audios on our long-distance trips (The whole truck gets silent, minus the audio!)
- Charlie’s Raven
- Ginger Pie
- A Girl of the Limberlost
- Tree Castle Island
Another benefit of audiobooks vs. the real books is for those children/adults that don’t like to read, or don’t have time to read. My dad loves audiobooks for when he drives, or just period. He isn’t one who loves to read the real thing, but get him an audiobook and he’d pop it in as soon as he can! My dad especially loves missionary or history audiobooks.
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