Thematic Reading List: Audiobooks for the Family Road Trip
June is National Audiobook Month and what better time to listen to an audiobook than during a road trip. Whether you are listening together as a family, or everyone has individual tastes along with their own listening device, these ten audiobooks are sure to make the road fly by.
|As Brave as You Are
By: Jason Reynolds
Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind.
By: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Liam’s just a kid, but he looks so mature that he’s continually mistaken for an adult. When he poses as a dad to compete for a chance to go to outer space, he’s suddenly flooded with insights on the benefits and drawbacks of being a grown-up.
By: Pam Munoz Ryan
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
By: J.K. Rowlings
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright.
By: Louis Sacher
Stanley Yelnats is serving hard labor by digging 5-foot holes in the dried-up soil where Green Lake once sat. But it soon becomes clear to Stanley that the warden is really using the boys to search for something very valuable. The story of the hidden treasure, along with the warden, Stanley’s friend Zero, and the curse on the Yelnats family are all part of a compelling puzzle that has taken generations to unravel.
|The Kingdom Keepers
By: Ridley Pearson
Thirteen-year-old Finn Whitman and four other young teens have been transformed into holograms to be guides for visitors to Disney World. When Finn is unexpectedly transported to the Magic Kingdom in his hologram form, Wayne, an Imagineer, tells him that he and the other guides must save the park from the scheming witch Maleficent and the Overtakers.
|The Last Dragonslayer
By: Jasper Fforde
Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. But, when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer as the last dragonslayer.
By: Astrid Lindgren
The story of Pippi who lives without any grown-ups in a little house at the edge of the village with her pet monkey and a horse and of her friendship with the children next door and her absurd adventures.
|Walk Two Moons
By: Sharon Creech
Salamanca Tree Hiddle, age 13, and her grandparents are off to find Salamanca’s mother, who left home on a trip to Idaho and never came back. As they acquire a car and retrace her route, Sal tells the story of her friend Phoebe Winterbottom, whose mother also disappeared under unusual circumstances.
|Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
By: Grace Lin
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.