Audio Books for the Car

It's amazing what you can learn while "car schooling" to and from all of your various activities, appointments and outings. This list is by no means complete. I often forget to list a book we've listened to, and then my short term memory dumps the title of the book before I get back to this. And there is a huge chunk of our audio listening history missing from the time following our baby's death in 2014. But, I'm trying to be better about it. I think it's a fun way to record this element of our homeschool. It also reminds me, as time goes by, that some of our younger children likely don't remember hearing or reading some of the things we did together in the past. I like to go back and relisten or reread books again for the younger kids. It gives the older kids a chance to relive happy memories, and it gives the younger kids a chance to share in a common family history. We build common literature memories to share and discuss. I hope you find something here that your family will also enjoy listening to in the car. You may notice from the list that I like to choose historical fiction for the kids. It's my favorite. But my vote doesn't always count! :)
--Kelly
Strawberry Hill
One-Handed Catch
On the Wings of Heroes
Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
All of the books in the Dan Gutman baseball series are excellent! We loved every one of them.
The Castle Corona
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Rodzina **Warning** While not at all explicit, this book does broach the very difficult reality that some young orphaned girls were taken in by poor farming families to assume the duties of an ill or dead mother.  These duties included cooking, childcare, and other things that are typical behaviors of married couples. My kids totally missed it. It went right over their heads, I'm pretty sure. But you may want to consider this before listening.
More Adventures of the Great Brain (Great Brain, Book 2)
A Little Princess
The Search for WondLa
A Hero for WondLa (The Search for WondLa)
The Battle for WondLa (The Search for WondLa)
The Dragon of Doom (Moongobble and Me)
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
The Trumpet of the Swan (full color)
Bud, Not Buddy
A Tale of Two Castles
The Strange Case of Baby H (Mysteries through History)
Because of Winn-Dixie
The Magician's Elephant
The Secret Garden
The Wide Window: Or, Disappearance! (Unfortunate Events)
Old Yeller (Perennial Classics)
The Phantom Tollbooth
Freddy the Detective (The Freddy Books)
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Tuck Everlasting
Chronicles of the Red King: The Secret Kingdom
39 Clues  I have to tell you that I pulled the plug on this series.  I had never heard anything but good about these books so I was anxious to get them and share them with the kids.  At first I was willing to tolerate the plot because I felt like there were lots of great history lessons to be learned from the story. But by the time we got to the second book in the series I just couldn't stand the fact that supposed family members would employ such violent means as poison, guns, bombs, extreme heights and dishonesty to  kill each other off in hopes of inheriting power and money.  All my kids were quite interested in the story, and the violence seemed to be going over their heads.  But maybe that was the worst part of all!  The violence didn't really bother them because it seemed normal and plausible in the story.  Yeah, they weren't happy when I decided to get rid of it but I'm glad I did.








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