By Andrea Hunt
Kids’ audio stories are a brilliant alternative to screen time, an invaluable way to keep children entertained on car journeys, and a wonderful opportunity for parents or caregivers to share in family story time while multitasking. Even better, they can boost literacy skills.
But when it comes to the youngest listeners, there are a few key things to consider before diving in. For example, whether the length of the story is appropriate, how well the audio version complements the original picture book, and if it can be enjoyed independently from the hard copy. It’s also worth noting whether the narration and any sound effects are engaging enough to grab and hold a toddler’s attention without distracting them from the story.
If you’re on the hunt for great audio picture books to tune into with your toddler, try starting out with this carefully selected list of our picks for best audiobooks for toddlers. Want to hear a clip before making your selection? Publishers’ sites, production studios, and AudioFile will often feature short samples.
Do you have a favorite toddler audiobook to share?