5 Reasons For Parents To Love Audio Books


I talked last week The Confident Mom Insider Connection Newsletter about the Importance of reading and tips on how to encourage your kids to read.  (If you are not receiving my newsletter you can sign up here and you will also receive my 5 part FREE mini parenting series) and wanted to share with you another way you can get encourage your kids to love reading.

Would you like to:

Help your kids improve their reading skills?
Grow their vocabulary?
Help them sit quietly (willingly!)? and
Entertain them too?

How can you accomplish those?  Easy- Play audiobooks!

Listening to books on tape provide all these benefits and more.  You can just listen or find a book on tape that has the accompanying book to read a long with the audio.

Did you know that for a significant part of their childhood, your kids’ intellectual capacity will be greater than their reading ability? That means that they can understand material when it is read aloud to them that they would not be able to read. Interesting isn’t it?

My kids love audiobooks and I love that they love them. As a work at home mom of 4 kids I am busy!  I know reading is important and key to learning, but it is nice that an audiobook gives my voice a break and gives me space to mulit-task.

You can play books on tape when you’re in the car running errands. Naptime and bedtime are also favorite times to listen to a story.  I also used audio books when we would travel by plane – a player and headphones were life savers!

Listening to audio books strengthens your child’s ability to listen, a skill very crucial for their academic achievement.

Audio books also let your child hear fluent reading with a bit of flair… a lot of them are read by the author or professional actors.  This was incredibly helpful when our one son was having trouble with fluency and articulation.

If your child is struggling with reading, audio books associate reading with pleasure…so important if your child is to develop a lifelong love of reading!

Audio books help your child learn to visualize a story by using their imagination instead of the pictures (in contrast, watching television trains the brain to be lazy and rely on images).

Why not get your child on the fast track to reading success with the push of the play button too? To get you started, here are some of my kids’ favorite titles, grab them online or see if your local library has a copy.  Our local library actually has the ability to download audio books right onto our MP player with out leaving home!

Charlotte’s Web (read by the Author, E.B. White)

The Jamie Lee Curtis collection (And I dare you to get through “Tell me about the night I was born” without crying!)

The Maurice Sendak collection

If You Give  a Mouse a Cookie audio collection

Have fun listening together!

What favorite audio book has your family discovered?

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Audio books should NEVER replace personal reading with your child, it is meant as an addition.

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  • Renee

    I wholeheartedly agree with your post! My boys (ages 7 and 5) L.O.V.E. audiobooks and listen to them daily. I believe it has helped their reading abilities, in terms of being early readers and reading above their grade level…in addition to me and my husband reading aloud to them, of course. Audiobooks are not a substitute for reading aloud, but are certainly a wonderful addition! We check ours out of the library (cds and tapes). Our favorites are Adventures in Odyssey, Peter Pan (JM Barrie), The Incredible Journey, The Little House Series by L. Wilder, Stuart Little, Mary Poppins, Hardy Boys, My Side of the Mountain, A Bear Called Paddington, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle series by B. Cleary. Thanks for your post!

  • Karen

    Bravo to you, Susan. In this day and age, so many parents are not looking for ways to bring reading back to the home. As a teacher, I see the negative effects of this in the school setting. Certainly there is nothing better than reading to our children, but audiobooks are a great second. My children listen to them when our family takes long trips in the car.

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