Family Road Trip Reads

When you’re packing for the long family road trip, grab some books that won’t cause carsickness!

Author and book enthusiast Teri Harman has gathered the best audiobooks and iPad reads the whole family will love.

Audiobooks (CD or MP3) Recommendations

Audiobooks can be purchased as CDs for around $20-35 or MP3s from services like Amazon’s Audible for $0-16.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, read by Johnny Heller
This story has been a favorite since 1987. Alexander’s bad luck will have the whole family laughing. Shorter picture books are great for small children.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill, illustrated by Eric Carle, read by Gwyneth Paltrow
Kids love this repetitive story of all the colorful animals. Read by actress Gwyneth Paltrow in her sweet, pretty voice.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, read by Peter Schickle
Another classic favorite, read by Peter Schickle in a voice perfect for a story about monsters.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale

One of the most critically acclaimed audiobooks ever, narrator Jim Dale performs every character in a witty rendition of this family favorite. Old fans and new will love listening to Harry’s first adventure. The entire series is available and read by Jim Dale.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman
This mysterious adventure of a young boy who’s raised by ghosts in a graveyard is brought to life by the author. Neil Gaiman’s audiobook won best audiobook of the year the year it was released.

The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis, read by Kenneth Branagh
Read by famous British actor/director Kenneth Branagh in his delicious accent, this audio book brings to life the first adventure in the beloved Narnia series.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant

For parents who are Doctor Who fans, you will love listening to David Tennant tell this hilarious story in his wonderful Scottish accent as much as your kids.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, read by Judy Blume
A humorous, insightful story of family life that readers have loved for years brought to life by the author herself.

Peter Pan by Jim Barry, read by Tim Curry
Listen to the original story by Jim Barry as read by favorite actor Tim Curry, whose fun voices will have the kids and parents transfixed and entertained.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, read by Eric Idle
“Monty Python” star Eric Idle reads one of the best children’s books ever written with humor and aplomb.

iPad Book Recommendations

All these choices offer an interactive reading experience with the choice of listening to the story or independent reading. All are kid tested, parent approved and many award-winners. Prices range from free to around $8 and are downloadable from the Apple App Store.

1. Go, Clifford, Go from Scholastic Inc. (ages 0-5)

2. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed from Oceanhouse Media (ages 0-5)

3. Nash Smasher! from Crab Hill Press (ages 2-8)

4. My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car from Crab Hill Press (ages 2-8)

5. The Magic School Bus: Oceans from Scholastic Inc. (ages 5-12)

6. Cinderella from Nosy Cow (ages 2-8)

7. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios LA (all ages)

8. The Monster at the End of the This Book (Grover) from Sesame Street (ages 0-5)

9. The Witch With No Name from SlimCricket (ages 2-8)

10. Elmer’s Special Day from Oceanhouse Media (ages 3-10)

Blood Moon by Teri Harman

For another great summer read, pick up Teri’s brand new witch fantasy novel, BLOOD MOON, Moonlight Trilogy #1, everywhere books are sold.

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