Audiobooks: Ideas for families

Audiobooks are a great medium for encouraging the love of literature for young readers! They help children become better listeners, and because of this, better readers.


Listening to audiobooks is a great way for children to enjoy a book that is at their interest level, but that might be above their reading level. Here are some ideas for families looking to incorporate more audiobooks into their reading repertoire:

  • Family road trips! Have a long car ride ahead of you? Enjoy family bonding and a story at the same time.
  • If English is the second language in your home, use audiobooks together to learn patterns of language and to learn expressions.
  • Encourage your child to read the book along with the audio version and concentrate on the words.
  • Let the audiobook do the “read aloud” work for you! Busy cooking dinner but the kids are begging for a story? No problem! Tired after a long day but it’s time for a bedtime story? Treat yourself! (You deserve a good bedtime story every once in a while, too! 🙂 )

Studies have also shown that young readers who listen to audiobooks display more confidence in reading comprehension, as their listening comprehension skill level is generally higher than their actual reading level (Clark, 2007).

So make it a family affair and use the time you’re already spending together to experience a reading adventure through audiobooks. For FREE downloadable audiobooks, check out the children’s selection on OverDrive.




Clark, R. C. (2007). Audiobooks for Children: Is This Really Reading?. Children & Libraries: The Journal Of The Association For Library Service To Children5(1), 49-50.



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