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Family-Friendly Audiobooks

FF Audiobooks

Gather your whole family around the phone or tablet and close your eyes as you go on an adventure. Our staff has picked out 12 delightful audiobooks that will capture everyone's imagination.

The One and Only Ivan

'The One and Only Ivan,' by Katherine Applegate

This unforgettable novel celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. It's inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan. He meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, and he is forced to see their home through new eyes.

Train to Impossible

'The Train to Impossible Places,' by P.G. Bell

A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. A girl who's about to go on the adventure of a lifetime.

Penderwicks

'The Penderwicks,' by Jeanne Birdsall

The first book in a classic series about sisters busy discovering summertime magic. Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.

The Wild Robot

'The Wild Robot,' by Peter Brown

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there and realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

See You in the Cosmos

'See You in the Cosmos,' by Jack Cheng

A full cast audiobook about Alex, a space-obsessed boy and his dog Carl Sagan. Together, they take a journey toward hope and family in this debut novel by Jack Cheng.

Aru Shah

'Aru Shah and the End of Time,' by Roshani Chokshi

When twelve year old Aru Shah rubs a lamp in her mother’s Museum of Ancient Indian Art on a dare, she accidentally brings Indian mythology (and monsters) to life! After discovering some truths, Aru embarks on a quest to stop the monsters and save her family, friends, and not-so-friends. 

Matilda

'Matilda,' by Roald Dahl

Kate Winslet uses many funny voices and accents as she provides a refreshing narration to Dahl’s classic tale of a young reader who triumphs over her terrible parents and horrible headmistress... and gains some fun powers along the way!

Stardust

'Stardust,' by Neil Gaimen

Narrated by the author, Stardust follows Tristran Thorn, who will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria, even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns that nothing is what he imagined.

Magic Misfits

'The Magic Misfits,' by Neil Patrick Harris

A magical book that is the first in a series by Neil Patrick Harris. When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B. B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything they can get their sticky fingers on.

Ghost

'Ghost,' by Jason Reynolds

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down.

Nevermoor

'Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow,' by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is blamed for everything that goes wrong in her town and is cursed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. When a mysterious man named Jupiter appears before her foretold death and takes her away to the city of Nevermoor, a magical place for people with special talents, Morrigan must prove herself through a series of tests in order to stay safe and avoid certain death. 

Charlotte's Web

'Charlotte's Web,' by E.B. White

Brought to life by Meryl Streep and a full cast of voices, this classic children's novel about the power of friendship comes to life for a new generation of listeners. 

Published on April 14, 2020
Last Modified June 02, 2020