Best Audiobooks for Summer Listening

Summer break is's time for relaxing, playing outside, swimming, vacations and...LISTENING!

If you've read any of our other summer posts, you know how essential literacy is to preventing the summer slide. By finding titles our kids want to hear, we can provide them with opportunities to hear expressive text that can transport them into another world while teaching them new vocabulary and inspiring a love of literacy!

Have a subscription through your school? Find all our summer listening materials here.
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Summer listening suggestions for elementary students:

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  • Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows
  • I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis)
  • The Chicken Squad series by Doreen Cronin
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • The Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Daview
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  • Bayou Magic by Jewel Parker Rhodes
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Brunett

Summer listening suggestions for teens:

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  • The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
  • A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
  • Football Champ (Football Genius series) by Tim Green
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

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When you're ready to find the title on the app or desktop site, the best way to find it is to SEARCH for the title and/or author. If it doesn't come up right away, type in a unique word from the title or author into the keyword search bar.

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Make sure to look through our full catalog here. We're positive you'll be able to find titles for you and your kids! 

Once you have Tales2go on your device and are logged in, you and your kids can listen...

  • in the car (road trips, drive to camp, practices, etc.)
  • in the backyard "camping" 
  • on family walks 
  • during snack time
  • during bath time or bedtime
  • while coloring or playing with blocks, etc.

Happy listening and happy summer :)

P.S. Click here to view the Summer Slide webinar sponsored by and presented by Tales2go advocate Mary Ann Scheuer.

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