Reading books with your child is an incredibly powerful way of supporting your child’s learning. We’ve put together a list of stories that are available as audiobooks (one for each day of the week) that we think make for great listening. The lists are divided into stories appropriate for 3-5 year olds and stories more appropriate for children aged 6+.
We’ve also created some guidance for parents about reading together at home with young children.
For preschoolers (3-5 years)
Stories for Preschoolers (3-5 years)
Monday: Listen to Sarah Silverman read A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton (7 mins) at https://www.storylineonline.net/books/tale-of-two-beasts/
Tuesday: Listen to Katrina Moore (author) read One Hug (7 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3_3IPZmZT4
Wednesday: Listen to Miss Sofia read Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Suess (19 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b653k3-_wIM&feature=emb_rel_end
Thursday: Listen to Miss Laura read Here we are by Oliver Jeffers (5 mins) at https://www.readbrightly.com/brightly-storytime-here-we-are/
Friday: Listen to Michael Ian Black (author) read I’m Bored (10 mins, with an easy and engaging art demo by illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd3jyzCkvDc
For older children (6 years +)
Monday: Listen to Serena Auñón-Chancellor (an astronaut) read Luciana: Braving the Deep by Erin Teagan (11 mins) at https://www.storylineonline.net/books/a-bad-case-of-stripes/
Tuesday: Listen to Mac Burnett (author) read chapter 1 of Kid Spy: Mac Undercover (7 mins, other chapters available) at https://www.instagram.com/p/B-GGuu_nk9M/
Wednesday: Listen to David Walliams read Humbert the Hungry Baby (20 mins, part of David’s daily “Elevenses” story readings) at https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses-catch-up/
Thursday: Listen to Cressida Cowell read chapter 1 of How to train your dragon (10 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWhNzQUfmSE&list=PLE5MZB5pedUMNJLdgu0wYaSlL0dRLHcU0&index=2
Friday: Click on a map to hear Daniel Errico (author) read a section of Gnarble’s World and try to solve the puzzle of the hidden treasure (12 sections, each 1-2 mins), at https://daniel-errico.squarespace.com/gnarble
By Dr Vicki Hargraves