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)
Monday: Listen to Ore Oduba read A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins (4 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPThRJA9cZ0&list=PLE5MZB5pedUMQRHw2etfKDkufdGKDiPsU&index=17
Tuesday: Listen to Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite by Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley (5 mins) at https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/open-very-carefully/
Wednesday: Listen to Dick Weir read Doctor’s Grundy’s Undies by Dawn McMillan (5 mins) at https://storytime.rnz.co.nz/book/doctor-grundys-undies
Thursday: Listen to David McKee (author) read Elmer (6 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFrD18XLmlM&list=PLE5MZB5pedUMQRHw2etfKDkufdGKDiPsU&index=9
Friday: Listen to Tom Hardy read Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph (4 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUayOnHldv0
For older children (6 years +)
Monday: Listen to Tim Kopra (an astronaut) read Endeavour’s Long Journey by John Danny Olivas (16 mins) from the International Space Station at https://storytimefromspace.com/stories/endeavours-long-journey/
Tuesday: Listen to Justine Theroux read Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter (11 mins) at https://www.storylineonline.net/books/garbage-barge/
Wednesday: Listen to Scarlett Johansson read Alice Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (2 hrs 44 mins) at https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B015D78L0U?ref=adbl_ent_anon_ds_pdp_pc_pg-1-cntr-0-2
Thursday: Listen to Chris Riddell (author) read Once upon a Wild Wood (12 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMliDY9gt18&list=PLE5MZB5pedUMQRHw2etfKDkufdGKDiPsU&index=1
Friday: Listen to Apirana Taylor (author) and others read Beyond the Jellymite Clouds (13 mins) at https://storytime.rnz.co.nz/book/sky-stories-beyond-the-jellymite-clouds
By Dr Vicki Hargraves