So here's our experience with audio books. We started using audiobooks when Noah was about 3 and starting to transition out of long afternoon naps. After reading a few books together, I would put on a tape or cd and explain that he didn't need to sleep, but he needed to have some calm/quiet time. Some days he would end up napping, some days he wouldn't, but it did help to establish a routine and his love for the stories. Those early story tapes were compilations of stories (Jim Weiss or tapes that went with books). They were short and captured his attention without overwhelming him with lengthy plots. Soon he began requesting them at night and they quickly became a part of our night time routine, too. Camille recently started sleeping in Noah's room and she has become a big fan of the audiobooks, too. We also use them on car trips, rainy afternoons, while working on art projects....good just about any time and any place.
Here's a list of our favorites. We own a few treasured ones, but most come from the library (some get checked out over and over again). Chinaberry Books has a great selection of audiobooks.
Jim Weiss (Tell Me a Story, Animal Stories, Fairy Tales)
Rabbit Ears Treasury of Fairy Tales (great readers and music...love hearing BeauSoleil)
Curious George Collection
Frog and Toad Collection
And we also have some tapes of both grandmothers reading stories
Easy Chapter Books on Tape/CD:
Junie B Jones Series
Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker (library audio only)
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin (library audio only)
Magic Tree House Series
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Series
A Little More Advanced:
Charlottes' Web (read by E.B. White....love hearing authors read their own work)
Box Car Children Series
Little House Series
Would love to hear about your favorites. We need to start bulking up our family's listening library since our public library access will be more limited in Sicily.