20 Captivating Children Audio Books for Road Trips

Taking a road trip with the kids this summer? Keep everyone entertained, including the kids, with these 20 captivating children audio books!

This week I’m joining up with some fellow bloggers to create a rounded fun unit about road trips — trust me, you have no reason to be bored! 

For more reading ideas, visit our extensive list of childrens books for kids!

You can find the best children audio books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.

Every year we road trip from Chicagoland to the Adirondacks.

If you haven’t been to these wonderful mountains, you really do owe yourself a family trip.

The Adirondacks are such a magical place. But the drive can be long, and we use children audio books to keep us all engaged during the trip.

Here are 20 terrific audio books that are sure to be a hit with your children.

My boys haven’t been introduced to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle yet… I think that will definitely be on our list this year!

Benefits of Audio Books for Kids

Audio books offer many benefits for children, making them a great alternative to traditional reading.

Listening to stories helps to build vocabulary, comprehension and language skills in children.

Audio books also help to engage children’s imaginations and promote a love of reading by bringing stories to life through sound and narration.

In addition, audio books are a great tool for children who struggle with reading or have reading difficulties, as they can provide a way for these children to access stories and information in a way that is accessible to them.

Plus, audio books can also be a fun way for families to enjoy stories together, whether on long car rides or during quiet times at home.


FREE Road Trip Resources!

In addition to offering recommendations of children audio books, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you some awesome road trip fun for the entire family!


Road Trip Activities from 3 Boys and a Dog

How To Stay Busy On An RV from Crafty Mama in ME

Road Trip Games for Kids from Look! We’re Learning!

Alphabet Travel Tic Tac Toe from Letters of Literacy

Kids Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Game from Schooling a Monkey

How To Turn Family Travel Into Learning Experiences from iGameMom

Are We There Yet? Maps For Kids from Books and Giggles

5 Fun Things To Do On A Road Trip from The Usual Mayhem

Outdoor Breaks for Road Trips from FrogMom

Best Family Road Trip Music from Bambini Travel

Road Trip Notebooking Pages from Year Round Homeschooling

Travel Journal from Embark on the Journey

Printable Road Trip Games from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading

Road Trip Activities from Tales of Education at Home

Car Scavenger Hunt from Planet Smarty Pants

20 Captivating Children Audio Books for Road Trips


  1. Great list!! Thanks! Last summer on our way from Chicago to Vermont we listened to Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking, and Winnie the Pooh…all great! Now I have a bunch of suggestions for our road trip to Toronto this July.

  2. Great list! I love the Redwall series. Please link up.with us at Literacy Musing Mondays. We go live on my site at 6 pm Sundays.

  3. This is an awesome list. I remember loving so many of these books when I was little. My twins are 5 and just starting to enjoy audiobooks. We’ll definitely be referring back to this list often. Thanks!

    1. Oh that’s a good age! At 5, I would focus more on the audio CDs that come with their picture books. But soon enough they’ll be ready for the longer books as well 🙂

  4. Such great ideas! We’ve been looking for new audiobooks for our summer vacation road trip. We need something that isn’t part of a series so my husband and mother in law can follow along with us. Pinned!

    1. Happy car trip! We’re all ready for our car trips this summer…. and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle as well as How to Eat Fried Worms are at the top of the list for us this year.

  5. If you like the Penderwicks, you may like the Casson family by Hilary McKay https://www.amazon.com/Caddys-World-Casson-Family-Hilary/dp/1442441062/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467833251&sr=1-1&keywords=casson+family [Please note if you are devout Christian homeschoolers you may object to some content.) You might also love the Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright https://www.amazon.com/Saturdays-Melendy-Quartet-Elizabeth-Enright/dp/0312375980/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467833313&sr=1-1&keywords=melendy+quartet+set

    I’m happily sharing your post on Twitter!

  6. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party. These will be great for summer road trips.

  7. This is a great list and I see a few of my faves here!! Thanks much for coming to Throwback Thursday and sharing!! 🙂


  8. GREAT selection! We’ve listened to about half of these, so I’m guessing the other half will be a good choice for us as well. Thanks for sharing with #EverythingKids.

    1. Oh you’re a good traveler then! We even do audio books when were toodling around town. Happy listening!

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