Best Audiobooks for Summer Vacation

Best Audiobooks for Summer Vacation

Audiobooks make family trips more exciting and more memorable. Take one of these titles with you on vacation this summer.


Compiled by:
Sam O.

Picture Books and Younger Elementary

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Monica Brown
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 750.92 Kahlo Bro)

The story recounts how renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo embodied many of the wonderful characteristics of her beloved pets, including her parrot and two monkeys! Recommended for ages 3-6.


Juana and Lucas

Juana Medina
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Medina)

Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over the hearts of listeners everywhere in her first adventure. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Matilda

Roald Dahl
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Dahl)

Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Mercy Watson Collection. Vol. 1.

Kate DiCamillo
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J DiCamillo)

Mercy and Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel. Recommended for ages 6-9.


The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

Richard Peck
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Peck)

A mouse runs away from school in the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace shortly before the celebration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. Recommended for ages 6-9.


The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

John Erickson
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Erickson)

Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, is framed for the murder of a chicken and becomes an outlaw with the coyotes. Recommended for ages 6-9.


The Princess in Black: Books 1 - 3

Shannon Hale
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Hale)

When danger calls, the princess sets forth to save her kingdom. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Older Elementary

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Roshani Chokshi
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Chokshi)

Twelve-year-old Aru stretches the truth to fit in at her private school, but when she is dared to prove an ancient lamp is cursed, she inadvertently frees an ancient demon. Recommended for ages 8-12.


The Boundless

Kenneth Oppel
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Oppel)

Will Everett ends up with a key to a train car containing priceless treasures and becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. With villains fast on his heels, can Will reach Will's father and save the train? Recommended for ages 8-12.


The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Pablo Cartaya
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Cartaya)

Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL? Recommended for ages 8-12.


Finding Langston

Lesa Cline-Ransome
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Cline)

In this powerful story about the Great Migration, a boy discovers Chicago's postwar South Side, a library that welcomes everyone, and the poetry of Langston Hughes. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Fortunately the Milk

Neil Gaiman
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Gaiman)

While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Grump: The Fairly True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Liesl Shurtliff
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Shurtli)

Ever since he was a dwarfling, Borlen (nicknamed "Grump") has dreamed of visiting The Surface, so when opportunity knocks, he leaves his cavern home behind. Recommended for ages 8-12.


HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World

Katherine Halligan
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 920.72 Hal)

Celebrate fifty inspiring and powerful women who changed the world and left their mark --a celebration of not only what girls can do, but the remarkable things women have already accomplished, even when others tried to stop them. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies

Lawrence Goldstone
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 920 Gol)

As Beachey and other aviators took to the skies in death-defying acts in the early twentieth century, these innovative daredevils redefined the frontiers of powered flight. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 920 Har)

Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Louisiana's Way Home

Kate DiCamillo
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Dicamil)

When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Refugee

Alan Gratz
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Gratz)

Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Stella By Starlight

Sharon Draper
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Draper)

Stella lives in the segregated South, in Bumblebee, North Carolina. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can't. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Willa of the Wood

Robert Beatty
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Beatty)

Willa, a young night-spirit, is her clan's best thief, but when Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day-folk world, she calls upon the old powers of her beloved grandmother to escape. Recommended for ages 8-12.