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.

Younger Elementary

Charlotte's Web

Juvenile Books-on-CD - J White

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

George Selden
Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Selden

The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

The Great Cake Mystery

Alexander McCall Smith
Juvenile Books-on-CD - J McCall Smith

Before becoming the first female private investigator in Botswana, eight-year-old Precious Ramotswe tracks down a thief who has been stealing her classmates' snacks.

Matt de la Pena
Juvenile Readalongs - J de la Pena

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Brian Floca
Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 385.09 Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and families are traveling together, riding America's brand new transcontinental railroad. The story comes alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Magic Treehouse Collection. Books 1 - 8.

Mary Pope Osborne
Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Osborne

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse. Each book in the collection takes them to different places.


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.

Mercy Watson Collection. Vol. 1.

Kate DiCamillo
Juvenile Books-on-CD - J DiCamillo

Mercy Watson to the rescue: After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.
Mercy Watson goes for a ride: Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail

Richard Peck
Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Peck

A very small mouse of unknown origins runs away from school in the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace shortly before the celebration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, celebrating her sixty years on the British throne.

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.

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. Collects The Princess in Black, The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party, and The Princess in Black and the Hungary Bunny Horde into a single volume. 

Rabbit Ears Treasury of Storybook Classics. Vol. 1
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J 398.208 Rabbit)

Presents the story of western legend Pecos Bill, and the story of the clever and resourceful cat who gains a fortune for his master by impressing the king.

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Brown)

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's inhabitants.

Older Elementary

11 Birthdays

Wendy Mass
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Mass)

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

Jason Reynolds
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Reynolds)

Genie's summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia. The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he's ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into, he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.

The Boundless

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

A train is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on an adventure. Will ends up with a key to a train car containing priceless treasures; he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. So Will joins a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and Maren, a girl his age who is an escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will's father and save the train.

Fortunately the Milk

Neil Gaiman
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – 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.


Alex Gino
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Gino)

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part, because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Rowling)

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Jean Craighead George
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J George)

In 1848, ten-year-old Toozak, a Yupik Eskimo, sees a whale being born and is told by a shaman that he and his descendants must protect that whale, which Toozak names Siku, as long as it lives.

Lily and Dunkin

Donna Gephart
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Gephart)

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you're in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he's called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.

Thanhha Lai
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Lai)

California girl born and raised, Mai can't wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai's parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own.


Sarah Pennypacker
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Pennypacker)

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. One day, the unimaginable happens, Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be, with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Riordan)

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Peter and the Starcatchers

Dave Barry
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – Barry)

Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.


Ingrid Law
(Juvenile Books-on-CD – J Law)

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.