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

(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Atinuke)

Anna Hibiscus, who lives in Africa with her whole family, loves to splash in the sea and have parties for her aunties, but Anna would love to see snow.

Alan Rabinowitz
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 921 Rabinowitz Rab)

Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in bare cages? More than anything, he wants to be their champion--their voice--but he stutters uncontrollably. Except when he talks to animals.

Charlotte's Web

E. B. White
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.

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!

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.

Dave Eggers
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 974.71 Egg)

In this honest look at the literal foundation of our country, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation.

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

Magic Tree House 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

Follow Mercy Watson's adventures in these fast-paced, humourous reads! 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.

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

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.

Bird in a Box

Andrea Davis Pinkney
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Pinkney)

In 1936, three children meet at the Mercy Home for Negro Orphans in New York State, and while not all three are orphans, they are all dealing with grief and loss which together, along with the help of a sympathetic staff member and the boxing matches of Joe Louis, they manage to overcome. 

A Black Hole is Not a Hole

Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 523.8875 Dec)

Introduces black holes, describing their physical features, how they were discovered, what causes them, and where they exist in space.

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.

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?

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.

Fish in a Tree

Lynda Mullaly Hunt
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Hunt)

Sixth-grader Ally Nickerson has been to seven schools in seven years, and the same thing happens at each one: she spends more time in the principal's office than in class. The pattern is repeating at Ally's current school until a long-term substitute teacher, Mr. Daniels, discovers that Ally is acting out to hide the fact that she can't read. Ally is deeply ashamed and has bought into what others have told her—that she's dumb and worthless—but Mr. Daniels helps her understand that she has dyslexia and see her talents and intelligence.

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.

Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World

Reshma Saujani
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J 005.1 Sau)

Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 10,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, provides down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, as well as real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA.

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. At first, life above ground is a dream come true. Queen Elfrieda Veronika Ingrid Lenore (E.V.I.L.) is the best friend Grump always wanted, feeding him all the rubies he can eat and allowing him to rule at her side in exchange for magic and information. But as time goes on, Grump starts to suspect that Queen E.V.I.L. may not be as nice as she seems.

Harbor Me

Jacqueline Woodson
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Woodson)

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. They discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

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.

The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley

April Stevens
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Stevens)


Eleven-year-old Frances spends most of her time up on the rocks behind her house in her 'rock world.’ It's the one place where Frances can truly be herself. But when the unimaginable happens, Frances slowly discovers that perhaps the world outside her rugged, hidden paradise isn't so bad after all. And that maybe she can find connection and camaraderie with the people who have surrounded her all along.

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. Throughout history, girls have often been discussed in terms of what they couldn't or shouldn't do. Not anymore. It's time for herstory--a celebration of not only what girls can do, but the remarkable things women have already accomplished, even when others tried to stop them.

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

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

Aviator Lincoln Beachey broke countless records: he looped-the-loop, flew upside down and in corkscrews, and was the first to pull his aircraft out of what was a typically fatal tailspin. As Beachey and other aviators took to the skies in death-defying acts in the early twentieth century, these innovative daredevils not only wowed crowds, but also redefined the frontiers of powered flight.

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.

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. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home.


Sara 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 Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes

Jonathan Auxier
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Auxier)

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need.


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


Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

Save Me a Seat

Sarah Weeks
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Weeks)

Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common, but soon enough they have a common enemy, the biggest bully in their class, and a common mission, to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

The Secret Keepers

Trenton Lee Stewart
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Stewart)

A boy discovers a peculiar, magical watch, propelling him on an adventure to protect his city and the ones he loves from a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get the watch back.

Stella By Starlight

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

Stella lives in the segregated South, in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can't. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. The Klan hasn't bothered them for years, but one late night, while wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination.

Suzanne Selfors
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Selfors)

When a bouncy, barky dog and an evil genius guinea pig move into the same house, the laughs are nonstop! Wedgie is so excited, he can't stop barking. But Gizmo does not want to share his loyal human servant with a rump-sniffing beast! Gizmo is an evil genius. He wants to take over the world and make all humans feel his wrath. But first he must destroy his archenemy, Wedgie, once and for all!

Willa of the Wood

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

Move without a sound. Steal without a trace. Willa, a young night-spirit, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the cabins of the day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work--the day-folk kill whatever they don't understand. When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day-folk world, she calls upon the old powers of her beloved grandmother, and the unbreakable bonds of her forest allies, to escape.


Katherine Applegate
(Juvenile Books-on-CD - J Applega)

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories.. . .Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.