5 Best Audio Books for Young Learners

Improve your child's listening skills with the best books on Audible

Another way children learn language is through listening. Developing listening skills is an art and can be learned by everyone. Some people are not good listeners, but with the right interest and and motivation, listening skills can be developed in the child...just like reading skills.

We have looked inside Audible.com and picked the best 5 books for young learners. These books received between 4-5 star ratings. The stories are interesting and the listener can easily connect with the characters in the stories. We've also selected one that is connected to Coronavirus and it's easy for children to understand in a non-scary way. The other books also talk about values and things that develop the character in children and develops them to be good citizens in the future.

The following is our top picks of the best books we thought would help children gain interest and develop their love of stories.

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1. Coronavirus: A Book for Children

Synopsis

What is the coronavirus, and why is everyone talking about it?

Narrated by Hugh Bonneville, this approachable and timely audiobook helps answer these questions and many more, providing children aged five to 10 and their parents with clear and accessible explanations about the coronavirus and its effects - both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life.

With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from Teachers and Child Psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing.

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2. When Turtle Grew Feathers

Synopsis

In this Choctaw variant of Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare", storyteller Tim Tingle reveals some unexpected twists and expands the cast to include a wild turkey, a colony of ants, and a cheering squad of Little Bitty Turtles.When Rabbit boastfully challenges Turtle to a race, he gets his comeuppance...and Turtle gets a little assist from his winged friend, Turkey. In the process, we learn why Turtle's shell is cracked and why you never see Rabbit racing Turtle today.

Illustrator Stacey Schuett's bold and vibrant illustrations capture not only the grasslands of the High Plains but also the demeanor of its animal inhabitants and the humor of the tale.

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3. Kid Normal

Synopsis

When Murph Cooper rocks up to his new school, he can't help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it's not because he's worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are.

It's because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake. And unlike his fellow students Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don't have superpowers, it doesn't mean you can't save the day....

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4. The Green Ember

Synopsis

Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

Kings fall, and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend, and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.

Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?

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5. Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons

Synopsis

Viva Durant, New Orleans’ youngest detective, is on a quest to solve a jazzy mystery involving hidden treasure, while exploring the city’s unique culture, history, and music. This family-friendly audio original features original jazz music from the creator, Ashli St. Armant, and an enthusiastic performance from Audible Hall of Fame narrator, Bahni Turpin.

Plucky 14-year-old Viva Durant heads to New Orleans every summer to spend time with her loving but stern grandmother, known as Gram. After Gram reads Viva an article in the local paper about a missing treasure related to the world-famous song, "Miss Mary Mack," Viva traverses the Crescent City on an epic adventure to solve the mystery. Along the way she meets some of the city’s most colorful characters as her journey takes her to the French Quarter, a jazz club, a creepy cemetery, and even the circus. Can Viva rise to the occasion and solve this musical mystery? Listeners will find Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons a joy to listen to!

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