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The Best Audiobooks to Listen to as a Family This Summer

by Janssen Bradshaw

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Hello summer! School is out and it’s road trip time. Or lying by the pool time.

Whatever your plans this summer, they’ll be better with a good audiobook. These are some of the best new titles to keep you listening to new stories all day (and into the night too!).

  • Young Readers

  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, read by various

    This audiobook contains 100 bedtime stories about women who excelled in different ways, including in music, science, politics, sports, art, and basically any other way you can dream up. They cover women from the past and include present-day women too. Best of all, each one is told like a fairy tale. My four little girls will be listening to these all summer long!

  • The Terrible Two Go Wild

    by Mac Barnett and Jory John, read by Adam Verner

    Summer calls for audiobooks that make you laugh and nobody does it better than Mac Barnett and Jory John with their Terrible Two series. My first grader listened to the first one multiple times and was thrilled when a second installment came out. Now the third one is perfect for summer as Miles and Niles arrive at Camp Good Times for the summer where it appears there are no prank-ortunities. But leave it to this duo to find a way to make trouble!

  • Middle Grade

  • Bob

    by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, read by Nora Hunter and Rob Dircks

    I love Rebecca Stead and I love Wendy Mass, so when they team up? You bet I’m right there! This magical tale is about Livy, who has returned to visit her grandmother in Australia after five years away. It seems like there’s something she might have forgotten from her previous trips ... and when she arrives, she discovers that it’s Bob, a small green creature in a chicken suit who needs Livy to help him return to his home.

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  • Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans

    by Russell Ginns, read by Kathleen McInerney and Grover Gardner

    If you have a mystery-lover in the house, this book is for you. Samantha Spinner’s beloved uncle Paul has disappeared, and Sam is certain he’s in mortal danger. Now she just has to solve all the puzzles and secret messages to figure out what might have happened to him. Stay tuned for more books in this new series!

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  • Al Capone Throws Me a Curve

    by Gennifer Choldenko, read by Kirby Heyborne and Gennifer Choldenko

    One of my favorite things about summer is the release of new books in series that I just adore, and the Tales from Alcatraz series is one of my favorites. Moose Flanagan is still living on Alcatraz in the 1930s with some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S. Moose mostly is focused on winning a spot on the high school baseball team and also keeping an eye on his older sister with special needs. But the latter suddenly takes priority when his sister ends up someplace she should NEVER have been and it’s up to Moose to rescue her.

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  • Grown-Ups

  • The Perfect Mother

    by Aimee Molloy, read by Cristin Milioti

    When a brand-new book is already set to be a movie, you know you’re going to want to listen. Thrillers feel especially good during the summer when you might have a little more leeway to stay up late listening into the night. This novel follows a group of moms who all gave birth in May and are bonding over new motherhood. But when someone’s baby goes missing, a media circus erupts. This one is on EVERYONE’s list this summer — you’ll definitely want to add it to yours.

What audiobooks are you excited to listen to this summer? Let us know in the comments below!