Growing Reader



Fall’s Best New Audiobooks for Kids and Teens

Listening to audiobooks is not only a fun way to experience picture and chapter books, it’s also a great way to enhance skills like vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Here are some of 2016’s best listens for everyone from the earliest pre-readers to tweens and teens.

  • Pre-K (Ages 3 - 5)

  • My Pen

    written, illustrated, and narrated by Christopher Myers

    This celebration of imagination also fosters social-emotional development, as the boy’s pen helps him overcome feelings of inadequacy and loneliness. Christopher Myers’s pen and ink drawings flow across the pages and hearing his voice will encourage children to pick up drawing implements to create their own world.
    (Available September 2016)

  • The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots

    by Beatrix Potter, narrated by Helen Mirren

    This newly discovered manuscript features a sly black cat sneaking off on nocturnal hunting expeditions without her owner’s knowledge. With cameo appearances by the likes of Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the recording — available as a digital download with wry narration by Helen Mirren — stands on its own. Or, get the CD with the book, illustrated by Quentin Blake, to be published for the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth.
    (Available September 2016)

  • Otis and the Kittens

    by Loren Long, narrated by Chris Sorensen

    When fire strikes the barn, Otis the tractor rushes to help evacuate the kittens stranded in the hayloft. When Otis himself becomes trapped, his friends must help him escape. Fans of these heartwarming stories will be glad to listen and read the newest in the series.
    (Available October 2016)