At our house it has become tradition to spend the cold days of our Iowa winters listening to books on CD. We are often finished with our schoolwork shortly after lunch which leaves the long afternoons to work together on a jigsaw puzzle while we listen to a book on CD. We have listened to some wonderful books over the years and I wanted to share our list of favorites with you.
As my children have grown we have chosen more challenging stories but while they were younger we listened to books like these:
The Magic Tree House Collection by Mary Pope Osborne ( many sets to choose from)
Little House on the Prairie Collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder ( there are several of these to choose from)
Your Story Hour collections (there are many of these to choose from)
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner ( there are many of these to choose from)
Charlotte’s Web by E B White
When the boys got older we listened to books that required a little more concentration like these:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
Adventures in Odyssey by the AIO Team ( there are many of these to choose from and they are all good!)
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey ( this one is hard to find. Check your library)
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr (this one is hard to find. Check with your library)
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Penderwicks by Jean Birdsall
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
Right now we are listening to the third book in a series by Trenton Lee Stewart called The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. This is by far our favorite series to date. The first two books are called The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey.
These titles and many others are available at your public library. You might also consider using a digital download service that many libraries are offering. This service in Iowa libraries is called WILBOR and is easy to access from your home computer. For more information about WILBOR check out my Examiner.com article.