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Best New Audiobooks for Ages 4-6 and Their Families

Best New Audiobooks for Ages 4-6 and Their Families

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Audiobooks can be excellent companions for the youngest of listeners. Listening to stories on their own or with loved ones gives children an exciting glimpse into others’ lives or affirms their own experiences—often with welcoming music and sound effects. Each of these audiobooks can be enjoyed on its own or read along with the picture books. AudioFile editors have chosen these five audiobooks to engage young listeners from ages 4-6 (and up) and their families.

I Am Every Good Thing

Story by Derrick Barnes

Read by Joshua David Scarlett

Listening Library | Length: 4 mins | Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

Narrator Joshua David Scarlett’s confident tones match the many ebullient turns of phrase that are used to present a self-assured boy who is certain that he is capable and loved. Scarlett takes advantage of passages with built-in emphasis, adding both levity and warmth. This celebratory title will bring a smile to listeners, leaving them waiting to share it and listen to it all over again. Review »

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Fry Bread

Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

Read by Kevin Noble Maillard

Dreamscape | Length: 34 mins | Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

Kevin Noble Maillard, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, narrates his own audiobook about the beauty and complexity of the Native American staple, fry bread. His personality bursts through as he speaks with passion about its historical significance and about his personal connection to it. Moments of playfulness will hook young listeners into learning about the diversity of contemporary Native American families. A must-listen on the living communities of Native peoples in America. Review »

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Hair Love

Written by Matthew A. Cherry

Read by Blue Ivy Carter

Dreamscape | Length: 4 mins

You can’t get more Black-girl magic than Blue Ivy Carter’s narration of Zuri’s story about all the amazing things her hair can do. The 8-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z has a voice full of power and wonder when she describes being a princess in braids or having puffs that let her fly above the clouds. As is the case in the author’s Oscar-winning short film, Zuri’s dad goes through a few failed attempts before giving her the perfect ‘do for her mom’s homecoming. The cheerful ending pulls the listener into a warm family embrace. Review »

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The Gruffalo

Story by Julia Donaldson

Read by Imelda Staunton

Listening Library | Length: 1 hrs. 2 mins | Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

Sound effects place listeners in a “deep, dark wood.” A cheery whistling belongs to a mouse who meets one predator after another. Narrator Imelda Staunton excels at these cameos. Fox, Snake, and Owl approach Mouse with menace, and each grows fearful as Mouse describes a Gruffalo to stalk them. When the mysterious Gruffalo does appear, Mouse is now the one in terror–but wit triumphs. Staunton does a fabulous job as she shifts between her precise narrative, her dramatic representations, and a theatrical song. Review »

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I Talk Like a River

Story by Jordan Scott

Read by Jordan Scott

Dreamscape | Length: 18 mins | Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

Canadian poet Jordan Scott exquisitely demonstrates the feeling of having words in your mouth that just won’t come out. Our young protagonist wakes up with the sounds of words all around him, but they get stuck in his throat. His wise, gentle father takes him to his favorite place, the river, and explains how he speaks like the river, “bubbling, churning, whirling, and crashing.” Scott’s narration showcases the difficulties faced by those who, like himself, stutter; the production closes with an excellent author’s note. Review »

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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