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Meet our newest guest Librarian! Lora Siebert is the Youth Services Librarian/Collection Development Specialist at the Lake Villa District Library. If you ask Lora what her favorite thing about being a librarian is, she’ll tell you storytime. Watching a child connect to a story never gets old. Her favorite book is The Lorax. Today she is sharing with us how to make storytime at home Audible, with some favorite Audiobooks.
Whether it’s a full cast audiobook production or a parent reading a bedtime story to their children, listening to a story is fun for all ages. Below are five wonderful novels available in audiobook format and five picture books begging to be read aloud to our littlest listeners.
Audiobooks for Family Storytime
Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen
Sarah and her family are about to embark on an adventure. Her dad, stepmom and two stepbrothers are flying to Tahiti, chartering a boat, and sailing for a few days. It will be a great vacation, right? Wrong. Dead wrong.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
James accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree and the tree begins to grow. The peach on top of the tree grows to be as big as a house! James finds a secret entrance into the fruit and when he gets inside he finds he’s not alone.
Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker
Eight year old Clementine is one of those kids that just can’t pay attention. Well, she is paying attention, just not to the right things. She’s very concerned about ceiling snakes and forgets to focus on what her teacher is saying, landing her in the principal’s office. This is a laugh out loud story that everyone in the family will enjoy.
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Tamaya and Marshall have been walking to and from school together for years. They are forced to take a different route home one day in order to avoid a fight with the local bully. Marshall suggests walking home through the off-limits woods and Tamaya follows. In the woods they get lost and find bigger trouble than a bully. Soon the authorities are called what was uncovered could affect the future of the entire world.
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
This whimsical adventure is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and introduces us to best friends Hazel and Jack. The two are inseparable and have been most of their lives, but then something terrible happens and Jack stops talking to Hazel. She has no idea why and is convinced something has happened to Jack to make him act this way. Now Hazel finds herself venturing into the enchanted woods looking for a palace made of ice in order to save her friend.
Picture Books for Family Storytime
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat loves his white shoes, but he just can’t keep them clean! This is a great book to sing along with, not just read.
The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read McDonald
Little Boy is spending the night at his grandparent’s house, but there is a squeaky door that makes a very frightening sound preventing him from falling asleep. Grandmother brings in various animals to help him feel safe. With repeating lines and onomatopoeias this is a book begging to be read aloud.
The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra
For her science fair assignment a little girl orders a premade project from “Professor Swami’s Super Slime”. It’s not exactly what she expects and hilarious disaster follows.
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
Bear wakes up from hibernating and is very very hungry. All of his friends bring him tasty food, but it is never enough, he still wants more!
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
This is a hilarious twist on a classic fairytale. Three dinosaurs tidy up their house, make their beds, prepare pudding at various temperatures, and decide to leave home. They are definitely not setting a trap for an unsupervised girl, definitely not!
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