Staff Note: Listen Up is a series of posts reviewing books in their audiobook format, which provides listeners with a unique literary experience. York County Public Library has audiobooks on CD and in downloadable formats.
Now that Memorial Day is behind us, summer is just around the corner, and with it the chance to take a much-deserved vacation. Whether you plan to stick close to home or take a long family road trip, audiobooks are great companions to take along for the ride. Today we've compiled a list of entertaining books that the whole family can enjoy. Visit the online catalog or call us at 757-890-5100 to reserve your copy today!
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum — A family road trip is a great opportunity to introduce your children to this classic. Plus the book is just different enough that you'll be surprised by some of the added details the movie had to leave out.
- The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall — Kick off your summer holiday with a story of one family's adventurous, funny and entertaining summer vacation — complete with sprawling gardens, tame rabbits and treasure-filled attics.
- Boy by Roald Dahl — If you or your children are a fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or The BFG, then you'll love these laugh-out-loud true tales from the author's own childhood, including his own summer vacations.
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo — When Opal's father moves them to Florida one summer, she ends up with a dog named Winn-Dixie. And because of Winn-Dixie, it turns out to be a great summer filled with new friendships and stories.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle — Read by the author herself, this book is great for fans of fantasy and science fiction. Meg's father, a physicist, has been missing for over a year until one dark and stormy night a group of oddball, unearthly strangers whisk her, her special younger brother, and a new friend off to another planet to save his life.
- Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans by Rush Limbaugh — Keep your kids engaged in learning with this off-beat historical tale in which substitute middle-school history teacher Rush Revere takes his students back in time to eighteenth-century Boston to experience the start of the American Revolution as it happens.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling — There is no time like the present to dive into (or reread for the second or hundredth time) the first installment of the incredibly popular Harry Potter series. Plus, narrator Jim Dale does an amazing — and often hilarious — job at providing different voices for the many characters that populate that world.