Reading books with your child is an incredibly powerful way of supporting your child’s learning. We’ve put together a list of stories that are available as audiobooks (one for each day of the week) that we think make for great listening. The lists are divided into stories appropriate for 3-5 year olds and stories more appropriate for children aged 6+.
We’ve also created some guidance for parents about reading together at home with young children.
For preschoolers (3-5 years)
Monday: Listen to Gavin Rutherford read Greedy Cat by Joy Cowley (2 mins) at https://storytime.rnz.co.nz/book/greedy-cat/
Tuesday: Listen to Eamonn Holmes read Oh no George! by Chris Haughton (5 mins)at https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/oh-no-george/
Wednesday: Listen to Amanda Noblett read Things in the Sea are Touching Me! by Linda Jan Keegan (5 mins) at https://storytime.rnz.co.nz/book/things-in-the-sea-are-touching-me/
Thursday: Listen to Debbie Ridpath Ohi (illustrator) read Naked by Michael Ian Black (4 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdf2otKYEzk
Friday: Listen to Serena Auñón-Chancellor (an astronaut) read Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty from the International Space Station (10 mins) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7TLqqct42M
For older children (6 years +)
Monday: Listen to Anne McClain (an astronaut) read Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader (Part 1) by Emily Calandrelli with Tamson Weston from the International Space Station (22 mins, with Part 2 and Part 3 also available) at https://storytimefromspace.com/ada-lace-part-1/
Tuesday: Listen to Sam Copeland (author) read Charlie Changes into a Chicken (Chapters 1-3, 23 mins, other chapters available) at https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1
Wednesday: Listen to Jennifer Martin read 1+1=Hundreds by Raewyn Murray (8 mins) at https://storytime.rnz.co.nz/book/11hundreds/
Thursday: Listen to David Walliams (author) read Harry, Who Never Ever Did his Homework or Brian Wong Who Was Never, Ever Wrong (around 20 mins each, part of David’s daily “Elevenses” story readings and change every Sunday) at https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses-catch-up/
Friday: Listen to Greg James and Chris Smith (authors) read Kid Normal (Chapter 1, 15 mins, 24 chapters in total, 6 hours) at https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B07533YSBN?ref=adbl_ent_anon_ds_pdp_pc_pg-1-cntr-0-1
By Dr Vicki Hargraves