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Story time! Great stories available as audiobooks for your children

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 Dick Weir read Doctor Grundy’s Undies by Dawn McMillan (5 mins) 

Tuesday: Listen to Oliver Jeffers read The Incredible Book-Eating Boy (19 mins)

Wednesday: Listen to Heather Forest read Stone Soup (7 mins) 

Thursday: Listen to Fraser read The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson (7 mins) 

Friday: Listen to Maria Rose MacDonald read Whako Kakapo by Yvonne Morrison  (9 mins) 

For older children (6 years +)

Monday: Listen to Grace Lin read a chapter of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (12 mins)

Tuesday: Listen to David Walliams read a chapter from one of his The World’s Worst Children volumes (around 20 mins – story changes each day) 

Wednesday: Listen to Fiona Samuel read Northwood by Brian Falkner (each chapter 12-14 min, 10 chapters)

Thursday: Listen to Peter Bland read Starkey the Gentle Pirate (a poem, 7 mins)

Friday: Listen to Curtis Sisco read Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (35 mins) 


Dr Vicki Hargraves

Vicki runs our ECE webinar series and also is responsible for the creation of many of our ECE research reviews. Vicki is a teacher, mother, writer, and researcher living in Marlborough. She recently completed her PhD using philosophy to explore creative approaches to understanding early childhood education. She is inspired by the wealth of educational research that is available and is passionate about making this available and useful for teachers.

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