Every parent has been there: You’re on a long drive, and suddenly one of your kids blurts out the words you’ve been dreading: “Are we there yet?” It happens to the best of us, but one great way to avoid this is by having top-notch audiobooks handy. Studies show that 85 percent of what we learn, we learn by listening—so not only will your kids be entertained for however many hours you’re all stuck in the car together, but they might just learn something, too.
Here are six audiobooks for every age group that you absolutely can’t miss this summer.
For the high schooler …
Are your kids “Grease” fans? If so, they’ll be obsessed with Folded Notes From High School. This laugh-out-loud saga tells the story of a “cool” senior girl who falls for a not-so-cool freshman boy when she sees his impression of Danny Zuko during auditions for the school play.
Love or hate prom, you won’t soon forget A Prom To Remember. Featuring every kind of quirky high school character—from the shy girl who doesn’t know her date’s name to the loner who can’t wait to meet the anonymous girl whose been sending him notes—you (and your kids) will be enthralled with this audiobook every step of the way.
For the middle-grade kids…
Just in time for summer, The Penderwicks at Last return for the grand finale of a tale of a quirky, fun-loving family and their two rabbits. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll wish The Penderwicks could stick around forever.
Want a taste of summertime across the pond? Carnival Magic has you covered. The book’s protagonists, Emma and Max, are spending the summer in South Devon, England, and are especially excited about a traveling carnival that’s coming to town. As for what happens when the carnival arrives? You’ll just have to wait and see.
For young kids…
Love a good mystery? How about a sports-related mystery? In The Zach and Zoe Mysteries, you’ll get both. The story of these eight year old twins’ never-ending journey to solve every mystery that comes their way is a must-listen.
The Gruffalo is a teacher with terrifying claws, tusks, and a terrible jaw … and he’s dreamed up by a mouse being hunted by a fox, an owl, and a snake. This fun tale of survival and creativity will keep the whole family on the edge of their seats.