When You Don't Like to Read Aloud: How To Find and Use Great Audio Books

Although I love to read out loud, and, thankfully, my kids enjoy listening, I know it's possible that you just don't like to read out loud. Maybe you are really busy. Maybe you don't think that you read well. Whatever the reason, I understand that there are some people who don't enjoy reading aloud or have difficulty doing so. In thispost, I'm going to share some ideas for folks who don't want to or can't do the reading aloud for themselves. You don't have to give up on the idea.

Using audio books for kids

So, what's the big deal about not wanting to read aloud?

I've written many posts about reading aloud to your kids and the benefits of a regular read aloud time in your family.  I don't need to write you a whole other post here, but, suffice it to say, the benefits are many. So even if you don't enjoy read aloud time or can't do it for some reason, your kids can still benefit from hearing great books read aloud.

So, how can you still share reading aloud with your kids?

Thankfully there are some great options for listening to really good, living books being read out loud.

Audio books on CD from your library.

Many libraries have books on CD that you can check out.  In fact, I believe that ours still has some audio books on cassette tape as well. (Of course the kids aren't even sure what these are!) If you have a librarian that's helpful, you can request books you don't see on CD and see if there is a way that the library can get them.

Digital audio books.

Our library also checks out digital audio books to be played on your mobile device. These digital files can be downloaded onto your device, and when your check out time is over, they are automatically deleted or stopped. Our library doesn't have tons of choices yet, but I can see that the available options are increasing.

Audible.com is another great option for digital audio books. With Audible you can get one free audio book per month and then 30% off of additional audio books. They have a great selection of really quality books.

Free audio books online.

There are a few free site that allow you to listen free to streaming audio books. Some of these will also allow you to download the books to your device. These services have a surprisingly varied selection, and you can find some great classic children's literature here.

LibriVox- allows you to listen online or download to your device. They also allow you to burn a CD with the audio book.

Open Culture- This site has lots of free classic audio books and ebooks. You can listen online or download. (Don't be deterred if there still happens to be an add with people in swimsuits in the sidebar. The site is legit and has lots to offer.)

Loyal Books- has some excellent choices, and I really like the way that their browsing  and searching works. I also like that you can see book covers when you're browsing. (I'm very visual!)

Christian Classics Ethereal Library- has, as it says, Christian classics, to listen to online. Most of these are pretty deep for kids, but your high school student may need some of these for high school literature.

Kids Audio Books- has some shorter kids stories that you can listen to streaming. These are also classic children's tales.

Story Nory-This site has mostly just children's story telling and some music. But there are eight classic children's audio books as well. And the stories available are often cute and fun to catch. They also have a podcast with regular stories being delivered when you subscribe.

Using audio books for kids

As you can see there are some great ways to include reading out loud in your family- even if you don't or can't be the one to read out loud. Do you have a favorite way to listen to audio books?

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