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Planning a road trip? Don't forget the books! Audio books are ideal for sharing, even when there are kids of many ages in one group.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Boxcar Children

By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Four orphaned children, Jessie, Henry, Violet and Benny, make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar — that is, until they find they need a caring adult. This is the first in the gentle, ever-popular, now classic series.

Now more than 60 years since it was published, the story of four orphans who make their home in an old railroad car comes to life again.

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg

By: Gail Carson Levine
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What happens in Neverland after Peter Pan and Wendy share an adventure? This tale gives us a glimpse into the world of fairies, when our old friend Tinkerbell shows a new fairy the ropes and rescues Neverland from certain doom.

Green Eggs and Ham and other Servings of Dr. Seuss

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Nine books by the tongue-tangling master of comedy come alive through animated readings, punctuated with music. Seuss' language is engaging to hear, even without his distinctive illustrations, in these adept and lively rhyming stories.

Just So Stories & Other Tales

By: Rudyard Kipling
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Find out why the camel has a hump, how the elephant got his trunk and how a small fish changed the whale's taste forever. Boris Karloff's distinctive voice and style breathe new life to the audio book version of these familiar tales.

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

By: Shel Silverstein
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Runny Babbit talk is created by spoonerisms, switching the first sound in a pair of words, so a "silly book" becomes a "billy sook." Kids build their phonemic awareness without even trying! The audio book narrator's slightly gravelly voice is ideal for sharing these funny poems (completed though not published before the popular poet's death in 1999).

The People Could Fly: The Picture Book

By: Virginia Hamilton
Illustrated by: Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

To escape the horrors of slavery, some people who remembered the old magic flew away from their enslavement. This is a richly illustrated homage to the reteller of the folktale (that first appeared in a 1985 collection) and to the dignity and history of African Americans.

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon

By: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This trilogy begins with Elmer rescuing a baby dragon and continues by following their adventures, which range from humorous to heroic. The first in the series, "My Father's Dragon" is a Newbury Honor book.

Winnie-the-Pooh

By: A.A. Milne
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The adventure of Christopher Robin, his friends, Pooh ("the bear of very little brain"), and the other animals in the Hundred Acre Wood remain as fresh as Milne's language and Shepard's line illustrations, presented here on sturdy, cream-colored pages. The narrator's voice of the audio book is well-matched for the tone of A. A. Milne's writing.

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