Family Audiobooks

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

These audiobooks for families with kids in grades 4-8 are perfect for listening on a road trip, or a cold winter night, or bedtime, or whenever. These titles are available as CDs, downloadable audiobooks, or preloaded audiobooks.

  • Aru Shah and the End of Time

    2018 by Chokshi, Roshani

    What could be the harm in lighting an ancient lamp? A lot! This fantasy audiobook will appeal to lovers of mythology and Percy Jackson fans. It's funny, features amazing creatures from Hindu mythology, and pulls you right in. Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

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  • The Magic Misfits

    2017 by Harris, Neil Patrick

    Neil Patrick Harris' narration takes this exciting and hilarious (and at times sad) story to the next level of fun. His enthusiasm is infectious--you'll be hooked from the first paragraph. Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

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  • Lupe Wong Won't Dance

    2020 by Higuera, Donna Barba

    Lupe Wong is a 7th-grade pitching ace who is determined NOT to participate in the required middle school square-dancing unit. Funny and authentic! Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

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  • Show Me a Sign

    2021 by Lezotte, Ann Clare

    Based on a community of people who were deaf on Martha's Vineyard in the early 1800s, this is an exciting tale of historical fiction with strikingly similar parallels to our world today. This one will keep you on your toes!

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  • Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story)

    2020 by Nayeri, Daniel

    This gripping book is about the author's childhood in Iran, then as a refugee in Europe and the United States. Complete with kings, riches, beautiful ladies, bullies, magic, and poop stories, you will never want it to end (recommended for grade 6 and up).

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  • No Such Person

    2015 by Cooney, Caroline B.

    Miranda, who is 15, has to solve a mystery and save her sister when a murder occurs near their summer home. Also available as a downloadable audiobook (recommended for grades 7 and up).

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  • Dead End in Norvelt

    2011 by Gantos, Jack

    Read by the author, this semi-autobiographical story about an anxious and gullible boy and his older neighbor is a hoot. You'll laugh out loud, drop your jaw in disbelief, and learn a few things about history along the way. Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

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  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington

    2020 by Marks, Janae

    When 12-year-old Zoe Washington gets a letter from her biological father, who is in prison, her world turns upside down. Uplifting and engaging! Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

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  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky: Tristan Strong Series, Book 1

    2019 by Mbalia, Kwame

    Somehow the narrator makes this story, which is already a pretty epic adventure, even more thrilling. The characters and pacing are spot on, and he makes you feel like you're right there, part of the action.

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  • The Magic Thief

    2008 by Prineas, Sarah

    Conn should have died when he picked the wizard's pocket. Why didn’t he? And who is stealing all the magic? This action-packed fantasy is engagingly narrated and will delight the whole family! Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

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  • Cold Cereal

    2012 by Rex, Adam

    The narration is really funny and full of character! The story is funny, mysterious, and action-packed--perfect for a road trip. Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

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  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

    2019 by Reynolds, Jason

    A beautiful story that weaves 10 tales through 10 city blocks about what happens after school and the realities of kids' days and lives. Both funny and poignant, and the cast of narrators makes this story really come alive! Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

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  • Sunny

    2018 by Reynolds, Jason

    The rhythm of this book about the star of a track team and the palpable joy and enthusiasm of the narrator make this audiobook really special.

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  • Lincoln's Grave Robbers

    2013 by Sheinkin, Steve

    The narrator for this engaging, little-known history is very dramatic and gives the whole book an air of up-to-the-minute current events, even though it's history.

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  • Orphan Island

    2017 by Snyder, Laurel

    We would have loved this book about a strange island populated only by kids no matter what, but the audio gives it an extra-worldly quality that really drew us into the story. The narrator hits the perfect tone throughout.

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  • The Screaming Staircase: Lockwood & Co. Series, Book 1

    2013 by Stroud, Jonathan

    A great mystery and chilling ghost-hunting adventure with an excellent narrator who keeps the action moving with a sense of excitement and fun. It's part of a series, so it's perfect for long trips.

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  • Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka

    2018 by Scieszka, Jon

    Narrated by Scieszka and laugh-out-loud funny!

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  • The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle

    2018 by Uss, Christina

    This is a super fun, quirky friendship adventure story, and the narrator is absolutely outstanding. She is somehow able to make her one voice sound like a full cast recording!

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