‘Tis the season of the roadtrip! Do you make one each year with your family?
We try to head to my in-laws lake house in Montana every summer… It’s a 7 to 8 hour drive with the littles but the serenity is oh-so-worth it once we’re there.
Traveling is the one time I lift my somewhat strict screen time rules and let the kids have at it. It’s a strategy that works for us for the most part, but I do have to say that I cringe a little as we drive through amazing greenery, mountains, and lakes and I know the kids are missing all of it with their eyes firmly glued to a screen.
The answer, I think, might very well be some family-friendly audiobooks mixed in with the movies.
I just love the idea of us all participating in the same activity to pass the time (and the idea of us all quoting these books for years to come as Janssen’s family does!). I also like that the kids can listen to the books while using their eyes to take-in, and appreciate, the beautiful scenery we’ll be traveling through.
But which books to listen too? Of course, I had to turn to our resident children’s librarian, Janssen, for her favorites…
When I was a child, my parents would check out audiobooks for us to listen to when we made long car trips. Our family still quotes lines from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which we listened to on a 10-day camping trip through Colorado in 1994.
Now, I’m a completely addicted to audiobooks and listen to them constantly (especially when I’m doing something mindless like cooking or cleaning the bathroom). I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to listen to them with me in the car.
While I wait for her to grow up a little more, here are nine of my favorite audiobooks for the whole family to enjoy, whether it is during the endless driving loop between school, sports, and errands during the fall or for longer road-trips for summer vacation. Read More