Parents across Australia, and indeed the world, are having a hard time of it right now. Many are required to work from home while also keeping their children out of school and daycare. And frankly, some of us are being driven mad. We don’t want to give our kids too much screen time, but we want them to use their imaginations and immerse themselves in a story. And also, keep them occupied enough so we can get a good half hour of work done. The solution? Audiobooks. Audible offer a free 30–day trial, so jump on that and explore the world of spoken word.
Here are my top picks for the stories that will engage and entice your bored/easily distracted children:
Aladdin And Other Stories – narrated by Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan. Fairytale classics never go out of fashion, and this is a lovely selection.
The Witches by Roald Dahl – narrated by Miranda Richardson. A deliciously scary tale for your older primary school kids.
The Beast Of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams – narrated by, among others, David Walliams and Joanna Lumley. Anything by David Walliams is guaranteed to please.
The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame – narrated by Michael Hordern. The timeless tale of Ratty, Mole and Toad.
Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne – narrated by Peter Dennis. Think of the Winnie-The-Pooh voice from your childhood. That is Peter Dennis. Enchanting.