Reading with our ears can have educational benefits at all ages, but one of the best benefits of listening to audiobooks with kids is the priceless connection of experiencing a good story together. If your family has never listened to an audiobook, getting started can feel daunting, so here are some tips to get you up and running.
1. Set up your device.
Start your listening journey at the public library! Many libraries have both CDs and digital audiobooks, so ask your local librarian to walk you through the options. Depending on what’s available at your public library, your family can listen to CDs or digital audiobooks downloaded via the OverDrive app. In the car, you can try connecting your phone to the stereo so your family can all listen together.
If your older kid or teenager has a phone, they can download the OverDrive app and use their own library card to access audiobooks. A younger child could use a tablet loaded with audiobooks you choose, or you might want to buy an inexpensive CD player and get books on CD. A set of headphones with volume restrictions is also a good idea for younger listeners, The rest of the text in the next page…