Let’s face it, whether you are a young child, tween or an adult, who doesn’t love a good book read to them! While reading a book emphasizes many important skills for a child, so does listening to a story being read. I have found that once children reach the tween age range, many parents forget the importance of listening and relaxing while diving into a world of an audio book.
Since our son Beck was diagnosed with SPD (sensory processing disorder) as well as several other things that make him an even more unique and special young man, we have struggled to find techniques and methods that help him to find his balance when his life, as he sees it, is spiraling downward at lightning speed. We have been lucky to find that one of the methods that works sometimes for him is going into his room and listening to a wonderful audio book. This appears to act like white noise for him and allows his system to reset itself while he listen to a chapter or two.
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
- Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
- Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
There are more audio books out there, but these are the ones that he is grabbing over and over and has expressed the most interest in.
What are some of your go-to favorite audio books for your tween or special needs child?