Best Children's Audiobook of 2013

Summer is a great time for audiobooks, whether listening to them on a family road trip or at home. If you're looking for some youth audiobooks to listen to this summer, then why not try a title from the American Library Associate's list of 2013 Notable Children's Recordings.

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian. 7.5hr. Grades 5 to 9.
Listeners will be immersed in a world populated with fairies, trolls, and Opal Koboi—Artemis Fowl’s archenemy. Nathaniel Parker’s energetic performance conveys the rollicking adventures listeners have come to expect from Artemis Fowl.

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. 4hr. Grades 4 to 7.
Katherine Kellgren gives vivid personalities to the many voices in this lively cat and mouse tale of Dickensian England.

The False Prince. 8hr. Grades 5 to 8.
Charlie McWade makes each unique voice stand out as Sage, an orphan, competes to impersonate a prince in a subversive plot.

The Fire Chronicle. 12.5hr. Grades 4 to 8.
In this sequel to The Emerald Atlas, Jim Dale expertly narrates Michael's and Emma’s hunt for a missing legendary book while their sister Kate is stranded a hundred years in the past.

Ghost Knight. 5hr. Grades 4 to 6.
As 11-year-old Jon Whitcroft and his new friend Ella seek to solve a century-old mystery, danger threatens their every move. Elliot Hill’s narration ably balances the real and ghostly worlds.

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case. 1hr. Grades 2 to 4.
Precious Ramotswe, a clever, thoughtful girl, has all it takes to be a No. 1 detective! Adjoa Andoh reads with enthusiasm and creativity, giving this story great appeal.

The Mighty Miss Malone. 8hr. Grades 4 to 7.
The hardships and courage of Deza Malone and her family during the Great Depression are read passionately by Bahni Turpin.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold. 7hr. Grades 6 to 8.
The story of Benedict Arnold, America’s first traitor, is narrated with suspense and intrigue by Mark Bramhall.

One Year in Coal Harbor, 5.5hr. Grades 4 to 7.
With a great deal of wit and charm, Kathleen McInerney voices Primrose Squarp's continuing story in Coal Harbor as she plays matchmaker and supports an effort to stop logging on the town mountain.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. 5hr. Grades 4 to 8.
With the use of multiple narrators, the story of this disaster is told from the viewpoints of a number of survivors.

Wonder, 8hr. Grades 4 to 7.
Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd recount the story of Auggie, a fifth-grade boy born with severe facial abnormalities, and the challenges and triumphs of his first year at school.


Hooray! They picked Artemis Fowl!

These are all great recommendations.

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does look nice


I didn't see anything for under Gr 4 but then noticed the link for the entire list. I didn't know about ALSC listings. Thanks for the information. We will definitely check out some of these.

@seasonsall Glad you found the link helpful! The post shows all the audiobooks from the ALSC list that we currently have in our collection, but if you see a title for younger listeners that you'd like us to add to our collection, please let us know through a Contact Us form:

Thanks for the listing, would make use of it.

ghost night sounds especially promising

Quite interesting, will love to take it.

I'm a great fan of Eoin Colfer, who has written many books besides the Artemis Fowl series. I can particularly recommend "Half Moon Investigations," which the library has in book-on-CD format.

I'm glad to see Eoin Colfer get an award. I love his books (and he has written far more than just the Artemis Fowl series).

Yesss! Half-Moon Investigations is my favorite.

Has some good titles!

Wow, thank you for posting this. I had never thought to get an audiobook for my two year old.

Ok, I just re-read this, and those are grade levels, not ages. Are audiobooks appropriate for preschoolers?

@beeniepie You might be interested in trying some audiobook versions of picture books and readers.

You can find kits with picture books and CDs here:
You can find kits with readers and CDs here:
You can find a list of some additional audiobook versions of picture books and readers here:

Hope you find something you like!