Audiobooks for Family Road Trips that Kids AND Parents Enjoy

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Audiobooks for family road trips make the miles zip by. Before leaving home, load up on audio stories for everyone’s listening pleasure. This list of the best audiobooks for road trips includes picks for young children, grade school aged kids, and teens. Plus, these audiobooks for kids of all ages are sure to be a hit with parents, too!

Best audiobooks for family road trips for kids of all ages

Audiobooks for Road Trips with Young Children

The Cricket in Times Square

Younger children love the sweet tale of Chester, The Cricket in Times Square. He's accompanied by his friends Tucker and Harry, a mouse and cat living in the Times Square subway station. They help our hero discover the Big Apple, just like any adventurous traveler should.

Geronimo Stilton

Originally released in Italy, the Geronimo Stilton series of books have become a favorite of children around the world. Follow the escapades of Geronimo, his sister Thea, cousin Trap, and Benjamin, the favorite nephew. The stories take place in every corner of the globe, with Geronimo solving mysteries and eating cheese wherever he goes. Fabumouse!


Any story by Roald Dahl makes a fantastic audiobook choice, and that certainly holds true for Matilda. Our plucky heroine takes on school bullies big and small. In the process she discovers her own surprising powers. This inspirational story teaches children that they can be mighty, no matter their size or age.

Dr. Dolittle

Animal lovers will adore listening to The Story of Dr. Dolittle. This delightful classic focuses on a physician who learns a secret language to communicate and work with animals, including a rare creature that is part unicorn.

Grade school kids on road trip

Keep grade schoolers content on your next road trip with these audiobooks (Photo credit: petrograd99,

Audiobooks for Car Trips with Kids in Grade School

39 Clues

The 11 primary books in the 39 Clues series follow the central characters, the Cahill kids. These siblings are in charge of guarding family secrets. The series' plentiful plot twists will keep listeners in suspense mile after mile.

The Roman Mysteries

The Roman Mysteries audiobooks will inspire wanderlust to visit Rome and its ruins. Led by the noble Flavia and her band of child detectives, this series details real and fictional accounts of Roman history, including the eruption of Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang audiobook differs a bit from the Disney classic, but in the best way. Listening to this story during a road trip will make your kids wish the family car could fly too.

Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia bring the fictional kingdom of Narnia to life. This fantasy realm is inhabited by magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals. The Pevensie children accidentally discover Narnia, and then become entwined in the history of that fantastical world. The Chronicles of Narnia teaches good versus evil with engaging tales. The story spans across seven books, making it a fabulous choice for a multi-leg road trip with kids. Start with the first book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Percy Jackson

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan weaves Greek mythology into tales about the ultimate outsider hero. Like Harry Potter, Percy discovers he is no ordinary boy. He’s actually the demigod son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. That lineage comes with lots of power, baggage, and mythical responsibilities. Start your Percy Jackson audiobooks adventures from the beginning, with The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

Teens on family road trip

Tweens and teens like audiobooks, too! (Photo credit: khunaspix,

Audiobooks for Family Road Trips with Teens and Tweens

Harry Potter Series

Listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows made my family's 16-hour drive down the California coast a quiet, engaging breeze. When great writing is accompanied by great storytelling, everyone gets into the story. Any of the Harry Potter books would make fantastic car listening. (Even without kids in tow!) New to the series? Start your Harry Potter road trip adventures with Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone. The early books in the series are great for younger kids, but the stories become darker and better for tweens or teens as they progress.

The Uglies Series

This trilogy focuses on artificial beauty, its cost, and the value of critical thinking. The Uglies series' heroine, Tally Youngblood, uncovers the truth behind the distinction between “pretty” and “ugly” in a post-apocalyptic future. Tweens and teens just may discover a new way of looking at others, and at themselves, after listening to this one.

Artemis Fowl

The young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl is in a battle against a high-tech fairy underworld. There are eight spellbinding fantasy stories in the series. My boys loved listening to these fabulous audiobooks, even on short trips to school and the soccer field.

Where to Find Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

The audiobooks market has grown and changed over the years. Audible has become an audiobook subscription juggernaut. Get two free audiobook downloads when you sign up for an Audible Membership. Once you've registered with Audible, it's easy to download audiobooks for family road trips via or Amazon. Additionally, you can buy audiobooks on CD if your car has a player. This story includes links to both Audible and CD audiobooks to make your family's journey more fun.

This list of audiobooks for family road trips will please kids of all ages

This list of audiobooks for family road trips will please kids of all ages (Photo credit: dasha11,

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Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips with Kids and Teens

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About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons. She started traveling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about the travel experience and the value of traveling as a family. She is the founder of, and contributes to many online and print media publications around the world. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom or Instagram as @itsclaudiatravels.

  1. Ellen Lanin says

    As a grandmother I couldn’t get into the Harry Potter books but I’m willing to try one on an audiobook.

  2. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    I love this list of audiobooks that you compiled. Listening to stories during long road trips are sure to keep the kids busy. I love that you listed these books according to age groups.

  3. Our Family World says

    Thanks for this list of audiobooks. Traveling with kids can be a bit stressful and we must find ways to keep them entertained. I think the idea of getting them audiobooks is a great idea.

  4. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says

    Great list of audio books for kids/littles here, gotta keep them busy and entertained! 🙂

  5. Kelly Hutchinson says

    This is such a great idea for those long road trips. Matilda is one of our favorites!

  6. Louise Bishop says

    You have SO many good ones on your list. We’ve often listened to a book or two on our road trips and love it!

  7. Great choices for kids of all ages and I think I would love to hear the Harry Potter myself on a long trip. My son loved Roald Dahl still does. I don’t need for the little ones but those are great selections.

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      Glad you like the choices. I tried to highlight something for everyone!

  8. I haven’t done audiobooks in such a long time. Road trips would be a great way to get them in. I think they’d be fun for the whole family!

  9. Amanda Love says

    That’s really lovely. It’s nice to have audiobooks on your road trip. I think these are great choices. I would definitely go for the Harry Potter since that’s what my family likes.

  10. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    Love these recommendations! Perfect for our next trip!

  11. Audio books are a great idea for car rides! We are always fighting over music but this is something we would all enjoy.

  12. Marcie W. says

    Audiobooks are an awesome road trip entertainment idea! It sure beats having to listen to the same animated movie for the thousandth time.

  13. Veronica Solomon says

    I am yet to own an audio book. But I can see how fun it would be to have for road trips

  14. Dawn McAlexander says

    This is a pretty comprehensive list. I like it. Looks like you have covered just about every age group.

  15. Rach Ferrucci says

    I love audiobooks in any car ride. I sometimes will play them even if I’m only going 10 mins. These are all great choices

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      Me too! I used to drive by school drop-offs after getting too engrossed. 😉

  16. Ah these are some really good choices! Audiobooks keep everyone entertained on long car rides. I would definitely enjoy listening to these.

  17. Pam Wattenbarger says

    We used to love listening to audiobooks on our frequent road trips. We did the Harry Potter novels and lots of other ones too.

  18. I love the idea of listening to family friendly audio books on a road trip. I get so sick of listening the the radio, which seems to play the same songs on repeat. When you’re in the car for several hours, it gets tedious!

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      Totally agree. Audiobook really do help to make the miles fly by on long trips. Great for air travel too.

  19. Great idea to listen to audiobooks on road trips! My sister in law is always looking for ways to keep her kids entertained – I will give her your recommendations!

  20. My son listens to music all the time, but I bet I could challenge him to try an audio book, what a great idea! I could appeal to his laziness, say it is instead of reading to see how it goes! Thanks for this!

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      It may spark a desire to read more! You never know, but with so many choices, he will not be bored by the great stories.

  21. Emma Kelley says

    Normally, we listen to music on the way traveling, sometimes we talk about our passion for cat and dogs. I think my nieces will love listening to The Story of Dr. Dolittle. The content seems perfect for them. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Jen Rattie says

    This is such an awesome idea! What could possibly be a better story time situation like this than a road trip?!

  23. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    These are great! I love audio books on road trips. It’s a great way to get in some “reading” while nothing else is going on.

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