Best Audio Books for Toddlers

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    Audio books can be just as engaging a way into a love of books as bedtime reading. Car journeys can also be transformed by good family listening - and by conversations about the books afterwards. Or, why not listen and sing along to some all time favourite Nursery Rhymes? - Young children love them!

    The Wheels on the Bus – BBC

    A fun collection of all-time favourite pre-school playgroup songs for everyone to enjoy... and join in with! Sing and rhyme along with these 26 much-loved nursery rhyme songs! Includes: The Wheels on the Bus, Down at the Station, Early in the Morning, Row Row Row Your Boat, London Bridge is Falling Down, Jack and Jill, Hickory Dickory Dock, I'm a Little Teapot and many more favourites.

    Sing Along Songs in the Car - Nursery Rhymes – Various

    Sing along nursery rhymes to make journeys fun. The track list includes Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider, Goosey Goosey Gander, Little Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffet, Pop Goes The Weasel, Polly Put The Kettle On, and many, many more.
    Gruffalo The Gruffalo and Friends – Julia Donaldson

    This box set includes six bestselling titles on CD, each featuring the classic story and the song! Performed by many well-loved actors including Imelda Staunton, Josie Lawrence and the author herself - Julia Donaldson.
     Charlie and Lola Charlie & Lola: My completely Best Story Collection – Lauren Child

    Charlie and Lola, first seen in I Will Not Ever NEVER Eat a Tomato, are stars of the screen, page, and now audio. The fabulous audio collection contains five classic Charlie and Lola stories, enhanced with music, sound effects, and classic Charlie and Lola dialogue. With an all-star cast featuring Charlie, Lola, Lotta, Marv, Soren Lorensen, as well as Sizzles the dog.
     Enormous Crocodile The Enormous Crocodile – Roald Dahl

    Stephen Fry reads this enhanced audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile. The Enormous Crocodile is a greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little girls and boys. But the other animals have a scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!
     Basketful of Kipper A Basketful of Kipper – Mick Inkpen

    An 80-minute CD collection of 8 Kipper adventures, read by Dawn French. If you know any fans of Kipper, that most appealing of canine characters, then you must buy this for them. If you know any child of 3+ who hasn't come across Kipper, then you've got to buy this book for them as well
     There was an old lady There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly – Pam Adams

    The story is about a huge old lady who accidentally swallows a fly then swallows a great many animals one by one as a remedy, until she finally ingests one to many. Repetition and build up are strong features of the story.
     Big Mog The Big Mog – Judith Kerr

    A classic collection for the first time available on CD, read by Andrew Sachs and Geraldine McEwan. This compilation of five Mog stories should prove to be a must-have for all fans of Judith Kerr’s feline heroine. With music and sound effects, and extended text written especially for tape by Judith Kerr.
     Bedtime Stories Bedtime Stories – Various Authors

    60 minutes play time and 11 well known and loved children's stories:  Dick Whittington and his Cat, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, The Ugly Duckling, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Animal Band, The Old Woman and her Pig, The Big Pancake, Chicken Licken, Nail Soup, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Tortoise and the Hare.
     Nursery Tales Nursery Tales: Six Favourites read by Victoria Wood – Jonathan Langley

    A welcome return to the audio list for Jonathan Langley’s warmly humorous retellings of these traditional tales. Perfect for an audience of age 3+. The stories on this tape are: The Three Bears and Goldilocks, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Princess and the Frog, and The Ugly Duckling.

    Plus, some other favourites are:

     Paddington The Paddington Treasury for the Very Young – Michael Bond

    Paddington Bear has been delighting adults and children alike with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures for over fifty years. To celebrate his enduring popularity, six best-loved classic picture books are brought together in one lavish volume, truly to be treasured. This sumptuous treasury brings together six of the most popular stories.
     Winnie The Pooh Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne

    Two CDs packed full of fun and adventure with Winnie-the-Pooh and all his friends in the Hundred Acre Forest. Each CD forms part of a wonderful dramatisation of Winnie-the-Pooh by David Benedictus with music composed, directed and played by John Gould. With a cast of carefully-chosen actors, this adaptation conveys all the magic of Milne's classic stories.
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    Hairy Maclary Story Collection – Lynley Dodd

    Meet Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, always ready for mischief. In this fabulous set of audio rhyming tales, Hairy Maclary and his friends just want to have fun, but trouble is never far away! The eight stories on this bumper CD collection are all set to music and read fabulously by Dr Who star David Tennant.
    The Tale of Kitty In Boots and Other Stories The Tale of Kitty In Boots and Other Stories

    A serious, well-behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains.  When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots, she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all - Mr. Tod! This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and even an appearance from Peter Rabbit

    The Best Audio Books for toddlers and other audio book are available from all good book shops as well as online at;

    Looking for books for children? Why not take a look at;
    Books for under 12 month olds 
    Books for 1 - 2 year olds
    Books for 2 - 3 year olds
    and books for 3 - 5 years olds
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