Enjoy more Christmas stories this season by listening to audiobooks! Here are ten wonderful audiobooks for under $10!
We arrived home last night from a weeklong trip to visit friends and family in Georgia. In total, we spent about 25 hours in the car last week, give or take an hour or two.
I was not sure how traveling would go, specifically since my baby is not always a fan of car rides still. But, on the whole, we could not have asked for better travelers. And for that, I am so thankful!
Because we are a family of six, bringing clothes and necessities for six, we had to keep our packing list to a minimum. Just enough clothes, only baby gear we could not borrow once we arrived, and a very intentional selection of toys which would keep my kids occupied without relying heavily on videos or electronics. (I shared more on the toys I chose here).
Oh, and food. Because if you know me, you know I never travel without at least some food!
I am certain that listening to audiobooks on the road was one of the biggest reasons why our drive was so
enjoyable tolerable. Everyone (except maybe the baby) was entertained and engaged in the story. And not ONCE did anyone ask for a video!
For the record, I really do not have anything against videos on trips, but one benefit of listening to audiobooks is that they can be enjoyed by kids and parents alike– both the back seats and the front seats.
On the way down to Georgia we listened to the second book in the Harry Potter series. SO.GOOD. We did not finish it on the drive there, so during the week I let my kids continue to listen at afternoon rest time. Which turned out to be an excellent way to keep them quiet and in one place!
We finished book 2 of Harry Potter, though, and needed a few more book ideas to make the driving to see family on Saturday and then home on Sunday to go by more quickly.
It was in searching for more books to listen to that I came up with this list. We have listened to almost all of them and can recommend them wholeheartedly. The first book on the list is an audiobook we have enjoyed for multiple years.
If you are traveling this week or after Christmas, you should definitely download an audiobook to pass the time! But even if you are staying home, these audiobooks can still be enjoyed while you make cookies or work on handmade gifts or just relax together in the living room.
I have linked to audiobooks on Amazon (Audible) because that is where I find all my audiobooks. We have an Audible subscription and I truly love it. We get a credit each month for an audiobook (or collection of audiobooks), and then a discount on audiobooks we buy after that. And we keep all the books we get through the membership, which makes it so easy to go back and listen to books again when we want.
It’s a win-win (free book-free book) kind of deal.
Ten Christmas Audiobooks Under $10
(in no particular order)
1. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever || Barbara Robinson
This book is such a classic and is so much fun to read/listen to. I also love that it has a great message and ending, and can be a great conversation starter to talk about how the gospel is for the “bad kids” and how all of us are really the “bad kids” at heart. (There is a great abridged picture book version too).
2. A Christmas Carol || Charles Dickens, narrated by Jim Dale
I heard Tsh Oxenreider share that she reads this book every December and realized I had never read the book, though I have seen the play version many times. My husband and I are finishing this one together after realizing that it is still too hard for our kids to follow. I am loving it, though, and hoping to try again in a year or two. (Our oldest is 6).
3. Letters from Father Christmas || J.R.R. Tolkien
These are fun letters from Father Christmas and his polar bear to Tolkien’s children. Each letter is short and easy to listen to, but it is not something I would recommend listening to straight through so your kids do not lose interest.
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas || Dr. Seuss
A fun classic with a good lesson. We have the version with Walter Matthau narrating and he does a great job.
5. The Gift of the Magi || O. Henry
Another Christmas classic and a wonderful story to get your kids (and you) thinking about sacrificial love and generous giving.
6. Christmas in Camelot || Mary Pope Osborne
If your kids are Magic Tree House fans (or even if they unfamiliar with the series), listening to some of the stories is a lot of fun. We have the Thanksgiving MTH audiobook that we listen to each year. And now I am adding a couple of MTH Christmas books to our listening library. I appreciate how the books blend an enjoyable story with interesting facts from history.
7. A Ghost Tale for Christmas || Mary Pope Osborne
Even though my kids are not ready for Dickens, it doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy parts of the story. This book is a good, kid-friendly introduction to the holiday classic. Along with the Muppets movie version, of course.
8. Chicken Soup for the Soul– Christmas Magic || Jack Canfield, & Mark Victor Hansen
I have not listened to this one, but I remember enjoying reading the short, often humorous, stories found in Chicken Soup for the Soul. This one could be a light, easy holiday book to listen to in short segments.
9. Children of Noisy Village || Astrid Lindgen
This book is not exactly a Christmas book, but it is one of our family’s favorites. The book is short, inexpensive, and the stories are wonderful. There is a chapter on Christmas which is sweet and heartwarming. I bought my kids the picture book based on the Christmas chapter this year, too.
10. The Children’s Book of Christmas Stories || Asa Don Dickinson & Ada M. Skinner
I am sneaking this one in the list, even though it is technically $12. I love compilation books on audio because it is a great way to introduce different stories. This book has 35 Christmas selections, including one selection from A Christmas Carol. This one would be good for the whole family!