Best audiobooks for kids
If you're going over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, audiobooks are a great way to keep the kids from whining, "Are we there yet?" But today's audiobooks do a lot more than foster family harmony in the form of group diversion when you're stuck in holiday traffic. Here are 11 picks for youngsters through young adults.
By Chris Colin
Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song
Edited by Les Beletsky
Narrated by the birds themselves
Ages 2 to adult, $50
An auditory field guide to birds of the United States and Canada, this book will delight toddlers, preschoolers, and beginning readers, although it's marketed to adults. It's packed with authentic hoots, tweets, honks, and chirps. The youngest budding birders will need help from a parent or caregiver to punch in the numbers next to birds they'd like to hear, such as the horned grebe and the barred owl. Songs and calls are drawn from the authoritative recordings of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The bottom line: A sweet sonic field guide for birders of all ages.
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