What They DON’T Tell You About Audiobooks | Should These Even Be Used With Children? 

I recently purchased a Finding Dory book and CD for my daughter and, one day while listening to it , she mentioned how she wishes they would let them listen to stories that way in school. That comment made me think . . . hmm, are audiobooks not widely used in schools these days? Or, perhaps it is just her teacher that prefers the traditional way of reading. Maybe there is a good reason for NOT using audiobooks in a Kindergarten classroom. I have used them on several occasions in my home but, maybe I should go back to the basics. So, me being me, I hopped on Google Scholar and started doing some research. I wanted to know whether or not, I should continue to use audiobooks with my children. Here is what I discovered:

What they DON"T tell you about audiobooks! Should these even be used for kids???

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There are LOTS of benefits of using audiobooks with children, but here are a few:

  • Audiobooks help children develop their listening skills as well as their concentration- these are both two very critical developmental skills. Children that are great listeners and can focus on a set task not only make our jobs easier as parents, but they may also find greater success in school, work, adulthood, etc.
  • Listening to audiobooks will assist children with learning the importance of punctuation and sentence structure. Essentially, this could also help them become better writers!
  • Children can be introduced to language above their reading level while also learning to construct advanced sentences.
  • Children can become familiar with different accents and dialects.
  • Individuals with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) may have a easier time following a story on audio than with traditional reading.
  • Children can experience more time working on literacy due to the convenience of audiobooks. The audio can be played while cooking, cleaning, driving, etc.
  • Those listening to audiobooks can really develop their imagination!

So, in a nutshell: heck yeah, you should be using audiobooks with children! These things are freakin’ awesome! Of course, you should ABSOLUTELY still encourage and exercise traditional reading from a book.

There are many ways to get your hands on some good audiobooks, so give it a shot and please feel free to share your experience with us in the comments below!

What’s your children’s favorite story? Share in the comments below! 🙂

Sources:
Baskin, Barbara H., and Karen Harris. “Heard any good books lately? The case for audiobooks in the secondary classroom.” Journal of Reading 38.5 (1995): 372-76.
Mediatore, Kaite. “Reading with your ears: Readers’ advisory and audio books.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 42.4 (2003): 318-323.

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33 thoughts on “What They DON’T Tell You About Audiobooks | Should These Even Be Used With Children? 

  1. I love audio books myself since I honestly don’t have any spare time to pick up a book. Listening to an audio book while doing chores I find helps me get through things quickly. Fir my daughter, well she’s only 8 so she would have the chance to use audio books when o feel that her reading is up to par. Thanks for sharing the benefits.

  2. Ola

    I’m not a an audio book user, but I can see how they can benefit children when used in conjunction with other learning methods. Audio dramas and books allow listeners to use their imagination fully.

    1. I definitely agree. Thanks for reading.

  3. I don’t really listen to an audiobook. I must prefer the feeling of holding a book. My kids haven’t listened to audiobooks either, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it.

    1. I don’t use audiobooks for myself because I can’t really follow the story that way. Lol. But my girls love them!

  4. I homeschooled my kids through primary school and we used audio book daily for lessons. It was such a great help and time saver.

    1. That’s good to know! Thanks for sharing.😊

  5. I haven’t yet tried an audio book with my lil one who is 2.5 only thinking traditional ways of book reading are better. But after knowing the pros of it as you mentioned, guess I’m gonna get him one soon:)

    1. I think Traditional reading is still very necessary. It’s just nice to switch it up sometimes. 🙂

  6. Blair villanueva

    Audiobooks are good for kids because they could learn and practice the correct way of speech and storytelling. And let’s admit,it is very nice to listen stories 🙂

  7. This is so interesting! I feel like I learned something new and I will definitely pass this along to my friend who has kids. I feel like she could benefit from this information. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Crissy
    http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

  8. I’m a librarian and I should be promoting audio books heavily. I just don’t seem to like them very much myself. but I don’t begrudge anyone liking them.

    1. I think they can be quite useful. But shouldn’t be the ONLY method you use.

  9. In my child’s school, some pre-installed audio books are regularly used on weekly basis and they are not just story books but are co-related to different subjects.

    1. That’s really cool! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I have been hearinnga lot abouut the audio books, a lot of my friends have recomended me, but I am yet to use an audiobook. I am sure it helps the children, my son loves you tube though!

    1. My girls are obsessed with YouTube. Lol.

  11. I love audio books, used them with my kid who is 5 ys now, but he is not obsessed with them! I think they can help when the mother is busy or not able to stay with her kids to read him a book. But definitely holding a book in the hands and reading from it is much better!

    1. My girls don’t listen to audiobooks much but we do use them every once in a while. My 5 year old likes them. But my 2.5 year old really doesn’t care about it. Lol.

  12. Thank you for sharing. I used to listen to audiobooks A LOT when I had a 70 mile commute to work. They definitely saved my sanity. I’d never thought to get them for my kids though. Great idea!!

    1. They’re definitely helpful for long trips! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  13. I loved audio books growing up. My first audio book was Winnie the pooh series. I guess that’s why I’m an author now. It was how I went to sleep. You got to paint your own picture in your mind if the scenes. I would definitely use this when I have kids. It’s a great tool. Many use the audio Bible for kids too. It really helps in telling the story and work on skills your child needs in the long term plan.

    1. I never thought about an audio Bible. That’s really cool! We’ll have to check that out too. Thanks.

  14. Jill

    Thanks! Audiobooks and podcasts are so beneficial! From adults to children. I’ve started listening to podcasts while I walk my dog, and it’s amazing, before that I thought I didn’t have time for this, but you just have to find the time to integrate these educational materials into your routine.

    Jill
    http://www.jilldap.com

    1. Absolutely! And I just started getting into podcasts myself. Now I’m obsessed! Lol.

  15. Nicole

    This year I listened to my first audible book and I instantly loved it now I’m on my second. I can’t believe I didn’t think of trying children’s books for my girls thanks

    1. Nice! Aren’t they so convenient?

  16. Like with all media, moderation is the key. Let your children use audiobooks when reading physical books is impossible or otherwise difficult, but have them actually read at other times.

  17. I think audio books are fine just as regular books. It depends on the content and how the child can listen along.

    1. Very good point. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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