Family Friendly Audio Books for Road Trips by Age

family friendly audio books for road trips organized by age.

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One thing we enjoy on a long road trip is listening to an audiobook. We can do this in a few different ways such as, via CD on loan from the library, the library app, from Amazon, Audible, or purchasing at Libro FM. Over the years we’ve enjoyed some rich classics, funny favorites, and just like a movie, books we listen to time and again. I’ve put together a list of Family-Friendly Audio Books for Road Trips organized by age.  Of course, if you’re ready to get started, Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks by clicking on that link.


Truthfully at this age, babies love music. But if you’re tired of listening to kiddie songs, an audiobook with rich descriptive language is beneficial to the baby. I’d like to recommend anything by Shakespeare, but the reality is, no one else in my house would listen! I was thrilled when I found William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. It’s a fun way to combine a love of the Bard with the Rebel Alliance.

Any poetry, especially fun Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein is also great for baby. No worries however if you pop in something you want to listen to, not just for baby.


This is a fun age to explore audio books. Toddlers delight in voice characterizations. As their attention span is shorter, go for shorter books or classics that you can split into segments. A few of our favorites:

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh!” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”


At this age, our audiobooks for road trips collection expanded. We also like to listen to books that we all enjoy, and not just geared towards this age.

Middle School

Many of the elementary books also work with middle school aged children. We also like introducing some classics at this age.

Another piece of advice, find out what might be on your child’s reading list from school and ask if audiobooks are acceptable. This is a great way for the whole family to engage in discussions about classic literature.

Something more fun, however, if you’ve introduced your kids to The Princess Bride (and if you haven’t, who are you??) I highly recommend As You Wish, narrated by author and Dread Pirate himself, Cary Elwes. Many of the movie stars read their own parts and it’s an engaging look back on a cult favorite. For that matter, add The Princess Bride as an audiobook too!

High School

Having established audiobooks for road trips tradition, I hope it continues well into high school with my family. I know at this age, they’d rather be on their own devices during the drive. A few books found on Audible include:

This would be a good time to bring it full circle and enjoy Star Wars Shakespeare with your almost grown-up kids.

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Do you have any audiobooks that are family favorites? I’d love to add more to my list! Please comment below with your must-listen audiobooks for road trips.

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