Audio stories for long car trips

The Story Tree and other nature tales with storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong

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We recently drove for 8 hours to visit family. Such a long drive for our little people – let alone my husband and me. And the way we stayed sane was with audio stories.

A few hours whizzed by as we listened to The Story Tree. And as Jenni Cargill-Strong spun her tales the stories came to life in my minds’ eye. I pictured the children sneaking into Lily’s garden to help themselves to some delicious strawberries in ‘Lily and the Fig Tree’. A lovely story about learning to do the right thing, the importance of friendship and the rewards of caring for nature.

Reaching for the Moon and other wisdom tales with storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong

While my son loved the aboriginal story of ‘Kondili the Whale’ about the gift of fire. Really my boy seems drawn to any stories about fire! But he also really enjoyed learning about green tree frogs in ‘Froko and Lettuce’. About a little frog who became part of a human family, and how he nearly met a not so happy end!


The romantic whimsy of The Mermaid’s Shoes captured my daughter’s fancy. I could see her imagining herself as a mermaid in the deep blue sea, drawn to the human world by the call of music and dance.

I also really enjoyed the story of the ‘Treasure on the Bridge’, a traditional Japanese story about searching for something that you find was near you all along, but that cannot be found without the journey you take in order to find it. I’m always drawn to stories like this one!


And we all laughed along to The Troo Adventures of Salty Pete the Pirate! Although my lad most certainly had the most fun with these, they did bring a smile to us all *grin*

On the trip home he even wanted to listen to them all again. It’s amazing how kids love to hear the same story over and over. And normally I am very happy to oblige them, but this time in the car we had lots of options so we just kept mixing it up.

Do you use audio stories? What are your favourites?

Happy listening, Kelly


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  • Reply katepickle August 17, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    We love audio books here.. they are a lifesaver when you have kids who share a bedroom. Headphones on and listening to a story drowns out the snoring of your brother!

  • Reply Kate August 17, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Audio books are fab – I am often doing reading and bedtime stories with my grade 1 and so when my older child doesn’t feel like reading her book she pulls out an audio book and drifts off to sleep listening to the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. We have a couple on CD in the car but they are a bit babyish (and Disney) so they aren’t on high rotation – these sound great!

  • Reply Melissa @ Honey Bee Books August 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    We often have long car trips when we visit family and we love audio books too. These sound wonderful, and I know my daughter would love The Mermaid’s shoes. She loves mermaids at the moment. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply trixi symonds August 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I always loved audio books for my kids…with 4 kids on a long car trip they were a real lifesaver….actually they’re great all the time especially when kids (and mum) just need a little down time.

  • Reply Debs August 18, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    These look great. Will have to check them out for our road trips! Thanks for the info.

  • Reply Christie-Childhood 101 August 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    We love audio stories too! Can’t wait to check these out, thank you for the recommendation 🙂

  • Reply Kate@Peaceful Parents Confident Kids August 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    We have just discovered audio books here so I really appreciate your post. At the moment my Miss 4 is enthralled by the Magic Faraway Tree. She gets so absorbed in it and it is perfect for some afternoon quiet time.

  • Reply Sara @ Happiness is here August 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    My girls LOVE audio books too. Great deal, might have to get them. Thanks!

  • Reply Kate - The Craft Train August 20, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    What a fabulous idea for road trip entertainment. Beats ‘the quiet game’ for sure!

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