47 Best Kids Audio Books and Kids Audio Dramas

Our family has a confession: we love kids audio books. When other moms see our (overflowing) collection, we’re often asked, “Which are the best kids audio dramas?” 

And that’s why I wrote this post. I finally decided to write down all those awesome titles in one place!

Kids audio dramas are such a FANTASTIC way to teach and entertain kids, either when you’re driving across town or driving cross country! Here’s a list of some of the best kids audio dramas—a total of 52 amazing stories! Don’t miss this incredible list! You’ll come back to this over and over! And P.S., audio dramas make great Christmas and birthday gifts for kids!

 

These wonderful kids audio dramas:

  • teach about educational topics (history and science to name a few);
  • encourage kids in biblical truths;
  • bring historical characters to life;
  • share classic literature in exciting new ways;
  • and are just fun and exciting to listen to!

Although many of the best kids audio dramas are based on books, these high-quality, dramatic retellings of a story are like “watching” a movie, but the pictures are all in your mind! Many include sound effects, and several have actors playing different parts.

Audio dramas are also a fantastic way to redeem the (sometimes overwhelming) amount of time we have to spend in the car.

They are also a fantastic Christmas present for kids!

Our family listens to these stories over and over again! I know that your kids will fall in love with them too!

Now, what are the top kids audio dramas–those amazing stories that will captivate your family too?

I can’t wait to show you this amazing list!

Just click next and discover this list of 47 Kids Audio Dramas!

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About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Leanne @ The Transplanted Southerner - April 20, 2015 Reply

These are great! Thanks for sharing, I’m pinning right now!

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 20, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Leanne! It feels great to have all of them in one spot. People have asked me several times over the years for my audio drama recommendations and now I have a place to send them. 🙂

Jenn - April 21, 2015 Reply

So many of these are favorite with my family! I’m excited to see a few new ideas though! We loved the Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe and And if Green a gables best of all, I think.

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 21, 2015 Reply

    Hi Jenn! Yes, our family never tires of listening to the Narnia series. Every time I listen to it, I am touched in a new way! And yes, Anne of Green Gables is also awesome!

Jodie - April 21, 2015 Reply

We love audios! Since we live very remote we use them a lot! We love all that you mentioned but some others that we love are the Brinkman Adventures http://brinkmanadventures.com/ and Your Story Hour http://www.yourstoryhour.org

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 21, 2015 Reply

    Jodie,

    Oooooh… I will have to check those out! Our family is always on the lookout for new audio dramas! Thanks for sharing!

    Rosie - April 23, 2015 Reply

    I second the Brinkman Adventures. Our boys love listening to them over and over. 1 season usually lasts us for months as that is all they want to hear while we are in the car. It is neat to watch the kids pick up on different things are they get a bit older, or as they start to remember certain parts of the stories and so are able to focus in on other parts.

Cindy - April 21, 2015 Reply

Love this list! Our boys fall asleep every night to either Maestro’s Classics or A.A. Milne (Complete Tales and Poems).

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 21, 2015 Reply

    Wow, Cindy, now that sounds lovely. 🙂 What a great way to use audio dramas! Thanks for sharing!

Beth Daniels Woods - April 23, 2015 Reply

We’ve loved many of these over the years (I have a 4 grown kids and a 10 year old), but I’d also add “Down Gilead Lane” from Childrens Bible Hour (or CBH as they now call themselves.) It’s a great family-oriented 12-season story about faith and how it looks in real life. My 10 year old and I have just discovered the Cooper Kids series audio dramas by Frank Peretti (my older kids read the books). They are “edge of the seat” suspenseful, but also faith affirming.

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 23, 2015 Reply

    I’m loving these ideas! I will have to check these out! Thank you, Beth, for sharing!

Starla - April 23, 2015 Reply

Thank you for the list! We have quite a few of these, but some of them are new and we are going to have to check them out!

JES the Pilgrim - April 24, 2015 Reply

Great list! We own at least half of them! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

Three B boys - April 24, 2015 Reply

We love Hank the Cowdog just for a good laugh.

garonnevik - April 24, 2015 Reply

I love this list so much!! You missed the Brinkman Adventures, though. It’s sooo good and my kids request them more than any other audio drama.

Cyndi - April 24, 2015 Reply

The BBC used to produce wonderful dramatized audio programs, I do not know if they are still available….my oldest daughter is almost 31 and my youngest is 16, so we started the home school journey quite some time ago. We loved The Wind in the Willows, and the BBC productions of The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. I know there is also a David Copperfield. We also loved the weekly series by World Vision called Jungle Jam and Friends.

Alicia Kazsuk - April 24, 2015 Reply

Hi everyone! I added “The Brinkman Adventures” and “Down Gilead Lane” to the post! Thanks for the great suggestions! I looked at some of the other suggestions given and while they also sounded good, many of these were audio books instead of audio dramas (meaning that they were narrated by one person instead of being a true audio drama with actors and sound effects, etc). If you guys think of more, let’s keep adding them!

Phyllis Sather - April 25, 2015 Reply

We have listened to most of these.

Laura at Mommy Maleta - April 26, 2015 Reply

What a great list! Our family always listens to books on CD on our road trips, and we have a long one coming up this summer. Thanks to you I have plenty ideas! I will be featuring this post tomorrow at the Thoughtful Spot! Thanks for linking it up!

    Alicia Kazsuk - April 26, 2015 Reply

    Laura, thank you for featuring it! And I’m so glad that it has given you some ideas! They are so awesome for long road trips! 🙂 Blessings!

Karyn - April 26, 2015 Reply

This is great! I am excited to check lots of these out. We have listened to a few.

Kristie M - April 26, 2015 Reply

My girls already love alot of these. And I see some more that I want to get!! I pinned this.

Lisa - April 26, 2015 Reply

My kids enjoy the Sugar Creek Gang.

mrsBB - April 27, 2015 Reply

Adventures in Odyssey and Down Gilead lane are great, there is also one by Your Story Hour, and Keys 4Kids, all very good.

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Anne - July 25, 2015 Reply

How about Jungle Doctor Collection 01. It’s 11 CDs of fabulous stories about an Australian Missionary doctor in Africa. Our whole family adore this set of stories. Highly recommend these.

    Alicia Michelle - July 27, 2015 Reply

    That one looks great! Thank you for sharing. I am adding it to the list! 🙂

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Phyllis Sather - August 20, 2015 Reply

We’ve listened to most of these. It’s nice to have a list of them. Pinning now!

    Alicia Michelle - August 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi Phyllis! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, one of the reasons why I put together this post is that many people asked me for a list of all of our family’s favorite audio dramas, and I have to admit that it’s been nice for me too to have a centralized list! Thank you for sharing!

Eva @ Kidminds - August 20, 2015 Reply

We are HUGE fans of audio dramas! Our current favorite is the Secret Garden. You have some cool suggestions that I will need to check out! I wonder, if you could stop by and add your wonderful blog to this Homeschool Blogs Directory. http://www.kidminds.org/p/top-homeschool-blogs-directory.html

    Alicia Michelle - August 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi Eva! Yes, we love audio dramas! They are just the best! And thank you for the invite to your directory! I will add Vibrant Homeschooling to your list! 🙂

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Li - September 20, 2015 Reply

Great list! Thank you! Second for “The Brinkman Adventures.” First CDs that got us hooked on audio adventures. Blessings and thanks!

    Alicia Michelle - September 21, 2015 Reply

    Hi Li! I’m glad you enjoyed the list! Thank you for sharing and stopping by!

alyciaabts - October 5, 2015 Reply

Not a Christian series but we LOVED the 39 Clues series. The reader is AMAZING!!! The books go around the world and include some historical fiction

    Alicia Michelle - October 5, 2015 Reply

    Hmmm… I haven’t heard of that one! We’ll have to check it out! Thanks!

Catherine - November 13, 2015 Reply

Our kids love Adventures in Odyssey. So nice to see other options to add to our list. The kids and even us adults get so absorbed into the stories. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Alicia Michelle - November 13, 2015 Reply

    Hi Catherine! Yes, my husband and I are captivated by the stories too! They are a wonderful time of escape (and learning!) for all of us. 🙂 I hope you find some new classics from this list to share with your family!

V - December 24, 2015 Reply

Our family loves the Your Story Hour audio sets. Even we adults…

Missy - February 15, 2016 Reply

Great list of audio dramas! We listened to most of these as the kids were growing up. I wholeheartedly agree that these are all quality audio dramas (with the exception of the C.S. Lewis ones – I haven’t heard any of those). My favorite Adventures in Odyssey is one not on the list…Album 57: The Green Ring Conspiracy! It is definitely worth listening to, but I would caution that it may be most suitable for teens and not small children.

    Alicia Michelle - February 16, 2016 Reply

    Hi Missy! Oooooh… that one sounds interesting! Thank you for sharing! I love hearing about new audio dramas!

Katie - February 17, 2016 Reply

Great list Alicia! I wanted to be sure you knew about Patch the Pirate, Character Building Adventures by MajestyMusic.com. You can listen to a new free episode each week at PatchthePirate.org I grew up on them, and my kids are now learning the lessons and character songs. We LOVE them.

Wendy - May 9, 2016 Reply

Just FYI for those who care about such things, the Heirloom Audio Productions seem to be Abridged from the authors original work. G.A. Henty is amazing for learning history, and I don’t know what they cut out, but from the ones we have read I would hate to miss anything. We have listened to several audio books of his and have loved them.

Sandy Roy - November 16, 2016 Reply

There’s a new one out there by the original creators of Jonathan Park, it’s called Time Chroniclers. Check it out on TimeChroniclers.com.

Meredith - December 1, 2016 Reply

What a great list! I’ll be saving it for later. My husband and I LOVE the Chronicles of Narnia Radio Theatre series…have listened to it many times! I can’t wait for my kids (now toddlers) to get juuuust a little older and be able to truly appreciate great listening content like the resources you’ve mentioned! Thanks for putting this together!

Eric - February 14, 2017 Reply

I love the BBC Chronicles of Narnia series, the more people who get exposed to C.S. Lewis the better. However I’m extremely opposed to and saddened by the continued anti-science of things like Jonathan Park. The Church doesn’t have a great track record with being opposed to science, and this is still an area where some Christians are doing themselves a disservice by not being open to the overwhelming evidence of an old earth. Not just scientific evidence, but lots of strong biblical support as well. I also think parents are doing their children a disservice by not being open to faith and science working together towards the same goal, truth. If we honestly have faith in God, then we should also have faith that by looking at creation it will give us evidence of God. Science is the study of God’s creation, we shouldn’t be scared of that, we should embrace it. God is revealed both through scripture and through the creation.

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