47 Best Kids Audio Books and Kids Audio Dramas

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!

Here’s your ultimate list of the best kids audio dramas!

You've got to see this!! Must-have for family road trips! A list of the 47 best kids audio books! What an incredible way to teach and inspire your kids... whether you're driving around town or on a long trip!

 

Note: Since many of the kids audio books here are faith-based, most can’t be found at a library so we’ve needed to purchase them.

But we’ve discovered them to be an incredible investment in our children’s education and in their spiritual/mental growth. And as mentioned before, they make great gifts!

 

The Chronicles of Narnia Collector’s Edition (Radio Theatre)

kids audio books

This is our family’s favorite audio drama of all time. If you get only one audio drama, this has to be the one! It will convince you of the power (and pure joy) of kids audio books.

And it doesn’t hurt that it’s based on one of the best-selling series of children’s novels of all time!

 

I have grouped the rest of them by the different audio drama producers since there’s only a few creating most of the work.

Focus on the Family Radio Theatre Audio Dramas

These guys are awesome! They’ve produced the Narnia series, and a huge number of other quality radio dramas such as the following titles.

Many of them are based on classic literature, or on the amazing, true-life accounts of historical figures. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome audio dramas!

 

The-Hiding-Place--WEBThe Hiding Place Bonhoeffer--WEBBonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom
The-Legend-of-Squanto--WEBThe Legend of Squanto CS-Lewis-at-War--WEBC. S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity
Screwtape-Letters--WEBThe Screwtape Letters: First Ever Full-cast Dramatization of the Diabolical Classic (parents, preview and use discretion on this one)Oliver-Twist--WEBOliver Twist
A-Christmas-Carol--WEBA Christmas CarolAnne-of-Green-Gables--WEBAnne of Green Gables
The-Secret-Garden--WEBThe Secret GardenLes-Miserables--WEBLes Miserables
Silas-Marner--WEBSilas Marner – Transforming Power of a Child’s LoveBen-Hur--WEBBen Hur
Billy-Budd,-Sailor--WEBBilly Budd, SailorTraveling-Home-for-Christmas--WEBTraveling Home for Christmas: Four Stories That Journey to the Heart of Christmas
Amazing-Grace--WEBAmazing Grace: The Inspirational Stories of William Wilberforce, John Newton and Olaudah EquianoThe-Life-of-Jesus--WEBThe Life of Jesus: Dramatic Eyewitness Accounts from the Luke Reports

 

Adventures in Odyssey Audio Dramas

The Adventures in Odyssey series is also produced by Focus on the Family. And chances are you’ve heard of them because they’ve been around for a long, long time and are well-loved by many.

However, did you know about the “other” Adventures in Odyssey stories (the ones that aren’t just about the regular “Odyssey” characters)? These Adventures in Odyssey stories delve deep into the world of American history, biblical heroes and the importance of truth in our modern culture. Awesome learning tools here!

AIO-The-Adventure-Begins--WEBAdventures in OdysseyFor-God-&-Country--WEBFor God and Country
AIO-Heroes--WEBAdventures in Odyssey: Heroes: And Other Secrets, Surprises and Sensational StoriesThe-Truth-Chronicles--WEBThe Truth Chronicles (Adventures in Odyssey)
AIO-Bible-Eyewitness--WEBBible Eyewitness Collector’s Set – Old Testament (Adventures in Odyssey Classics #3)Bible-Eyewitness-Hall-of-Faith--WEBBible Eyewitness: The Hall of Faith: 12 Stories of the Bible’s Greatest Heroes (Adventures in Odyssey)

 

Jonathan Park Audio Dramas

My kids love this series as a fun way to learn about creation-based science.

These audio adventures are action-packed stories about a paleontologist (Dr. Park), his son (Jonathan), their family (plus another family, the Brennans) as they travel around the world investigating scientific discoveries and defending the evidence for a creator.

The Jonathan Park series talks about some pretty complex theories and use many scientific terms, but do so in a kid-friendly way (and in a way that keeps a child’s attention). It’s a great passive way to teach about the creation message and to learn science!

 

JP-The-Adventure-Begins--WEBJonathan Park Volume 1: The Adventure BeginsJP--No-Looking-Back--WEBJonathan Park Volume 2: No Looking Back
JP-The-Winds-of-Change--WEBJonathan Park Volume 3: The Winds of ChangeJP-The-Hunt-for-Beowulf--WEBJonathan Park Volume 4: The Hunt for Beowulf
JP-The-Explorer's-Society--WEBJonathan Park Volume V: The Explorers SocietyJP-The-Journey-Never-Taken--WEBJonathan Park Volume 6: The Journey Never Taken
JP-The-Voyage-Beyond--WEBJonathan Park Volume 7: The Voyage BeyondJP-The-Copper-Scroll--WEBJonathan Park Volume 8: The Copper Scroll
JP-Goes-to-the-Zoo--WEBJonathan Park Goes to the Zoo: A Creationist Audio Guide to 100 of the Most Popular Animals at Your Local Zoo!JP-Goes-to-the-Aquarium--WEBJonathan Park Goes to the Aquarium

 

Lamplighter Theatre Audio Dramas

Ahh… Lamplighter. There’s just something dignified about these audio dramas!

This company dusts off some amazing (and in most cases, hundreds of years old) high-quality literature and produces powerful audio dramas from these classics. These stories are rich with characters that exhibit moral fortitude.

I also love that the Lamplighter audio dramas ooze oodles of character training opportunities without being preachy or forced. You’ve got to check these out!

The-Captive--WEBThe CaptiveSir-Malcolm-and-the-Missing-Prince--WEBSir Malcolm and the Missing Prince
Charlie's-Choice--WEBCharlie’s ChoiceThe-Basket-of-Flowers--WEBThe Basket of Flowers
The-Hedge-of-Thorns--WEBThe Hedge of ThornsBuried-in-the-Snow--WEBBuried in the Snow
The-Wanderer--WEBThe WandererThe-Candle-in-the-Window--WEBThe Candle in the Window
The-White-Gypsy--WEBThe White GypsyJessica's-Journey--WEBJessica’s Journey
The-Unexpected-Return--WEBThe Unexpected ReturnA-Peep-Behind-the-Scenes--WEBA Peep Behind the Scenes

 

Heirloom Audio Productions Audio Dramas

These dramas are relatively new to our family. I listened to part of one in friend’s car, but the kids and I have yet to purchase them for ourselves. They are on our wish list! Heirloom’s audio dramas are crafted around famous historical characters.

kids audio booksUnder Drake’s Flag: The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Hentybest kids audio booksIn Freedom’s Cause the Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty

 

JUST ADDED: The Brinkman Adventures, Down Gilead Lane and Jungle Doctor Stories!

Friends, you spoke loud and clear: you and your kids love The Brinkman Adventures! I have not personally listened to this series, but I’m going to “go with the audience” on this one and add them to the list!

As described on their site:

“Powerful stories from the lives of real missionaries come to life through the wild and crazy escapades of the Brinkman family. These adventures will strengthen your faith and inspire young and old to follow Jesus with abandon!”

You can listen to a sample here.

You also mentioned  “Down Gilead Lane” by Christian Bible Hour (CBH) and Jungle Doctor Stories–two other audio drama series that sound like a great picks!

I’ve included image links to “The Brinkman Adventures,” “Down Gilead Lane” and Jungle Doctor Stories below (I included one image for the entire “Down Gilead Lane” series since there are quite a few recordings).

Season-1-Brinkman--WEBSeason-2-Brinkman--WEB
Season-3--Brinkman--WEBDown-Gilead-Lane-_WEB
Jungle-Doctor-Collection--WEB

 

Phew! What a list! I’m guessing that these best kids audio dramas can keep your family busy in the car (and lots of other places!) for quite a while, don’t you think?!

Enjoy and let us know in the comments which ones your family loves best!

 

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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!

 

About Alicia Michelle

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.

    Sunny - April 24, 2017 Reply

    Eric, Maybe I misunderstood your comment. Jonathan Park is all about science! The entire series is all about how teaching science and creation together. Actually, your last few sentences “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.” sound like they were taken right out of a JP episode! They continuously use creation to point toward evidence of God. Every episode is filled with science, nature, the bible, and how they all work together. We love the entire series and have learned a lot from them!

Sunny - April 24, 2017 Reply

Thanks for this list! You should definitely look into Your Story Hour (www.yourstoryhour.org). They have a bible story series, true stories series, & historical series. We are listening to the story of Henry Ford right now! These stories are all dramatized well and are accurate. Some are short (25 min) while others are long (Henry Ford is about 1 hour and George Washington is about 2 hours). But here is one of the BEST things about YSH…. You have the option to download individual stories for only $2.00 each! I love Jonathan Park and Adventures in Odyssey but I can’t always afford to fork out $20-$40 at one time. I love that I can go to YST and spend $8.00 and get enough new stories for that weekend’s trip!!!

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