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Expand your child's vocabulary and encourage critical thinking with audiobooks

Expand your child's vocabulary and encourage critical thinking with audiobooks
Narrators and the actors in an audiobook can help kids connect to the story. (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

Got a long road trip coming up? Audiobooks can keep kids — and parents — entertained.

They’re also a great way to expose kids to diverse voices and build literacy skills: Kids can expand their vocabularies by hearing new words and improve comprehension and critical thinking, and the narrator and the actors can help kids connect to the story.

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Audiobooks can also be a treat for a sick day or a private listening experience anytime. So get out your earbuds or headphones or just blast a book through the speakers in the car or at home.

Here are some of our top picks:

Trombone Shorty

Age 4+

Troy Andrews (author/narrator)

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Jake the Fake Keeps It Real

Age 8+

Craig Robinson (author), Adam Mansbach (author), Sullivan Jones (narrator), Keith Knight (narrator)

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Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

Age 8+

Anna Meriano (author), Kyla Garcia (narrator)

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Listen, Slowly

Age 9+

Thanhha Lai (author), Lulu Lam (narrator)

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