“Quality Time” on the Road

The memory is still pretty clear.  It was 4 hours into an 11 hour road trip and I was bored.  Bored, boRED, bored, borED, BORED.  In order to empathize with my parents, have a small child sit behind you and instruct them to sing the previous sentence while they kick your seat. 

Gone was the excitement of going to visit the relatives, the novelty of the activity kit my mom put together, my father’s tolerance for the smell of watermelon gum, and the sanity of everyone in the car.  You know what would have saved the day?  An audiobook.

Audiobooks are great.  Everyone in the car can listen to the same book unlike a dvd that requires the driver to miss out on all the fun.  Plus, audiobooks are great literacy tools.  There are several great things that happen when children, young and old, listen to audiobooks:

  • Listeners are introduced to new vocabulary and concepts.
  • Listeners are exposed to the correct way to say words.
  • Struggling readers can follow along with a print copy while matching written words to sounds.   

Ever notice that conversation gets pretty dull after 6 hours of being crammed in the car together?  Instead of staring blankly at each other over your dinner stop, you could discuss the book you have been listening to.  Aha!  Another great literacy moment just snuck in:

  •  Book discussions improve reading comprehension.

So the next time you start to roll out of the driveway start up an audio book. Here are a few titles the whole family can enjoy:

  •  The Secret Garden by Frances Burnette
  • The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Don’t forget, you can either check out audio books at the library or you can download them from our Digital Branch Library.


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