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I'm looking for some good non-fiction audio books for elementary age. I'm thinking things we can listen to in the car or over lunch. Generally we listen to a lot of fiction, which is great, but I'm looking to balance it out a bit more over the summer. 

 

Things we've enjoyed:

Story of the World

A History of US

Classical Kids series

Brains On! podcast

Classics for Kids podcast

 

What else can we listen to? Any good ideas for us?

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We enjoyed Mr. Lincoln's High Tech War. One of the reviewers said it's written at a high school level, another said it's their 7 yo's favorite book! My son enjoyed listening when he was 8, but he read the book as well about a year later. You can check the sample audio to see if you like the level.

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We have gotten a ton of free audiobooks on Libravox. They aren't professionally recorded, but they are free. Readers vary a lot in quality, but my kids never seem to mind.

 

Here is a list of some of the nonfiction ones we have downloaded. Keep in mind some are written for kids and some not, and I can't say whether they have inappropriate material in them or not, so do your own bit of research on them before downloading them yourself :-)

 

A Catechism of Familiar Things (science)

By Pond and River

Fairyland of Science

Handbook of Nature Study (written to the parent/teacher, but my kids like it regardless)

Famous Men of the Middle Ages

Famous Men of Greece

Famous Men of Rome

Famous Men of Modern Times

Story of the Middle Ages

Madam How and Lady Why

Our Island Story

Discovery of New Worlds

Stories of Great Composers for Children

Fifty Famous Stories Retold

Eric the Red

Saga of the Greenlanders

History of the Plymouth Settlement

The Life of the Fly

The Mason-Bees

A Little Brother to the Bear

Saints and Heroes of the Middle Ages

School of the Woods

Secrets of Everyday Things

Secrets of the Woods

Story of the Greeks

Story of the Romans

The Storybook of Science

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies

Thirty More Famous Stories Retold

Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

Through Magic Glasses

Ways of Wood Folk

Wildlife in Woods and Fields

Wilderness Ways

 

 

 

 

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hijack - Can I ask you ladies who listen often, do you use a smart phone/ipod?

I'm looking for a device that isn't full of distractions for my little one to listen to downloaded stories.

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hijack - Can I ask you ladies who listen often, do you use a smart phone/ipod?

I'm looking for a device that isn't full of distractions for my little one to listen to downloaded stories.

 

My dd8 listens using her Kindle (her Kindle is literally JUST for audio books, kindle books, and immersion reading - no games). Before she had a kindle, she listened on my iPad. In the car, I use my iPhone because it's convenient - I just plug in to the car stereo system.

 

With audible it's easy to go from one device to another with the same account. It will just ask if you want to start where you left off with your previous device. Hope that makes sense.

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We have gotten a ton of free audiobooks on Libravox. They aren't professionally recorded, but they are free. Readers vary a lot in quality, but my kids never seem to mind.

 

Here is a list of some of the nonfiction ones we have downloaded. Keep in mind some are written for kids and some not, and I can't say whether they have inappropriate material in them or not, so do your own bit of research on them before downloading them yourself :-)

 

A Catechism of Familiar Things (science)

By Pond and River

Fairyland of Science

Handbook of Nature Study (written to the parent/teacher, but my kids like it regardless)

Famous Men of the Middle Ages

Famous Men of Greece

Famous Men of Rome

Famous Men of Modern Times

Story of the Middle Ages

Madam How and Lady Why

Our Island Story

Discovery of New Worlds

Stories of Great Composers for Children

Fifty Famous Stories Retold

Eric the Red

Saga of the Greenlanders

History of the Plymouth Settlement

The Life of the Fly

The Mason-Bees

A Little Brother to the Bear

Saints and Heroes of the Middle Ages

School of the Woods

Secrets of Everyday Things

Secrets of the Woods

Story of the Greeks

Story of the Romans

The Storybook of Science

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies

Thirty More Famous Stories Retold

Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

Through Magic Glasses

Ways of Wood Folk

Wildlife in Woods and Fields

Wilderness Ways

 

Thank you! I will definitely look into these. We've had mixed experiences with Libravox. Some are good and others are quite literally painful to listen to. lol

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We are in the middle of A Child's History of the World and the kids are enjoying it. We are listening in the car and it has prompted some excellent discussions. Story of the World is our main history spine and it's cool to see them notice connections from what they've heard before.

 

At home, for listening in quiet time, they use old iPod nanos with speaker docks. I load them with audiobooks from Audible, primarily, and they pick what to listen to through quiet time.

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