5 of Our Favorite Audiobooks for Toddlers

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Instilling language skills in your child can start as early as while they’re still in the womb. Children develop language skills by listening to their mother and other adults talk around them—they need to listen to hundreds of thousands of words before they are able to speak their first one.

Reading to your child is vital, but did you know that listening to audiobooks can also have a positive effect when helping expose your child to the wonderful world of language? While your toddler may still be too young to completely understand the story, the soothing background noise and flow of words will wend their way into your child’s brain, stirring the beginning of lifelong language skills.

Whether you’re taking a long car trip or trying to begin a daily quiet time routine, these fun and age appropriate audiobooks will get your child’s imagination (and their language skills) buzzing.

Berenstain Bears Stories: If you grew up during the 80s, chances are you remember these fanciful bears and the lesson-teaching antics of Mama and Papa Bear.

The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites: You’ve probably read these books with your child already, but you’ll love the audio version read by the famed voices of John Cleese, Billy Crystal, John Lithgow and other easy-on-the-ears celebs.

The House at Pooh Corner: Winnie the Pooh is always a classic, and this version featuring Judi Dench will probably become one of your family’s all-time favorites.

The Froggy Books: Kids will fall for Jonathan London’s cute little frog as he tackles the daily tasks of life, from going to the doctor to riding a bike.

Thornton Burgess Bedtime Stories: Travel to the Green Forest to befriend woodland creatures, while simultaneously teaching children about ecology and respect for the environment.

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