Family in a carSummer brings all the best things in life—warm evenings, lazy beach days, and barbeques—but, also the worst—traffic jams to the beach, construction delays, and an endless stream of “Are we there yet?”

To help long car trips go by quickly and painlessly, play an audiobook that you and your child will love!

Audiobooks are a form of reading and have many benefits: they can teach critical listening, encourage reading comprehension, expand vocabulary and teach correct pronunciation of difficult words, and most importantly, demonstrate the joy of language and storytelling. They can be an effective way to get a reluctant reader interested in books.

This summer, listen to an audiobook with your family during a trip, and discuss the story during lunch breaks and after it’s complete.

Buying audiobooks can be expensive, so check your local library branch for physical copies. But, if you’re traveling and need a new one right away, try Hoopla for an instantaneous download to your device with no need to stream and use up your data! There are audiobooks for all ages, as well as a kids-safe search mode.

Here are a few titles that you should try with your kids today:
Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (hoopla original recording) (hoopla full-cast recording) (CD)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (hoopla) (CD)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (hoopla) (CD)
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan (hoopla) (CD)

Check out Hoopla online through our website.

If you are looking for more reading or listening recommendations, or if you have questions about downloading or using Hoopla, stop by your local library branch or call 410-996-5600 x481


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