How to Keep Your Kids Happy on a Road Trip

Summer is halfway gone, and hopefully that long awaited family vacation is just around the corner. If you are planning a road trip, we have a few suggests for keeping your kids busy and happy while stuck in the car for a long period of time.
I always pack a selection of books to read on vacation everywhere I go. But if you are like me and motion sickness sets in the moment you open a book in the car, audio books may be the answer. The Denton Public library offers audio books to download from either Hoopla or Overdrive onto your phone, tablet, or laptop. If you are feeling old fashioned, you can pick up a Book on CD instead. (You could even listen to a book about a road trip while you are on your road trip.)
A few tips:

  1. Download your books before you leave on vacation. You don’t want to get stuck somewhere without internet access.
  2. Don’t forget your charger!

If you need suggestions of what to read, here is a list of Audies Award Winners and Finalists from 2014 and 2015. These are not all of the award winners, just the ones you can find in the library’s collection. Check out the Audio Publishers Association website for a list of all Audie award winning audiobooks from past years.

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen; Narrated by John Keating

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter
by Beatrix Potter; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Creepy Carrots!
by Aaron Reynolds; Narrated by James Naughton

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt

A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd; Narrated by Cassandra Morris

Unstoppable Octobia May
by Sharon G. Flake; Narrated by Bahni Turpin

A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park; Narrated by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop

Matilda
by Roald Dahl; Narrated by Kate Winslet

Sugar
by Jewell Parker Rhodes; Narrated by Bahni Turpin

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
by Kathi Appelt; Narrated by Lyle Lovett

TEENS

Boston Jacky
by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Cress
by Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler

Curtsies and Conspiracies
by Gail Carriger; Narrated by Moira Quirk

The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson; Narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels

Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell; Narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein; Narrated by Sasha Pick

Need more suggestions?  Here are a few other ways to entertain your kids on the road.
http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/road-trip-games-for-kids/
http://mamapapabubba.com/2014/06/11/portable-lego-kit-for-little-travellers/

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