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The 10 Best children's audiobooks

New takes on classic tales read by some great actors will make bedtime stories a joy for youngsters … and parents

Kate Hilpern
Tuesday 01 October 2013 17:43
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1. The Gruffalo and Friends Boxed Set, by Julia Donaldson

A set with The Gruffalo, The Smartest Giant and Room on the Broom, read by actors including Imelda Staunton and Josie Lawrence.

£19.99, elc.co.uk

2. Matilda, by Roald Dahl

With the stage version still taking the West End by storm, it's a great time to introduce youngsters to this story about a young girl with magical powers. Read by Kate Winslet.

£13, penguin.co.uk

3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L Frank Baum

An American classic that continues to delight with its tale of witches, flying monkeys and magical shoes. Bill Nighy reads with great wit.

£5.99, audiogo.com

4. Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud

In the first in a new series of stories aimed at 10 plus, Lucy Carlyle ends up in a haunted house. Can she escape?

£17.49, amazon.co.uk

5. Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers

Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck, too, followed by a ladder, the kitchen sink, a whale... Read by Terence Stamp.

£1.99, audible.co.uk

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, by Jeff Kinney

A hilarious addition to an award-winning series, in which Greg tries to get a date for the school dance. Ideal for children aged eight plus.

£5.58, thebookpeople.co.uk

7. Horrid Henry's Nightmare, by Francesca Simon

The successful Horrid Henry series is about a very naughty little boy. Read by Miranda Richardson, for aged five plus.

£5.17, bookdepository.co.uk

8. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia, by C S Lewis

Radio 4's dramatisation of all seven adventures comes out in November. Cast includes Timothy Spall and Stephen Thorne.

£25, audiogo.com

9. Mr Men, by Roger Hargreaves

Join Mr Bump, Mr Fussy and all their friends in these charming classic tales from the Beeb.

£5.99, audiogo.com

10. The Land of Sometimes, by Francesca Longrigg

This CD features 15 superb songs woven into a delightful story, and children will enjoy the illustrated booklet.

£9.95, loubilou.com

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