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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

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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


9. Mr Men, by Roger Hargreaves

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


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.


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