By Lin Parkin
June 12, 2014
Father's Day is coming!
Do you know a Dad with young children?
With June 15th fast approaching, what perfect gift is there for Father's Day than an audiobook?
Father's Day offers the perfect opportunity to cuddle up with your children and listen to an expertly told children's story while you and your child follow along with a picture book.
Join VOX Daily in this celebration of Father's, in conjunction with June Is Audiobook Month (JIAM), as we present a short list of audiobooks for the Dad on your list.
By: Roald Dahl
Read By: Dan Stevens
Ronald Dahl was the the creator of some of the funniest and most fascinating children's stories out there. Dahl authored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda - to name a few. But where did his wacky story ideas come from? His own childhood, of course! In this autobiographical tale, parents and older children are sure to enjoy the story of Dahl's earliest years. Dan Stevens narrates Dahl's captivating family tales and his unusual boyhood adventures.
By: Ronald Dahl
Read By: Derek Jacobi
This is the continuation of Dalh's formative years. Actor Derek Jacobi takes over the narration in the second volume and is said to delivere an "amusing and captivating narration." Dalh recounts his eccentric upbringing and boyhood antics that would eventually inspire some of his most popular children's books.
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
By: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Read By: Robert Serva
A family favourite since the 1940's, this story captures the whimsical, yet sometimes nonsensical, logic of childhood. The story follows a son as he tells a tale of how when his father was a boy, he ran away with an alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon who was being exploited on a faraway island. Using two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, he disarms a fierce beasts and sets the dragon free.
In Daddy's Arms I am Tall
By: Javaka Steptoe, Robin Miles, Charles Turner, and Lizan Mitchell
Read By: Javaka Steptoe, Robin Miles, Charles Turner, and Lizan Mitchell.
This collection of poems for kids that lovingly celebrates African-American fathers, read by the poets themselves. It comes with an accompanying picture book. It an be a little hard to track down but with a Google search you'll find it within shipping distance.
The Emperor's Egg
By: Martin Jenkins
Read By: Matt Glover
A great choice for Father's Day. The Emperor's Egg is an easy to follow and entertaining non-fiction story about the life of Emperor Penguins. It focuses on how the Papa Penguin cares for the precious egg and chick while the Mama must leave to swim and eat. It is a lovely story that depicts the vital role Dad's play in the lives of their children.
It was only after pouring through volumes and volumes of children's books that these audio versions came to the surface.
I was surprised by how few audiobooks there were designed specifically for Dad's and their children. It would be nice to see titles such as My Daddy and Me, Why I love My Daddy, and The Daddy Book in future audio releases for Dad's with young children.
What others would you like to see released in an audio version?
To all the Dads out there, Happy Father's Day!
All the best,