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Struggling to keep your daughter entertained during lockdown? Or contemplating a long car journey – a staycation, perhaps – and wondering how the kids will cope? We have compiled our favourite audiobooks for you.
Audiobooks are a fantastic way to immerse your child in the magic of storytelling; and, as a helpful bonus, an audiobook is a brilliant tool for improving concentration, vocabulary, creativity, and critical thinking skills. We cannot emphasise enough how reading (or listening to) a wide range of texts across different genres is some of the best preparation you can do for the 11 plus English exam.
Here are four of our favourite audiobooks for young women.
This thrilling narration of Adeyemi’s inventive story offers a great gateway into African fantasy. It is no surprise it won the Audie Award for ‘Audiobook of the Year 2019’.
Zélie remembers when there was magic in the world: before the king ordered that anyone with magical powers was to be killed. As a result, Zélie’s mother – among many others from her clan – was slain. But when Zélie meets Amari, a runaway princess carrying a scroll that could bring magic back, she realises that she might have a chance to protect her people and defeat the king.
Adeyemi’s spellbinding story introduces listeners to an exciting new world, whilst teaching the importance of loyalty, courage, and unlikely friendships.
Great for: readers who usually find it hard to concentrate or struggle to get into stories easily. It is also perfect for fans of fantasy films like Black Panther and The Hunger Games.
Caddy and Rosie have been inseparable for the whole of their lives – but now that they’re both turning 16, things are starting to change. Caddy looks up to Rosie as someone more confident and interesting than herself. So, she begins to wish fervently that something would happen to shake up her ‘hopelessly average’ life. However, when the beautiful and mysterious Suzanne arrives at Rosie’s school, Caddy gets her wish… and a whole lot more.
At first jealous of Suzanne’s burgeoning friendship with Rosie, Caddy discovers there’s a lot more to Suzanne than she first realised – and that she needs Caddy’s help to escape the traumas of her past.
Described by the Book Trust as ‘a love story without romance’, this touching, powerful story about female friendship is a must for any adolescent reader.
Great for: any teenager adjusting to a transition period (starting a new school, for example).
Buy Beautiful Broken Things audiobook.
Harry Potter is, in many ways, the typical twelve-year-old. Except for the fact that the Dursleys (his awful aunt and uncle) make him live in a cupboard under the stairs… and that he’s actually a wizard. When a letter arrives inviting Harry to study at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, Harry leaps at the chance to leave his life with the dismal Dursleys behind. But it soon turns out that Harry’s time at Hogwarts will not only be about the study of magic – in fact, he’s got a lot to learn about the mysteries of his past…
The first in the hugely successful Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a brilliant introduction to J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World. Additionally, (and best of all,) the audiobooks are narrated by esteemed actor and comedy legend Stephen Fry. Fry’s obvious delight in the story and imaginative voicing of the characters breathes new life into this much-loved contemporary classic.
Great for: readers of all ages, particularly on long car journeys!
Much to the annoyance of writers Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, the achievements of many women throughout history have gone untrumpeted – leading to a real lack of role models for girls in fiction and film. In response to this gap, the first Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (which went on to be the most crowd-funded book of all time) was born. In this second edition of the popular series, Favilli and Cavallo serve up another round of tributes to trailblazing women across the ages – from Agatha Christie to Nefertiti.
Told in a relatable ‘once upon a time’ format, these are fairytales with a twist: bite-sized stories about notable female scientists, politicians, artists, athletes and more, with each entry providing useful (and inspiring) summaries of their lives and careers. The approachable format – and the all-star line-up of narrators (which includes Alicia Keys and Phillipa Soo) – will appeal to listeners of all ages.
Great for: empowering young women at any point in the day – not just bedtime.
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