Five Excellent Reasons Why You Should Buy Audio Books For Children

Introduction

Attention all parents! If you want to do something positive for your children, do them a favour and read this article, it will only take you a few minutes whilst I pass on the benefit of my experience as to why you should buy audio books for children!

I have four children; three are good readers and enjoy reading. The fourth is also a fairly good reader but was never happy about being encouraged to expand her reading capacity. Reading is a big part of the school curriculum in the U.K. so I felt I needed to look for a solution! I turned to Google to solve my problem and hit on the idea of giving my daughter some audio books to listen to. This approach produced instant results in my daughter. She now appreciates that audio books and indeed traditional books are not “boring” after all. This article details several more reasons why you should buy audio books for children, detailing the benefits that audio books provide to children.

Reason 1 – Get Them Away From The TV & Computer Games

Audio books can be very entertaining and there is nothing better than providing your children with a mind stimulating alternative to the TV or their Nintendo DX for 30 minutes a day. If you have a large family like mine it also teaches them to all sit quietly, listen and concentrate on a story.

Reason 2 – Improve Their Vocabulary

Like traditional books, listening to audio books will improve a child’s vocabulary. It is helpful if you are around to explain any words they don’t understand. If you buy an audio book that can be listened to by a broad range of ages, older children can help younger children understand any of the more difficult content.

Reason 3 – Expand Their Minds

Listening to an audio book is akin to reading in that it makes your children exercise their cognitive thought processes. To make the audio book come to life we have to use our imaginations to help us visualise the story mind’s eye. All these associated thought processes will help your children to become more confident and self-assured adult in later life.

Reason 4 – Build On Their Life Experiences

Audio books can be used as a great tool for building up experience of the world in which we live. The greater the audio book experience you provide to your children the better. When children are at a young age they are able to assimilate the information they hear easily. This newfound knowledge will manifest itself in their writing and conversation.

Reason 5 – Increased General Knowledge

Buy audio books for your children and you will be providing them with a vast source of general knowledge which, at some point in the future they will be able to tap into. The earlier you start the better, as this gives your children the best possible chance to build a good level of knowledge and assimilate it. Furthermore, the fantastic thing about audio books is that they can be listened to time and time again, giving you value for money at the same time.

Conclusion

I’m sure that by now having come to the end of this article, you don’t need any more convincing about the benefits of audio books and why you should buy audio books for children. Should you need winning over, let me recap on a couple of the reasons for you. By buying audio books for your children it will help to improve their vocabulary and general knowledge, expand their minds, increase the power of their writing and get them away from the TV.

Why I Love Audio Books on CD

Once you are exposed to literature it can have a profound effect on you. The word ‘literature’ means familiarity with written letters. Throughout the course of my life I have studied and read the works of Dickens, Shakespeare and other great authors. Their work has made me appreciate the frailty of human nature as well as the reality that there are age old problems which depict quite well how the human drama unfolds.

When I was a child my parents purchased LP records which usually featured famous actors narrating or playing a part in a well known story. I cherish those memories as some of the richest ones in my life. It was my first exposure to the great classic works of literature. It was also great entertainment and provided many hours of great conversation with other family members.

Recently I was playing with my daughter and we were engaged in a sword fight straight from medieval times. As my daughter stabbed me with her plastic sword and I confronted my obvious fate I blurted out those famous lines from Hamlet. “To Be Or Not To Be, That Is The Question.” What struck me about this incident was the powerful effect these words had on my daughter. She listened quite intently to those lines like a musical conductor hearing an orchestra for the first time. Since that experience she has begun listening to great stories offered on audio books on cd.

I vividly recall listening in enthusiastically as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn planned their adventures down the Mississippi. Or pondering the challenges of the Swiss Family Robinson as they were forced to learn and master the elements of survival on a deserted island. The stories were so vivid and powerful. They captured my imagination and taught me powerful moral lessons. But they were also just plain fun.

What is the best book you have ever read?
Chances are that same book is available as an audio book on cd.

While I wholeheartedly love reading books, in the past few years I have become a huge fan of audio books on cd. These books allow me to consume literature and powerful action adventures while I am driving my car or multi-tasking on some project. Besides the entertainment value they have made me appreciate how I spend my time. Where before I would just drive my car, today I can drive my car and listen to the entire works of a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Audio books on cd enrich my life in many ways.

The audio book market is a billion dollar a year market. The industry was founded in 1932 by Congress to help and assist blind to read. These programs were called the Talking Book Program and today cover every imaginable source of literature possible. There is a rich storytelling tradition embedded on audio books on cd. If you are interested in broadening your horizons and learning more I highly recommend that you start getting involved with audio books on cd.

Katherine Swynford by Alison Weir (Clipper Audiobook Edition)

Alison Weir is widely known for her historical fiction, but she researches and writes historical biographies as well. Inspired as a young woman by Anya Seton’s 1954 historical romance, Katherine, the popular novelist has always wanted to chronicle the lives of John of Gaunt and his long-term mistress and eventual third wife, Katherine Swynford. This book fulfills that dream. Despite its somewhat suggestive subtitle – “The Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess” – this book was not intended to paint a lurid portrait of a couple who defied the conventions of their era, although the course their match took was anything but typical. Weir wrote it to accord to Katherine the important place in history that Swynford deserves.

John of Gaunt (1340-1399) was a member of the House of Plantagenet. He was the son of Edward III of England and his wife, Philippa of Hainault. A man of power and substantial political influence, Gaunt (whose name comes from the fact that he was born in Ghent) was Duke of Lancaster and of Aquitaine. Katherine, of humbler origin, was governess to Gaunt’s children by his first wife, Blanche of Lancaster.

Gaunt fathered many children, both within and out of wedlock. Katherine Swynford bore him four of them, whom Gaunt acknowledged and supported and who were later legitimatized by the Pope upon the couple’s marriage in 1396. Gaunt’s ancestral line, both from his wives and his mistress, figured prominently in the War of the Roses. All British monarchs from Henry IV to present can trace their lineage back to John of Gaunt, and Katherine’s son, John, was the grandfather of Henry VII.

While records relating to Swynford are scant, those of Gaunt enable Weir to engage in enough intelligent speculation that a convincing portrait of Katherine does emerge from the text. Additionally, Swynford’s sister Philippa married Geoffrey Chaucer, which allows Weir, with her customary attention to detail, to expand the scope of the biography and explore the political and cultural life of the times.

British narrator Judith Boyd is an accomplished and highly experienced audiobook reader. She has recorded Ann Granger’s mysteries and many other unabridged works of fiction and non fiction. She has a clear, pleasant, near-musical voice to which a listener naturally would want to pay attention. Her affable and expressive narration keeps the text moving briskly and helps makes a complex period of British history more approachable.