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Ladybird Funny Stories for 4 Year Olds read by Katy Wix & Rhashan Stone (2021)

This audiobook is for budding comedians. Featuring funny sound effects and a hilarious collection of engaging stories written by Annabelle Sami, Ladybird Funny Stories for 4 Year Olds is guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained and giggling. Plus, at just being over an hour long, it’s perfect to listen to on longer car or train journeys.

Ten Minutes to Bed Audio Collection read by Suranne Jones (2020)

Everyone’s favourite bedtime series has been turned into a collection of audiobooks! Little dreamers can take a deep dive underwater with Splash the mermaid as she uses all her tricks to avoid going to bed. Then, they’ll crash through the jungle with Rumble the triceratops before getting up to all sorts of mischief with Twinkle the unicorn and Belch the monster. Read by award-winning actress Suranne Jones, these adorable countdown stories are sure to send little ones off into a peaceful slumber.

Ladybird Animal Stories read by Cassie Layton (2021)

Adventurous ducklings, greedy squirrels, and clever piglets all feature in this fun collection of fictional audio tales. The entertaining and informative stories explore the hidden life of animals in the wild. Although aimed at children aged three to six, Ladybird Animal Stories is one that can be appreciated by the whole family. The creative and engaging sound effects are sure to provoke questions and broaden inquisitive young minds.

Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones read by Cathy Tyson (2020)

It’s not all about sparkly jewels and banquets when it comes to being a king or queen. In Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones, young listeners will discover six legendary and mythical rulers, and the battles they faced to fight off rebels and dark forces in a bid to keep their kingdoms safe. Featuring stories from all over the world, prepare to be whisked away to other lands with this audiobook read by Game of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan and Cathy Tyson.

Ladybird Presents Mindfulness for Children read by Sheridan Smith (2020)

Although little minds can be kept very busy, sometimes small worries can creep in. So, let's practise some self-care! This practical and interactive audiobook for five to seven-year-olds teaches children the basics of mindfulness in a fun and accessible way. Children are encouraged to play along and focus on the here and now as they listen in bitesize chunks. Written by a leading child development psychologist and mindfulness expert, it contains 20 interactive exercises which focus on staying calm, bedtime, waking up, and kindness.

Poems Out Loud! (2019)

The Poems Out Loud! audiobook is the perfect introduction to poetry for young children. From rockets and bedtime rhymes to poems about lions and mermaids, this collection contains something to suit every verse newbie. Read by the award-winning poets, hip-hop artists, and spoken word performers of the poems, this diverse anthology will educate and entertain its listeners.

Ladybird Spooky Stories read by Tyger Drew-Honey & Rameet Rauli (2020)

Gather round ghouls and boils and prepare to be spooked! Just kidding: these stories aren’t that scary, but children will come back to these frightfully good tales again and again. Aimed at three to seven-year-olds, you can settle down as a family to listen to these stories or they can be enjoyed independently. Read by television stars Tyger Drew-Honey and Rameet Rauli, this audiobook will have young children cackling with glee!

Rainforests read by Sophie Aldred & Ben Bailey Smith (2020)

Otto, Cassandra, and Missy (the smartest bird in the universe) are off on an epic journey to explore the biggest rainforest in the world. They have no idea what kind of incredible wildlife they are going to encounter, but they’re ready to dive right in. Part of the Ladybird Audio Adventures series, little listeners will learn all about the Amazon rainforest and why it is one of the planet’s most important environments. Narrated by Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown, rapper, comedian, and writer) and Sophie Aldred (best known for her role as Ace in Doctor Who), this fact-filled story is perfect for children to enjoy at bedtime or when they want to travel using their imagination.

Ladybird Stories for Rainy Days read by Michael Obiora & Pearl Mackie (2020)

There’s no reason why a bit of bad weather should get in the way of an amazing adventure. Just switch on this collection of short stories and settle down somewhere cosy and dry. Narrated by Michael Obiora and Pearl Mackie, best known for her portrayal of Bill in Doctor Who, these tales are written for little dreamers and young explorers aged four and above and are sure to keep them entertained on the days when you’re all stuck indoors.

Ladybird Bedtime Stories for 3 Year Olds read by Cassie Layton (2020)

Life can be busy when you’re only three years old. There’s so much to see, learn and do! That’s why our bedtime stories collection is the perfect way to unwind and send little ones off into a deep sleep at the end of the day. Filled with soothing sound effects, relaxing music, and new stories, it won’t be long before little ones are snoozing.

Ladybird Classic Nursery Rhymes Collection read by Gwyneth Herbert & Harry Bird (2016)

This is a marvellous collection of timeless nursery rhymes, which are sure to please both parents and children. Over 100 favourites such as Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Polly Put the Kettle On, Mary Had A Little Lamb and Baa Baa Black Sheep are clearly and beautifully sung. Children will love singing along and learning these classics, and parents will enjoy reciting rhymes from their childhood with them.

Ladybird Classics: The Complete Audio Collection read by Rachel Bavidge & Roy McMillan (2016)

Introduce your children to enchanting classic fairy tales in this superb audiobook collection. Over eight hours of running time, children will be fascinated by these timeless tales including The Jungle Book, Heidi, A Christmas Carol, The Wind in the Willows, and Treasure Island. Stories are abridged for simplicity but are bound to capture every child’s imagination, and parents will appreciate hearing these captivating tales told again.

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