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Snuggle Up with These Great Audiobooks Sorted by Grade Level
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I'm always looking for great reads, both for myself as well as for my two children. Both of my children have dyslexia, so I try to vary their books to both ear read and eye read. Here are some books, broken down by age level, for young children all the way through adults.   ********************************  

Early Elementary (K-2)

Magic Tree House This beloved series has many titles from which to choose, and most are in our Learning Ally audiobook library. In The Knight at Dawn, Jack and Annie, a brother and sister pair, find a castle with a secret passage when the Magic Tree House  whisks them back to the Middle Ages for another wild adventure. In the Great Hall of the castle, a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren't exactly welcome guests! Magic Treehouse Junie B. Jones This is another beloved series with many titles, so if your child likes one, we have plenty of others to keep him or her entertained! In Junie B. Jones is Captain Filed Day, the kindergarten is having a field day and Junie is team captain! Only, here's the problem. Room Eight keeps on winning too many events. And so how will Room Nine ever become the kindergarten champions? As Captain Field Day, will Junie B. find a way to lead her team to victory? Or will it be up to someone else to save the day? Junie B. Jones Stink This is another series with many books to choose from. In The Great Guinea Pig Express, Stink and his friends are off on a hairy new mission--finding homes for 101 rescued guinea pigs aboard the Squeals on Wheels Express. stink Here's Hank Hank stars the same Hank as in the bestselling Hank Zipzer series, only this time he's in 2nd grade! Hank is a kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. Here's Hank Dinosaur Cove A great series for dino-loving adventurers! Tom and Jamie can't believe their luck when they find a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs! Dino Cove   ********************************  

Late Elementary (3-5)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid In this beloved series, our middle-school aged author keeps a diary of his life events. It's very popular among the late elementary to middle school aged crowd.
Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg’s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.
diary Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here! Tales Boxcar Children The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather. boxcar Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone After 10 miserable years with his aunt and uncle, Harry Potter is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. harry   ********************************  

Middle School (6-8)

Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter continues in his journey through school, learning more about his own history along the way. Harry 2 Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters In this second book of the series, Percy Jackson goes on another adventure with his friends from Camp Half-Blood. Percy   Goosebumps They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Goosebumps Anne of Green Gables As soon as Anne Shirley arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever...but would the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected--a skinny girl with decidedly red hair and a temper to match. anne A Series of Unfortunate Events Make no mistake. The Bad Beginning begins badly for the three Baudelaire children, and then gets worse. The orphaned children thought it was bad when the well-meaning Poes bought them grotesque-colored clothing that itched. But when they are ushered to the dilapidated doorstep of the miserable, thin, unshaven, shiny-eyed, money-grubbing Count Olaf, they know that they--and their family fortune--are in real trouble. Still, they could never have anticipated how much trouble. Events   The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo–alone and unaided–who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . . hobbit   ********************************  

High School (9-12)

Ann Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic; a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. anne frank   The Hunger Games In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games.   hunger games     Divergent In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue-Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. divergent The Lord of the Rings The dark, fearsome Ringwraiths are searching for a Hobbit. Frodo Baggins knows that they are seeking him and the Ring he bears—the Ring of Power that will enable evil Sauron to destroy all that is good in Middle-earth. Now it is up to Frodo and his faithful servant, Sam, with a small band of companions, to carry the Ring to the one place it can be destroyed: Mount Doom, in the very center of Sauron’s realm.   lord of the rings   To Kill a Mockingbird Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. mockingbird   The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers.   hitchikers ********************************  

College and Beyond

Game of Thrones Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. game of thrones     Bleachers  High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty. For Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach –-- and himself – before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high. bleachers     The Notebook The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago? notebook     Life of Pi Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. pi   Voyager  In this rich, vibrant tale, Diana Gabaldon continues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber. Sweeping us from the battlefields of eighteenth-century Scotland to the exotic West Indies, Diana Gabaldon weaves magic once again in an exhilarating and utterly unforgettable novel. voyager     Bigger Than Me Born in poverty, he immigrated to the U.S., lived in violent low-income neighborhoods, suffered abuse at home, and believed he was “a dumb kid” because of undiagnosed dyslexia and a host of dyslexia-related conditions. Then he discovered his gift for athletics. His success in team sports gave him confidence to face other challenges and to overcome his biggest obstacle of all – severe dyslexia. He became an honor roll student, graduated from Vanderbilt, and went on to play for seven years in the NFL. bigger than me     ********************************       Learning Ally- Together It's PossibleStill want more? We offer over 80K human voiced audiobooks in our Learning Ally library for people who have print disabilities like dyslexia or visual impairment. Join today.        


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