Chapter 1 – The Library

I love the library. I’ve always felt safe and at home there. This is my dream library…

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So of course, I went straight to my local Vancouver Public Library branch when I was looking for free and easily accessible road trip entertainment.

I first checked out the Books Plus CD section of the kids’ area, and eventually ventured over the Audiobook CD section. The Books Plus CDs are mostly shorter picture books, great to start out with, but only about 5 to 10 minutes long. I also needed to help my daughter turn the pages, as not all the CDs have cues, and she doesn’t know how to read yet. I now much prefer to borrow Audiobook CDs by themselves. M doesn’t seem to mind not having a book to follow along with. The stories are more complex and they are usually 60+ minutes long so I can actually get things done while she’s occupied.

Next, I discovered theĀ Digital Library online! Even better. I can browse titles from home, and no scratched and skipping CDs! I download titles onto an MP3 player and we take it everywhere. At the end of the loan period, the books are returned automatically so nothing is ever overdue!

I’m lucky enough to have access to OverDrive through my library in Vancouver. Each city will have different resources, like Hoopla in North Vancouver and RBDigital in Burnaby. The catch is that downloadable audiobooks and eBooks are typically only accessible to residents of that city, whereas I am able to borrow actual books and CDs from any of the nearby suburban libraries if there’s an elusive title I’m looking for.

Really though, there are so many books at our library (physical and digital), I don’t know when we’ll have time to listen to them all! And this is just the start…

Prologue

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Hey there! I’m Bonnie, mom of two wonderful girls who love books!

My older daughter M has been listening to audiobooks and podcasts since just before she turned 3. This blog is to compile a list of our favourite audiobooks, podcasts, and resources for when my younger daughter A is ready to start listening too, and of course anyone else who would enjoy listening to stories. The list is long, too long to write out each time someone asks the question, “What are your favourite audiobooks or podcasts for kids?

We first discovered audio stories on a road trip from Vancouver to Kamloops, BC. We had just purchased a new-to-us minivan but opted out of getting a DVD player in an effort to limit screen time. So how the heck were we going to entertain M on such a long trip? The answer was a podcast story that she listened to with rapt attention on repeat for at least two hours of the trip (theĀ Three Little Pigs to be exact; I’ll talk more about Stories Podcast later). This opened up a whole new world for our family, and saved my sanity on many occasions!

As for me, I’m an avid reader as well, and am constantly adding to my To Read list. In my professional life, I’m a registered dietitian, and am passionate about good food. I also enjoy travelling (reading books on vacation), thrifting (for books), and doing yoga (whenever I’m not reading). Being a parent has let me rediscover my favourite children’s stories, and I’m excited to share them with my daughters.

Thanks for reading, and happy listening!

– Bonnie (Mrs Louie) and the two Miss Louies