We’ve had such a positive response to our list of free, quality audiobooks for kids in Kindergarten and Year 1. So we thought: “Why not finish the job?”

For school-aged kids with reading difficulties like dyslexia, audiobooks can play a big, positive role, in ensuring students continue to be exposed to quality, age-appropriate literature – even if they have difficulty reading them in written form. For students with dyslexia and other decoding difficulties, audiobooks can help mitigate the “Matthew Effect” – where good readers get better at understanding higher level language and reading by reading more, and poor readers fall further behind in reading and higher level language skills because they read less often. 

Audiobooks can also be helpful for children with developmental language disorder (DLD).  Students with DLD can listen to stories (or parts of stories) several times to help them to understand complex syntax and new vocabulary used in books that are often not found in conversational speech. 

Enough, already! Just give us the book links!

Fair enough! Without further ado, here are 41 of our favourite audiobooks – all with accessible YouTube links.

As with our list for Kindergarten and Year 1 kids, we’ve selected books recommended in the Core Knowledge English Curriculum, a free, knowledge-based curriculum. You’ll note that some of the choices are rather advanced, especially for Year 5 and Year 6 students. We say give them a go anyway! You can always step down a level if you need to, and there is some evidence that setting high expectations for kids around literacy, reading and scholarship can help them to develop a habit of reading. 

YearStoryYouTube link
2Beauty and the Beasthttps://youtu.be/3HarsLaeMqs
 The Blind Man and the Elephant (Traditional)https://youtu.be/4OXr1sgHZx0
 A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)https://youtu.be/n3fN_-rupwo
 Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)https://youtu.be/TgsD-xdJdoM
 The Emperor’s New Clothes (Hans Christian Andersen)https://youtu.be/l4AZyOA-w8g
 The Fisherman and his Wife (Brothers Grimm)https://youtu.be/AxpqqABCz2E
 How the Camel Got His Hump (Kipling)https://youtu.be/qq7Sm4eHj38
 The Magic Paintbrush (Chinese Traditional)https://youtu.be/UPRWE6Q4XL8
 Peter Pan (James M. Barrie)https://youtu.be/IG_z2L0DKKo
 The Tongue-Cut Sparrow (Japan)https://youtu.be/nuY5TtL6UsM
 The Tiger, the Brahman, and Jackalhttps://youtu.be/RCupvCCCFa0
 3Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)https://youtu.be/MPgJ4qXyW7E
 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Arabian Nights)https://youtu.be/OYGv52vXCME
 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Arabian Nights)https://youtu.be/EPhQAphrQe0
 The Hunting of the Great Bear/ The Never Ending Bear Hunt (Native American)https://youtu.be/bH2mCcivliQ
 The Husband Who was to Mind the House (Gone is Gone)https://youtu.be/6oBaiZksCXI
 The Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Andersen)https://youtu.be/EHnDT1SO8sc
 The People Could Fly (African American tale)https://youtu.be/uitNI3iPrmM
 William Tellhttps://youtu.be/eehpoMm5gpc
 Wind in the Willows excerpts (Kenneth Grahame) – The River Bank and The Open Roadhttps://youtu.be/4-Y8y8J3410
4The Fire on the Mountain (Ethiopia)https://youtu.be/xvXoAadD8VI
 Gulliver in Lilliput and Brobdingnag (Swift)https://youtu.be/2iIAODGf8q0
 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Irving)https://youtu.be/me-HYW5nPjQ
 Rip Van Winkle (Irving)https://youtu.be/PQnTNmipwCw
 The Magical Brocade (Chinese)https://youtu.be/Ubr9cykrtSw
 Pollyanna (Porter)https://youtu.be/dj-mnIwnFFM
 Robinson Crusoe (Defoe)https://youtu.be/6iQBVuFg9m8
 Robin Hoodhttps://youtu.be/NRzFxdaijC4
 St. George and the Dragonhttps://youtu.be/wEwNd_yInKA
 Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)https://youtu.be/atBFFhV2Jcs 
5The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)https://youtu.be/SF7lSyjmZwQ
 Little Women (Alcott)https://youtu.be/IyRaziFnN_E
 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglasshttps://youtu.be/swYQ_-TNutI
 The Secret Garden (Burnett)https://youtu.be/OKBbUrr9oQ0
 Tales of Sherlock Holmes, including the Red-Headed League (Doyle)https://youtu.be/wp_6Jg5pLYc
 Don Quixote (Cervantes)https://youtu.be/Q7dNYcFUyjA
 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)https://youtu.be/SRZ2SmmyMC4
 6The Odyssey (younger readers)https://youtu.be/R60N9qX6fBE
 The Iliad (younger readers)https://youtu.be/q70HD3Gux7M
 The Prince and the Pauper (Twain)https://youtu.be/E4_wkukogXQ
 Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)https://youtu.be/zVEowZ-0A7I

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Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the PreLit early literacy preparation program by MultiLit, the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP). David is a part-time Associate Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney’s Graduate School of Health. David sits on Speech Pathology Australia’s Ethics Board and Professional Standards Advisory Committee.

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