Audiobooks Years 2-6

41 more FREE Audiobooks for children: this time, for students in Years 2 to 6

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. 

YearStory and YouTube link
2Beauty and the Beast
 The Blind Man and the Elephant (Traditional)
 A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
 Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
 The Emperor’s New Clothes (Hans Christian Andersen)
 The Fisherman and his Wife (Brothers Grimm)
 How the Camel Got His Hump (Kipling)
 The Magic Paintbrush (Chinese Traditional)
 Peter Pan (James M. Barrie)
 The Tongue-Cut Sparrow (Japan)
 The Tiger, the Brahman, and Jackal
 3Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Arabian Nights)
 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Arabian Nights)
 The Hunting of the Great Bear/ The Never Ending Bear Hunt (Native American)
 The Husband Who was to Mind the House (Gone is Gone)
 The Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Andersen)
 The People Could Fly (African American tale)
 William Tell
 Wind in the Willows excerpts (Kenneth Grahame) – The River Bank and The Open Road
4The Fire on the Mountain (Ethiopia)
 Gulliver in Lilliput and Brobdingnag (Swift)
 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Irving)
 Rip Van Winkle (Irving)
 The Magical Brocade (Chinese)
 Pollyanna (Porter)
 Robinson Crusoe (Defoe)
 Robin Hood
 St. George and the Dragon
 Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
5The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)
 Little Women (Alcott)
 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
 The Secret Garden (Burnett)
 Tales of Sherlock Holmes, including the Red-Headed League (Doyle)
 Don Quixote (Cervantes)
 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)
 6The Odyssey (younger readers)
 The Iliad (younger readers)
 The Prince and the Pauper (Twain)
 Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)

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