Listening Books

Listening Books: an excellent range of audio books for children who struggle to read

If your child struggles to read books in the usual way due to an illness, disability or learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, you might want to consider joining Listening Books.  Listening Books is a UK charity providing membership to an audio book library service for over 29,000 people who find it difficult to read.  Over 7000 fantastic titles are available including a vast range of fiction and non-fiction.  Subscriptions start from just £20 per a year—a great saving considering just one audio book can cost that much to buy!

Audio books are available in a range of convenient formats.  You can choose to have (MP3) CDs sent through the post direct to your front door or your child can enjoy the freedom of downloading books from the website onto an iPhone or other portable device to listen on-the-go.  Alternatively, audio books can be instantly streamed online anytime of the day or night by simply logging onto the Listening Books website with your username and password. 

Listening to books is a fantastic tool for children who struggle to read books.  It means they are able to enjoy the same books that their peers are reading and, as Listening Books specially records educational books in-house to support the National Curriculum, listening can really help with school work as children are able to listen to the titles they would otherwise struggle to access in the classroom.  Listening can also be a really lovely, relaxing activity for bedtime. 

Thousands of brilliant and popular children’s authors can be found in the Listening Books library, such as Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Andy Stanton, Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams, Jeff Kinney and Malorie Blackman.  Older children can satisfy their craving for vampire, zombie and dystopian fiction by listening to The Hunger Games, the Twilight series or Charlie Higson’s The Enemy.  The catalogue is constantly updated and recent additions include the must-have books of tomorrow such as Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher and In Darkness by Nick Lake—all really great prize-winners that have enjoyed a lot of buzz in the media.  Set texts and study guides are also available to help your child have a fantastic start to the new school year.

To sign up today or for more information, visit, call 020 7407 9417 or email  

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