Recording DIY audiobooks for your kids. Why it’s a great idea to make your own books on CD for your children.
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When I was a kid, my grandma recorded books on cassette for her grandchildren. Those cassettes made their way around the whole family for years and it was wonderful. I fell asleep every night listening to Thornton Burgess books. I recently tried to recover the old cassettes to put them on CDs for my kids, but I also wanted to make my own audiobooks for my sons. While I love the books that my Grandma recorded for us, I also wanted to record some of my favorite books that I read when I was a child. The Serendipity books by Stephen Cosgrove were some favorites because of their bright colors so I recorded those, along with some others.
I also recorded family such as grandparents. uncles, and aunts reading to my kids during visits. This allowed me to put those on CD too.
Honestly, giving my children things I make for them is my love language so recording these was important to me. My oldest sons are 4 and 6 and share a bedroom. The 6 year old absolutely adored getting these CDs and was so excited that he’s gotten three… he wants more so I may be busy, haha.
The boys have fallen asleep much more quietly and easily since we’ve been putting these on… although I tried them when G (6 year old) was 2 years old and it didn’t work as well. I think his language comprehension wasn’t quite there so I think the 4-6 range is probably a good time to introduce these.
Reasons You Should Record DIY Audiobooks for Your Kids
- It helps kids fall asleep.
- It gives kids something to listen to so they don’t talk to each other (if you have kids sharing a room).
- It can be calming.
- It helps them work on listening skills without the distraction of illustrations.
- They could read along, if desired, to the book and it might help them while they’re learning to read.
- It gives them a piece of you that they can take with them and share with their children or grandchildren someday.
- It’s zero-frustration reading time.
- Your voice will be more soothing than a professional audiobook reader because they know it.
- It’s an affordable and easy way to give them the gift of your time and attention.
- You can talk to them while you read and mention them during the stories if you want.
- It helps create a consistent bedtime routine.
- It’s great for times when you need to work late or you’re away for a trip.
- It can help kids concentrate on something other than monsters under their bed while they’re falling asleep.