Pack Up That Audio Book for Your Next Road Trip

 In Books and Movies

Road trip season is in full swing. The kids are out of school and people are hitting the highway to visit family, take in a few historical sights and traipse through some of the country’s national parks and playgrounds this week. AAA is predicting a rise in travel compared to recent years as people take advantage of the mid-week holiday and extend the festivities into the weekend.

Not to be left out, we will also be hitting the road for a few days of wandering down the Oregon coast and eating our way through Portland. We’ve never done a road trip with the kids. This should be interesting.

Bring on the Entertainment

Dek is a notoriously bad car passenger. We usually have to whip out a DVD just to have some peace and quiet. This trip it will not be an option. At all.

Our strategy is simple. We will be taking a lot of breaks, look at flashcards, learn some Italian and listen to a whole lot of books on CD; one of the few tried and true ways to keep Dek entertained for more than 2 minutes.

It’s perfect. Dek gets to hold the book and flip through the pictures, while the narrator reads the story to us all. I don’t need risk bodily injury by twisting around in the front seat to read to him. An added bonus is that I won’t get car sick by having to look backwards.

What’s on Our Play List?

We have a little Curious George and Dr. Seuss all lined up. If we get desperate we have Harry Potter to get Dek to sleep.

Our latest family favorite is the Scrambled States of America. This quirky children’s book tells the tale of the first annual states party. During the celebration they all decide to swap spots to see what it’s like to live in other parts of the country. As you can imagine a little chaos ensures.

Kids (and adults for that matter) will learn a few fun facts about the states while getting a geography lesson at the same time. The illustrations are bursting with bright colors and goofy characters. I can’t think of a better book to bring on our family road trip this summer.

Get in on the Audio Book Fun

Now here’s your chance to snag this fun and family friendly book for your own road trip this summer. Simply use the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Be kind and tweet  or share on Facebook so your friends can get in on the giveaway fun too. 

Note: My opinions are my own. Although MacMillan Audio sent me a list of books in their catalog and are hosting this giveaway I am under no obligation to give a favorable review of any of their books.  Books are in my blood and we genuinely enjoyed this book borrowed from the library and then later bought for our home library. 

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  • Mary @ The World Is A Book

    Have a safe and wonderful road trip! I love food trucks so I’m jealous of all the crazy and delicious food you get to eat in Portland. Thanks for the tip on Scrambled States of America. I will need to borrow this book for our road trip in a few weeks.

  • Allison

    We own this book! It is a fun one. Now I think I need to go find it and insist on reading it to my son at bedtime tonight.

  • Jess @UsedYorkCity

    Have an awesome trip! And I love your idea with the audio books…I love getting my favorite mysteries via audio book and listening to them as I travel. Seriously helps the time go by so much quicker!

  • Sue

    Hey! Now this would be a sweet way to teach Maggie about the USA and just in time for the fourth.

  • Bethaney - Flashpacker Family

    I love roadtripping in America. It’s the best country to do it. I never thought about audio books for toddlers. Great idea! Better than mind-numbing hours of The Wiggles on repeat.

  • Val Joiner

    Oh we LOVE Scrambled States! George practically wore his book out when he was little. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

  • monique

    I’m unable to see the Rafflecopter entry form. I’ll try from another computer. It looks like a good book.

    • © Keryn Means/ walkingon travels

      THere have been some problems viewing it on a Mac. You should be able to click on the link and go straight to the form though. OR you can click on the giveaway tab via my Facebook page.

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