200 Best Hoopla Audiobooks for Kids
This list of over 200 best Hoopla audiobooks for kids is the list I wish I’d had a few years ago when my kids first started listening. It’s also the list I now refer to when my kids ask me what to listen to next.
I hope this list of 200 best Hoopla audiobooks for kids helps you to skip over the worthless twaddle available on Hoopla and only listen to the good stuff. Stories have enormous power in the life of a child (or an adult!). What a tragedy to waste that opportunity with mindless, dumbed down, insipid writing.
Instead, teach your kids to gravitate towards life-giving stories like the ones you’ll find on this list.
6 tips for Hoopla listening
Hoopla is a FREE app that works like a digital extension of your local library. To sign up for a Hoopla account, all you need is your library card number and an email address.
Always look for unabridged versions. Don’t insult your kids by presenting them with dumbed down versions of the originals. Just skip right over any books bearing the word “retold” or “abridged”.
2. iPod + headphones
Call us old fashioned (you wouldn’t be the first!) but we give each kid their own iPod and headphones for their 6th birthday. The only thing they may use the iPods for are taking pictures, listening to audiobooks, and when they get a bit older, listening to approved music.
They absolutely love listening to audiobooks on their iPods during rest time, free time, and while doing chores. My youngest son loves to listen while playing with his Schleich farm and other open-ended toys. My older sons listen as they do dishes, vacuum, clean the bathroom, and more.
I like my kids to use headphones and not earbuds in order to protect their still-developing ears. I also have an initial talk with them about volume levels. Once in a while I’ll listen to their headphones during their listening session to make sure the volume level is appropriate.
3. Individual accounts
Hoopla gives you 10 borrows per month. Since my kids can each blow through that many books on their own, we signed them up for individual Hoopla accounts. Two things necessary for a Hoopla account: a library card number and an email address. For my two youngest children, I used two of my own many email addresses to set up their accounts. My oldest son has his own email address.
Pro tip: store each child’s login info in the notes app on his iPod. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did. I take the extra step of storing each kid’s login info in my own notes app on my phone, too. This provides double security for very important information!
Hoopla has a favorites feature that works especially well for younger kids. My 7yo is not yet a strong reader nor can he navigate the Hoopla website on his own. So I use the list below to search Hoopla for him, and I mark each title I think he’ll like. (Just tap the little heart icon.) I taught him how to find his “favorites”, which allows him a good deal of independence with his listening.
Searching Hoopla can feel overwhelming. One tip that helps me is to click on a favorite book and then click on the author’s name to find other titles by that same author. Similarly, when you click on a favorite book you’ll notice recommended similar authors listed below. Click on those authors and you may discover a new favorite!
If you drive an older car without Bluetooth technology, you can use this Bluetooth hack for older cars. Our family car (a Honda Pilot) and our farm truck do not have Bluetooth, and this hack works well for listening to Hoopla both vehicles.
200 Best Hoopla Audiobooks for Kids
You might be wondering how I got 200 from a list of 100. The answer is that you’ll find more than one title for many of the authors listed below.
For example, the excellent biography series by Janet and Geoff Benge includes over 50 titles. You’ll also find many titles and series by Cynthia Rylant, James Herriot, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beatrix Potter, Thornton Burgess, and others.
In fact, if I were to count every single possible title from the list below, I’m guessing the total would land somewhere closer to 300. This list should keep your family listening to the good stuff for hours and hours!
I tried my best to list the following titles in approximate age order. Therefore, the books at the top of the list are best for young listeners while the books at the very end are good for older listeners or joint family listening.
And by the way, there are many more wonderful picture book titles than the ones I’ve listed below. In our opinion, it’s usually not worth it to “waste” our borrows on a short picture book. But perhaps you have very young children who aren’t ready for more advanced titles, and maybe they’ll listen to those picture books multiple times per month. In that case, borrowing picture book titles might be worth it for you. Feel free to search Hoopla for additional picture book titles!
We have noticed that some titles become unavailable and then come back later. I have no idea why this happens, but thought you should know! And of course more titles are added all the time, so be sure to conduct your own searches from time to time.
- Frog and Toad and others by Arnold Lobel
- Daniel’s Duck and others by Clyde Robert Bulla
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and others by Virginia Lee Burton
- Make Way for Ducklings and others by Robert McCloskey
- The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne (narrated by Peter Dennis)
- Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (narrated by Peter Dennis)
- A Year at Brambly Hedge collection by Jill Barklem
- Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
- The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
- Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
- Aesop’s Fables
- Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
- James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
- The Beatrix Potter Collection
- Little Bear’s Visit and others by Else Holmelund Minarik
- Brave Irene by William Steig
- The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
- The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night by Peter Spier
- The Little Red Lighthouse by Hildegarde H. Swift
- Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
- Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
- Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Misty of Chincoteague and other horse stories by Marguerite Henry
- A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
- The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
- Raggedy Anne Stories by Johnny Gruelle
- Thorton Burgess: many titles
- Cynthia Rylant: many titles
- The Children’s Book of Heroes by William J. Bennett
- Tales of Uncle Remus by Julius Lester
- Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
- Rascal by Sterling North
- Lad, A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune
- The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
- Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage and others by Classical Kids
- Hallelujah Handel by Susan Hammond
- Tchaikovsky Discovers America by Susan Hammond
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
- Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
- Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
- Henry Huggins series by Beverly Cleary
- Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
- The Moffats and others by Eleanor Estes
- The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Green Ember series by S.D. Smith
- All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- Sarah, Plain & Tall series by Patricia MacLachlan
- Heidi by Johanna Spyri
- Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
- Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
- Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
- Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
- Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
- Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling- our favorite narrator is Jim Weiss, but he’s hard to find on hoopla
- The Melendy Family series by Elizabeth Enright (The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, Spider Web for Two)
- Gone Away Lake and Return to Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright
- The Beloved Dearly by Doug Cooney
- The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
- In Freedom’s Cause and others by G.A. Henty
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
- The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
- The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
- The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
- Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
- Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
- The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes
- The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
- Bonhoeffer, Student Edition by Eric Metaxas
- The Treasure Seekers by Edith Nesbit
- The Wouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit
- Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge
- On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (Note that this is the 2nd book in a series. At the time of this writing, book 1 was not available on Hoopla. Also look for other titles by the same author.)
- Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
- Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
- The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- The Vanderbeekers series by Karina Yan Glaser
- The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
- Come On Seabiscuit! by Ralph Moody
- Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
- Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
- The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
- YWAM Publishing biographies (50+) by Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
- Voice of the Martyrs biographies (15+)
Two more that our family enjoyed but might not be everyone’s cup of tea:
- Nanny McPhee Returns by Emma Thompson
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
More book ideas for kids:
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- 11 Favorite Children’s Books About Seeds & Gardens
- Favorite Books for Homestead Kids
- Favorite Children’s Books about Birds
- How to Choose the Best Children’s Books
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