audio books as an alternative to television

Nicole - posted on 12/19/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have recently started taking audio books out from the library and I've let my son listen to them during play time. I don't let him watch television, though we sometimes watch movies. I let him listen to audio books because I he can hear a story, and create his own images in his mind, as he would if I was reading him a story. He loves listening to the stories.

Have you ever played audio books for your children?
Did they like them?

How do you feel about audio books?

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Kimi - posted on 12/21/2010

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They are great. The guy that reads the Harry Potter books is fantastic, way better than the movies.
The childrens books that allow kids to read along and turn the pages when they hear the little bell are very fun too.
Since toddlers have such short attention spans it's very hard to read to them. I plan on making videos of myself and other family members reading their favorite books so my kids can hold the books and watch the tv at the same time. It should help them learn how to follow along without being pushy and we can snuggle uo together and listen to grandma read to us when ever we want that way.

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I would love to do that only we don't have a way to play them. I turn on the music stations on the TV and then turn off the screen of the TV so there is only the music.

For me it isn't the TV itself but the content that they put in shows and commercials even ones meant for children.

We have Audacity and do our own voice recordings of other things. I really should use that to read a book that way I can play it on my iPod for her.

Rosie - posted on 12/19/2010

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i think the hallmark company creates them. i like them too. They're unique.

Nicole - posted on 12/19/2010

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good point. Have you seen the recordable books? You can record your voice reading a book. One of my friends got one and got her mom to read the story for her daughter and they recorded it. It's something they can hold onto and her daughter can listen to anytime she wants to, even when her grandmother isn't around

Rosie - posted on 12/19/2010

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In the past, i borrowed a few of those audio books from the library, but they did not grasp her attention. There is something special about a mothers' voice, so i always read to her..

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