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16 eBooks and audiobooks for turning screen time into quality time

By Kobo • March 25, 2020The Bookish Life

Time with the tablet doesn't have to be time wasted

If you’ve got kids to care for and time to fill, we suggest making eBooks and audiobooks a part of your routine. We’ve gathered a few here that are fun to enjoy together, or for kids (including teens and tweens) to read alone.

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Enjoy dozens of titles featuring beloved characters --all completely FREE! Here are some of our favourites.

The MONSTER at the end of this Book by Lovable, furry old Grover

A bonafide classic that will never get old. Turn the pages and ratchet up Grover’s fear of what awaits at the end. Spoiler: it’s him. He’s the monster. And there’s a sequel!

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Esme & Roy Meet the Monsters! by Sesame Workshop

Speaking of monsters, Esme & Roy have the low-down on all the tips and tricks for looking after monsters of all shapes and sizes.

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How to be a GROUCH by Oscar the Grouch

Everybody’s favourite complainer, Oscar the Grouch, tells us all about how to be just as happily unhappy as him.

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Blast from the Past by Sesame Street

Sesame Street for little minds hungry for science and math -- presented as a comic book!

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~ Picture books to read together ~

Harry and Clare's Amazing Staycation by Ted Staunton

This whimsical picture book is all about the adventuring you can do indoors with your sibling. Read this one on the couch because the floor is lava.

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Petra by Marianna Coppo

Petra’s adorable… but what is she? Some think she’s an egg. Others say she’s a mountain. But she knows best who and what she is.

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If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle & Cale Atkinson

What kind of pet is the best kind? Hamsters? Dogs? Cats? Have we sufficiently considered the joys of dragonkeeping?

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~ Fun for older kids ~

Zap! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge by Monica Kulling & Bill Slavin

This entry in the Great Idea Series tells the story of Nikola Tesla, the ill-fated dreamer and scientist. It's history and STEM all in one book you can read together.

The Spider by Elise Gravel

Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters is a series of gag-inducing delights that sneakily teaches the science of creepy-crawly things like spiders -- and also rats, and toads, and slugs.

~ Imaginative escapes for tweens and teens ~

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather T. Smith

It’s 1986 and Bun’s a lonely kid living in Newfoundland with his mom. One day he sets out on an adventure and discovers just how big the wide world is.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

It’s always a good time to catch up with the classics. Older kids will see themselves in this coming of age story about four friends growing up together. Read the eBook or listen to the audiobook.

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Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

For generations, Herman Hesse’s story of young Siddhartha has been capturing the hearts of moody teens. The audiobook is a great alternative use for a pair of headphones that can't be dislodged. Discover more classic works of literature here.

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~ And so much more! ~

Explore many more books for turning screen time into quality time here, including dozens of picks for readers of all ages -- parents included!

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