Young children are naturally imaginative and drawn towards tales with vivid characters and captivating plots.
Creative stories make reading fun for children, setting them up to be lifelong learners. Listening to stories are just as important and Audiobooks are a great way to bring more stories into their daily lives. The audio format helps kids access texts above their reading level, challenging their comprehension, enhancing their listening skills, and growing their vocabulary. By listening to fluent reading, children can practice and improve their pronunciation. Audiobooks also encourage visualization and imagination, reinforcing reading as a fun activity!
To captivate and inspire young minds, here are eight unique children's stories available on our own Jooki Spotify playlist:
1. The Story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin
From this story, children learn that if they make a promise, they need to follow through on their word or face the consequences. After the mayor of Hamelin fails to pay the Pied Piper his promised reward of 1,000 silver coins for solving the town's rat problem, he traps the town's children in a nearby mountain and refuses to free the children. The mayor, ashamed by his greed, spends his years roaming the mountains looking for the missing kids of Hamelin.
2. The Story of Alice and The White Rabbit
The more curious you are, the more you will discover. In the story of Alice and The White Rabbit, Alice sees a white rabbit who pulls a watch out of his waistcoat pocket and disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows him down the hole and finds herself at Wonderland, where she has a series of marvelous adventures. Her curiosity sets her on a magical journey that is filled with obstacles but ultimately leads to her growing up.
3. The Story of Aladdin and His Magic Lamp
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp is the classic "rags to riches" story. Aladdin, the poor son of a tailor, outwits a magician and gains possession of a magical genie. The genie grants Aladdin food, money, and gifts which helps him win the Kingdom's princess. From this classic story, children learn that no matter if you are poor or rich, you are a "diamond in the rough."
4. The Story of The Little Red Hen
This cautionary tale is about how we reap what we sow. When the little red hen asks a duck, cat, and dog for help planting some wheat, no one offers to help her. She then asks for help to grind the wheat, to which no one replies. Again, she seeks help to bake the wheat into a loaf of bread. "Who will eat this bread?" she asks—finally, the duck, cat, and dog all volunteer, to which she says “No!” The animals learn that they must work hard to earn what they want.
5. The Story of The Tortoise and The Hare
Slow and steady wins the race. This famous tale tells the story of a hare who makes fun of a slow-moving tortoise. Annoyed by the hare's arrogance, the tortoise challenges him to a race. The hare quickly gets ahead and is so confident of winning that he takes a nap midway. Meanwhile, the tortoise keeps moving slowly but steadily and eventually wins the race.
6. The Story of The Dancing Princesses
This story illustrates that parents need to give their children room to grow as they get older. A king, the father of six beautiful princesses, locks them in the palace every night for their protection but is baffled to see that their dancing shoes are worn out. He enlists the help of potential suitors to solve the mystery. An old, wounded soldier finds out that the daughters have been sneaking out of their bedrooms every night to go dancing. As a reward, he marries one of the daughters. The king would have been better off building relationships with his daughters rather than locking them in the palace.
7. The Gingerbread Man
Be careful who you trust. In the story, the Gingerbread Man flees his parents and runs into the forest. First, he passes a cow who wants to eat him. "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me—I'm the gingerbread man!" he sings. Next, he meets a hungry owl. Again, the gingerbread man runs away while singing his song. Finally, he meets a cunning fox who says he is not tempted to eat The Gingerbread Man. He believes the fox, and this misguided trust leads to him being eaten.
8. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
This story teaches that we should not be too greedy. In the tale, three hungry billy goats must cross a bridge and pass a hideous troll to find food. The smallest billy goat crosses first and avoids being eaten by telling the troll that a bigger goat is coming soon. The next medium-sized Billy Goat Gruff also evades the troll by making the same promise. Finally, the largest Billy Goat Gruff reaches the troll and is so large and strong that he easily defeats him. The wicked troll could have beaten the two smaller goats, but he chose to wait for the biggest billy goat out of greed, causing his downfall.
These classic tales are packed with interesting twists to inspire and fascinate young minds. Subscribe to our Spotify playlist and try listening to these eight audiobooks with your children on Jooki today!