Car Travel in Peace, but not Quiet !

Let’s face it: We all spend too much time in our cars, shuffling kids to school, afternoon activities, and weekend outings. This can be especially hard on the little ones, who can get restless in their car seats. Thank goodness for cassette and CD players in our cars. The trick is to find something to listen to that entertains the kids, and doesn’t drive Mom and Dad crazy. There are many quality options. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

For Our Children, is a CD that was first introduced in 1990. It is a fabulous compilation of classic children’s songs performed by contemporary artists. From Little Richard’s rock ‘n roll rendition of Itsy Bitsy Spider, to James Taylor’s lively Getting to Know You and Carole King’s melodious Child of Mine, this is kid’s music at its best. This is a delightful CD that is bound to please listeners of all ages. Best of all, proceeds from the sale of For Our Children are donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.

. It’s an unusual mixture of music, from pop and funky to soft melodious ballads. The background music is terrific, including some really interesting percussion sounds.

For children’s entertainment, you can’t miss with anything by Craig Taubman of Craig N’ Company. A fun pick is Rock ‘n Toontown.

Don’t rule out books, even in the car! Books on tape, or CD, are not just for adults. Parents will be surprised to discover that many popular children’s titles are available in audio versions. Your choices will vary according to the ages of your kid’s, but here are some choices to consider.

If you’re looking for classic stories, try The Adventures of Peter Rabbit: And Other Favorite Tales.

The Berenstain Bear Stories by Stan and Jan Berenstain are longtime favorites in many households.

The Magic Tree house series is also available on CD. If your children enjoy the books, check out the audio version!

For older kids, check out your public library to find chapter books and middle grade novels on tape.

There are entertainment options that can keep the whole family traveling happy. Pop in a CD and enjoy the ride!

About Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children’s books. Barbara enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Visit her website at and blog – Talking about great kid’s books and sharing ideas about writing for kids.
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Barbara Bietz, -Childrens' Books and Movie Section, is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle-grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE,(Yotzeret Publishing) is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and movies and has contributed to numerous print and online publications. She also teaches writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at
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