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The following reviews are based solely on my opinion from having listened to the content and gathered feedback from other like-minded moms. Some of the age ranges were taken from the author’s description, while others are my own opinions based on the vocabulary level and observations with my own children. Be sure to check back for more great resources to come!
Best for ages 6-12
This popular audio drama series from Focus on the Family has captured the hearts of children for the past thirty years with its make believe town, characters, and entertaining plots. It is aired on radio with more than 2,000 broadcast facilities and is available by CD and MP3 on their website and, of course, Amazon. Most of the broadcasts are geared for ages 8-12, however some are appropriate for younger children and are filled with Christian lessons and Biblical principles. They have a wide variety of topics and specialty audios such as devotions for kids, life lessons on character, and “Candid conversations with Connie” for tween girls. I have not listened to all of them, so I would recommend listening to them first if you want to make sure they are appropriate for your child.
Best for ages 6-12
This fun series is my daughter and my favorite. The drama is about a large family that embarks on crazy adventures and meets missionaries from around the world. They learn amazing stories of real missionaries and how God is using them to bring more people to Him! The missionary stories are based on real happenings, and you can learn more about the true stories on the Brinkman’s website. I love the godly character of the Brinkman family- great model for my own children, and I love their heart and passion to share the Good News of Jesus with others. This is a great series to encourage your kids to desire to live for God and His purposes on the earth.
Best for ages 7-16
This is a great adventure series that equips kids in their faith by looking at evidence for creation and scripture through archeology. The original series was created for ages 7-13 and follows the boy, Jonathan Parks, whose dad is a Christian paleontologist. This is my son’s favorite series, and he loves the action packed plots that include themes such as dinosaurs, caves, and catching bad guys. The new series was created for ages 10-16 and follows the now 16 year-old Jonathan Parks and his friends as they travel to the Middle East and discover archeological evidence that supports the Bible. They can be bought by CD’s, unlimited streaming, or digital downloads from their website.
Best for ages 5-12
This audio ministry by Aunt Carole and Uncle Dan is an audio drama classic that has been airing on the radio since 1949! They now have a website where you can listen FOR FREE to a new story weekly! The kids and I really enjoyed the dramatization of Esther and another action packed story filled with themes of God’s protection. These precious audio dramas include stories from the Bible, history, and other action packed adventures. You can also buy their CD’s from their website or Amazon (example link above) and podcasts through iTunes.
Best for ages 6-15
This publishing ministry that writes books and produces audio dramas has a goal to “build Christ-like character one story at a time.” Their audios are aired on radio broadcasts around the world and sold on their website with many available on Amazon as well. My kids and I have listened to Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince, and the kids and I could not WAIT to get back in the car to listen to the next part of the story! One of the things I particularly loved, and I assume holds true for their other stories, is the richness in depth and quality of the story. Many of their stories are set back in the medieval time period in lands with kings and knights and fun accents. There is no “fluff” or “cheese” in these stories, and the way they weave in character lessons is phenomenal. We will definitely be buying more of these audio dramas in the future!