One of the very best gifts my girls have ever received has been their portable c.d. player with an album full of stories on c.d. My girls listen to stories daily. They love them. Thea's god mother blessed the girls with this great gift several years ago and by now they have a huge collection of c.d.'s to listen to. A couple of their favorite collections are: "Adventures in Odyssey" and "The Chronicles of Narnia". Grandma and Grandpa Ocean sent these as entertainment for our annual drive out to the N.W., however the girls listen to them over and over.
If your hoping to get your children away from movies a bit (or all together), this is a great solution. Katherine draws and draws about the things she hears on c.d.'s. Thea is really starting to draw more these days too. No doubt she'll find some inspiration in the audio stories also.
Here is a picture of Thea and Katherine on the floor the other morning listening to the end of a story they had started the night before.