Susan used a long Texas stretch of I-35 as the backdrop for the recent Carnival of Children’s Literature. Having traveled that road just this past weekend, I’m reminded of another tie-in between that piece of interstate and children’s books: because (aside from the attractions Susan highlighted) it’s mostly a very, very boring drive, and audiobooks make an excellent diversion.

When we made that drive last Labor Day weekend, it was our introduction to Harry Potter, which my son S (now 8) very quickly pursued to its obvious conclusion (so far). On our latest drive to Grandma’s, it was time for The Lightning Thief. S stayed behind while the rest of us returned, and he confirmed on the phone last night that he had indeed finished the audiobook on Grandma’s boombox.

I’m going to pick him up tomorrow. The Golden Compass is already cued up.