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The Goddess speaks: You have the right to read with your ears!

Dr. Teri Lesesne, better known as the Goddess of YA Literature, declared a YA Reader’s Bill of Rights at the recent ALAN conference during her keynote speech as the ALAN Award winner:

YA Reader’s Bill of Rights

1. Right to read YA Literature at any age
2. Right to read extensively instead of intensively
3. Right to demand changes in the literary canon for the 21st century
4. Right to read with their ears
5. Right to see the movie or play instead of reading the book
6. Right to read books that disturb them and especially their parents
7. Right to have access to books at school and at home
8. Right to read books with lots of pictures in them
9. Right to refuse to read a proscribed book
10. Right to demand a redefinition of what it means to read

Bless you, Teri, for championing every listener’s right to listen to literature!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

6 Comments on "The Goddess speaks: You have the right to read with your ears!"

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  1.' Teri Lesesne says:

    You would also have heard a commercial for this blog, audiobooker, in the speech. I also played some Odyssey cuts at the panel at NCTE. Audio rocks!

  2. Mary says:

    Wish I could have been there! Thanks for being such a great champion of audiobooks!


  3.' Sue-Ellen says:

    Go Teri! A great advocate for audiobooks and reading. And I love your list.

  4.' Lynn says:

    I can’t tell you how many times this past Summer when I have offered a “required summer reading book” on audio and the parents just glared at me. “I am trying to get my child to read!”

    To me I travel a lot with my kids and we have listened to everything from “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne to “Double or Die: the Young James Bond”. We all love it!

    So kudos to you! Listening is a great skill to learn.

  5. Mary says:

    Great to meet another audiobook evangelist, Lynn! Be sure to check out my Audiobooker’s Choice titles – you might find some great new family listening titles!

  6.' Marco Zannier says:

    Wake ’em and shake ’em, Teri! Your Bill of Rights is all about allowing reading to catch up with the times so young readers will be engaged. We complain that “kids don’t like to read”, but we make sure to make it totally uninteresting to them. I hope your words spread like wildfire … the good kind (is there a good kind of wildfire?).

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