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Best in Children’s & YA Audiobooks

I’m still thrilled about the Youth Media Awards announcements yesterday morning – especially the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. This year’s Odyssey roster has an interesting theme of multiplicity: Odyssey winner Live Oak Media gathered its second gold medal for Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, Listen & Live Audio now has three Odyssey Honors for the Bloody Jack series with In the Belly of the Bloodhound the 2010 honoree, and Brilliance Audio is a double honor recipient this year for Peace, Locomotion and We Are the Ship. Kudos to Odyssey chair Sharon Grover and her stalwart crew of  committee members for their countless hours under the headphones. Now I’m waiting for the ALA youth audiobook selection lists Notable Children’s Recordings and Amazing Audiobooks to be posted on their websites. What a great year of listening to children’s & YA literature! Here’s the complete ALA press release about the Odyssey Award:

2010 Odyssey Award Audiobook

Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, produced by Live Oak Media, written by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

Louise, a French chicken with wanderlust, finds adventure in Kate DiCamillo’s comical picture book. Whimsical sound effects, playful background music and Barbara Rosenblat’s impressive repertoire of voices combine in this tour-de-force listening experience.

“These productions showcase the talents of three extraordinary narrators, who craft a diverse range of voices and characters appealing to a wide variety of ages,” said Odyssey Award Committee Chair Sharon Grover.
2010 Honor Audiobooks

In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber, written by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, produced by Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Katherine Kellgren pulls out all the vocal stops, singing and spinning yarns in her dynamic reading of L.A. Meyer’s fourth dramatic Bloody Jack escapade.

Peace, Locomotion, written by Jacqueline Woodson, narrated by Dion Graham, produced by Brilliance Audio.

Through Dion Graham’s heartfelt performance, Lonnie Collins shares hopes for peace in letters to his beloved sister, heightening the lyrical narrative of Jacqueline Woodson’s story.

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, written by Kadir Nelson, narrated by Dion Graham, produced by Brilliance Audio.

Bluesy harmonica music introduces Dion Graham’s smooth baritone voice, eloquently returning listeners to the era of Negro League baseball in Kadir Nelson’s award-winning book.



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.

3 Comments on "Best in Children’s & YA Audiobooks"

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  1. But what about unpublished authors? There’s some great work out there if you dig hard enough:


  2.' Teri Lesesne says:

    Loved the choices! While I have not listened to the winner, I do know the honor titles and they are outstanding. Congratulations to the committee for what is hard but rewarding work.

  3.' Sue-Ellen says:

    I echo Teri’s congratulations to the group for their hard work this past year. For those of you attending Annual in DC, put the Odyssey Awards on your calendar. The presentations will take place from 4-5:30 PM on Monday of Annual and the Audio Publishers Assocation is sponsoring a reception that will follow the award ceremony.

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