#ALA10 A Listening Odyssey

Need suggestions for great children’s & YA listening? Check out the titles discussed during the American Library Association’s recent Annual Conference. Notable Children’s Recordings evaluates titles for kids ages birth to 14, and includes both music & audiobooks on the 2010 discussion list found here: http://bit.ly/b4sSbs. YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks discussed titles for teens ages 12-18 on the list found here: http://bit.ly/9rd9Yw. The discussions of the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Productions are confidential, with the highly-anticipated results revealed during the Youth Media Awards press conference in January, so you’ll have to wait until then to learn about this year’s selections. But the current Odyssey winner & honor titles are a must-listen for every audiobook aficionado! One of the highlights of ALA Annual was the marvelous Odyssey Award ceremony hosted by ALSC, YALSA, and Booklist magazine. The narrators of the Odyssey titles – Katherine Kellgren, Barbara Rosenblat, and Dion Graham (pictured above LtoR) – shared their love of the audiobook format and even revealed some narration secrets. Next time you see me, ask how Barbara created the gurgling last words of a drowning pirate!  The post-awards ceremony reception hosted by the Audio Publishers Association was a love fest of audiobook fans mingling with the best in audiobook production, direction, and narration. The ceremony will take place on  Monday afternoon at each ALA Annual, so pencil in the date for next year in  New Orleans!



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.

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  1. Sbeauregard@ala.org' Sue-Ellen says:

    Mary, what a great blog post. I am going to check right now to see the titles the two committees are considering. And what a nice picture of the narrators (I am saying this because I took it with my iPhone and it came out really nice if I do say so myself!). Thanks to everyone who came to the Odyssey Program on Monday afternoon. I think all will agree the narrators really really outdid themselves with their fantastic readings and remarks. And thanks as well to the Audio Publishers Association for the fantastic reception.

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