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Audiobook stars at ALA

Odyssey Award, Amazing Audiobooks, Notable Children’s Recordings: 49 best spoken word productions for children & young adults are the audiobook stars of the American Library Association’s 2011 annual award and recommended selection lists. I’ve compiled a combined list of all three below, to make your ordering & listening easier!

You can find more information and printable annotated lists of ALL current and past recipients on these websites:

Notable Children’s Recordings, ALSC’s recommended spoken word & musical recording for listeners preschool through age twelve. (NCR)

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, YALSA’s recommended titles for ages twelve through eighteen. (AA)

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production, a joint award from ALSC & YALSA for the best audiobook & honor titles for pre-school through age eighteen, sponsored by Booklist.

2011 ALA Audiobook Stars:

A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom. By Jim Murphy, read by Kevin Orton. Recorded Books. (AA)

Alchemy and Meggy Swann. By Karen Cushman. Read by Katherine Kellgren. Listening Library. (Odyssey Honor, AA, NCR)

Beat the Band. By Don Calame, read by Nick Podehl. Brilliance. (AA)

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had. By Kristin Levine, read by Kirby Heyborne. Listening Library. (AA)

Boom! By Mark Haddon. Read byJulian Rhind-Tutt. Listening Library. (NCR)

The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them. By E. Lockhart, read by Kirsten Potter. Listening Library. (AA)

Chicken Little. By Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley. Read by Walter Mayes . Weston Woods. (NCR)

Clementine: Friend of the Week. By Sara Pennypacker. Read by Jessica Almasy. Recorded Books. (NCR)

Crocodile Tears. By Anthony Horowitz. Read by Simon Prebble. Recorded Books. (NCR)

The Curious Garden. By Peter Brown. Read by Katherine Kellgren.  Weston Woods. (NCR)

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. By Barabra Kerley. Read by Jonathan Pryce.  Weston Woods. (NCR)

Dreamdark Silksinger. By Lani Taylor, read by Cassandra Campbell. Brilliance. (AA)

Enola Holmes: The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan. By Nancy Springer, read by Katherine Kellgren. Recorded Books. (AA)

Epossumondas Plays Possum. By Coleen Salley. Read by Cynthia Darlow.  Recorded Books. (NCR)

Finnikin of the Rock. By Melina Marchetta, read by Jeffrey Cummings. Brilliance. (AA)

Forge. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Read by Tim Cain. Brilliance. (NCR)

Heist Society. By Ally Carter, read by Angela Dawe. Brilliance. (AA)

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices. By Walter Dean Myers. Read by a full cast. Live Oak Media. (NCR)

If You Were a Penguin. By Florence Minor. Read by Antonia Bath.  Live Oak Media. (NCR)

Impulse. By Ellen Hopkins, read by Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, and Steve Coombs. HighBridge Company. (AA)

Incarceron. By Catherine Fisher, read by Kim Mai Guest. Listening Library. (AA)

It’s Not Summer Without You. By Jenny Han, read by Jessica Almasy. Recorded Books. (AA)

Jerk, California. By Jonathan Friesen, read by Andy Paris. Recorded Books. (AA)

The King and the Thrush: Tales of Goodness and Greed. Storytelling by Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder. Eastern Coyote Recordings. (NCR)

The Knife of Never Letting Go. By Patrick Ness. Read by Nick Podehl. Brilliance. (Odyssey Honor, AA)

Leviathan. By Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming. Simon and Schuster. (AA)

The Magician’s Elephant. By Kate DiCamillo. Read by Juliet Stevenson.  Brilliance. (NCR)

Mockingbird. By Kathryn Erskine. Read by Angela Jayne Rogers.  Recorded Books. (NCR)

Muchacho. By Louanne Johnson, read by Ozzie Rodriguez. Listening Library. (AA)

One Crazy Summer. By Rita Garcia Williams, read by Sisi Aisha Johnson. Recorded Books. (AA, NCR)

Ostrich Boys. By Keith Gray, read by Bruce Mann. Listening Library. (AA)

Precious. By Sapphire, read by Bahni Turpin. Random House. (AA)

Rapture of the Deep. By L. A. Meyer read by Katherine Kellgren. Listen and Live Audio. (AA)

Revolution. By Jennifer Donnelly. Read by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering. Listening Library. (Odyssey Honor, AA)

The Rock and the River. By Kekla Magoon, read by Dion Graham. Brilliance Audio. (AA)

Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto. By Eric Luper, read by Nick Podehl. Brilliance. (AA)

Splat the Cat. By Rob Scotton.  Read by John Keating.  Weston Woods. (NCR)

Split. By Swati Avasthi, read by Joshua Swanson. Listening Library. (AA)

Stop in the Name of Pants! By Louise Rennison, read by Stina Nielsen. Recorded Books. (AA)

Swim the Fly. By Don Calame, read by Nick Podehl. Brilliance. (AA)

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group. By Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Read by Dion Graham. Brilliance. (NCR)

This Full House. By Virginia Euwer Wolff, read by Heather Alicia Simms. Listening Library. (AA)

This World We Live In. By Susan Beth Pfeffer, read by Emily Bauer. Listening Library. (AA)

The True Meaning of Smekday. By Adam Rex. Read by Bahni Turpin. Listening Library. (Odyssey winner, AA, NCR)

The Water Seeker. By Kimberly Willis Holt. Read by Will Patton.  Listening Library. (NCR)

What I Saw and How I Lied. By Judy Blundell, read by Caitlin Greer. Scholastic Audiobooks. (AA)

What to Do about Alice? By Barbara Kerley. Read by Katherine Kellgren. Weston Woods. (NCR)

White Cat. By Holly Black, read by Jesse Eisenberg. Listening Library. (AA)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson. By John Green and David Levithan. Read by MacLeod Andrews. Brilliance. (Odyssey Honor, AA)

Congratulations to Odyssey Award Committee & Chair Sarah M. McCarville, Amazing Audiobooks Committee & Chair Jamie Mayo, and Notable Children’s Recording Committee & Chair Karen M. Perry for their HUNDREDS of hours of listening and such wonderful choices!



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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