My very own ISBN number!

Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature is available for preorder! My book’s cover & content blurb is now up on the ALA Store’s website. I feel a little bit like an expectant mom who was just handed an ultrasound picture – although my hard labor won’t see the light of day for a few months, I now have actual proof that my creation exists. A tremendous team of audiobook professionals and experts served as my resources while authoring this work. I’m excited that I’ll soon be able to share their stories with you! Here’s the official description:

Audiobooks are now a staple in most public and school libraries, and with good reason, since they have a clear role in the education of today’s “born digital” generation. Burkey, who has been following their rise in popularity for years, combines a fascinating history of the medium and practical tips for using them in a readable guide applicable to school and public librarians as well as classroom teachers. Enriched  with reflections and comments from authors, audiobook narrators, producers, reviewers, and librarians, this book

  • Shows how audiobooks not only benefit struggling readers and bring families together but also fit neatly within newly accepted standards for early literacy education
  • Demonstrates how to use audiobooks as classroom and library tools for learning
  • Identifies how to locate “must-have” audiobooks and offers advice for maintaining a collection

Including an overview of the major audiobook awards and lists of additional resources, Burkey’s guide will help librarians and educators unlock the educational potential of audiobooks for youth.

And here’s my baby’s name: 978-0-8389-1157-0  My librarian buttons are bursting with pride :-)



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 "My very own ISBN number!"

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  1. When is the audiobook version due?

  2. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your book.

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