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Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature

My book published by ALA has arrived! I couldn’t have done it without the generous support of so many in the audiobook and library community. I’m thankful that many producers, narrators, and other audiobook experts shared their thoughts with me so that readers have an insider’s look at the art of audiobook production. I’m especially grateful to those who provided personal reflection esays at the end of chapters: Paul Gagne, Director of Production at Weston Woods/Scholastic Audio; Bruce Coville, prolific audio and founder of Full Cast Audio; Dr. Teri S. Lesesne, professor at Sam Houston University; Joyce G. Saricks, Readers’ (and Listeners’) Advisory expert; and Jack Gantos, multiple award-winning author.

I learned so much while writing this book. Although the title shows that the focus is upon audios for children and young adults, much of the book is about commonalities of all audiobooks, with plenty for adult fans of the genre. Here’s a bit more from the American Library Association:

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.

I love having my very own ISBN number: 978-0-8389-1157-0. And no, my book is NOT available as an audiobook. What’s up with that!? 😉



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.

7 Comments on "Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature"

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  1.' Brenda Kahn says:

    How exciting for you, and me! I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!


  2.' Linda Lee says:

    I can’t wait to read it either – what a valuable resource this will be! Congratulations!

  3.' Angela Reynolds says:

    Wow! Just read this, Mary — congrats on your ISBN! Guess I better go order this for my library.

  4.' William Weil says:

    Congrats, Mary! Love your ‘sound literature’ line… and will look forward to reading the book.

  5.' Todd Hoyt says:

    Congrats to you. I am sure this is truly should be available in audio!

  6. Congratulations for the published book. It can’t be denied that audiobooks are gaining in popularity in this day and age. Some people don’t like reading but find it helpful instead to listen on audiobooks. There are different ways of learning and this one may bring education to another level.

  7.' Jessica Giovannettone says:

    Audiobooks would be wonderful resources for students struggling with reading fluency as well. Being able to hear a fluent storyteller is crucial to being a fluent storyteller yourself.

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