Back to School with Sound Literature

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Practical tips for librarians & teachers integrating audiobooks in their collection. The June issue of American Libraries included an excerpt from my book Audiobooks for Youth , which I thought I’d share with you. Here’s the complete Sound Literature article, with lots of ideas for any audio collection, not just children’s or Young Adult titles.

And for great ideas for including audiobooks in the classroom curriculum, be sure to check out Voices in My Head: Audiobooks and the Common Core, featuring recommendations from Sharon Grover & Lizette Hannigan, authors of Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy – an essential title for educators. 

Looking for educational rationale & research to support building an audiobook collection? Check out the Slide Share links below. You’ll find PowerPoint presentations, plus printable resources if you click the “More” tab on the right of the slide show.

Beyond the Printed Word, a presentation at the International Reading Association 2012 Conference – by Mary Burkey – Teacher-Librarian, Olentangy Local Schools, Michele Cobb: President – Audio Publishers Association, Francisca Goldsmith – Infopeople Project, Sharon Grover – Head of Youth Services, Hedberg Public Library (Janesville WI), and  Liz Hannegan, retired library media specialist from the Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools.

Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens, a presentation at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference – by the members of the 2008 Odyssey Award committee.

I’ll be heading to  my school library next Monday, looking forward to my nice long commute. More time for listening to great new audiobooks! For those of you starting back to school –  best wishes for a great year. For those of you who have just wrapped up Summer Reading Club – take a well-deserved break! And for those gearing up for the school schedule family taxi service – don’t forget to stock up on plenty of great family listening 😉



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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