This year’s best youth audiobooks, as selected as the American Library Association Booklist magazine Editors’ Choice list, with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown as the top of the list. So many great audios, with a strong emphasis on teen titles, reflecting the explosion of interest in the YA & crossover market. My wishlist for 2014 would include many more releases for picture book read-along titles for toddlers and well-produced beginning reader audiobooks – but suspect that the book app market is cornering the rights on those categories. Perhaps it’s time for Booklist to start evaluating book apps!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. By Benjamin Alire Saenz. Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 2013. 7.5hr. Recorded Books.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. By Holly Black. Read by Christine Lakin. 2013. 12hr. Hachette. (Top of the List Winner—Youth Audio.)
The Freedom Maze. By Delia Sherman. Read by Robin Miles. 2012. 8.5hr. Listening Library.
I’m with Stupid. By Geoff Herbach. Read by Nick Podehl. 2013. 7.5hr. Brilliance.
It’s Not Fair to Me. 2013. 35min. Round River. (a musical production from Bill Harley & Keith Munslow)
Matilda. By Roald Dahl. Read by Kate Winslet. 2013. 5hr. Penguin Audio.
Permanent Record. By Leslie Stella. Read by Nick Podehl. 2013. 8hr. Brilliance.
Scowler. By Daniel Kraus. Read by Kirby Heyborne. 2013. 11.5hr. Listening Library.
The Silence of Murder. By Dandi Daley Mackall. Read by Emily Rankin. 2012. 9hr. Listening Library.
Splendors and Glooms. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Read by Davina Porter. 2012. 12hr. Recorded Books.
We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart. By Walter Dean Myers. Read by Macleod Andrews and others. 2012. 34min. Live Oak.
Will Sparrow’s Road. By Karen Cushman. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2012. 5hr. Listening Library.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown. By Paolo Bacigalupi. Read by Sunil Malhotra. 2013. 6hr. Listening Library.
Be sure to check out the 2013 Editors’ Choice Adult Audiobooks here, as well as all the print titles recognized as the top titles of 2013 by Booklist’s editors here. And stay tuned for more “best of 2014” lists!