173 Great Children’s and YA Audiobooks

AudiobookerSound Learning has developed a new list of 89 outstanding children’s and young-adult audiobook titles, sortable by genre, grade levels, themes, topics, and literary awards – all available in both audio and paperback formats. You can download the collection here.

But there’s more—download 84 more titles in the Curriculum Standards Audiobook Collection and Summer Reading Collection and integrate the power of audiobooks  in literacy development at home, school, and the public library.

From casual listening to collection development, Sound Learning—an educational outreach project of the Audio Publishers Association—showcases curated collections of audiobooks that go beyond mere lists.You can find out more about the project in a Booklist Online column here.

Educators will find annotated audiobook suggestions for achieving curriculum standards across subjects, linking listening skills with specific classroom standards in language arts, social studies, science, and math for grades K-12. Parents will appreciate summer listening suggestions that recognize young readers often have listening comprehension skills years above their reading ability. Parents will also enjoy linked sound clips and reviews to assist in choosing audiobooks for family listening during vacation travel time. Multitasking teen listeners looking for more challenging literature will find adult audiobooks with teen-appeal. Librarians ready to boost their Listener’s Advisory skills can use Sound Learning’s collections as ready-reference to have at hand or to share via the library’s website or social media.

Sound Learning InfographicSound Learning’s new audiobook + paperback collection should prove especially helpful to language arts teachers, literacy development consultants, and special education specialists. We’ve searched for the best in children’s and young adult literature and have given educators transmedia options to meet the needs of all learners while expanding media literacy.

There are plenty of other Sound Learning Resources on the website as well: lesson plans applicable for use with any audiobook, resources for public libraries on promoting audiobook literacy, video highlights of audiobooks in the classroom, bibliography of current research, downloadable infographic, and more—all free. Follow Sound Learning on Facebook and Twitter as we continue to share how listening to literature leads to increased literacy for every learner.



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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