Listening to literature expands our horizons, connecting us to commonalities across cultures while honoring the differences that define our identities. Sharing multicultural audiobooks honors the mission of the We Need Diverse Books movement, committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy—and, ultimately, equality. Through careful attention to authentic accents and atmospheric musical soundscapes, free from stereotype or marginalization, audiobooks offer an immersive literary experience that provides windows into the human experience for all ages.
In my June Booklist “Voices In My Head” column, I spoke with four industry leaders
about the importance of offering audiobook titles that provide an inclusive worldview and offer additional suggestions for building your diverse audio collection. Join me in making positive changes that will counter fear with empathy, through the human need for stories told aloud. Read the full article here.
For further reading, you can find Booklist Audio Editor Joyce Saricks’ top 10 list of multicultural fiction titles on audio here. The ALA has many resources, including the articles “Read Around the World with Your Ears” and literacy experts Junko Yokota and Miriam Martinez’s “Authentic Listening Experiences: Multicultural Audiobooks.”