Whether you are traveling or staying home this summer, be sure audiobooks make it on your reading list- not only because they are an entertaining alternative to screens, but because they are also another way to “read” a book. According to School Library Journal article, “Listening, Literacy and the Common Core: How Audio Books Improve Reading Ability,” (view archived copy here), audiobooks are a “proven literacy resource” which provide “enhanced vocabulary, fluency and listening skills.” -Wendy
Here are 5 recommendations from ALSC’s list of 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings:
Reader and author Tim Federle captures Nate’s hope, desperation, and exasperation when he runs away to audition for “E.T.: The Musical.” (A 2014 Odyssey Honor Audiobook)
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, Ages 8 to 12
With warmth, compassion and bravado, Tara Sands narrates the story of a superhero squirrel and his adored human companion.
An exceptional girl develops extraordinary powers that she uses to triumph over nasty parents, wretched friends, and a monstrous headmistress. Dahl’s cast of vivid characters is infused with life by Kate Winslet’s dynamic performance. (A 2014 Odyssey Honor Audiobook)
P. S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia, Ages 10 to 14
Sisi Aisha Johnson gives emotional depth and authenticity to each character in the continuing story of Delphine and the rest of the Gaither family.
The story of an eleven-year-old boy with a stutter and the issues he faces in the summer of 1959 are thoughtfully voiced by Lincoln Hoppe in this portrayal of author Vince Vawter’s childhood.