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August 7, 2014

Kid’s Corner: Audio Books for School Age Kids

Filed under: Kid's Corner — Tags: , , — jennytf @ 10:30 am

audiobookWhether 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:


nateBetter Nate than Ever by Tim Federle, Ages 11 to 14

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 12floraulyssesilluminated

With warmth, compassion and bravado, Tara Sands narrates the story of a superhero squirrel and his adored human companion.


matildaMatilda by Roald Dahl, Ages 7 to 12

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 14psbeeleven

Sisi Aisha Johnson gives emotional depth and authenticity to each character in the continuing story of Delphine and the rest of the Gaither family.


paperboyPaperboy by Vince Vawter, Ages 12 and up

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.




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