the joys of audiobooks

When I was working as a Librarian, parents would often ask for a list of great books for their kids to read; I particularily was asked this question a lot at this time of year since spring break is coming up, which means more time at home and traveling. I gave them loads of suggestions, but also made sure to point out that the library also had said "great books," on CD and MP3 players--think books on a player the size of an iPhone--which can also be checked out just like books. I was always surprised at how few people knew this. I found that audiobooks were great for my antsier kids (I played them while we were doing projects at the library), and also, who doesn't love being read to? And yes, audiobooks are also available for adults. I personally choose to check out any book which I really have a hard time getting into, but really want to read. Case in point: Moby Dick, though I don't suggest that for a long overnight road trip alone. Wowza, that was rough.

So, for those of you traveling this spring break, think audio books to keep your little monsters (or spouse) quiet during that car ride! ALA just came up with a list for Great Kids Audiobooks (and yes, these books are also available in print format!):

“The Alvin Ho Collection: Books 1 & 2.” Listening Library.

“Chasing Lincoln's Killer.” Scholastic.

“The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County.” Recorded Books.

“The Chosen One.” Macmillan Audio.

“Diamond Willow.” Recorded Books.

“A Dog on His Own.” Full Cast Audio.

“Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” Weston Woods.

“Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910-13.” Brilliance Audio.

“European Playground.” Putumayo Kids.

“Field Trip.” Monkey Mama.

“Heart of a Shepherd.” Listening Library.

“Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad.” Weston Woods.

“The Jesus Storybook Bible.” Zonderkids.

“Knuffle Bunny Two: A Case of Mistaken Identity.” Weston Woods.

“Leviathan.” Simon and Schuster Audio.

“Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken.” Live Oak Media.

“Ma├▒ana Iguana.” Live Oak Media.

“Music for Abraham Lincoln: Campaign Songs, Civil War Tunes, Laments for a President.” Enslow Publishers.

“Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales.” Hachette Audio.

“Peace, Locomotion.” Brilliance Audio.

“Picnic Playground.” Putumayo Kids.

“The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour.” Listening Library.

“Riot.” Listening Library.

“The Scrambled States of America Talent Show.” Weston Woods.

“Songs from the Garden of Eden: Jewish Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes.” Secret Mountain.

“A Soup Opera.” Jim Gill Music & Books.

“The Tapestry Book 1: The Hound of Rowan.” Recorded Books.

“We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.” Brilliance Audio.

“Wild Girl.” Listening Library.

“The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children.” Brilliance Audio.

For an annotated list of the above recordings, including recommended grade levels, visit the ALSC Web site. More information about all of ALSC’s Children’s Notable Lists is available on the Web site at, click on “Awards & Grants” and “Children’s Notable Lists.”

List found here.


Pauline said…
This is a great list, just read it. I will give it to my brother, he could use it on long rides with his kids.

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