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2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens.

SLJ1304 ALSC AudioImages 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens.

The Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), released their 2013 audio picks at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Seattle, WA, in January.

The items on ALSC’s Notable Children’s Recordings list are intended for listeners 14 years of age and younger. YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks list features recordings covering a wide range of interests for young adults.

ALSC Notable Recordings

In this Article
YALSA Amazing Audiobooks

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian. By Eoin Colfer. Read by Nathaniel Parker. 6 CDs. 7:30 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-99121-8. $37. Gr 5-9

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring. By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. Read by Sarah Jessica Parker. CD. 46 min. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-7731-7. $29.97. Gr 2-6

Can You Canoe? A Mississippi River Adventure Album. Performed by the Okee Dokee Brothers. CD. 38 min. with DVD. RedEye Dist. 2012. $14.99. K-Gr 5

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens Tale. By Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wight. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 4 CDs. 4:14 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01028-0. $30. Gr 4-7

A Dog’s Way Home. By Bobbie Pyron. Read by Emily Eiden and Chuck Carrington. 6 CDs. 6:57 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01388-5. $39. Gr 4-7

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. By Mo Willems. Read by Mo and Cher Willems. CD. 7 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-37498-9: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-44813-0: $29.95. PreS-Gr 2

The False Prince: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 1. By Jennifer Nielsen. Read by Charlie McWade. 7 CDs. 8:14 hrs. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-39166-5. $34.99. Gr 5-8

The Fire Chronicle. By John Stephens. Read by Jim Dale. 10 CDs. 12:22 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-87982-0. $37. Gr 4-8

Ghost Knight. By Cornelia Funke. Read by Elliot Hill. 4 CDs. 4:53 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-58336-9. $30. Gr 4-6

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. By Sherri Duskey Rinker. Read by Dion Graham. CD. 8 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-50222-1. $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-50223-8: $29.95. PreS-K

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case. By Alexander McCall Smith. Read by Adjoa Andoh. CD. 55 min. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01142-3. $15. Gr 2-4

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion. By Mo Willems. Read by Mo and Cher Willems. CD. 10 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-44758-4: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-44810-9: $29.95. PreS-Gr 2

The Library Dragon. By Agra Deedy. Read by author. CD. 21 min. Peachtree. 2012. ISBN 978-1-5614-5640-6. $6.95. K-Gr 3

Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie. Performed by Elizabeth Mitchell. CD. 29 min. with booklet. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. 2012. $11.98. PreS-Gr 3

Merry Christmas, Splat. By Rob Scotton. Read by John Keating. CD. 6 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-52330-1. $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-52329-5: $29.95. PreS-Gr 2

The Mighty Miss Malone. By Christopher Paul Curtis. Read by Bahni Turpin. 7 CDs. 7:55 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-96824-1. $44. Gr 4-7

The Mighty Sky. Performed by Beth Nielsen Chapman. CD. 31 min. with lyrics. NewSound Kids. 2012. $14.98. K-Gr 4

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Treachery. By Steve Sheinkin. Read by Mark Bramhall. 6 CDs. 7 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01498-1. $45. Gr 7 Up

One Year in Coal Harbor, By Polly Horvath. Read by Kathleen McInerney. 5 CDs. 5:30 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01414-1. $30. Gr 4-7

Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz. Performed by Ozomatli. CD. 37 min. Hornblow Group/Megaforce Records. 2012. $11.98. PreS-Gr 3

The Red Hen. By Rebecca and Ed Emberley. Read by Walter Mayes. CD. 7 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-44760-7: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-44812-3: $29.95. PreS-Gr 2

Same Sun Here. By Silas House and Neela Vaswani. Read by authors. 5 CDs. 5:49 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-2231-7. $49.97. Gr 5-8

A Sick Day for Amos McGee. By Philip Stead. Read by David de Vries. CD. 8 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-44756-0: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-44809-3: $29.95. PreS-Gr 2

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World. By Sy Montgomery. Read by Meredith Mitchell. 3 CDs. 2:48 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-82-7. $39.95. Gr 5-8

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. By Deborah Hopkinson. Read by full cast. 4 CDs. 4:55 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01505-6. $30. Gr 6 Up

Wonder. By R. J. Palacio. Read by Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, and Diana Steele. 7 CDs. 8:12 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-4420-3. $64.97. Gr 4-7

Words in the Dust. By Trent Reedy. Read by Ariana Delawari. 7 CDs. 8:27 hrs. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-47282-1. $29.99. Gr 5-8


Notable Children’s Recordings Committee: Lynda  Salem-Poling, Brewitt Neighborhood Library, Long Beach (CA) Public Library; Winnie  Awarski, Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library; Eliza T. Dresang, University of Washington Information School, Seattle; Donna M. Funcke, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA; Sharon  Haupt, San Luis Coastal Unified School District, San Luis Obispo, CA; Sharon L. Ledford, Harrison Elementary School, Lexington, KY; Linda L.  Martin, Sugar Hill Elementary School, Gainesville, GA; Sharon  McKellar, Oakland (CA) Public Library; Danielle A. Shapiro, Brooklyn (NY) Public Library, Highlawn Branch.


SLJ1304 YALSA AudioImages 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens.

YALSA Amazing Audiobooks

(Starred items represent the ‘top ten’ picks in the category)

Nonfiction

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens.Warriors Don’t Cry. By Melba Pattillo Beals. Read by Lisa Renee Pitts. 10 CDs. 13 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4526-0494-7. $39.99. Gr 8 Up

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. By Rosalyn Schaner. Read by Jessica Almasy. 2 cassettes or 2 CDs. 2:15 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-4313-0, CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-4314-7. $25.75. Gr 5-7

Fiction

Almost Perfect. By Brian Katcher. Read by Kirby Heyborne. 9 CDs. 10:40 hrs. Listening Library. 2011. ISBN 978-0-307-94229-6. $44. Gr 8 Up

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian. By Eoin Colfer. Read by Nathaniel Parker. 6 CDs. 7:30 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-99121-8. $37. Gr 5-8

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. By Joe Schreiber. Read by Steven Boyer. 4 cassettes or 4 CDs. 5 hrs. Recorded Books. 2011. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4498-6129-2, CD: ISBN 978-1-4498-6133-9. $51.75. Gr 8 Up

The Catastrophic History of You and Me. By Jess Rothenberg. Read by Suzy Jackson. 8 cassettes or 8 CDs. 8:45 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-3352-0, CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-3351-3. $87.75. Gr 9 Up

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. Code Name Verity. By Elizabeth Wein. Read by Morven Christie, and Lucy Gaskell. 9 CDs. 10 hrs. Prod. by Bolinda Audio. Dist. by Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-7428-5764-0. $93.95. Gr 9 Up

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. Crusher. By Niall Leonard.Read by Daniel Weyman. 6 CDs. 6:42 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-3853-6841-4. $45. Gr 7 Up

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip. By Jordan Sonnenblick. Read by Luke Daniels. 5 CDs. 5:08 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61106-147-5. $49.97. Gr 6-9

Dancing Carl. By Gary Paulsen. Read by Nick Podehl. 2 CDs. 2:21 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-4070-1. $39.97. Gr 5-7

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. By Jeff Kinney. Read by Ramon De Ocampo. 2 cassettes or 2 CDs. 2:15 hrs. Recorded Books. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4640-2145-9. $25.75. Gr 3-6

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. The Diviners. By Libba Bray. Read by January LaVoy. 15 CDs. 18 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. cassette: 978-1-4640-2146-6, CD: ISBN 978-0-449-80875-7. $60. Gr 10 Up

Enchanted. By Alethea Kontis. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 7 CDs. 7:49 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0292-1. $69.97. Gr 7-9

The Fault in Our Stars. By John Green. Read by Kate Rudd. 6 CDs. 7:19 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-6987-9. $59.97. Gr 9 Up

The Fire Chronicle. By John Stephens. Read by Jim Dale. 10 CDs. 12:22 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-87982-0. $37. Gr 4-7

The Freak Observer. By Blythe Woolston. Read by Jessica Almasy. 5 CDs. 5:36 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4558-1639-2. $54.97. Gr 8 Up

Graffiti Moon. By Cath Crowley. Read by Ben MacLaine, Hamish R. Johnson, and Chelsea Bruland. 5 CDs. 6:05 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-96819-7. $34. Gr 8 Up

I Hunt Killers. By Barry Lyga. Read by Charlie Thurston. 8 CDs. 9:30 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61113-187-1. $74.99. Gr 9 Up

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. Inheritance. By Christopher Paolini. Read by Gerard Doyle. 24 CDs. 31 hrs. Listening Library. 2011. ISBN 970393-7250-0. $60. Gr 7 Up

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. The Isle of Blood: The Monstrumologist, Book 3. By Rick Yancey. Read by Steven Boyer. 12 cassettes or 12 CDs. 14:30 hrs. Recorded Books. 2011. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4407-3653-7, CD: ISBN 978-1-4407-3657-5. $108.75. Gr 9 Up

A Monster Calls. By Patrick Ness. Read by Jason Isaacs. 5 CDs. 4 hrs. with bonus CD. Brilliance Audio. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4558-2249-2. $54.97. Gr 7 Up

Monstrous Beauty. By Elizabeth Fama. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 7 CDs. 8 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4272-2217-6. $29.99. Gr 9 Up

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. By Leslea Newman. Read by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, and Christina Traister. 2 CDs. 1:20 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0636-3. $54.97. Gr 8 Up

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. Personal Effects. By E. M. Kokie. Read by Nick Podehl. 8 CDs. 9:08 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0637-0. $54.97. Gr 9 Up

See You at Harry’s. By Jo Knowles. Read by Kate Rudd. 5 CDs. 5:49 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-8958-7. $49.97. Gr 5-7

Son. By Lois Lowry. Read by Bernadette Dunne. 7 CDs. 8:11 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01448-6. $47. Gr 6 Up

Three Times Lucky. By Sheila Turnage. Read by Michal Friedman. 7 CDs. 8 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61176-136-8. $29.95. Gr 5-7

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic. By Allan Wolf. Read by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, and Angela Dawe. 9 CDs. 10:16 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4558-2937-8. $59.97. Gr 9 Up

redstar 2013 ALSC & YALSA Audio Picks: The year’s best notable recordings and amazing audiobooks for children and teens. Wonder. By R.J. Palacio. Read by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd. 7 CDs. 8:12 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4558-4420-3. $64.97. Gr 4-7

Words in the Dust. By Trent Reedy. Read by Ariana Delawari. 7 CDs. 8:28 hrs. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2011. ISBN 978-0-5454-7282-1. $29.99. Gr 5-8


Amazing Audiobooks Committee: Gretchen Kolderup (chair), New York Public Library; Catherine Andronik, Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, CT; Mary Burkey, Olentangy Liberty Middle School, Powell, OH; Randee Bybee, Upland (CA) Public Library; Jennifer Campbell, Notre Dame de Sion High School, North Kansas City, MO; Lynn Carpenter, Birmingham (AL) Public Library; Donna Cook, Central High School, Pollok, TX; Pamela Spencer Holley, Eastern Shore Public Library, Accomac, VA; Karilyn Steward, Calabasas (CA) Library; Colleen Seisser (admin. asst.), Mount Prospect (IL) Public Library.

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Phyllis Mandell was Managing Editor/Multimedia Review Editor for SLJ.

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