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ALSC & YALSA’s Best Audio Picks of 2014

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At the recent Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Philadelphia this January, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released their picks for the best audio of 2014. The items selected for ALSC’s Notable Children’s Recordings are intended for listeners 14 years of age and younger, while YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks list features recordings that will engage young adults between the ages of 12 and 18.

ALSC’s 2014 Notable Children’s Recordings

And Then It’s Spring. By Julie Fogliano. Read by Ron McLarty. CD. 6 min. Weston Woods. ISBN 9780545571340. $12.95; CD with hardcover book ISBN 9780545571357. $29.95. PreS-Gr 2.

Bear Has a Story to Tell. By Philip C. Stead. Read by Mike Birbiglia. CD. 8 min. Weston Woods. ISBN 9780545570350. $12.95; CD with hardcover book ISBN 9780545570268. $29.95. PreS-K.

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. By Robin McKinley. Read by Charlotte Parry. 6 CDs. 7 hrs. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781470360238. $51.75. Playaway. digital download. Ages 12 and up.

Better Nate than Ever. By Tim Federle. Read by author. 5 CDs. 5:45 hrs. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781442374157. $29.99. digital download. Gr 4-8.

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake. By Michael B. Kaplan. Read by Katherine Kellgren. CD. 13 min. with hardcover book. Live Oak Media. 2012. ISBN 9781430111320. $29.95. PreS-Gr 3.

Bink & Gollie: Two for One. By Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee. Read by Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome. CD. 12 min. Weston Woods. ISBN 9780545570367. $12.95; CD with hardcover book ISBN 9780545570275. $29.95; CD with paperback book ISBN 9780545620987. $18.95. PreS-Gr 2.

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred. By Samantha R. Vamos. Read by Adriana Sananes. CD. 14 min. with hardcover book. Live Oak Media. ISBN 9781430114451. $29.95; CD with paperback book ISBN 9781430114444. $19.95. K-Gr 4.

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation. By Tommy Greenwald. Read by MacLeod Andrews. 4 CDs. 3:56 hrs. Brilliance Audio. ISBN 9781480504929. $54.97. Gr 4-7.

Clementine and the Spring Trip. By Sara Pennypacker. Read by Jessica Almasy. 2 CDs. 2:45 hrs. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781470357849. $25.75. Playaway. digital download. Ages 6-9.

Colin Fischer. By Ashley Miller & Zach Stentz. Read by Jesse Eisenberg. digital download. 5 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781101577714. $19.95. Ages 12 Up.

Coretta Scott. By Ntozake Shange. Read by Phylicia Rashad. CD. 6 min. Weston Woods. ISBN 9780545623841. $12.95; CD with hardcover book ISBN 9780545623858. $29.95; CD with paperback book ISBN 9780545626828. $18.95. PreS-Gr 2.

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Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers. By Tanya Lee Stone. Read by JD Jackson. 3 CDs. 3:03 hrs. Brilliance Audio. ISBN 9781469262574. $54.97. Gr 5 Up.

Creepy Carrots! By Aaron Reynolds. Read by James Naughton. CD. 13 min. Weston Woods. ISBN 9780545623780. $12.95; CD with hardcover book ISBN 9780545623797.$29.95. PreS-Gr 2.

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. By Kate DiCamillo. Read by Tara Sands. 4 CDs. 4:30 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780449015131. $30. digital download. Gr 3-7.

Frog Trouble…And Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs. By Sandra Boynton. Performed by various. CD with hardcover book. 34 min. Workman. ISBN 9780761171768. $16.95. PreS-Gr 5.

A Full Moon Is Rising. By Marilyn Singer. Read by Robin Miles, James Lurie, et al. CD with hardcover book. 34 min. Live Oak Media. ISBN 9781430114413. $31.95. K-Gr 4.

I Want My Hat Back. By Jon Klassen. Read by Daniel Pinkwater. CD. 18 min. Weston Woods. ISBN 9780545571524. $12.95; CD with hardcover book ISBN 9780545571531. $29.95. PreS-Gr 3.

I’m Fast! By Kate McMullan. Read by Stanley Tucci. CD. 13 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 9780545478083. $12.95; CD with hardcover book ISBN 9780545478250. $29.95; CD with paperback book ISBN 9780545689175. $18.95. PreS-Gr 3.

It’s Not Fair to Me. Performed by Bill Harley and Keith Munslow. CD. 35 min. Round River Records. $15.99.

The Knights’ Tales Collection. By Gerald Morris. Read by Steve West. 5 CDs. 6 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780385361194. $38. digital download. Ages 7-11.

Matilda. By Roald Dahl. Read by Kate Winslet. 4 CDs. 5 hrs. Penguin Audio. ISBN 9781611761849. $29.95. Gr 3-6.

Never Forgotten. By Patricia McKissack. Read by Lizan Mitchell. CD. 30 min. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781470334765. $15.75. digital download. Gr 4-7.

P. S. Be Eleven. By Rita Williams-Garcia. Read by Sisi Aisha Johnson. 6 CDs. 6:15 hrs. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781470361839. $66.75. Playaway. Gr 4-7.

Paperboy. By Vince Vawter. Read by Lincoln Hoppe & Vince Vawter. 5 CDs. 6:10 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780553397055. $45. digital download. Gr 6-9.

“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. By James L. Swanson. Read by Will Patton. 4 CDs. 3:57 hrs. Scholastic Audiobooks. ISBN 9780545602761. $39.99. digital download. Gr 7 Up.

Puppy Mudge Wants to Play. By Cynthia Rylant. Read by Suzanne Toren. CD. 3:22 min. with paperback book. Live Oak Media. ISBN 9781430114147. $19.95. K-Gr 3.

Show Way. By Jacqueline Woodson. Read by author. CD. 13 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 9780545478106. $12.95; CD with hardcover book ISBN 9780545478274. $29.95. PreS-Gr 5.

Tortuga in Trouble. By Ann Whitford Paul. Read by Brian & Rosi Amador. CD. 10:39 min. with hardcover book. Live Oak Media. ISBN 9781430114307. $29.95. PreS-Gr 3.

When Life Gives You O.J. By Erica S. Perl. Read by Abigail Revasch. 4 CDs. 4:47 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 9780385393249. $30. digital download. Ages 8-12.

Zombie Baseball Beatdown. By Paolo Bacigalupi. Read by Sunil Malhotra. 6 CDs. 6:04 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780804121521. $35. digital download. Ages 8-12.


Notable Children’s Recordings Committee: Lynda Salem-Poling, chair, Long Beach (CA) Public Library; Carolyn Angus, Stone Center for Children’s Books, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA; Rebecca (Becki) Bishop, Campbell Court Elementary School, Bassett, VA.; Allie Jane Bruce, Bank Street Library, New York; Lynn Piper Carpenter, Birmingham (AL) Public Library; Jennifer Duffy, King County Library System, Kirkland, WA; Sharon Haupt, Instructional Media Center, San Luis Coastal U.S.D., San Luis Obispo, CA; Sharon L. Ledford, Harrison Elementary School, Lexington, KY; Carol Hanson Sibley, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN.

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YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2014

Tinted boxes denote that the audio was selected for the 2014 Amazing Audiobooks Top Ten.

Nonfiction

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible…on Schindler’s List. By Leon Leyson. Read by Danny Burstein. 4 CDs. 4:15 hrs. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781470369439. $46.75. Playaway. digital download.

Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers. By Tanya Lee Stone. Read by JD Jackson. 3 CDs. 3:03 hrs. Brilliance Audio. ISBN 9781469262574. $54.97.

Fiction

A Christmas Carol. By Charles Dickens. Read by Ralph Cosham. 3 CDs. 2:15 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781624061714. $36.99. digital download.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. By Holly Black. Read by Christine Lakin. 10 CDs. 12 hrs. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478924692. $25.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect. By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Read by Emma Galvin. 5 CDs. 6 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781619691964. $28.98.

Crap Kingdom. By D. C. Pierson. Read by author. 6 CDs. 7:41 hrs. Blackstone. ISBN 9781624600708. $59.95.

Crazy Dangerous . By Andrew Klavan. Read by Nick Podehl. 6 CDs. 7:19 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781469262208. $59.97.

The Darkest Path. By Jeff Hirsch. Read by Dan Bittner. digital download. 8:30 hrs. Scholastic Audiobooks. ISBN 9780545600354. $30.

Dodger. By Terry Pratchett. Read by Stephen Briggs. 9 CDs. 10:32 hrs. Dreamscape Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781611209723. $59.99.

Eleanor & Park. By Rainbow Rowell. Read by Rebecca Lowman & Sunil Malhotra. 7 CDs. 9 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780385368261. $50. digital download.

Etiquette & Espionage. By Gail Carriger. Read by Moira Quirk. digital download. 8:55 hrs. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781619693166. $17.98.

Fangirl. By Rainbow Rowell. Read by Rebecca Lowman & Maxwell Caulfield. 10 CDs. 12:49 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780804121286. $60. digital download.

Flat-Out Love. By Jessica Park. Read by Julia Whelan. 8 CDs. 10 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781469253053. $49.97.

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. By Matthew Quick. Read by Noah Galvin. digital download. 6:30 hrs. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478979777. $22.98.

Hattie Ever After. By Kirby Larson. Read by Kirsten Potter. 5 CDs. 5:46 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780449015261. $30. digital download.

If You Could Be Mine. By Sara Farizan. Read by Negin Farsad. 5 CDs. 5:15 hrs. HighBridge Audio. ISBN 9781622312276. $59. digital download.

Just One Day. By Gayle Forman. Read by Kathleen McInerney. digital download. 10:29 hrs. Penguin Audio. ISBN 9781101601709. $39.95.

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase. By Jonathan Stroud. Read by Miranda Raison. 8 CDs. 10:10 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9781804123167. $50. digital download.

Maggot Moon. By Sally Gardner. Read by Robert Madge. 3 CDs. 3:40 hrs. Brilliance Audio. ISBN 9781469274959. $54.97.

Out of the Easy. By Ruta Sepetys. Read by Lauren Fortgang. digital download. 9:51 hrs. Penguin Audio. ISBN 9781101601723. $29.95.

Paperboy. By Vince Vawter. Read by Lincoln Hoppe & Vince Vawter. 5 CDs. 6:10 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780553397055. $45. digital download.

Speaking from Among the Bones. By Alan Bradley. Read by Jayne Entwistle. 8 CDs. 10 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780307879493. $35. digital download.

Scowler. By Daniel Kraus. Read by Kirby Heyborne. 9 CDs. 11:15 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780385368353. $45. digital download.

Tarnish. By Katherine Longshore. Read by Leslie Bellair. digital download. 9:36 hrs. Penguin Audio. ISBN 9781101618097. $39.95.

Team Human. By Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan. Read by Julia Whelan. digital download. 8:44 hrs. Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 9780804121644. $24.

Viva Jacquelina!: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away. By L. A. Meyer. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 8 CDs. 12 hrs. Listen and Live Audio. ISBN 9781593166359. $29.95. digital download.

What Came from the Stars. By Gary D. Schmidt. Read by Graham Winton. 6 CDs. 6:30 hrs. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781470339777. $66.75. Playaway. digital download.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. By Ian Doescher. Read by Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, et al. digital download. 3:31 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780804191791. $15.

Zombie Baseball Beatdown. By Paolo Bacigalupi. Read by Sunil Malhotra. 6 CDs. 6:04 hrs. Listening Library. ISBN 9780804121521. $35. digital download.


Amazing Audiobooks Committee: Chair Dawn Rutherford, Sno-Isle Libraries, Tulalip, WA; Mary Burkey, Olentangy Local Schools, Powell, OH; Randee Jean Bybee, Upland Public Library, Upland, CA; Emily F. Calkins, Seattle, WA; Kim Christofferson, Sweet Library, Salt Lake City, UT; Linda L. Plevak, Northeast Lakeview College, Universal City, TX; Coleen Seisser, Mount Prospect Public Library, Mount Prospect, IL; Karilyn L. Steward, Calabasas Library, Calabasas, CA; Dr. Sylvia M. Vardell, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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