September 19, 2014

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Supporting Common Core Standards with Audiobooks| Listen In


Many of the standards from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading were well supported by selected audiobooks.

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

Queens Library to Offer PreK Class in Fall 2015


In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.

Audiobooks: Ideal for Transmedia Explorations of Narratives | Listen In


Audiobooks are great means to support reading comprehension and opt into transmedia storytelling. Sharon Grover, the head of youth services at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin and Lizette Hannegan, the former-district library supervisor for the Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, offer an audiobook selection, from early elementary to young adult.

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

Poetry Audiobooks | Listen In


In honor of National Poetry Month, poetry audiobooks for every age

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

Strong Women, Strong Stories: Audiobooks for Women’s History Month | Listen In


In preparation for the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, check out these audiobooks highlighting the accomplishments of women who made strides in music, politics, science, literature, and beyond.

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

Singing the Story: Musical Audiobook Read-alongs | Listen In

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Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan explore the role singing plays in early literacy development and how audiobooks can be used to further this growth. From Janis Ian’s The Tiny Mouse to Simms Taback’s Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, these titles make excellent sing-along picks for preschool storytimes.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Audiobooks that Celebrate Teachers | Listen In


The Listen In columnists took the opportunity offered by World Teachers Day, October 5, to suggest audiobooks in which teachers play a central role, with titles ranging from Andrew Clements’s Frindle to Richard Peck’s The Teacher’s Funeral.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Connections That Count: Audiobooks that Highlight Kids’ Meaningful Relationships | Listen In

Illustration by E. B. Lewis from Jacqueline Woodson’s The Other Side.
Courtesy of Weston Woods.

With another school year on the horizon, the focus of August’s Listen In column is on the relationships that children and teens make—with other kids and with adults—to help them navigate the stormy waters of growing up. The ten audiobooks featured are excellent for group listening and for generating discussions about what’s happening to the young people in the stories, from the poignant depiction of friendship in The Other Side to the real drama wrought by abuse in Eleanor and Park.

A Classic Summer: Pair Audiobooks and Films to Spark Discussion and Writing | Listen In


These audiobook versions of time-honored classics shine a spotlight on language, lyrical expression, and character development. Try pairing them with their film adaptations for excellent compare and contrast opportunities.

Fact and Fiction: Pairing Stories and Informational Audiobooks | Listen In


When stories and informational audiobooks are paired together, they create a winning combination that can help students establish a foundation of knowledge about certain topics.

At the Core: Audiobooks Promote Critical Reading Habits | Listen In

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As teachers and librarians return to school this month, many will be tasked with implementing the Common Core State Standards ( into their lesson plans. The Common Core mission states that: “The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” They aim to promote critical thinking through student engagement with high quality literary and informational [...]

Score!: Lessons on and off the playing field | Listen In

Young Pelé: Soccer’s First Star (Live Oak Media), Illustration by James Ransome.

April is traditionally the opening of the major league baseball season, turning our thoughts to sports of all kinds and the ways in which they can be integrated with studies in mathematics, history/social studies, biography, science, family life, health, and physical education. Stories about famous players, how sports help young people overcome adversity, and the thrill of a game well played bring listeners a fresh appreciation of [...]

A Salute to Black History: Celebrate with Audiobooks | Listen In

During National African American History Month, we recognize the extraordinary achievements of African Americans and their essential role in shaping the story of America. In honor of their courage and contributions, let us resolve to carry forward together the promise of America for our children…I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities

–President Barack Obama, February 1, 2011

Audiobooks and Learning: Epic Audio | Listen In

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production, named for Homer’s epic poem, celebrates the oral tradition of storytelling. Now in its fifth year and jointly administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the Odyssey Award puts the focus on audio production—the quality of narration, the use of sound effects and music, the technical engineering skill—to provide students with a total listening experience.

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Audiobooks and Learning: Narrative Power | Listen In

Have you ever listened to a story that left you thinking, wanting to hear more, and waiting for the next one? That’s what many audiobook listeners do—listen, laugh out loud, even shed a tear as the power of the story leaves them wanting more.

This is why we look forward to sharing our experiences listening to audiobooks, with a special focus on using them with children, teens, librarians, teachers, and families. Our backgrounds in school and public libraries, our [...]