June 29, 2016

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Sizing Up: Rich picks for kids “reading” above grade level | Listen In

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A teacher is reading aloud in a third grade classroom, and the students are captivated. All but two of them, that is. Blake and Adelaide are lost in their own thoughts as they fidget, doodle on scraps of paper, and stare at the ceiling. The selection is a perfect third grade read-aloud, so why are these two children not engaged? Because one size never fits all. That goes for clothing, and it certainly goes for books. Blake and […]

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Fantasy Series Starters | Listen In

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Multi-volume tales, both classic and modern, to engage listeners

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Adult Audiobooks for Teens | Listen In

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Whether it’s a novel with young protagonists, fiction that explores issues of friendship and identity, or nonfiction that will enhance any listener’s understanding of the world, these titles are too good to keep for adult ears alone.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Picture Book Read-Alongs | Listen In

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Reading a picture book aloud fosters print awareness, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension.

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Realistic fiction tackles teen issues while it entertains listeners | Listen In

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This month we’ve gathered a diverse selection of stories featuring teen protagonists facing many different challenges and situations.

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The Books of Summer | Listen In | June 2015

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Summer is the ideal time for audiobooks. With a break from classes, July and August allow time for relaxing when students can plug in their earbuds and choose their own reading.

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Make ‘Em Laugh | Listen In

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An assortment of amusing and aurally awesome audiobooks.

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Warm Stories for Cold Nights: Curl up with a CD or digital download| Listen In

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Audiobook recommendations for listeners seeking a promise of warmth, comfort, and contentment and a sense of well-being.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Hearing the World: Fiction and nonfiction audiobooks from around the globe | Listen In

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December brings with it the close of the calendar year, giving us time to reflect on and celebrate the diversity of our world’s cultures. Audiobooks, especially those that represent common human experiences and examine global heritage and customs, afford listeners an opportunity to hear stories from around the world.

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

Paying Homage to Walter Dean Myers | Listen In

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Audiobooks that showcase the exceptional stories made possible by the groundbreaking work of a man whose life was changed by reading and writing.

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

Supporting Common Core Standards with Audiobooks| Listen In

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

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Queens Library to Offer Pre-K Class in Fall 2014

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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

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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.

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Poetry Audiobooks | Listen In

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

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.