October 24, 2016

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Play Me a Memory

Son, can you play me a memory? I’m not really sure how it goes But it’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete When I wore a younger man’s clothes  Billy Joel, Piano Man Every man’s memory is his private literature.  Aldous Huxley Our memories are important. They form the tapestry of our […]

Tales2Go as an audio collection (and a literacy solution)

I LOVE audiobooks!  They make it possible for me to always be reading. But for kiddos, access to audiobooks represents far more than a simple, hands-free convenience. Audiobooks allow children to build vocabulary, to attack sophisticated text and ideas beyond their current reading levels, Audiobooks can introduce children to new vocabulary, improve reading comprehension and fluency, […]

American Archive: A new online “reading room” of historical public media

To honor the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB)–a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress-today announced the launch of its Online Reading Room.  The collection preserves significant historical public media content and makes it discoverable and searchable.  More than 100 public media organizations share content from […]

“The Nonfiction Minute” Resumes September 8


Popular resource The Nonfiction Minute will resume in September in time for the 2015–16 school year. Daily posts by award-winning authors will include a corresponding audio version, enabling less-fluent readers to listen and follow along.

The Books of Summer | Listen In | June 2015


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.

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

Listen Current: Leveraging public radio for learning

Listen Current: Leveraging public radio for learning

If, like me, you are a victim of the paralysis of driveway moments . . . If you are a devoted public radio listener who appreciates the power of quality journalism, the engagement of nonfiction storytelling, and the drama of the real voices you hear, Listen Current is for you and your class or library.  […]

Becky Thatcher, Baseball, and All That Jazz | Multimedia Reviews, October 2014


The saga of all-women jazz orchestras and boys bonding over baseball feature in two starred DVD reviews. In addition, the secrets behind the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza and The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher are revealed in this month’s lineup.

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

Caillou, Josephine Baker, and Music Galore | Multimedia Reviews

Fantastic Mr. Fox
©2014 by the Criterion Collection

Reviews of DVDs and audiobook for kids of every age, plus a roundup of children’s music

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

Booktrack for amplifying story

Booktrack for amplifying story

Booktrack is a new, free platform designed to encourage readers to immerse themselves in their readings by accompanying digital texts with movie-style soundtracks. Booktrack Classroom offers a library of public domain books to which soundtracks have already been added.  Students may opt to create their own soundtracks content they’ve authored themselves. And teachers may create […]

SLJ Audiobooks in the Classroom

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Audiobooks offer librarians and teachers a unique way to engage students with learning that supports Common Core State Standards. Join SLJ’s “Listen In” columnists Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan for a discussion on how high quality literary and informational texts help develop critical reading habits. Then find out about some hot new audiobooks scheduled for release this fall from Jodie Cohen, Listening Library’s senior marketing manager, and Michele Cobb, vice president, sales and marketing for AudioGO. Finally, they will all discuss the latest trends in audiobook publishing. This archive is no longer available.