November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pick of the Day: Silicon Valley (DVD)

Silicon Valley will be quite “useful in a number of classroom settings as well as for individual research or casual viewing, especially by those with a curiosity about how today’s technology revolution actually began.” Check out the rest of this starred review.

Audio Artist: Up Close with Katherine Kellgren

“Audio is a great doorway to a love of literature,” says Katherine Kellgren, award-winning young adult audiobook narrator, lifelong audiobook listener, and supporter of a SYNC, the free YA audiobooks program. SLJ caught up with Kellgren for a candid chat about her start in the field, the joys—and challenges—of narrating YA literature, the importance of audio in boosting kids’ literacy, and her upcoming projects. Kellgren even stopped by our offices to record a few video segments.

Pick of the Day: Deep Down (DVD)

Check out the starred review of Deep Down: A Story form the Heart of Coal Country, a DVD from New Day Films that explores the controversial topic of mountaintop removal mining.

McCall Smith, Green Win Audie Awards

The winners of the Audie Awards, the audiobook industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, were announced at the 18th Annual Audies Gala held at The New York Historical Society in New York City on May 30, 2013 and hosted by Daniel Handler (author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series written under the name Lemony Snicket). The awards, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Orangutan Van/Audio Pick of the Day

The 14 songs performed by Mr. Steve on his latest album, Orangutan Van,/em>, perfectly balance catchy melodies, smart lyrics, and humor. Read the starred review and see why this is quirky fun for the whole family.

Pick of the Day: Songs for Junior Rangers (AUDIO)

Songs for Junior Rangers

Pick of the Day: Yellow Star

Tavia Gilbert’s spot-on narration brings all of the characters to life in Jennifer Roy’s Yellow Star, a story-in-verse offering a glimpse of the experiences of her aunt in the Lodz Ghetto during World War II. Be sure to read the starred audiobook review of the personal account of a young girl.

SYNC Offers Free YA Audiobooks All Summer

SYNC is back in session again this year, offering two free complete YA audiobook downloads every week from May 30 to August 21. This is the third year for the program, in which a contemporary young adult audiobook is paired thematically with a classic audiobook title.

Pick of the Day: What Came from the Stars (AUDIO)

Graham Winton’s narration brings to life Gary Schmidt’s beautiful fantasy, What Came form the Stars, about healing and forgiveness. Check out the starred review of this must-have audiobook for middle school students.

Pick of the Day: Shadow on the Mountain (AUDIO)

Margi Preus’s Shadow on the Mountain is set in Norway during the Nazi occupation and expertly narrated by Jeff Woodman who gives perfect voices to all the characters. Don’t miss the starred review of this audiobook about a lesser-known part of World War II history.

Pick of the Day: The Last Dragonslayer (AUDIO)

Don’t miss the starred review of Jasper Fford’s The Last Dragonslayer, the first title in his “The Chronicles of Kazam” trilogy, a book populated with outrageous individuals and fantastic creatures. Elizabeth Jasicki’s narration of this audiobook is spot-on.

Teens Review OneRepublic’s ‘Native’ and New Kids’ ’10’ | Music Reviews

“The boys” still have their stuff on New Kids on the Block’s ’10’, the follow-up to their 2008 ‘Greatest Hits’ reunion album, while OneRepublic has continued to add polish and range on their highly collaborative new album, ‘Native’.

Pick of the Day: Marching to the Mountaintop (Audio)

Ann Bausum explores the connections between the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike and Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Marching to the Mountaintop. Check out the review for this wonderful audiobook for listeners in middle school and above.

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

It’s time to update your audiobook collection, so don’t miss ALSC’s Notable Recordings and YALSA”s Amazing Audiobooks lists for 2013.

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.

Multimedia Reviews: February 2013

Be sure to check out School Library Journal’s February 2013 DVD and audio reviews, including 12 starred reviews.

Listen to a Life Essay Contest Now Open

What student isn’t intrigued by time travel? The annual Listen to a Life Essay Contest gives kids a chance to travel through time and learn about the past, while discovering a direction for their own future. The contest also helps build critical 21st-century skills. Now in its 13th year, this is a powerful learning experience that changes lives and communities.

Stories for Winter Nights| Listen In

Cold winter weather provides the perfect setting for putting on headphones to listen to a good book. For over 50 years, Search Institute, a nonprofit organization, has worked to improve the lives of young people by examining and offering ideas to combat risky behaviors and determining what kids need to succeed. They were early adopters of the adage “It takes a village to raise a child,” believing that the entire community must band together to help […]

Pick of the Day: Welcome to the Village! (CD)

Welcome to the Village! CD. approx. 37 min. Prod. by Aya World Prods. Dist. by NewSound Music. 2012. ISBN unavail. $13.98.
PreS-Gr 4–The voices of hundreds of children can be heard on Aaron Nigel Smith’s latest recording. Best known for his work on the PBS show Between the Lions, Smith will surprise listeners as he skillfully mixes original songs with traditional and classical tunes that he arranged in this well-programmed, charming album. Opening with the traditional Nigerian song, “Fanga Alafia” (the […]

Pick of the Day: My Name Is Not Easy (Audio)

My Name Is Not Easy. By Debby Dahl Edwardson. 6 CDs. 6:30 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-7955-7. $64.97.
Gr 7 Up–In the early 1960s, children from Iñupiaq, Athabaskan, and Caucasian backgrounds are enrolled at a Catholic boarding school in Alaska in Debby Dahl Edwardson’s National Book Award finalist (Marshall Cavendish, 2011). Luke (white people can’t pronounce his Iñupiaq name) and his brothers Bunna and Isaac are flown to Catholic sponsored Sacred Heart School far from their village. Six-year-old Isaac is […]