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Multimedia Reviews | March 2013

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School Library Journal starred reviews Sky Color. DVD. 6 min. with tchr’s. guide. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-52331-8. $59.95; CD, ISBN 978-0-545-52330-1: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-52329-5: $29.95.
PreS-Gr 2–What color is the sky? Marisol is faced with this question as her class paints a mural in the library. She chooses to paint the sky, but blue is not one of the colors available to her. She notices, however, that the actual sky is not always blue. It might be the glowing colors of a sunset, or the deep velvet black of night with scattered diamond stars, or the grey of a rainy day. This gives her the scope to create a truly memorable sky. Peter H. Reynolds’s book (2012) is part of what he calls his “creatrilogy”—which includes The Dot (2003), and Ish (2004, all Candlewick, Weston Woods). As with the other two titles, Sky Color celebrates art and the power of creative thinking. Reynolds’s flowing watercolor illustrations against a stark white background have been beautifully animated. Sisi Aisha Johnson reads with a crisp, young voice as original, sprightly music by Ernest Troost plays in the background and sound effects draw listeners in. A read-along subtitle option is available. In a short interview, the author/artist explains his views about stories and art and encourages students to think creatively. Everyone can be an artist. This is optimistic and inspiring—a wonderful prelude to any class art project. It encourages young artists to think outside the paint box.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA

School Library Journal starred reviews Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. DVD. 8 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-50221-4. $59.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-50223-8: $29.95; CD, ISBN 978-0-545-50222-1: $12.95.
PreS-K–Dramatically narrated by Dion Graham, Sherri Duskey Rinker’s story (Chronicle Books, 2011) of a crane, a cement mixer, a dump truck, a bulldozer, and an excavator at work on a city construction site winding down for the night is soothingly charming. Graham gives each machine a distinctive voice, and makes the most of every crunch, roar, and snore in the author’s rhyming text. The accompanying music by Jon Carroll begins jauntily as each machine performs one last task and then slows to appropriate bedtime pace as it gets ready for sleep. The video is true to Tom Lichtenheld’s wonderful illustrations with expressive, anthropomorphic faces for the trucks, a glorious sunset in tones of red, and a smiling moon overseeing the bedtime preparations. The warmth of the colors, the fading light, the moonlight, and the star captured by Crane Truck for a night light make for a cozy antithesis to a normal construction site. The most special moments from the book that are brought to life with animation are when the Crane Truck snuggles his teddy bear close and when a sleepy neighbor yells out the window, “Pipe down!” to the powerfully snoring Dump Truck. Subtitles are optional. Both the video and audio productions are superior versions of an exceptional picture book.–Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, OH

School Library Journal starred reviews Merry Christmas, Splat. DVD. 6 min. Weston Woods. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-52331-8. $59.95; CD, ISBN 978-0-545-52330-1: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-52329-5: $29.95.
PreS-Gr 2–Splat is a rambunctious cat with only the best of intentions at Christmas. Determined to earn a really big present from Santa, Splat spends Christmas Eve being ever so helpful to his mother by doing unhelpful chores. The exhausted feline heads to bed and lays awake waiting for Santa Claus. On Christmas morning, Splat wakes up to a quiet house with no presents. Just when he decides that he hasn’t behaved well enough to receive gifts, his family jumps out from behind the couch with a pile of presents, including a really big one just for Splat. Author/illustrator Rob Scotton’s artwork is mostly in grey tones, and the cat family (along with the background) is all black, white, and grey. However, the illustrations are far from boring, with bold pops of reds, greens, purples, and blues. The facial expressions of Splat and his family are clear and often hilarious, while their fur is fuzzy and seems tangible. The animation brings the story (HarperCollins, 2009) to life with whimsical motion. John Keating narrates, giving each character a distinctive voice. The DVD features optional subtitles, and the CD has optional page-turn signals. Children will identify with Splat’s quest for presents and will enjoy the humorous illustrations.–Jenny Ventling, Dayton Metro Library, OH

School Library Journal starred reviews The Man Who Saved the World (Secrets of the Dead Series). DVD. 60 min. Prod. by Bedlam Prods. Dist. by PBS Dist. 2012.  ISBN 978-1-60883-788-5. $24.99.
Gr 10 Up–Re-enactments and testimony from eyewitnesses and experts explain that the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crises was far more dangerous than ever imagined. When two superpowers challenged one another, the world came close to nuclear destruction. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Adlai Stevenson, confronted the Soviets with the discovery by U.S. intelligence of ballistic missiles in Cuba. At the same time, the Soviets were concerned about U.S. missiles in Turkey. Four Soviet submarines were dispatched with “special weapons” possessing the power of the nuclear bomb that had destroyed Hiroshima. Eighty-five percent of the U.S. Atlantic fleet, including 40 U.S. destroyers, four aircraft carriers, and over 350 aircraft were determined to prevent the Soviets from establishing a base for offensive warfare in Cuba. Tensions had escalated to the breaking point when Soviet submarine B-59 prepared to fire its “secret weapon.” However, the launch required more than the two halves of the key possessed by the submarine captain and its political officer. The commander of the fleet, Vasili Arkhipov, had the third piece required to fire the nuclear torpedo and refused to do so because he had already witnessed the horrible death caused by nuclear exposure. Had the torpedo been launched, the U.S. would have sent their readied aircraft to the Soviet Union to drop nuclear bombs, and our world would never have been the same. This documentary demonstrates how one man changed the course of history. Students and teachers of U.S. history and currents affairs will be thoroughly engaged by this film that will stimulate discussion about current concerns of nuclear arsenals throughout the world.–Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Prep., San Jose, CA

School Library Journal starred reviews Wapos Bay, Season 3 (Series). 6 DVDs. 24 min. ea. with tchr’s. guides online. Prod. by Wapos Bay Prods. and National Film Board of Canada. Dist. by National Film Board of Canada. 2012. ISBN unavail. $335 ser. Includes: A Mother’s Earth; Going for the Gold; Raven Power; Lights, Camera, Action; Dance, Dance; Raiders of the Lost Art.
Gr 2-6—Produced in lovely stop-motion animation, this series, set in a remote Cree community in northern Saskatchewan, gets viewers to join in the lives of three children—Raven, Talon, and T-Bear—and the other members of their community. It provides a realistic view of modern Cree life, with touches of humor and a strong cultural undertone. The episodes cover many relevant issues. Raven tries to discover who she really is for a school assignment. Talon participates in the Indigenous Games by playing golf, but risks losing his friend, T-Bear. The women of the community leave the men to fend for themselves when they are under-appreciated. The community’s children are given an opportunity to celebrate their heritage through film for Treaty Days, but two competing projects emerge. Can cooperation be the key to success? T-Bear would rather dance than wrestle, but hates to disappoint his father. In the last episode, rock paintings are discovered and graffiti artists hit the community—are the two events related? These segments focus on important themes—identity, perseverance, jealousy, cooperation, heritage, and being true to yourself. Along the way there’s humor that will set both children and adults chuckling and messages everyone will appreciate. The programs can be viewed in English, French, or Cree. This is a good addition to multicultural collections, but the programs are also a lot of fun and can be appreciated on many other levels.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA

School Library Journal starred reviews Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel. By Gigi Amateau. 5 CDs. 5:04 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0528-8. $54.97.
Gr 7 Up–JD Jackson brings to life Amateau’s historical novel (Candlewick, 2012) set in Colonial Virginia prior to the Civil War with passion and a deep, emotional, and fully voiced performance that perfectly matches each turn of events. With almost poetic pacing, Jackson becomes Gabriel, a slave who has been educated alongside the slave master’s son, but harshly and bitterly faces the wretched reality when he is removed from his mother’s care and sent to Richmond. As he learns his trade as a blacksmith, he becomes inspired and, always believing he was meant to live free, works toward earning enough money to buy his freedom. As Gabriel ultimately becomes the leader in a planned slave rebellion, listeners are drawn into each heartbreaking and painful scene. Peppered with news articles, legal proclamations, and historical news accounts, Jackson effectively alters his voice so it’s clear that the focus has shifted. There are scenes that are alternately quiet, loving, hateful, and intense, and Jackson portrays each with ease. Listeners’ perceptions will be changed and they will be haunted at the book’s conclusion, and left pondering one of the darkest and most disturbing times in history. This fictionalized biography of a rebel leader would be a fantastic supplement to classroom studies of the time period.–Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY

School Library Journal starred reviews The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. By Catherynne M. Valente. 7 CDs. 8:21 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4418-7767-3. $79.97.
Gr 5-8–Valente returns listeners to Fairyland in this sequel (2012) to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011, both Feiwel and Friends). An awkward and lonely girl, September consoles herself with the delicious secret that she has been to Fairyland and saved it from an evil queen. On an ordinary day, after a long, impatient wait, September trips over a wall and falls into Fairyland where she discovers that things are not as she left them. The shadows of the inhabitants are being sucked into Fairyland-Below. September begins a quest, along with her dear companions A Through L, a Wyvern (a sweet, loyal, and dragonish beast), and Saturday, a Marid (a bluish boy). Divinely verbose, Valente’s brilliantly crafted words evoke exquisitely lush and detailed images in the listener’s imagination. She seamlessly and brilliantly blends elements of fantasy, mythology, and historical fiction to create a magical world so cunningly described that it’s utterly believable. Startling truths reminiscent of J. M. Barrie, L. Frank Baum, and others ground the story and give it depth. Singer/songwriter S.J. Tucker’s satiny voice blankets and captivates listeners. She is a storyteller in the classic sense, and voices lively, distinct characters, some with hints of exotic accents. It is not imperative that listeners are familiar with the first book, but it will lend clarity to some details of the story.–Lisa Hubler, Charles F Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OH

School Library Journal starred reviews Torn. By Stephanie Guerra. 6 CDs. 7:12 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-1522-8. $49.97.
Gr 9 Up–Guerra’s gritty novel (Amazon Children’s Pub., 2012) is a spectacularly realistic portrait of a teen torn between her former friends and the new girl in school, running the family household and having fun in high school, and being a friend who goes along with anything or one who really cares. Often stories like this are moralistic, with the good girl celebrated and the bad one shunned. But sometimes the choices aren’t so clear-cut. Stella is a senior, a soccer player, and has hung around with the same group of girls since elementary school. When Ruby arrives in school one day, Stella is intrigued by her aloofness and her disregard for the rules. Ruby is a wild child—she sneaks out, smokes weed, dates college guys, and seemingly has no parental oversight. Stella is a good kid and, despite knowing Ruby is “trouble,” she likes her and begins taking on the role of parent when Ruby acts out. Both girls have good hearts, and that’s the basis for their friendship. With Stella’s responsibilities at home, a little wildness is just what she needs and Ruby can provide it. However, when Ruby begins dating an older man and turns to drugs, Stella begins looking into his life. What she finds out is dangerous. Does she intervene to save Ruby and risk losing a friendship in order to save her friend? This is a wonderful story with real characters in real situations. Casey Holloway’s narration is as authentic as the story she is telling. A compelling listen that won’t stay on the self.–Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

School Library Journal starred reviews Action! Fun! Dance! for Kids. Performed by The Learning Station. CD. 43 min. with booklet. Learning Station. 2012. ISBN unavail. $15.
PreS-Gr 2–Veteran children’s entertainers The Learning Station (Don Monopoli, Laurie Monopoli, and Jan Hrkach) return with another round of 14 rousing songs that get listeners up and moving. Whether they’re singing about “Herman the Worm,” “Icky Sticky Bubblegum,” or “Doctor Knickerbocker,” kids will enjoy following the action prompts in these upbeat tunes. Also included are adaptations of the welcoming Western Africa song “Funga Alafia”; the salsa-based “Zumba Dance”; the “Jamaican Dance”; and “Shabooya,” a dance call song that features the swim, the bunny hop, and the monkey. The Learning Station is joined on many of the numbers by the USA Kid Singers, and results are terrific. The accompanying booklet contains the lyrics and action instructions for the songs. Since each number runs about three minutes, these would be great for story times, during movement breaks in the classroom, or at home when kids need to release some energy. A fantastic addition to every collection.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library, IL

School Library Journal starred reviews Carnival of the Animals. CD. approx. 70 min. with booklet. Maestro Classics. 2012. ISBN 978-1-932684-09-4. $16.98.
PreS-Gr 5–Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals is the perfect choice for helping young listeners appreciate classical music. One of the interesting facts they will learn is that Saint-Saëns refused to have this work (composed for a Mardi Gras party) published until after his death (which occurred in 1921). Yadu  (aka Dr. Konrad Czynski) reads the humorous verses penned by Ogden Nash in 1950, when he was commissioned to do so by conductor André Kostelanetz, while the London Philharmonic Orchestra gives outstanding performances of the various movements. Bonnie Ward Simon narrates a brief biography of Saint-Saëns, and Stephen Simon tells listeners which instruments mimic the animals. The CD also includes “Au Clair de la Lune” by Jean-Baptiste Lully, sung in French and English, as Saint-Saëns wove this song into the movement “Fossils.” The booklet includes all the animal verses by Nash, a short biography of Saint-Saëns, and the score and lyrics for “Au Claire de la Lune.” Featuring excellent vocal and instrumental performances, this is a wonderful example of how classical music can be introduced to children.–Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX

School Library Journal starred reviews Hootenanny. Performed by Steve Pierson. CD. approx. 42 min. Prod. by Got the Blues Music. Dist. by CDBaby.com. 2013. ISBN unavail. $14.95.
PreS-Gr 3–For their second album for kids, Steve Pierson and his Los Angeles-based band Jambo rock as they perform 14 original feel-good songs by Pierson. The numbers display a wide range of musical styles, with a bluesy thread coursing throughout—a reflection of Pierson’s musical background. Lyrics are on target for the school-age set and pull no punches, yet always maintain a kid-friendly and relevant perspective. The band is packed with a powerhouse of professional musicians who are very polished, never missing a beat. Melinda McGraw harmonizes beautifully throughout. The album opens with “Hootenanny,” a call to get up and dance and closes with the lovely acoustic lullaby “Begin the Day Again.” Other standouts include “Let’s Be Friends” (about the importance of friends), “Try” (a bluegrass tune that encourages taking a risk for great rewards), “Be Yourself” (a bluesy encouragement to stay true to yourself), “Your Sweet Smile” (a delightful ditty about a parent’s love), “Don’t Play with Your Food” (a blues number that features three young girls, including Pierson’s daughter), and very grown-up sounding samba “Groovy Day” (about experiencing a perfect day). A s�urefire hit.–Stephanie Bange,Wright State University, Dayton, OH

School Library Journal starred reviews Lullaby. Performed by Justin Roberts. CD. 38 min. Justin Roberts Music. 2012. ISBN unavail. $15.
PreS-Gr 2–Grammy-nominated children’s singer/songwriter Justin Roberts returns with an album devoted to the most gentle of songs—lullabies. These aren’t your grandmother’s lullabies though. Featuring rich melodies performed by musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, these ten original compositions will capture the heart and sooth the mind after a busy day of play. Roberts’s voice beautifully combines with strings and a variety of other instruments such as the French horn and oboe to create a serene atmosphere. Many of the lovely lyrics refer to the sky, the moon, the stars, and the soothing thought of cradling the listener all night through. Parents will want to give their children big hugs and cuddles while tucking them in after listening to this wonderful album. A must have for every collection.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL

School Library Journal starred reviews Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World. By Sid Fleishman. 3 CDs. 3:40 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-92-6. $39.95.
Gr 5 Up–A strange way of walking, an odd wardrobe, and extreme over-the-top gestures are just some of the characteristics of Charlie Chaplin. Listeners will learn a lot more about the man behind the hat and mustache in this biography. Fleishman has penned (Greenwillow, 2010) a detailed account of this beloved silent-movies comedian, from his life of poverty as a child in the London slums living with an alcoholic father, an insane mother, and shy tendencies to his glory days on the stage and in movies to to his being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Fred Sullivan’s narration is superb, with just the right accents and pacing. No humor is lost in this verbal description of Chaplin’s more notable acts as Fleishman depicts his slapstick comedy routines that called for lots of physical humor. This well-research account will enthrall listeners.–Katie Llera, Sayreville Middle School, NJ

The following titles are reviewed in the March print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.



The Biggest Myths about STIs. DVD. 22 min. with tchr’s. guide. Human Relations Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-55548-912-0.$149.95.

HPV: What Every Teen Needs to Know. DVD. 20 min. with tchr’s. guide. Human Relations Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-55548-797-3. $149.95.

Rock Your Taste Buds. DVD. approx 16 min. with tchr’s. guides, student worksheets. Jump with Jill. 2012. ISBN unavail. $50.

Language Arts

Critter Sitter & Lulu’s Magic Wand. DVD. 27 min. with tchr’s. guide. Nutmeg Media. 2012. ISBN 1-933938-89-7. $69.95.


Sing Me Your Story. DVD. approx. 42 min. Two of a Kind. 2013. ISBN unavail. $14.98.


All about Food Additives. DVD. 20 min. with tchr’s. guide. Prod. by VEA. Dist. by Films Media. 2012. ISBN unavail. $129.

Deserts (Global Environments Series). DVD. 18 min. with tchr’s. guide online. Prod. by VEA. Dist. by Films Media. 2012. ISBN unavail. $129.

Iris the Happy Professor, Vol. 2. DVD. 73 min. Organa. 2012. ISBN unavail. $19.95.

NOVA scienceNOW: What Makes Us Human? DVD. 60 min. Prod. by WGBH Educational Foundation. Dist. by PBS Dist. 2012. ISBN 978-1-60883-802-8. $24.99.

Out on the Prairie & Deep in the Swamp. DVD. 15 min. with tchr’s. guide. Nutmeg Media. 2012. ISBN 1-933938-92-7. $69.95.

Shattered Sky. DVD. 57 min. Prod. by Dorst Media Works. Dist. by Bullfrog Films, 2012. ISBN 1-93777-237-3. $250.

A Wild Idea. DVD. 26 min. Video Project. 2012. ISBN unavail. $79.

Social Studies

Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War. DVD. 60 min. Prod. by Crossing the Line Prods. Dist. by PBS Dist. 2013. ISBN 978-1-6088-3794-6. $24.99.

Drive Thru History: Philadelphia and the Founding Fathers (American History Series). DVD. 25 min. New Dimension Media. 2011, 2012 release. ISBN 978-1-60721-118-1.  $49 single site, $159 multi site.

55 Socks. DVD. 13 min. National Film Board of Canada. 2012. ISBN unavail. $129.

Follow the Leader: Politics Isn’t Just Child’s Play. DVD. 74 min. followtheleader.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $179.95.


Many of these titles are available for download and/or in Playaway format. Check distributors’ websites, playaway.com, and audio download retailers for availability and price.


Gracias/Thanks. By Pat Mora. CD. 23:17 min. with hardcover book. Lorito Books. 2012. ISBN 978-0-98-835-610-8: $28.95; CD, ISBN 978-0-98-835-611-5. $12.95.

Language Arts

The Art of Keeping Cool. By Janet Taylor Lisle. 5 CDs. 5:18 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-93-3. $54.95.

Ashes of Twilight.

By Kassy Taylor. 8 CDs. 9:24 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-0-7927-9199-7-9. $74.95.

Battlefield Earth. By L. Ron Hubbard. 44 CDs. 47 hrs. Galaxy Press. 2013. ISBN unavail. $89.95.

Betrayal: An Empty Coffin Novel. By Gregg Olsen. 8 CDs. 9:07 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-4332-9. $69.97.

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake. By Michael Kaplan. CD. 13 min. with hardcover book. Live Oak Media. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4301-1132-0. $29.95.

Crown of Embers: The Fire and Thorns Trilogy, Book 2. By Rae Carson. 10 cassettes or 10 CDs. 11:30 hrs. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4640-4929-3. CD: ISBN 978-1-4640-4930-9. $108.75.

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves. Edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kennedy. 6 CDs. 6:31 hrs. Brilliance Audio. ISBN 978-1-4692-5301-5. $59.97.

Deviants: The Dust Chronicles, Book 1. By Maureen McGowan. 7 CDs. 8:37 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0463-5. $49.97.

Fishtale. By Hans Bauer and Catherine Masciola. 4 CDS. 4:34 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-1511-2 $49.97.

Flat Out Love. By Jessica Park. 8 CDs. 9:47 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-5305-2. $49.96.

Freakling. By Lana Krumwiede. 6 CDs. 6:38 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4602-0632-5. $54.97.

Guts. By Gary Paulsen. 2 CDs. 2:24 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4558-0472-6. $39.97.

The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate. By Scott Nash. 5 CDs. 5:15 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0633-2. $54.97.

Iron Hearted Violet.

By Kelly Barnhill. 6 CDs. 7:22 hrs. Hachette for AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61969-592-4. $59.99.

It’s a Tiger. By David LaRochelle. cassette or CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4703-2983-9, CD: ISBN 978-1-4703-2975-4. $15.75; hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-8118-6925-6: $16.99.

Kiss and Make Up. By Kate D. Anderson. 8 CDs. 9:32 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-1514-3. $49.97.

Life on Hold. By Karen McQuestion. 5 CDs. 5:08 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-3108-2. $49.97.

The Lost Flower Children. By Janet Taylor Lisle. 2 CDs. 2:23 hrs. AudioGo. 2012. ISBN 978-1-935430-94-0. $29.95.

Monument 14.

By Emmy Laybourne. 6 CDs. 7 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-5004-5. $54.97.

Not Exactly a Love Story. By Audrey Couloumbis. 5 CDs. 6:14 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-385-36137-8. $45.

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. By Leslea Newman. 2 CDs. 1:20 hours. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4692-0636-3. $53.97.

The River of No Return: The Jaguar Stones, Book 3.  By J and P Voelkel. 8 CDs. 9:42 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Listening Library. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-71209-7. $60.

The Silence of Murder. By Dandi Daley Mackall. 8 CDs. 9:06 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-385-36149-1. $50.

Sneak: Swipe Series. By Evan Angler. 7 CDs. 8:25 hrs. Oasis Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61375-636-0. $48.99

Soccerland. By Beth Choat. 5 CDs. 5:48 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-1520-4. $49.97.

3 Below: A Floors Novel. By Patrick Carman. 5 CDs. 6 hrs. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2012. ISBN 978-0-545-46616-5 $25.99.

Tiltawhirl John. By Gary Paulsen. 3 CDs. 3 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-4129-6. $39.97.

Will Sparrow’s Road. By Karen Cushman. 4 CDs. 5:10 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-449-01470-7. $30.

Zom-B. By Darren Shan. 3 CDs. 3:44 hrs. Hachette for Audio Go. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61969-549-8. $49.99.


Because I Said So! Performed by Big Bang Boom. CD. 29 min. CDBaby.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $12.

Come Sing Along with Janie Next Door. Performed by Jane Christison. CD. 45 min. with lyrics. Prod. by Music with a Smile Prods. Dist. by CDBaby.com. 2010, 2012 release. ISBN unavail. $14.98.

I’m So Glad. Performed by Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band. CD. approx. 35 min. CDBaby.com. 2012. ISBN unavail. $10.

It’s Not Fair to Me. Performed by BillHarley and Keith Munslow. CD. approx. 35 min. Prod. by Round River Records. Dist. by Allegro/New Sound. 2013. ISBN unavail. $14.99.

Outer Space. Performed by Dino O’Dell & The T-Rex All Stars. CD. 33 min. AV Café. 2012. ISBN unavail. $15.

Yes! Performed by Wayne Potash. CD. 48 min. Happy House Records. 2013. ISBN unavail. $15.


The Preschooler’s Bible. By V. Gilbert Beers. 2 CDs. 2 hrs. Oasis Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-61375-301-9. $12.99.

Social Studies

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust. By Doreen Rappapport. 5 CDs. 4:37 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4692-0625-7. $64.97.

Looking at Lincoln. By Maira Kalman. CD. 10:17 min. with hardcover book. Spoken Arts. 2012. ISBN 0-8045-4241-4. $29.95.



Nutrition Labels: Reading between the Lines. CD-ROM. Windows/Mac. with tchr’s. guide online. Learning Seed. 2012. ISBN 978-1-55740-620-0. $99.