Odyssey Award – Listen Up!

There’s only one month until the American Library Association names the winner of the first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. This new award, a joint effort of the Association for Library Service to Children & the Young Adult Library Services Association, will recognize the single best audiobook created for listeners ages birth through age eighteen, along with possible honor titles. The award, on the same tier as the Printz, Newbery, and Caldecott awards, establishes audiobooks as a true literary genre. Find out more here.

Do you have time for a Mock Odyssey in the next month? Poll your patrons to see which 2007 audiobook titles they think deserve the Odyssey Award. Or share your choices here with the other ALSC Blog readers. Then log on to the ALA website Monday, January 14th, from 8-9 a.m. (EST) to watch the award press conference and see the announcement live.

The 2008 Odyssey Committee has evaluated 379 audiobooks which total just short of 2000 hours of listening – an amount of time equal to 50 weeks of full-time employment! We are still under the headphones, entering the final stages of listening to the very best in children’s and young adult audiobooks. Be sure to watch for the final selection, and lend your ears to the sound of great literature!

Mary Burkey
Chair, 2008 Odyssey Award Committee

About Mary Burkey

Mary Burkey is a middle school teacher-librarian and audiobook evangelist. She writes the audiobook column "Voices in My Head" for ALA's Book Links Magazine.
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One Response to Odyssey Award – Listen Up!

  1. angelaNS says:

    My favs this year are:
    Clementine, which is just so very spot-on as far as creating that perfect little girl voice.
    Harry Potter 7, which enthralled me all the way through.
    and…
    The Rules of Survival, with a narrator so well suited to the task that he sends chills down the spine.

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