Audio books, Blogger Jeanette Larson, Children & Technology, Professional Development

Listen to This!

I first became interested in audiobooks when as a relatively new librarian I was invited to serve on the Notable Children’s Recordings committee in 1983. I had started listening to audiobooks a year or two earlier as a way to keep up with children’s literature by “reading” during my hour-long commute twice a day. Over the almost thirty years since then, I have served on several Audio Publishers Association‘s Audie Awards committees, taught classes on including audiobooks in library collections, and I write a column for Library Media Connections on audiobooks. Even with all of that experience, I’m still learning about the value of audiobooks, and some of the best continuing education can come from reading a book. ALA Editions recently published Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy by Sharon Grover & Lizette D. Hannegan. Both are longtime fans of audiobooks but these librarians are also advocates for the role audiobooks…