Do you remember listening to audiobooks when you were young?
I enjoyed listening as a young girl even though I treasured my favorite books and library visits. I fondly remember my cassette tapes and lavender tape recorder. My family always packed a selection of picture books and matching cassette tapes for our summer vacations and longs drives. Just when a witch, a troll or a monster entered the story, I’d think “oh, this is the best part!” But my cousin was too scared and pushed the “stop” button so off we went to the next story. I still smile and think of her when I hear audiobook fairytales.
With 14, 244 audiobooks checked out at DPL last fiscal year, can you guess the two that were checked out the most?
1) Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (series)
2) Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne (series)
What are the top two from your library?
Three of my favorite audiobooks to recommend to library customers this summer are The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. With audiobooks, it’s all in the voice. I have so many other books that I love but might not recommend in the audio version when the voice style alters the charm of the book. Helping your library customers find the perfect audiobook for the summer is so important. If a child loves a book in a series like How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell or The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, they will have books to listen to all summer long.
Summer time is also the perfect time to re-listen to your favorite classic children’s books. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (recorded by librarians at ALA 2010!), and Stuart Little by E. B. White are playing over and over at my house.
As a librarian, I’ve always had my favorites in a selection of genres to recommend along with the newest like The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart. But now, I also spend more time exploring resources so I can stay current.
After being on ALSC Notable Children’s Books, I have a new appreciation for the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings committee and the amazing list they create each year. This list is a treasure and perfect to share all year long. The Odyssey Award is another great resource!
Follow a few library blogs or a few bibliocommons book lists to discover a new audiobook.
- ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings – 2017
- Chicago Public Library – Family Road Trip Audiobook Recommendations
- Common Sense Media – Great Audiobooks for Kids
- DPL – Summer Audiobooks – 2017 (my list for the summer…)
- King County Library System – Last-Minute Audiobooks for Family Trips
- Seattle Public Library – Popular Books on CD for Children
A few more resources:
- BookFlix – Animated Stories and Nonfiction eBooks Together.
- Vox Books – Ready to Read. Ready to Listen. Ready to Go.
Do you have a Favorite Digital Download or Audiobook list on your website? What resources or lists do you follow to discover new audiobooks for children? Please share in the comments below.