ALA Midwinter 2020

2020 Notable Children’s Recordings Midwinter Discussion List

Notable Children's Recording SealThe ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee spent 2019 listening to over 800 audiobooks and children’s music CDs (over 4800 hours!) to create a list of the best recordings for children ages 0-14.

The Notable Children’s Recordings meetings are open to ALSC members and other ALA Midwinter attendees. All meetings will be held at the 201 Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia Ballroom South. We welcome everyone to attend.

Our meeting schedule is below:

  • Friday, January 24 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 25 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 26 from 1:30 pm to 9 pm

The following audiobooks will be discussed:

  1. 5 O’Clock Band. By Troy “Trombone” Shorty Andrews and Bill Taylor. Live Oak Media. CD and book. $30.95.
  2. Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants. By Andrea Beaty. Dreamscape. DL. $6.99.
  3. Bernard Pepperlin. By Cara Hoffman. HarperAudio. DL. $15.99.
  4. The Best At It. By Maulik Pancholy. HarperAudio. DL. $20.99.
  5. The Bridge Home. By Padma Venkatraman. Listening Library. DL. $38.
  6. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage. By Selina Alko. Weston Woods. CD and book. $29.95.
  7. Charlotte’s Web. By E.B. White. Listening Library. CD. $27.
  8. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid. By Jeff Kinney. Recorded Books. DL. $23.
  9. The Dog Who Lost His Bark. By Eoin Colfer. Brilliance. CD. $26.99.
  10. Elbow Grease. By John Cena. Listening Library. DL. $22.
  11. Gravity. By Jason Chin. Dreamscape. DL. $9.99.
  12. Hope and Other Punch Lines. By Julie Buxbaum. Listening Library. CD. $55.
  13. I Am Marie Curie. By Brad Meltzer. Listening Library. DL. $22.
  14. Infinite Hope. By Ashley Bryan. Simon & Schuster. DL. $9.99.
  15. A Kite for Moon. By Jane Yolen. Dreamscape. DL. $9.99.
  16. Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: The Spacedog Cometh #3. By Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth. Listening Library. DL. $34.
  17. Look Both Ways. By Jason Reynolds. Simon & Schuster. DL. $17.99.
  18. The Magic of Letters. By Tony Johnston. Live Oak Media. CD and book. $31.95.
  19. Mango, Abuela, and Me. By Meg Medina. Live Oak Media. CD and book. $19.95.
  20. Max & the Midknights. By Lincoln Peirce. Listening Library. CD. $38.
  21. Maximillian Fly. By Angie Sage. HarperAudio. DL. $26.99.
  22. The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James. By Ashley Herring Blake. Hachette. DL. $24.98.
  23. Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. By Sherri Duskey Rinker. Weston Woods. CD and book. $29.95.
  24. More to the Story. By Hena Khan. Simon & Schuster. DL. $17.99.
  25. New Kid. By Jerry Craft. HarperAudio. DL. $13.99.
  26. The Next Great Paulie Fink. By Ali Benjamin. Hachette. DL. $24.98.
  27. Ninja Kid. By Anh Do. Scholastic. DL. $56.99.
  28. Nowhere Boy. By Katherine Marsh. Macmillan. DL. $19.99.
  29. On the Come Up. By Angie Thomas. HarperAudio. DL. $26.99.
  30. Other Words for Home. By Jasmine Warga. HarperAudio. DL. $15.99.
  31. Patron Saints of Nothing. By Randy Ribay. Listening Library. CD. $60.
  32. The Pigeon Has to Go to School! By Mo Willems. Weston Woods. CD and book. $29.95.
  33. A Piglet Named Mercy. By Kate DiCamillo. Listening Library. DL. $22.
  34. Potato Pants. By Laurie Keller. Weston Woods. CD and book. $29.95.
  35. Professor Renoir’s Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights. By Randall Platt. HarperAudio. DL. $26.99.
  36. The Prom. By Saundra Mitchell, Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, and Matthew Sklar. Listening Library. DL. $50.
  37. Roller Girl. By Victoria Jamieson. Listening Library. CD. $25.
  38. By Bobbie Pyron. HarperAudio. DL. $20.99.
  39. Strange Birds. By Celia C. Perez. Listening Library. CD. $40.
  40. To Night Owl From Dogfish. By Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan. Listening Library. CD. $35.
  41. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. By Kwame Mbalia. Listening Library. CD. $55.
  42. Two Roads. By Joseph Bruchac. Recorded Books. DL. $70.
  43. The Unteachables. By Gordon Korman. HarperAudio. DL. $20.99.
  44. The Wall in the Middle of the Book. By Jon Agee. Live Oak Media. CD and book. $30.95.
  45. The Way You Make Me Feel. By Maurene Goo. Tantor Media. DL. $19.99.
  46. When the Ground is Hard. By Malla Nunn. Listening Library. CD. $55.
  47. Wicked Fox. By Kat Cho. Listening Library. DL. $75.
  48. The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic. By Cressida Cowell. Hachette. CD. $30.
  49. The Word Collector. By Peter H. Reynolds. Weston Woods. CD and book. $29.95.
  50. You Are My Friend. By Aimee Reid. Dreamscape. DL. $14.99.

The following children’s music CDs will be discussed:

  1. All Aboard. By Captain Crimmins. New Rag Records. CD. $13.99.
  2. All Things on My Mind. By Music with Emily. Music with Emily. CD. $10.99.
  3. Backstroke Raptor. By Story Pirates. Gimlet Media. CD. $15.
  4. Buenos Diaz. By Lucky Band. Rainy Day Dimes, LLC. CD. $13.99.
  5. En La Radio. By Nathalia. Nathaliamusic. CD. $10.
  6. Inside I Shine. By Danny Weinkauf. Red Pants Music. CD. $15.
  7. Kindred. By Renee and Friends. One Melody Records. CD. $11.99.
  8. Kith & Kin. By Duke Otherwise. Duke Otherwise. CD. $15.
  9. The LOVE. By Alphabet Rockers. School Time Music. CD. $15.
  10. Office Hours. By Jack Forman. Monkey House Music. CD. $15.99.
  11. Swamp Romp. By Johnette Downing. Wiggle Worm Records. CD. $10.
  12. Under the Big Umbrella. By Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could. Bumblin’ Bee Records. CD. $13.99.

Annamarie Carlson, Chair
Notable Children’s Recordings committee

This post addresses the ALSC Core Competency of Knowledge Curation and Management of Materials

For a complete list of the Notable Children’s Books to be discussed at Midwinter 2020, click here.


  1. Terry

    re: #11. Which Jason Chin book? There is no title.

    1. Elizabeth Serrano

      Thanks so much for letting us know! This has been corrected.

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