ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

More Notable Audio Recordings that Tickle and Trigger #alamw21

Because I’m conferencing from the library, my experience is dotted with usual commitments — including Outdoor Storytime and Storyt!me Shorts.

“I am once again asking for your best mittens to be worn at outdoor storytime…”
Meme by my colleague, Sarah Prosser.

After storytime, I sit down and tune into the last morning session of the Children’s Notable Audio Recordings committee. The committee met Tuesday and Wednesday as well which I documented in a previous post. At the start of each session, the committee shares the list of titles up for discussion during Midwinter sessions.

The committee members laugh a lot with each other, which makes session observance enjoyable! Shout out to committee members for taking on the challenge of listening to so many recordings (in such a challenging year).

Notable titles begin to emerge as the members discuss the pros, cons and questions about each recording:

Discussed in the Friday AM committee session for Children’s Notable Audio Recordings.
Available via Penguin Random House’s Listening Library.

“I thought this one was brimming with venturesome creativity,” Jill Fraser said of The Gruffalo read by Imelda Staunton.

The title is later compared to another Donaldson recording on the list: Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom, read by Josie Lawrence.

Discussed in the Friday AM committee session for Children’s Notable Audio Recordings. Available via Listening Library.

Pro: “[Stepping Stones] felt like listening to a really well-produced radio play,” one committee member said.

Con: “I don’t know if it elevated something that is really worth elevating,” said one committee member, saying she thought the content could be triggering for children whose relationships with adults were similar to those portrayed in the graphic novel.


Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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