ALA Virtual Midwinter 2021

Notable Children’s Recordings Discussion List – January 2021

The Notable Children’s Recordings committee normally holds their evaluation meetings in an open, public forum at the ALA Mid-Winter and Annual conferences. Without in-person Midwinter Meetings, this committee is hosting their discussions over Zoom, and YOU are invited to listen in.  

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The 2021 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee will hold open meetings on: 

  • Tuesday, January 19 at 4 p.m. CST (review discussion of titles from Annual List) 
  • Wednesday, January 20 at 11 a.m. CST 
  • Wednesday, January 20 at 4 p.m. CST  
  • Friday, January 22 at 11 a.m. CST 
  • Friday, January 22 at 4 p.m. CST (shorter session, will close for voting when discussion is complete) 

Register for these meetings here

At the first open session on January 19th, annual titles will be reviewed first. For the remaining open sessions, 11 titles will be discussed each session. Here is the complete list: 

Annual Review:  

  • 145th Street: Short Stories. By Walter Dean Myers. Read by full cast. Listening Library. 
  • Efren Divided. By Ernesto Cisneros. Read by Anthony Rey Perez. HarperCollins Audio.  
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington. By Janae Marks. Read by Bahni Turpin. HarperCollins Audio.  
  • Going Down Home With Daddy. By Kelly Starling Lyons. Read by Daxton Edwards. Dreamscape Media.  
  • I Am Kind. By Lindsay Monroe. Troubadour Music.  
  • Maybe He Just Likes You. By Barabra Dee. Read by Emily Rankin. Listening Library.  
  • Muevete: Songs for a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body. By Jose-Luis Orozco. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.  
  • Say Her Name. By Zetta Elliot. Read by Channie Waites. Recorded Books. 
  • Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You. By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Read by Jason Reynolds. Hachette Audio.  
  • The Best of Iggy. By Annie Barrows. Read by Kate Reinders. Listening Library.  
  • The One and Only Bob. By Katherine Applegate. Read by Danny DeVito. HarperCollins Audio.  
  • The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times. By Cressida Cowell. Read by David Tennant. Hachette Audio.  
  • Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave. By Jessica Hische. Read by Abigail Revasch. Listening Library.  
  • Voyage of the Frostheart. By Jamie Littler. Read by Joshua McGuire. Listening Library.  
  • When You Trap a Tiger. By Tae Keller. Read by Greta Jung. Listening Library.  
  • Wink. By Rob Harrell. Read by Michael Crouch and Marc Thompson. Listening Library.  

Mid-Winter Nominations:  

  • Ahimsa. By Supriya Kelkar. Read by Zehra Jane Naqvi. Tantor Media.  
  • Bear Came Along. By Richard T. Morris. Read by Joshua Manning. Hachette Audio.  
  • Becoming Muhammad Ali. By James Patterson & Kwame Alexander. Read by Kwame Alexander. Hachette Audio.  
  • Before the Ever After. By Jacqueline Woodson. Read by Guy Lockard. Listening Library.  
  • Can You See Me? By Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott. Read by Bailey Carr. Scholastic Audio.  
  • Cats Sit On You. By Story Pirates. Face Cake Records.  
  • Concrete Kids. By Amyra León. Read by Amyra León. Listening Library.  
  • Cozy. By Jan Brett. Read by René Ruiz. Listening Library.  
  • D.a.D. By Pierce Freelon. Blackspace.  
  • Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away. By Meg Medina. Read by Jane Santos. Dreamscape Media.  
  • Everything I Know About You. By Barbara Dee. Read by Rachel L. Jacobs. Listening Library.  
  • Fart Quest. By Aaron Reynolds. Read by Jonathan Myles. Macmillan Young Listeners.  
  • Fiesta Global. By Flor Bromley. Flor Bromley.  
  • Fighting Words. By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Read by Bahni Turpin. Listening Library.  
  • Genesis Begins Again. By Alicia D. Williams. Read by Alicia D. Williams. Simon & Schuster Audio.  
  • Here We Are. By Oliver Jeffers. Read by Oliver Jeffers. Listening Library.  
  • HotDog! By Anh Do. Read by full cast. Scholastic Audio.  
  • I Am Every Good Thing. By Derrick Barnes. Read by Joshua David Scarlett. Listening Library.  
  • I am Leonardo da Vinci. By Brad Meltzer. Read by full cast. Listening Library.  
  • Iggy Is Better Than Ever. By Annie Barrows. Read by Kate Reinders. Listening Library.  
  • King and the Dragonflies. By Kacen Callender. Read by Ron Butler. Scholastic Audio.  
  • Library Books Are Not for Eating! By Todd Tarpley. Read by Tara Sands. Listening Library.  
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! By Ben Clanton. Read by full cast. Listening Library.  
  • Overground Railroad. By Lesa Cline-Ransome. Read by Shayna Small and Dion Graham. Live Oak Media.  
  • Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré. By Anika Aldamuy Denise. Read by Adriana Sananes. Dreamscape Media.  
  • Punching the Air. By Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam. Read by Ethan Herisse. Balzer + Bray Audio.  
  • Room on the Broom. By Julia Donaldson. Read by Josie Lawrence. Listening Library.  
  • Roy Digs Dirt. By David Shannon. Read by PJ Ochlan. Scholastic Audio.  
  • Say Something. By Peter H. Reynolds. Read by Peter H. Reynolds. Weston Woods Studios.  
  • Stepping Stones. By Lucy Knisley. Read by full cast. Listening Library.  
  • The Gruffalo. By Julia Donaldson. Read by Imelda Staunton. Listening Library. 
  • The List of Things That Will Not Change. By Rebecca Stead. Read by Rachel L. Jacobs. Listening Library.  
  • The Madre de Aguas of Cuba. By Adam Gidwitz and Emma Otheguy. Read by Rebecca Soler. Listening Library.  
  • The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter. By Shabazz Larkin. Read by full cast. Live Oak Media.  
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar. By Ross Burach. Read by Matt Braver and Sisi Aisha Johnson. Weston Woods Studio.  
  • Tristan Strong Destroys the World. By Kwame Mbalia. Read by Amir Abdullah. Listening Library.  
  • We Are Not Free. By Traci Chee. Ready by full cast. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Audio.  
  • When Stars Are Scattered. By Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed. Read by full cast. Listening Library.  

Audience members do not contribute to the discussion, but listen as the committee members debate each of the items on the discussion lists in their search for the materials that best meet the Notable criteria. This is an opportunity to hear about audio books and music that have been published in 2020. It is also an opportunity to learn about the evaluation process.  

Nate Halsan, chair of the Notable Children’s Recordings committee, invites you to stop by to learn more about audiobook and children’s music evaluation and to listen to discussion about some of 2020’s best recordings. 

This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.

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