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2022 Notable Children’s Recordings Discussion List

Round 2 – January 2022

The 2022 Notable Children’s Recordings committee will be meeting via Zoom on January 13, 14, and 17 for their Round 2 discussions and YOU are invited to listen in! 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 2021. It is also an opportunity to learn about the evaluation process.

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The dates/times of the Notable Children’s Recordings meetings are

  • Thursday, 1/13/22 from 2:30-5pm and 7-8pm central
  • Friday, 1/14/22 from 2:30-5pm central
  • Monday, 1/17/22 from 3-5 central

Registration is required to observe these discussions. Here is the link to register to attend a session.

At the first open session on January 13th, titles previously discussed at the Annual Conference will be reviewed first. For the remaining open sessions, additional titles will be discussed each session. Here is the complete list of recordings to be reviewed:

Books:

  1. All Because You Matter. By Tami Charles. Read by Tami Charles. Weston Woods Studios. CD and book.
  2. Allergic. By Megan Wagner Lloyd. Read by a full cast. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  3. Almost There and Almost Not. By Linda Urban. Read by Caitlin Kelly. Simon and Schuster Audio. DD.
  4. At the Mountain’s Base. By Traci Sorell. Read by Kimberly Guerrero. Listening Library. DD.
  5. Be You! By Peter H. Reynolds. Read by the author. Weston Woods Studios. CD and book. 
  6. Because of Winn-Dixie. By Kate DiCamillo. Read by Jenn Lamia. Listening Library. DD.
  7. Big Feelings. By Alexandra Penfold. Read by Janina Edwards. Listening Library. DD.
  8. The Cat Man of Aleppo. By Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latha. Read by Irene Latham and Ramsey Faragallah. Listening Library. DD.
  9. Chicken Little and the Big Bad Wolf. By Sam Wedelich. Read by Lauren Ezzo. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  10. City of the Plague God. By Sarwat Chadda. Read by Vikas Adam. Listening Library. DD.
  11. Clash of the Rival Robots. By Gareth P. Jones. Read by David Thorpe. Listening Library. DD.
  12. Class Act. By Jerry Craft. Read by a Full Cast. HarperAudio. DD.
  13. The Cot in the Living Room. By Hilda Eunice Burgos. Read gy Gisela Chipe. Listening Library. DD. 
  14. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. By Laurie Ann Thompson. Read by Adjoa Andoh. Listening Library. DD.
  15. Game Time! By Anh Do. Ready by Aaron Lockman, James Herrera, and Casey Turner. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  16. Gladys the Magic Chicken. By Adam Rubin. Read by the author. Listening Library. DD.
  17. Grandma’s Purse. By Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Read by the author. Listening Library. DD
  18. Grandude’s Green Submarine. By Paul McCartney. Read by the author. Listening Library. DD.
  19. The Hill We Climb. By Amanda Gorman. Read by the author. Penguin Audio. DD.
  20. I am Oprah Winfrey. By Brad Meltzer. Read by a full cast. Listening Library. DD.
  21. I and I Bob Marley. By Tony Medina. Read by Jaime Lincoln Smith. Live Oak. CD and book.
  22. Ivy. By Katherine Coville. Read by Carmen Viviano Crafts. Full Cast Audio. DD.
  23. Jude Banks, Superhero. By Ann Hood. Read by Christopher Gebauer. Listening Library. DD.
  24. Kafka and the Doll. By Larissa Theule. Read by Adam Alexi-Malle. Listening Library. DD.
  25. Kaleidoscope. By Brian Selznick. Read by Gwendoline Christie. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  26. The Leaky Battery Sets Sail. By Gareth P. Jones. Read by David Thorpe. Listening Library. DD.
  27. Let Liberty Rise! How America’s School Children Helped Save the Statue of Liberty. By Chana Stiefel. Read by David de Vries. Weston Woods Studios. CD and book. 
  28. Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins. By Lincoln Peirce. Read by a Full Cast. Listening Library. DD. 
  29. Muted. By Tami Charles. Read by the author. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  30. Nina. By Traci Todd. Read by Jade Wheeler. Listening Library. DD.
  31. Ohana Means Family. By Ilima Loomis. Read by Lois Leinani. Live Oak Media. CD and book. 
  32. The Oldest Student. By Rita Lorraine Hubbard. Read by Nikki M. James. Weston Woods Studios. CD and book. 
  33. The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo. By Judy Blume. Read by Laura Hamilton. Listening Library. DD.
  34. The One Thing You’d Save. By Linda Sue Park. Read by a full cast. Listening Library. DD.
  35. Our Table. By Peter H. Reynolds. Read by the author. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  36. Playing the Cards You’re Dealt. By Varian Johnson. Read by Dion Graham. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  37. Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot. By Dav Pilkey. Read by Oliver Wyman. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  38. Rise of the Slippery Sea Monster. By Gareth P. Jones. Read by David Thorpe. Listening Library. DD.
  39. Seven Special Somethings. By Adib Khorram. Read by the author. Listening Library. DD.
  40. Sulwe. By Lupita Nyong’o. Read by the author. Listening Library. DD.
  41. The Sun is Kind of  Big Deal. By Nick Seluk. Read by Emily Eiden, David de Vries, and Laura Ezzo. Weston Woods Studios. CD and book. 
  42. They Call Me Güero. By David Bowles. Read by Andrews Zuno. Listening Library. DD.
  43. This is Your Time. By Ruby Bridges. Read by Ruby Bridges. Listening Library. DD. 
  44. Tomorrow Most Likely. By Dave Eggers. Read by Channie Waites. Weston Woods Studios. CD and book.
  45. Twins. By Varian Johnson. Read by a full cast. Scholastic Audio. DD.
  46. War and Millie McGonigle. By Karen Cushman. Read by Emma Galvin. Listening Library. DD.
  47. The Way Back. By Gavriel Savit. Read by Allan Corduner. Listening Library. DD
  48. We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know. By Traci Sorell. Read by a full cast. Live Oak Media. CD and book.
  49. We Are Water Protectors. By Carole Lindstrom. Read by the author. Weston Woods Studios. CD and book.
  50. What Comes Next. By Rob Buyea. Read by Cassandra Morris. Listening Library. DD. 

Music:

  1. All One Tribe. By 1 Tribe Collective (various artists). Performed by 1 Tribe Collective. Aya World Productions. DD.
  2. Folk for Little Folk Volume 1. By Gordie Crazylegs MacKeeman. Performed by the composer. Gordie Crazylegs MacKeeman. CD. 
  3. Gershwin’s Magic Key. By George Gerswhin, Ira Gershwin & Paul Pement. Performed by Classical Kids feat. Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Children’s Group. CD.
  4. A Mind of Your Own. By The Bright Siders (Kari Groff and Kristin Andreassen). Performed by The Bright Siders and Guests. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. CD.
  5. Okay to be Different. SaulPaul. Performed by the composer. 8 Pound Gorilla Records. DD.
  6. Pachamama. Flor Bromley. Performed by the composer. 8 Pound Gorilla Records. DD.
  7. The Strawberry Band. By The Story Pirates. Performed by The Story Pirates. Face Cake Records. CD.
  8. Young Maestros, Vol. 1. By Tracy Bonham. Performed by Tracy Bonham. Melodeon Music House Records. CD.

Jillian Frasher, 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. 
 

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