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Winter 2024 Notable Children’s Recordings Discussions

The Notable Children’s Recordings Committee is pleased to announce this year’s last set of public discussion meetings. The NCR committee’s charge is to develop a list of the most notable recordings of audiobooks and music of interest for children ages 0-14 produced in 2023. The committee met in July for public discussion meetings, and this year’s second set of discussions will occur on January 8, 2024 and January 22, 2024.


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Please register in advance to listen in on these discussions:


The titles to be discussed on Monday, January 8th include:

TitleAuthor(s)Narrator(s)
Aesop’s Fables As Told by Jim WeissAesop, Jim WeissJim Weiss
All Are Welcome: Give What You CanAlexandra PenfoldJanina Edwards
All Are Welcome: Welcome Back!Alexandra PenfoldJanina Edwards
Amara’s FarmJaNay Brown-WoodJaNay Brown-Wood, Vivian Wood
An American StoryKwame AlexanderStacy Gonzalez
The ArtistEd VereEd Vere
Back to the Bright BeforeKatherin NolteJesse Vilinsky
Barely FloatingLilliam RiveraVictoria Villarreal
Big TreeBrian SelznickMeryl Streep
Busy Betty & the Circus SurpriseReese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
Carina FelinaCarmen Agra DeedyCarmen Agra Deedy
The Chaos MonsterSayantani DasGuptaSharmila G. Lash
Chez BobBob SheaJohn Lithgow
Children of the Black GlassAnthony PeckhamPeter Noble
Chinese MenuGrace LinLisa Ling
The Curious Vanishing of Beatrice WilloughbyG. Z. SchmidtLiz Pearce
The Dark Lord’s DaughterPatricia C. WredeNadia Verde, Brian Thomas Abraham
The DreamaticsMichelle CuevasMegan Hilty
Ellis Johnson Might Be FamousShawn AmosShawn Amos
Elf Dog and Owl HeadM.T. AndersonPete Cross
Extra NormalKate Alice MarshallPatricia Santomasso
Finch HouseCiera BurchJoniece Abbott-Pratt
The First Cat in Space and the Soup of DoomMac BarnettShawn Harris, Mac Barnett
The First Cat in Space Ate PizzaMac BarnettShawn Harris, Mac Barnett
Forever TwelveStacy McAnultyElena Rey
Hattie Harmony: Opening NightElizabeth Olsen, Robbie ArnettRobbie Arnett, Elizabeth Olsen
Hidden TruthsElly SwartzJeff Ebner, Emily Eiden
The Horrible Bag of Terrible Things #1Rob RenzettiJay Myers
I Am John LewisBrad MeltzerKathleen McInerney, Jeff Gurner, Dan Bittner, Ron Butler, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Janina Edwards, James Fouhey, Jeanette Illidge
I Have Something to Tell You For Young AdultsChasten Buttigieg, Ariana DeBoseChasten Buttigieg
I Love Everything About MeFatima ScipioJasmin Walker
I’m Still Here (Adapted for Young Readers)Austin Channing BrownAustin Channing Brown
InvisibleChristina Diaz Gonzalez, Gabriela EpsteinSarah Tie, Lisset Diaz, Andrés Hinspeter-Seda, Noah Rico, Christian Barillas
Jovita Wore PantsAida SalazarAida Salazar
Kicks in the SkyC. G. EsperanzaC. G. Esperanza
Killer Underwear InvasionElise GravelChristopher Gebauer, Samara Naeymi

The titles to be discussed on Monday, January 22nd include:

TitleAuthor(s)Narrator(s)
The Kingdom Over the SeaZohra NabiAysha Kala
Leeva at LastSara PennypackerStephanie Willing
Like Lava in My VeinsDerrick BarnesJames Fouhey
Lizzie Demands a Seat!Beth AndersonKaren Chilton
Louder Than WordsKathy KacerGabi Epstein
The Luis Ortega Survival ClubSonora ReyesElisa Meléndez
Mama’s Sleeping ScarfChimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
MexikidPedro MartínOscar Emmanuel Fabela, Omar Leyva, Cynthia Farrell, Kevin Orduno, Elena Rey, Avi Roque, Christophe Landa, Daisy Guevara, Alejandro Vargas-Lugo, Fernando Monroy
A Mighty Long WayCarlotta Walls LaNier, Lisa Frazier PageNicole Lewis
Miles Morales SuspendedJason ReynoldsGuy Lockard, Nile Bullock
The Mona Lisa VanishesNicholas DayCarlotta Brentan
Mr. Whiskers and the Shenanigan SistersWendelin Van DraanenMichael Crouch
Myrtle, Means, and OpportunityElizabeth C. BunceBethan Rose Young
Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor ProphecyAngie ThomasJoniece Abbott-Pratt
Night in the CityJulie DowningHarriet D. Foy
NuglyM. C. RossPete Cross
Of Salt and ShoreAnnet SchappTavia Gilbert
One True WishLauren KateEm Grosland, Rebekkah Ross, Erin Ruth Walker
Once There WasKiyash MonsefNikki Massoud
Peppa’s Christmas WishBased on the TV series created by Neville Astley, Mark BakerLauren Irwin
Picture DaySarah SaxFelisha Wong, Em Grosland, Davu Smith, Beth Hicks, Jamie K. Brown, Valerie Rose Lohman, Giordan Diaz, Mirai, Keylor Leigh, Michael Crouch
The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!Mo WillemsMo Willems
Pizza and Taco Lunch Special: Books 1-6Stephen ShaskanRene Ruiz
Project FJeanne DuPrauJeremy Carlisle Parker
The Puppets of SpelhorstKate DiCamilloAllan Corduner
Remember UsJacqueline WoodsonJacqueline Woodson
The Royal Ranger: Arazan’s WolvesJohn FlanaganJohn Keating
Salsa MagicLetisha MarreroAlmarie Guerra
Sandor Katz and the Tiny WildJacqueline Briggs Martin, June Jo LeeLori Prince, Sandor Katz
School TripJerry CraftDan Bittner, Dereje Tarrant, Guy Lockard, January LaVoy, Kaian Lilien, Kim Mai Guest, Marc Thompson, Miles Harvey, Nile Bullock, Phoebe Strole, Rebecca Soler, Robin Miles, Ron Butler
The Sea of TerrorStuart GibbsGibson Frazier, Lamarr Gulley, Aden Hakimi, Lameece Issaq
The Secret of the Dragon GemsRajani LaRocca, Chris BaronReena Dutt, Mark Sanderlin, Jason Culp, Vivienne Leheny, Nicky Endres, Suzanne Toren
Sisters of the Lost MarshLucy StrangeLucy Strange
The Skull: A Tyrolean TaleJon KlassenJon Klassen, Fairuza Balk
Something Like HomeAndrea Beatriz ArangoAlmarie Guerra
The Spaces in BetweenJames PrellerMarc Thompson
The Story of Gumluck the WizardAdam RexChristina Moore
Strong As Fire, Fierce As FlameSupriya KelkarSneha Mathan
Stuntboy, In-Between TimeJason ReynoldsGuy Lockard, Nile Bullock, Angel Pean, James Fouhey, Dioni Michelle Collins, Lamarr Gulley, Chanté McCormick, Leon Nixon, Soneela Nankani, DePre Owens, André Santana
The Sum of Us (Adapted for Young Readers)Heather McGheeHeather McGhee
Tales from Watership DownRichard AdamsSimon Vance
There Was a Party for LangstonJason ReynoldsJason Reynolds
This BoyIlene CooperStewart Crank
This Is Music: StringsRekha S. RajanRekha S. Rajan
Three Tasks for a DragonEoin ColferAoife McMahon
Top StoryKelly YangSunny Lu
The TryoutChristina SoontornvatGrace Li, Vaneh Assadourian, Marcha Kia, Ashley Austin Morris, Brian Sounalath
A Warning About SwansR. M. RomeroLauren Ezzo
What Happened to Rachel Riley?Claire SwinarskiAlexandra Hunter, Andrew Eiden, Caitlin Davies, Ferdelle Capistrano, Gail Shalan, Karla Serrato, Kirby Heyborne, Reena Dutt
When You Can SwimJack WongShannon Tyo
Where the Wild Things Are: A Caldecott WinnerMaurice SendakMichelle Obama
The Whispering PinesJames PrellerMarc Thompson
The Wicked UnseenGigi GriffisElena Rey, Jorjeana Marie
The Year My Life Went Down the ToiletJake Maia ArlowKrystal Hammond
Yenebi’s Drive to SchoolSendy SantamariaAna Osorio
You: The StoryRuta SepetysRuta Sepetys
You Are Here: Connecting FlightsEllen OhDavid Lee Huynh, Dana Wing Lau, Ramon de Ocampo, Jeanne Syquia

Becki Bishop, chair of the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, invites you to attend and hear how these books have been transformed in producing an audio version of the printed copy. Don’t forget to register in advance!

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