ALA Midwinter 2016

Notable Children’s Sound Recordings — 2016 Discussion List

Barbara Scotto, the chair of the 2016 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, and the entire NCR committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions, taking place in the Renaissance Waterfront, Room Georges, at the following times: Friday, January 8, 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm Saturday, January 9, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Sunday, January 10, 1:30 pm – 9:00 pm The complete discussion list is below: A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans, 3 hrs 58 min, cd, $30.00, Listening Library, 9781101891582 A House for a Hermit Crab, 11 min, cd+bk, $12.95, Weston Woods, 9780545875004 A Plague of Bogles, 7 hrs 16 min, cd, $45.00, Listening Library, 9780553556261 All American Boys, 6 hrs 30 min, mp3, $17.99, Simon & Schuster, 9781442398672 All Around This World: Africa, 1 hr 24 min, cd, $18.99, CD Baby/Sugar Mountain All Fall Down, 8 hrs 34 min, cd, $74.99, Scholastic, 9780545788342…

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My Odyssey Journey

I was just invited to be part of the 2017 Odyssey Award Committee (happy dance!) Do ya’ll know this award? It gets the tiniest bit trumped by the big hitters, Newbery and Caldecott, but as an adult who loves to be on the receiving end of a story, I’m pretty thrilled to be part of this committee that chooses the best audiobook produced for kids or teens each year. I once wrote a kind-of fan letter to an actor (Eric Singer) who narrated one of my favorite books (it’s an adult title: The Dogs of Babel) and he actually responded! So yah, I get the fangirl element of audiobooks. Since this will be my first award-committee-experience, I’m excited for sure but I’m also a bit nervous. Here’s the stuff I’m thrilled about: Exposure to titles I might otherwise miss. It’s hard to catch a glimpse of all the youth titles…

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What great books have you listened to this year?

ALSC personal members are invited to suggest titles for the 2016 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production.  This award is given annually to recognize the best English language audiobook for children and/or young adults in the previous submission year. The committee will consider and vote on titles published between January 1 and October 31 of 2015, as well as titles published between November 1 and December 31 of 2014.   You may send recommendations with full bibliographic information to Cindy Lombardo at The award will be announced at the press conference during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2016. For more information about the Odyssey Award, you can visit the ALSC website at​ (Published on behalf of the Odyssey Award Committee)

ALA Annual 2015

Notable Children’s Recordings Nominees — Summer 2015 #alaac15

Earlier today, the ALSC Notable Children’s Books list of titles to be discussed at the Annual Conference was posted on this blog. I know many of you are also anticipating the 2015 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee Discussion List. The 2015 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee would like to invite anyone interested to come to their meetings in San Francisco where children’s recordings and audiobooks will be discussed for inclusion on the 2016 Notable Children’s Recordings List. The committee will meet at the Intercontinental Hotel (Patri Room) on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 5:30 and Sunday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00. And here is the discussion list: • A Plague of Bogles, 7 hrs 16 min, cd, $45, Listening Library, 9780553556261 • All Around This World: Africa, 1 hr. 24 min, cd, $18.99, CD Baby/Sugar Mountain • Best Friend Next Door, 4 hrs 44 min,, cd, $25.88, Weston Woods,9780545857710 • Bugs in…

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Building a great e-audio collection

The audiobooks in your library’s digital collection are easy to access from computers, tablets, iPods and smartphones. As you build and market the collection, keep in mind the different ways that children and families use audiobooks, and select titles to meet a variety of needs. Preschool children may be drawn to the stories and characters of their favorite picture books. Think carefully about how the text will play without the pictures that help tell the story. You’ll also want to take checkout limits into consideration. Collections of multiple books, like Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss, and early chapter books like Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! may be more attractive to borrowers than a title which only lasts a few minutes. Families listening together need titles that appeal to everyone. Stories like The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher include characters of multiple ages. Parents listening with older children will…

ALA Midwinter 2015

Notable Sound Recordings — 2015 Discussion List

Jennifer Duffy, chair, and the rest of the 2015 Notable Sound Recordings Committee, invite you to join them at their Midwinter discussions, taking place on Friday, January 30th through Sunday, February 1st, in the Lake Michigan Room of the Chicago Hilton. The complete discussion list is below. Titles with an asterisk indicate that the book was already discussed at the Annual Conference last summer. ************************************************************** *The Abominables, 5 hr 15 min, cd, $51.75, Recorded Books, 9781490620954 American Heroes #4, 41 min, cd, $13.98, Sprout Recordings, 8450197674 Angus and Sadie, 4 hr 28 min, cd, $30, Listening Library, 9780553396379 Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It, 13 min, book + cd, $29.95, Live Oak Media, 9781430117698 Blind, 10 hr 41 min, cd, $55, Listening Library, 9781101890974 Blood Ties: Spirit Animals #3, 5 hr 29 min, cd, $54.99, Scholastic Audio, 9780545648769 *The Bossy E, 33 min, cd, $15, Coil Records, 8829510081 The Boundless, 8 hr…

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Expand Your Collection with Bookapalooza!

Dream of expanding your collection with a huge shipment of books, videos, and audio books and recordings? Boy, have we got an offer for you! ALSC and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2015 Bookapalooza Program. This program offers select libraries a collection of materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families. The materials are primarily for children age birth through 14 and include newly published books, videos, audio books and recordings from children’s trade publishers. Applicants must be personal members of ALSC, as well as ALA members to apply. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 1, 2015. For more information about the award requirements and submitting the online application please visit the Bookapalooza Web page.