Are your ears ready to read a book? This post is all about audiobooks, written to accompany the audiobook session at the 2019 NSLA Conference, presented by Francisca Goldsmith and Angela Reynolds (that’s me)!
First, I want to tell you about a new format that I got to test. Have you heard of Wonderbooks? It is a new format from Playaway, with the audio built right into the book. It even charges up with a USB cord, so no need for batteries. The buttons are easy to navigate, and the instructions are read aloud, so children can easily operate the book. There’s a read-along mode as well as a learning mode, which has good questions that can serve as models for adults or adult learners sharing books with children. I listened to an easy reader and a picture book. Both had high quality audio recordings, and the page turn signal did not interfere with the enjoyment of the book. Thanks to Live Oak Media for a couple of review copies of this awesome new way to share read-along picture books.
Sound Learning – Lists, articles, and information on how audiobooks promote literacy
Article: End of Audiobook Snobbery
How to book a Skype visit with a narrator (and other resources for libraries)
AudioFile Magazine – Reviews, blog, and podcasts
The Audies (award winning audiobooks)
Ears on the Odyssey (Mock Odyssey blog)
Audiobook SYNC (free audiobook downloads during summer)
Thanks for listening!