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Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature
Mary Burkey
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1157-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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112 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1157-0
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, G, H, Z

Read a sample of the book and Appendix A: Audiobook Lexicon now!

Audiobooks are now a staple in most public and school libraries, and with good reason, since they have a clear role in the education of today’s “born digital” generation. Burkey, who has been following their rise in popularity for years, combines a fascinating history of the medium and practical tips for using them in a readable guide applicable to school and public librarians as well as classroom teachers. Enriched  with reflections and comments from authors, audiobook narrators, producers, reviewers, and librarians, this book
  • Shows how audiobooks not only benefit struggling readers and bring families together but also fit neatly within newly accepted standards for early literacy education
  • Demonstrates how to use audiobooks as classroom and library tools for learning
  • Identifies how to locate “must-have” audiobooks and offers advice for maintaining a collection
Including an overview of the major audiobook awards and lists of additional resources, Burkey’s guide will help librarians and educators unlock the educational potential of audiobooks for youth.
Table of Contents

Chapter One: A History of Children’s Audiobooks
Chapter Two: What Is an Audiobook? Why Listen?
Chapter Three: The Art of the Audiobook: Setting the Stage, Speaking the Page
Chapter Four: Continuing the Path to Production: Editing, Marketing, and the Creativity of Business
Chapter Five: Developing and Maintaining an Audiobook Collection
Chapter Six: Listening with a Critical Ear
Chapter Seven: Audiobook Awards and Recognition
Chapter Eight: Into the Future, Listening to the Past

Appendix A: Audiobook Lexicon
Appendix B: Recommended Reading

About the Author

Mary Burkey is a National Board–certified teacher-librarian from Columbus, Ohio. She is the past chair of the American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Recordings, was part of the Odyssey Award Task Force, and served as the chair of ALA’s first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Committee. She currently serves as a judge for the Audio Publishers Association’s Audie Awards, reviews for Booklist magazine and The Horn Book magazine, and writes Booklist’s audiobook column “Voices in My Head.” Her Audiobooker blog serves as an online scrapbook of audiobook minutiae, digital literature ramblings, and reflections on audio productions and performances.

"[A] valuable addition to the canon of reading resources for youth librarians and media specialists ... This is essential reading for youth librarians who do collection development and listener advisory."

"A readable guide for public librarians and teachers. She offers examples of how to incorporate audiobooks into reading classes at school and in libraries that could benefit students - ESL students and struggling readers, for example. She emphasizes that the rule of a successful audio marketing plan is to ‘treat audio books as you would print, and to include them in staff picks and reading book lists’ … useful for all librarians who currently are or might be interested in working with youth and audiobooks."
--Australian Library Journal

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