June is Audio Book Month
Since moving from Ohio to Texas, we have driven back and forth several times. It is 19 hours. 19 hours trapped in a car with a teen and a 4 year old. They fight. They ask if we are there yet – a lot. But behold the magic of Audio Books! They really do make travelling better.
June is Audio Book Month. In part because school is ending and everyone is thinking about taking those long vacation drives somewhere. It is, in fact, a great time to listen to an audio book. Of course, you can also listen while you work out, clean your house, do yard work and more.
During Reluctant Readers week, we talked a lot about how audio books are a great tool for reluctant readers:
Confessions of a Librarian Raising a Reluctant Reader
What is a Reluctant Reader
Take 5: Resources for Working with Reluctant Readers
Top 10 Tips for Parents (and teachers and librarians) for Helping Your Reluctant Reader
What if We Read More?
What If It’s More than Reluctant Reading? A story of Dyslexia
Challenge Accepted! A school librarian talks about Reluctant Readers
But audio books are more than just for reluctant readers. They are for anyone who wants to listen to a great story. This month, in celebration of Audio Book Month, we will be posting periodically about audio books. We will have an audio book narrator share with us how an audio book comes into being, an Odyssey member share with us her experience on the committee, and Christie is going to talk about how – and why – her branch recently added Playaways to the library.
And we’re going to have a Giveaway. We all have some audiobooks that we have reviewed laying around and we’re putting a little prize package together for you. You have until the end of the month to enter if you are a U.S. resident. Included in the prize package will be my full review copies of Scowler and Rotters by Daniel Kraus, which I talked about listening to here: True Confessions of an Audio Book Virgin.
So let’s get this giveaway and our discussion of audio books started. Leave us a comment telling us your favorite audio book and what makes it stand out above the rest. Or, if you don’t really like listening to audio books, leave us a comment telling us why.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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