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A great place to begin your search for audiobook recommendations is ALSC's
"Notable Children's Recordings" list. Each year approximately 20 titles
recommended for ages 0-14 are named to this list which includes audiobooks,
music, & storytelling. You can find this year's list along with those of
past years here:


YALSA has a Selected Audiobooks list for ages 12-18 that is found here


The Audie Award  & the Grammy Award for
Children's Spoken Word are two yearly awards given by
audio producers.


In January 2008, the very first Odyssey Award will be awarded by the
American Library Association, This is a joint award sponsored by ALSC,
YALSA, and Booklist Magazine that will recognize the best audiobook produced
for young listeners age 0-18. There will be a single gold medal winner and
possible honor titles. This is an exciting new recognition on the same level
as the Caldecott & Newbery Awards; find more information here:


There is a wonderful magazine, AudioFile, that focuses solely on audiobooks.
There are many titles for children & young adults reviewed in each issue.
Plus, the magazine's website has past reviews and a section called
Audiopolis, where you may listen to podcasts on titles and hear clips of

AudioFile also has a complete list of audiobook producers on their website
that includes web address - use this to request catalogs from companies or
to visit producer websites, where you may listen to audio clips of titles: 


Most of the standard library journals, including SLJ, Horn Book, Booklist,
VOYA, KLIATT, & Book Links, carry audiobook reviews. 


You may also want to check your public library's website and see if they are
members of a downloadable audiobook consortium. For the price of a small MP3
player (now available for under $30), you can download titles using your
public library card for evaluation purposes. At this time, iPod users must
purchase titles through iTunes & Audible, as the iPod encoding is not being
licensed to companies who provide downloads to libraries.


I hope this helps!


Mary Burkey

Chair, Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook

Liberty Middle School

Columbus, Ohio


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