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8 Audiobooks for Sports-Minded Kids

COVID-19 may have temporarily disrupted our sports schedules, but now that it is getting warmer out, kids can start enjoying outdoor sports this spring. These audiobooks will...

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6 Graphic Novels for Kids on Audio

A graphic novel translated to audio has to work overtime to convey not only the words, but also the illustrations. Undaunted, audiobook producers are using all the tools in...

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8 Kids' Audiobooks about Friendship

It has been said that a good book is like a good friend. After a year of remote school, cancelled activities, and Zoom birthday parties and playdates, many kids are missing...

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7 Kids' Audiobooks Celebrating African American Heritage

While Black authors and narrators always have a place in my audiobook recommendations for kids, it is important to pause in February to highlight and celebrate the heritage and...

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ALA Awards on Audio: 2021 Odyssey and Newbery Winners

Chosen by a committee of children’s and teen's librarians, the ALA Youth Media Awards are my favorite awards in children’s literature. Often the audio versions...

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Best Kids & Family Audiobooks of 2020
I am always so excited to see which audiobooks make it into AudioFile’s annual Best Audiobooks list. This year’s picks for Best Children's & Family Listening audiobooks are...
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7 Fun Fantasy Audiobooks for Kids
What I love about a good fantasy is its ability to immerse me in another world. While these audiobooks don’t all fit the strict definition of high fantasy, i.e. wizards and magic...
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8 Kids' Audiobooks about Voting and Elections
The upcoming presidential election has lots of people talking about voting. The audiobooks in this list can help kids understand more about the issues and the process surrounding...
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Fiction and Nonfiction Audiobooks for Science-Minded Kids
Observing the physical and natural world has led to incredible discoveries that have changed humanity forever. The fiction and nonfiction audiobooks in this list celebrate...
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Loved NEW KID? Check Out These Listen-Alike Audiobooks for Ages 8+
Lots of people loved NEW KID, the graphic novel written and illustrated by Jerry Craft. It was the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal. One thing that makes the audiobook...
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9 Kids' Audiobooks about Race and Justice
It should be obvious now that we ALL need to be having conversations with our children about antiracism and how unjustly Black people have been treated in America. This collection...
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Golden Voice Ramón de Ocampo's Audiobooks for Kids
Born in the Philippines and raised in Virginia, Ramón de Ocampo has recorded well over 100 audiobooks—but kids most likely know him as the voice of the popular Diary of a Wimpy...
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7 Historical Fiction Audiobooks for Kids and Teens
I love how a good audiobook can pick me up and take me far away from my current reality. While we can’t travel back in time (or even outside our houses right now), these...
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7 Kids' Audiobooks About Kindness and Caring
As we are all social distancing, we might not be able to visit others or invite them over for meals, but we can let people know that we care in lots of ways. Maybe write a letter...
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11 Kids' Audiobook Biographies of Female Leaders and Heroes
I am celebrating Women’s History Month this year with a bunch of new audiobooks celebrating female trailblazers. These are women who bravely spoke truth to power, who didn’t...
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Audiobook to Screen: Listen Before You See These 2020 Book-Based Movies for Kids and Teens
With movies and series based on classic children’s and young adult books like Little Women, His Dark Materials, Looking for Alaska, and Green Eggs and Ham currently in theaters...
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In the Studio with Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Odyssey Award Winner HEY, KIDDO

I was thrilled to talk with author Jarrett J. Krosoczka about the process of adapting his acclaimed graphic memoir, HEY, KIDDO: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and...

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2019 Best Children & Teen Audiobooks
Of all the audiobooks I have listened to this year (almost 100!), the ones on AudioFile’s 2019 Best Audiobooks list definitely rise to the top. In the Children’s and YA...
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Kids' Audiobooks for Native American Heritage Month
All Native American children deserve stories that respect who they are and who their ancestors were. While they still represent only a small minority of titles published, these...
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7 Mysterious Audiobooks for Kids
What is more fun as the days shorten in October than escaping into a mystery complete with intrigue, secrets, puzzles, and plot twists? These audiobooks are perfect for family...
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7 Listen-Alikes for Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Many readers and listeners loved Meg Medina's MERCI SUÁREZ CHANGES GEARS. The audiobook, read by Frankie Corzo, was one of AudioFile’s Best of 2018, and the book won the 2019...
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6 Full-Cast Audiobooks for Kids

A good book read by a talented narrator is a beautiful thing, but a good book performed by a full cast of talented narrators can bring a whole new dimension to the listening...

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7 Audiobooks for Summer Vacation!
I have always said that the best thing about summer vacation is the unlimited time to get lost in books, and these audiobooks will help kids do just that. They are wonderful,...
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Essential Children's Audiobook Listening with Golden Voice Narrator Jim Dale
The incomparable Jim Dale has a voice and narrating style that make him instantly recognizable. He has received multiple awards during his career, including Grammys, Audies, and an...
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Listen & Learn: Kids' Audiobooks that Highlight STEM Skills
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. But STEM thinking goes beyond facts to explore innovation, problem-solving, creativity, persistence, divergent...
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6 Tips for Listening to Audiobooks with Kids
Reading with our ears can have educational benefits at all ages, but my favorite benefit of listening to audiobooks with kids is the priceless connection of experiencing a good...
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7 Kids' Audiobooks About Autism
As the step-parent of an autistic boy, I understand firsthand the challenges—and joys—of living with someone on the autism spectrum, and I often worry that neurotypical people will...
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8 Kids' Audiobooks About Brave Women Who Fought for Change
2019 marks the centennial of Congress approving the 19th Amendment, which gave many women the right to vote—a change that was brought about by a brave group of activists. The...
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Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Audiobooks
In her speech accepting the 2018 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, author Eloise Greenfield said, “Children need to know, and to see in books, the...
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8 Wintry Kids' Listens
Where I live in New Jersey, kids go to sleep on winter nights hoping to wake up to a SNOW DAY— a snowy world of no school. Whether you love the snow, hate it, or live in a climate...
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Best Children & Family Listening Audiobooks of 2018
AudioFile’s 2018 Best Audiobooks list is out, and I am so excited to be talking about the Children’s category. I always love reading everyone’s “Best Of” lists at this time of year...
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10 Road Trip Audiobooks the Whole Family Will Enjoy
If a road trip is in your Thanksgiving plans, pack some audiobooks to keep everyone entertained in the car. Choosing from a mix of classic favorites and new titles, I picked these...
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10 Scary and Not-So-Scary Kids Audiobooks for Halloween
Some people love to be scared at Halloween. I was never one of them. While for my friends, October means breaking out frightening stories of ghosts and ghouls, I prefer my...
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Children's Audiobooks to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Audiobooks are a great way to expose kids to a diverse range of people, experiences, and settings. Listening can expand their understanding of the multicultural world they live in,...
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9 Audiobooks for a New School Year
Whether you're headed to Kindergarten or middle school, starting a new school year can be scary no matter how old you are. This collection of audiobooks about heartwarming school...
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Inspire Your Child to Explore the Natural World
Audiobooks about magic and mystery are wonderful for kids’ imaginations, but the real world is just as exciting. From oceans to animals to vegetable gardens, our planet features...
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