Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature

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Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature. By Mary Burkey Chicago: ALA, 2013. 103p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1157-0).

Mary Burkey, a teacher-librarian and Booklist audiobook columnist, provides a delightful, in-depth look at audiobooks for the youth market in this comprehensive manual. This volume provides a look at the intriguing history of audiobooks, the production of an audiobook title, the differences in literacy development between reading and listening to books, and the impact of audiobooks in the classroom. The author also includes sections on audiobook collection development and audiobook awards. This volume also includes a recommended reading list and a lexicon of audiobook vocabulary. Short chapters are interlaced with spotlights by and discussions with authors, narrators, and others involved in the production of audiobooks. The overall effect is both informative and enjoyable.

In the "Impact on Literacy" section, Burkey explains the literacy skills that are built by listening to audiobooks: pronunciation, vocabulary, active listening skills, and reading fluency. One advantage of audiobooks is that children are able to listen to and comprehend audiobooks that are beyond their reading comprehension level. …

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