New projects are often both thrilling and terrifying! Our Behind the Mic podcast has given us a little of each as we wrap up week #2. We’re delighted that each of the episodes—from Stephen King’s THE OUTSIDER to CRAZY RICH ASIANS—went out on schedule. There are many new quirks to learn in our publishing system. Our bonus episode with Jo Reed’s wonderful conversation with LeVar Burton was a great addition to the daily 4-minute audiobook highlight. We know that listeners will continue to enjoy LeVar’s thoughtful and inspiring comments throughout the month.
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Tuning into the podcast episodes this week, AudioFile Publisher Michele Cobb chats with Jo Reed to recommended an interesting crop of 5 audiobooks. Here’s what you missed: Read more…
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, help them develop empathy for others, and present authentic stories that reflect and validate their own and their friends’ voices. These are some of my all-time favorite audiobooks with Latinx characters and/or narrators to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.
FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS
by Monica Brown, read by Adriana Sananes
Dreamscape, Ages 6+
Lively animal sounds and the soothing voice of Adriana Sananes make this a joyful listen for kids, highlighting the influential Mexican painter’s spirit, curiosity, and imagination. Pair this audiobook with images of Kahlo’s paintings so kids can see the actual animalitos that Frida loved. Read more…
I love novels that feature schools; public school, boarding school, parochial school, or college—I read them all. Because fall fills me with fond memories of a new school year and all the promises of a fresh start, I’m often drawn to these kinds of stories in September.
I especially like novels in which the school itself (or a particular classroom) is a prominent aspect of the story, and the audiobooks featured in today’s Take 5 meet that criterion. Each one is tightly linked to a specific school or teacher and transported me back to my school days. Well, maybe not my school days, but you know what I mean.
Sharpen your pencils and shine your apples; it’s time to head off to class and make new friends. Read more…
Tuesday morning 9/11/2001: I had just come up from the subway next to the World Trade Center plaza. A small crowd had formed and were all looking up and pointing. I followed their gaze to up to flames and smoke and what looked like debris pouring out of the upper floors of the North Tower. The walk to my office in the World Financial Center would take me directly through that plaza. In a state of confusion, I decided I would skip the office and just go home. I turned to walk toward the Brooklyn Bridge when suddenly a huge explosion shook the ground. Everyone started screaming and running. The second plane had just hit the South Tower.
Getting back to the safety of my apartment, I watched from my tenth-floor window with utter disbelief as the South Tower disappeared into a cloud, followed shortly after by the North Tower. Lives, buildings, everything gone. Read more…
You know actor LeVar Burton from “Reading Rainbow,” “Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and more. He’s also an audiobook narrator, and he hosts a podcast narrating short stories called “LeVar Burton Reads.” In a bonus episode of our new podcast, Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine, Jo Reed speaks with LeVar about what it was like to narrate the biography of one of his heroes, Fred Rogers. Listen in to their conversation, below.
“I wanted to be the voice of Fred’s biography because I felt like it would be a way for me to honor him.”—Narrator LeVar Burton