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ALICE WATERS AND THE TRIP TO DELICIOUS

ALICE WATERS AND THE TRIP TO DELICIOUS

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin | Read by Laura Hamilton, Alice Waters

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 6+

Alice Waters, owner of the restaurant Chez Panisse, is an American chef who is known for creating the “slow food” movement—which promotes the benefits of healthy, organic food to ordinary people. Narrator Laura Hamilton portrays her in a voice that sounds eager and child-friendly. She sounds keenly engaged with Alice’s travels, her love of enjoying fresh, delicious food with... Read More

ALICE WATERS AND THE TRIP TO DELICIOUS
BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET

BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET

by Lesa Cline-Ransome | Read by SiSi Aisha Johnson, January LaVoy, Lisa Renee Pitts, Bahni Turpin

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 6+

Listeners travel back through time to explore the life of Harriet Tubman, guided by four African-American narrators. Lisa Renee-Pitts, Bahni Turpin, January LaVoy, and SiSi Aisha Johnson narrate in turn to describe Tubman’s voice rising in protest as a suffragist, the heroics of General Tubman, the secrecy of her work as a Union spy, all the way back to her childhood as a slave... Read More

BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET
THE BFG

THE BFG

Earphones Award Winner

by Roald Dahl | Read by David Walliams

Penguin Audio
Children Ages 6+

Versatile British actor David Walliams pulls out all the stops from his vocal repertoire to create a romping narration of this children's classic. There’s no voice too big or too small for him, whether it’s giving the Big Friendly Giant a deep, rumbling Cockney accent or endowing the queen of England with a prim and proper tone. Helping him along are well-placed sound effects... Read More

BFG
CARMELA FULL OF WISHES

CARMELA FULL OF WISHES

by Matt de la Peña | Read by Matt de la Peña

Listening Library
Children Ages 6+

Author Matt de la Peña narrates this spare audiobook for young children, and his beautiful words need no embellishment. It’s Carmela’s birthday, and she’s finally old enough to accompany her big brother on his errands. Outside, Carmela finds a puffy dandelion to make a wish on. Her wishes reflect the simple joys of childhood but also reflect the complex realities of a child of... Read More

CARMELA FULL OF WISHES
THE CHICKEN SQUAD

THE CHICKEN SQUAD The First Misadventure

by Doreen Cronin | Read by Adam Grupper, Michele O. Medlin

Recorded Books
Children Ages 6+

A retired search-and-rescue dog and "four fuzzy little chicks" team up with one terrified squirrel in a hilarious escapade. The audiobook is made even more entertaining by the expert pacing and inflection of narrators Adam Grupper and Michele O. Medlin. Moving swiftly from solemn to silly, the two depict the serious dog J.J. Tully and the exuberantly youthful chicks to... Read More

CHICKEN SQUAD
DREAMERS

DREAMERS

by Yuyi Morales | Read by Adriana Sananes

Dreamscape
Children Ages 6+

From the first minute, it's clear this audiobook is special. Even without words, the lilting guitar music, the irresistible laugh of a baby, and the tinkling of wind chimes set the mood of a young Hispanic family with high hopes. Adriana Sananes narrates this picture book’s simple text with a positive spirit. With sounds of birds and surf in the background, she describes the... Read More

DREAMERS
DU IZ TAK?

DU IZ TAK?

Earphones Award Winner

by Carson Ellis | Read by Eli D'Amico, Sebastian D'Amico, Burton Fott, Galen Fott, Laura Fott, Sarah Hart, Bella Higginbotham, Evelyn Hipp, Brian Hull

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 6+

This delightful audiobook companion to the charming picture book will have little listeners giggling and learning a made-up bug language. Youthful voices for kid bugs, the deeper voices of older insects, uplifting and dramatic music, and forest sounds will draw listeners into the story of a sprout near a fallen tree that grows into a beautiful flower. Kids will enjoy... Read More

DU IZ TAK?
FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE

FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin | Read by Peter Jay Fernandez

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 6+

Can you say "red wiggler worms" in a way that no one will forget? Narrator Peter Jay Fernandez can! He brings drama to the inspirational story of former basketball player and MacArthur award recipient Will Allen and his quest to bring fresh vegetable gardening into the urban setting. Cherishing the gardening, food, and friendship of his childhood, Will has a vision of "city... Read More

FARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE
FINDING WINNIE

FINDING WINNIE The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Earphones Award Winner

by Lindsay Mattick | Read by Erin Moon

Recorded Books
Children Ages 6+

Narrating a Caldecott Medal-winning book is both an honor and a challenge. Erin Moon rises to the occasion. She is the gentle mother telling a family story to her young son, Cole; she is the wondrous young son himself; she is the adventurous, young Canadian soldier; and she is the storytelling father who takes his son to see a bear at the London Zoo. Listeners will treasure... Read More

FINDING WINNIE
FORTUNATELY, THE MILK

FORTUNATELY, THE MILK

by Neil Gaiman | Read by Neil Gaiman

Harper Audio
Children Ages 6+

Did you know that Neil Gaiman can sound like a stegosaurus, a pirate, a volcano god, and even a bunch of green blobby aliens? Not only that, but he sounds like he's having an utter ball while he narrates, and it's impossible not to be swept up into the brilliant, batty fun. A father steps out at breakfast time to pick up some milk at the corner store, and when he takes rather a... Read More

FORTUNATELY, THE MILK
GOONEY BIRD COLLECTION

GOONEY BIRD COLLECTION Gooney Bird Greene; Gooney Bird and the Room Mother; Gooney the Fabulous; Gooney Bird is So Absurd

by Lois Lowry | Read by Lee Adams

Listening Library
Children Ages 6+

When Gooney Bird enters Mrs. Pigeon's second-grade class, she lets everyone know she likes to be "right smack in the middle of things." It's not long before the eccentric young storyteller has everyone—including her teacher—waiting to hear every word she says. Lee Adams captures the listener’s rapt attention as she demonstrates the power of storytelling. Best of all, Adams... Read More

GOONEY BIRD COLLECTION
HER RIGHT FOOT

HER RIGHT FOOT

by Dave Eggers | Read by Dion Graham

Recorded Books
Children Ages 6+

Listeners begin their journey by learning about how the French built the Statue of Liberty and then gave it to the United States. Almost halfway through the story, a new narrative begins as the focus shifts to “her right foot” and the author asks listeners to think about why Lady Liberty appears to be in motion, where she is going, and the connection these details have with... Read More

HER RIGHT FOOT
A HERO'S GUIDE TO DEADLY DRAGONS

A HERO'S GUIDE TO DEADLY DRAGONS How to Train Your Dragon, Book 6

by Cressida Cowell | Read by David Tennant

Hachette Audio
Children Ages 6+

David Tennant uses his Scots brogue to full enthusiastic effect as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and his Viking and dragon friends brave Driller Dragons, Red Hot Itchyworms, and the Hairy Scary Librarian to steal a book from the forbidden library. Crowell's book is silly, clever fun, and Tennant makes the most of every over-the-top character (Big-Boobied Bertha is a... Read More

HERO'S GUIDE TO DEADLY DRAGONS
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

by Cressida Cowell | Read by David Tennant

Hachette Audio
Children Ages 6+

David Tennant, best known for his role as Doctor Who, brings a slew of Scottish accents to this high-spirited rendering of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III’s journey toward true heroism. Hiccup is the heir to the Hairy Hooligan Viking Tribe, but he must pass the dragon initiation program to become a full member. When Hiccup manages to catch the smallest dragon anyone’s ever seen,... Read More

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
INFINITY AND ME

INFINITY AND ME

by Kate Hosford | Read by Nancy Wu

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 6+

Nancy Wu expresses the youth, verve, and mercurial feelings of Uma as she wonders at the number of stars in the huge, cold sky. Gabi Swiatkowska’s illustrations show the small girl dwarfed by the celestial immensity she is just beginning to appreciate. Uma begins a quest to discover what infinity is by asking peers and elders their views. Wu’s narration blends beautifully with... Read More

INFINITY AND ME
ISLANDBORN

ISLANDBORN

Earphones Award Winner

by Junot Díaz | Read by Junot Díaz

Listening Library
Children Ages 6+

Listening to Junot Díaz's narration is like having a story read to you by your uncle who can do all the best voices. Lola's class is full of kids from around the world, and her teacher asks them to draw pictures of their first country. But Lola left "The Island" as a baby, and Díaz's voice reflects her anxiety over not remembering her brief time there. Lola asks her neighbors... Read More

ISLANDBORN
JOSEPHINE

JOSEPHINE The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

by Patricia Hruby Powell | Read by Lizan Mitchell

Recorded Books
Children Ages 6+

"She shimmied. She shook. Sparks flew.” Like Josephine Baker herself, Lizan Mitchell's narration dazzles with verve and vivacity. The story of Baker's uninhibited rags-to-riches life is told in poetic, often staccato, sentences that Mitchell delivers with gusto, punctuating the action in a volcanic life that "erupted into the Roaring Twenties." Though Baker’s life was often... Read More

JOSEPHINE
LITTLE DREAMERS

LITTLE DREAMERS Visionary Women Around the World

by Vashti Harrison | Read by Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo

Hachette Audio
Children Ages 6+

Bahni Turpin’s and Adenrele Ojo’s crisp style introduces 40 women who made an impact through their determination and innovation. These brief biographical sketches, filled with interesting information for young listeners, are narrated with energy and enthusiasm. Turpin and Ojo highlight author Harrison’s appealing choices of women to learn about, whether they are familiar names... Read More

LITTLE DREAMERS
MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS

by Florence Atwater, Richard Atwater | Read by Nick Sullivan

Hachette Audio
Children Ages 6+

An avid follower of Admiral Drake's radio broadcasts from the South Pole, housepainter Mr. Popper, of Stillwater, USA, receives an astonishing delivery from the Admiral, which has delighted readers for more than 50 years. Audio listeners have a singular opportunity to delight in this visit of penguins to 432 Proudfoot Avenue. Nick Sullivan brings unflappability to the tale. He... Read More

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
PADDINGTON TAKES THE AIR

PADDINGTON TAKES THE AIR Paddington, Book 9

by Michael Bond | Read by Hugh Bonneville

Harper Audio
Children Ages 6+

Narrator Hugh Bonneville’s rich and melodious voice makes for easy listening. His even-keel narration takes Paddington bear’s adventures in stride—whether he’s tailoring trousers with his vintage sewing machine, taking dancing lessons, repairing a car, doing detective work, or carrying out equestrian exploits. He may exasperate his family and Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, but he... Read More

PADDINGTON TAKES THE AIR
PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE

PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE

by Ellen Potter | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 6+

Tavia Gilbert performs this first-person narration with an enthusiastic high pitch--which is perfect for the eccentric young heroine who lives on an island in Maine and takes a lobster boat to school. Piper is a small girl with big feelings, especially strong since her older brother left for boarding school. Her emotions shift frequently, and Gilbert captures them all,... Read More

PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE
ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER

ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER

by Andrea Beaty | Read by Rachel L. Jacobs

Dreamscape
Children Ages 6+

Narrator Rachel Jacobs gently shares the story of an imaginative second-grader who is enthralled with creating who-knows-what from scavenged items. Jacobs narrates slowly, letting young listeners tune in to Rosie’s late-night brainstorms and dreams as well as her moments of confidence and despair. While rhyming couplets abound, Jacobs’s even-keeled pacing keeps the story in the... Read More

ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER
STAR STUFF

STAR STUFF Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

by Stephanie Roth Sisson | Read by Peter Berkrot

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 6+

Peter Berkrot energetically narrates the story of Carl Sagan’s love affair with the stars and outer space. In 1939, a young Sagan visited the World’s Fair, an event that ignited his sense of wonder about the universe. Berkrot’s enthusiastic tones express Sagan’s boundless curiosity, a force that took him to the library, deep into science fiction, and, ultimately, to his... Read More

STAR STUFF
THAT BOOK WOMAN

THAT BOOK WOMAN

Earphones Award Winner

by Heather Henson | Read by Walker Harrison

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 6+

Walter Harrison superbly narrates Henson’s wonderful story of the Pack Horse Librarians, who brought books to those living in Appalachian Kentucky during the Great Depression. Harrison reads with a subtle dialect that helps listeners understand the story’s time and place. Harrison embodies the young boy Cal, a reluctant reader whose life is transformed by the bravery of “that... Read More

THAT BOOK WOMAN
THIS BRIDGE WILL NOT BE GRAY

THIS BRIDGE WILL NOT BE GRAY

by Dave Eggers | Read by Dion Graham

Recorded Books
Children Ages 6+

Dion Graham’s narration elevates this fascinating true story with a message for kids to be bold, courageous, and unique. The audiobook describes the history of the Golden Gate Bridge, including the process of developing and approving its design, transporting its steel across the country, building it, and debating what color to paint it. Eggers’s writing is informative but also... Read More

THIS BRIDGE WILL NOT BE GRAY
THE WATER PRINCESS

THE WATER PRINCESS

by Susan Verde | Read by Yetide Badaki

Weston Woods Studios
Children Ages 6+

Narrator Yetide Badaki's light and gentle voice is just what one might expect from a serene princess--a water princess, no less. Badaki gently but urgently shares the story of Princess GieGie and her journey to the well for her family's water. The princess rises at six in the morning and then begins her walk through a dust-filled world. Shea nuts, music, and the company of... Read More

WATER PRINCESS
WINNIE, DANCING ON HER OWN

WINNIE, DANCING ON HER OWN

Earphones Award Winner

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Read by Laura Hamilton

Live Oak Media
Children Ages 6+

Third-grader Winnie is a delightful character in this charming chapter book, which captures the joys and tribulations of navigating close friendships while maintaining a sense of individuality. As narrator, Laura Hamilton does a great job centering the story in a young girl's experience and tone, though she's equally capable of depicting adults, such as Winnie's dad and her... Read More

WINNIE, DANCING ON HER OWN

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