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THE ADVENTURES OF PELLE NO-TAIL

THE ADVENTURES OF PELLE NO-TAIL Pelle No-Tail, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Gosta Knutsson | Read by Rupert Degas

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Children

This Swedish children's classic was first published in the mid-twentieth century. Narrator Rupert Degas's voice is rich, mellow, and inviting as he introduces Pelle No-Tail, the cat who lost his tail to a rat as a kitten. He left his farm in the back seat of a car quite by accident, was taken in by the driver and his daughter, and now navigates a myriad of adventures with his... Read More

BAABWAA & WOOLIAM

BAABWAA & WOOLIAM A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygeine, and Friendship

by David Elliott | Read by Eevin Hartsough

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Eevin Hartsough's cheery, youthful tones enhance the humor and warmth in Elliott's story. Moreover, her precise phrasing and relaxed pace work to evoke the imagery of Melissa Sweet's illustrations. Baabwaa and Wooliam are two sheep who make friends with a wolf, teaching him to read and helping him curb his bad-boy image--as it's depicted in tales like "The Three Little... Read More

BECOMING KAREEM

BECOMING KAREEM Growing Up On and Off the Court

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld | Read by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar narrates his deeply engaging memoir, which includes the events that shaped his life from early childhood to the beginning of his fame on the basketball court. Though he's not a professional narrator, his distinctive voice adds immense value to the listening experience. Abdul-Jabbar's level, low-key delivery creates the sense that he's chatting about his life... Read More

BECOMING MADELEINE

BECOMING MADELEINE A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters

by Charlotte Jones Voiklis, Lena Roy | Read by Charlotte Jones Voiklis, Lena Roy

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy are the authors and narrators of this biography of author Madeleine L'Engle's formative years. The narrative ends with the sale of A WRINKLE IN TIME, the children's literature classic and Newbery Medalist. Voiklis narrates without a great deal of inflection, but since she's L'Engle's granddaughter, it's not surprising that a bit of reverence... Read More

BETTY BEFORE X

BETTY BEFORE X

by Ilyasah Shabazz, Renée Watson | Read by Ilyasah Shabazz

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's daughter, narrates her middle-grade novel about four years in her mother's life, starting in 1945, when Betty was 11 years old. The story shows how Betty became an activist in the Civil Rights movement. In clear, measured tones, the author recounts Betty's discomfort with her home life and her work with the Housewives League, which supported... Read More

BLACK PANTHER

BLACK PANTHER The Young Prince

by Ronald L. Smith | Read by Dion Graham

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Dion Graham's narration of the origin story for Marvel's Black Panther starts off with an emphatic, urgent style suitable for a hero in the making. Prince T'Challa is 12 when his father sends him from Wakanda to a private school in Chicago along with his friend, M'Baku. There, known as T. Charles, he navigates his way while learning that even in America there are sinister... Read More

BLUE SKY WHITE STARS

BLUE SKY WHITE STARS

by Sarvinder Naberaus | Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Soneela Nankani narrates this sparse text with warmth as Naberhaus's poetic words draw parallels between America and its flag. Nankani reads notes from the author and illustrator clearly and with emotion, which helps provide context for the simple words of the story. Listeners learn that the work was written and illustrated to teach young readers about the meaning of... Read More

CALEB AND KIT

CALEB AND KIT

by Beth Vrabel | Read by Adam McArthur

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Adam McArthur's youthful intonation and energetic cadence animate 12-year-old Caleb, whose desire to embrace a more independent lifestyle is stymied by cystic fibrosis. To avoid spending his summer in day camp, Caleb escapes to the woods to spend time with a new, seemingly magical, friend, Kit, who encourages him to abandon his well-regulated life with his protective... Read More

A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country

by Jabari Asim | Read by Dion Graham

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Asim's fact-filled account begins with a question in Dion Graham's smooth tones: What is African-American history? Listeners are then presented with a history that starts with the slave trade and encompasses the Middle Passage, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights era on its way to the election of Barack Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement. Included is information about... Read More

CLICK'D

CLICK'D

by Tamara Ireland Stone | Read by Suzy Jackson

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Suzy Jackson brings a deft middle school tone to this story of online gaming gone awry. When Allie creates a new game, called Click'd, at CodeGirls summer camp to help her schoolmates get acquainted by sharing common interests, she's talked into releasing the game before completing her testing. Excited when her app goes viral, Allie is soon horrified to learn that a... Read More

THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING

THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING A Fiendish Arrangement

Earphones Award Winner

by Alexandra Bracken | Read by Kirby Heyborne

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kirby Heyborne is in his element as he treats listeners to an audio adventure that abounds with expertly paced escapades, colorful accents, and snarky humor. Twelve-year-old Prosper Redding thinks he's the only unexceptional, unlucky, downright forgettable Redding, until he discovers that a 4,000-year-old demon who is intent upon annihilating his entire family is... Read More

ECHO ECHO

ECHO ECHO Reverso Poems About Greek Myths

Earphones Award Winner

by Marilyn Singer | Read by Joe Morton, Marilyn Singer

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Author-narrator Marilyn Singer and narrator Joe Morton transport listeners of all ages into the world of Greek mythology with this collection of reverso poetry--poems that can be read top to bottom or bottom to top. Each work imparts a different meaning depending on the direction of the reading. Ponder whether Pandora or Zeus might be responsible for the release of the contents... Read More

THE ENCHANTED FILES: TROLLED

THE ENCHANTED FILES: TROLLED

by Bruce Coville | Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Kivlighan de Montebello and a Full Cast

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Whiskey-soaked tones convey Ned, a seven-foot troll who made a home in New York's subway system for centuries before meeting a sweet-voiced boy named Cody. Cody's overactive imagination and fascination with Ned lead to the uncovering of secrets and an amazing adventure. The full-cast production helps to compensate for potential confusion between the story's locales, as well as... Read More

THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK

THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK

by Celia C. Pérez | Read by Trini Alvarado

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Trini Alvarado voices young María Luisa, who prefers to be called Malú, in this audiobook about not fitting in. Navigating a cast of diverse characters, from Malú's outspoken mother to her punk rocker father and neighborly Señora Oralia, Alvarado flawlessly tackles a variety of Midwestern and Spanish accents. This vulnerable portrayal of a Hispanic girl meeting life's... Read More

FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE BIO-ACTION GIZMO

FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE BIO-ACTION GIZMO Frank Einstein, Book 5

by Jon Scieszka | Read by Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

This humorous audio addition to the Frank Einstein series is narrated by author Jon Scieszka and illustrator Brian Biggs. This short narration opens up with Scieszka's onomatopoeic "Smash! Crack!" as a thunderstorm sends AI entities Clink and Clank, voiced by Biggs, into a fearful frenzy. Clink and Clank's offbeat electronic communication systems sound slightly human but are... Read More

FRANKTASTIC FOOTBALL MANAGER AGED 12

FRANKTASTIC FOOTBALL MANAGER AGED 12

by B. Briers | Read by Lucy Scott

Belinda Briers | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Lucy Scott enlivens this spirited sports story. Twelve-year-old Barney Frank and his twin sister, Hattie, are soccer (here called "football") fans--spectators of professional games and players for their school team. Listeners will enjoy hearing about the team and the family's home, which is shared with Grandpa Barney, Scott's best creation. Young Barney enters a... Read More

GERTIE MILK AND THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS

GERTIE MILK AND THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS

by Simon Van Booy | Read by Miriam Margolyes

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Miriam Margolyes singularly tells this story of Gertie Milk, who is shipwrecked on Skuldark Island. Having lost her memory adds to her troubles. Things improve when Kolt, the keeper of lost things, befriends her. As Kolt, Margolyes sounds friendly and comforting when he tells Gertie that he returns lost things when an ancient book advises him to. The island is bursting... Read More

THE GLASS TOWN GAME

THE GLASS TOWN GAME

Earphones Award Winner

by Catherynne M. Valente | Read by Kate Reading

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Children

The rich tones of narrator Kate Reading's voice are a perfect fit for this poetic tale of the Brontë children's adventures in the imaginary wonderland of their own making. The story is filled with dazzling imagery and glorious wordplay, which Reading masterfully performs with a lilting style that highlights the beautiful alliteration and musical assonance of Valente's work. The... Read More

HEY BLACK CHILD

HEY BLACK CHILD

by Useni Eugene Perkins | Read by Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

While listening to this picture book, one can envision a girl, standing with arms akimbo, bellowing the words to other children in her neighborhood. However, the choice of 5-year-old Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson as narrator, while imaginative, does a disservice to the poem. Her young voice, though fitting, takes away from the importance and inspiration of the text. The inclusion... Read More

HOPE IN THE HOLLER

HOPE IN THE HOLLER

by Lisa Lewis Tyre | Read by Catherine Taber

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

In a youthful, sensitive voice, narrator Catherine Taber delivers the first-person story of 12-year-old Wavie. Taber expresses the depths of Wavie's grief at the loss of her mother and the powerful memories that sustain her. These contrast sharply with Taber's portrayal of Wavie's self-interested aunt, Samantha Rose, who whisks the orphaned girl away to Conley Hollow, a place... Read More

THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE

THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE

by Christopher Paul Curtis | Read by Michael Crouch

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Michael Crouch's excellent delivery of dialect conveys the 1850s world of Little Charlie Bobo, the 12-year-old son of a sharecropper. Charlie is recovering from the shock of his father's accidental death when Cap'n Buck, overseer of the plantation, announces the boy must fulfill an old debt. Crouch portrays Charlie's innocence and his horror at being thrust into... Read More

LEO: A GHOST STORY

by Mac Barnett | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

Nicol Zanzarella's narration is ever steady. She is as gentle of voice as Leo, the not-your-usual ghost, is of personality. Zanzarella's modulation is even, no matter if the occupants of the house shriek wildly about a ghost or if a police officer walks through that ghost or if Leo is chatting with the first person who talks directly to him. When Leo and friend Jane enter their... Read More

LITTLE WOLF'S FIRST HOWLING

LITTLE WOLF'S FIRST HOWLING

by Laura McGee Kvasnosky | Read by Scott Sowers

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Scott Sowers knows how to howl--not only the spine-tingling, mournful howl that one expects to hear out in the wild, but also the unexpected and soul-tingling howl of a creative young wolf. As two wolves, father and son, set out for the hilltop on the special night of Little Wolf's first howling, Sowers sets a studied pace. His Big Wolf's voice is dusky and deep. His... Read More

LOVE

LOVE

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

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Matt de la Peña's soft, rhythmic narration matches his gently cadenced prose poem about love. De la Peña represents wide-ranging examples of love with an elegant string of sensory-rich images and lyrical language. He describes love in the "smell of crashing waves," "creases in your grandfather's face," "made-up stories of your uncles playing horseshoes," and the "it's okay,... Read More

LUMBERJANES: UNICORN POWER!

LUMBERJANES: UNICORN POWER! Lumberjanes, Book 1

Earphones Award Winner

by Mariko Tamaki | Read by Amanda Leigh Cobb

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Amanda Leigh Cobb nimbly voices a full cast of larger-than-life characters in this exciting story of summer camp and friendship to the max. When the Lumberjanes set out to climb a mountain that isn't there, they find new friends, unicorns, and adventure. Cobb excels at creating distinctive voices for all five members of Roanoke Cabin, and even during long dialogue... Read More

MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG

MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG

by Lisa Papp | Read by Jill Frutkin

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jill Frutkin is gentle of voice and unhurried of pace. She has the believable voice of a girl who is struggling with her reading abilities and who is mortified by the ridicule she receives in her classroom. In fact, Frutkin becomes quieter as the story unfolds until the moment Madeline meets Bonnie, the polar bear-like dog at the library who is available for listening... Read More

MORE ABOUT WORZEL GUMMIDGE

MORE ABOUT WORZEL GUMMIDGE

by Barbara Euphan Todd | Read by Jessica Martin

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jessica Martin winningly delivers the first in a classic series, begun in 1938, about a scarecrow who comes to life. The warmly portrayed brother and sister--Susan and John--befriend Worzel Gummidge, who lives on Scatterbrook Farm. Listeners will be charmed by Worzel's voice, which is whiny or friendly, depending on his mood. When he misbehaves, he becomes a... Read More

MOTHER BRUCE

MOTHER BRUCE

by Ryan T. Higgins | Read by Robertson Dean

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Robertson Dean voices all the hurumpfs, disgruntled sighs, and exasperation of Mother Bruce. This decidedly grumpy and single-minded bear is distraught when a meal he's planning hatches into a gaggle of goslings who instantly imprint on him as their mother. As narrator, Dean is steady and distinct, letting the story itself unfold in the listener's mind (along with the... Read More

MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

by Jean Craighead George | Read by Michael Crouch

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

How wonderful that this 1959 classic is now an audiobook. Narrator Michael Crouch introduces 17-year-old New York City resident Sam Gribley as he relocates to the Catskill Mountains with only a pocketknife, a rope, $40, and a fire starter. Crouch deftly embraces the speech patterns and vocabulary of the day, and warmly describes the atmospheric setting. Since Sam is usually... Read More

OLD PETER'S RUSSIAN TALES

OLD PETER'S RUSSIAN TALES

by Aryhur Ransome | Read by Greg Wagland

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Children

Greg Wagland offers a well-tuned narration of this collection of 22 Russian folktales, translated and compiled in 1913 by Englishman Arthur Ransome, author of the Swallows and Amazons children's series. Ransome wrote the stories while learning Russian in St. Petersburg prior to WWI, and like all folktales, they're a mix of scary, wistful, and charming, with a little bit of... Read More

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE

ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE

by Monique Roy | Read by Kevin E. Green

Monique Roy | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kevin E. Green conveys the magical sights, sounds, and smells of Venice. Nine-year-old Samuel, an orphan, travels to his grandfather's home to meet his previously unknown relatives. Green's pronunciation of Italian words creates a special atmosphere as he recounts Samuel's fascination with the haunting fog, gondolas, and citizens of Venice. Listeners will revel in the... Read More

PADDINGTON ON TOP

PADDINGTON ON TOP

Earphones Award Winner

by Michael Bond | Read by Hugh Bonneville

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Children

Hugh Bonneville's wholehearted narration begins with when a local official arrives to summon the beloved, good-natured Paddington Bear to school. Paddington, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, scramble to get Paddington ready. Bonneville jumps into these roles with gusto. Paddington's adventures include his first and only day at school, waterskiing, the purchase of an... Read More

THE PERFECT SCORE

THE PERFECT SCORE

by Rob Buyea | Read by Abigail Revasch, Robbie Daymond, Caitlin Davies, Ozzie Rodriguez, Todd Haberkorn

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

With each of its five narrators being voiced by a different actor, this story manages to remain engaging even while it takes a long time to build momentum. Abigail Revasch portrays Randi, a competitive gymnast whose mother micromanages her life. Robbie Daymond's Scott is well meaning, if a bit hyperactive and accident-prone. Trevor, who is desperate to avoid turning out like... Read More

PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE: PIE GIRL

PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE: PIE GIRL

by Ellen Potter | Read by Tavia Gilbert

Live Oak Media | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Tavia Gilbert portrays the spunky and independent Piper Green with enthusiasm and drama. As Piper and the entire Peek-a-Boo Island community await the annual potluck dinner onboard the SEA STAR, she's thrilled. This year she'll joyfully be serving pecan pies and not mashed potatoes, her family's usual contribution. Or will she? Gilbert voices Piper's mercurial ups and... Read More

THE PLAYER KING

THE PLAYER KING

by | Read by John Keating

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator John Keating's breezy tone and British accent bring authenticity to this Tudor story by Avi, king of children's historical fiction. Young Lambert is plucked from his life as a kitchen boy in a tavern cellar, where he lives "like a rotten turnip," and with breaktaking speed finds himself seated on the English throne. Keating keeps Lambert's perspective convincingly... Read More

POLARIS

POLARIS

by Michael Northrop | Read by Steven Kaplan

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Steven Kaplan's narration of this epic adventure is compelling and engaging. He brings the listener aboard the POLARIS as a band of deckhands and cabin boys, none older than 12, struggles to master the high seas and and avoid something mysterious lurking below deck. With the captain's murdered body dumped overboard and the mutinous crew abandoning the ship shortly afterward,... Read More

RAMAYANA

RAMAYANA An Ancient Indian Epic

by Shreyas Pulle, Ayur Pulle | Read by Shreyas Pulle, Ayur Pulle

Puranas Ltd | Unabridged
Children

Inspired by a discussion with their family about reading the traditional Indian epic during the school term, brothers Shreyas and Ayur Pulle were inspired to write a simplified version and record it for young listeners. The audio result is a pleasant gloss of the complex classic, with the excision of its more violent scenes and salacious passages, and the addition of brief... Read More

ROSES AND RADICALS

ROSES AND RADICALS The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote

by Susan Zimet, Todd Hasak-Lowy | Read by Cassandra Campbell

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Cassandra Campbell reflects the tension and emotion in this excellent and accessible young adult history of the Women's Suffrage movement. The authors clearly delineate the major players and turning points in the seventy-year struggle for women's voting rights. Campbell subtly alters her voice to indicate the use of quotes from historical documents. The passion in her... Read More

SCHOMBURG

SCHOMBURG The Man Who Built a Library

by Carole Boston Weatherford | Read by Ron Butler

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Ron Butler solidly performs this free-verse biography of Arthur Schomburg, a historian and important collector of African-American historical documents. A great deal of care has been invested in the production. Instead of Eric Velazquez's beautiful illustrations, which accompany the printed book, the producers selected musical themes to set the mood and depict the time period... Read More

SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

by Adam Rex | Read by Erin Bennett, Ron Butler, Pierce Cravens

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

Each of three narrators brings distinctive touches to Rex's audiobook on school construction and the anxiety of the first day of school. Little does School know during the days it is being built of the children and activities that will be housed within its walls. Will it come to appreciate the importance of its world? Erin Bennett provides a steady and friendly voice as... Read More

THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOOD

THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOOD

Earphones Award Winner

by Lucy Strange | Read by Lucy Strange

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

Author Lucy Strange narrates her debut novel with the sensitivity that comes from having written it. She fully dramatizes the upheavals of 12-year-old Henrietta, whose grief at her older brother's death is multiplied by the cruelties her catatonic mother suffers at the hands of the uncaring Doctor Hardy. Strange animates Henrietta's determination to help her family and her... Read More

SHARK LADY

SHARK LADY The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

by Jess Keating | Read by Jordan Killam

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Jordan Killam chronicles the life and work of scientist Eugenie Clark, who dedicated her life to the research and advocacy of sharks. With crisp diction and even pacing, Killam makes the story accessible to young listeners. Underwater sound effects make listeners feel as though they're diving through the water with Clark as she makes new discoveries in her field. The... Read More

SIDETRACKED

SIDETRACKED

by Diana Asher | Read by John Kroft

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Seventh grade is no picnic for Joseph Friedman, whose myriad anxieties and difficulties are warmly delivered by narrator John Kroft, mirroring the humor and poignancy of Asher's debut novel. Loosely based on the experiences of Asher's oldest son, the audiobook focuses on Joseph's participation on the cross-country team. Rescued from the school bully by Heather, a girl who... Read More

SPIN

SPIN The Rumpelstiltskin Musical

by Neil Fishman, Harvey Edelman, David B. Coe [Adapt.] | Read by Jim Dale, Barrett Leddy, Lisa Livesay, Nicola Barber, Khristine Hvam, Nick Sullivan, John Brady, Johnny Heller

Harper Audio | Audio Program
Children

With jokes that kids will laugh at and adults will knowingly smile at, this audio production has something for everyone as a musical rendering of "Rumpelstiltskin." When Jane's dad spins a tale about her abilities, Rumpelstiltskin makes sure it ends up the in the king's ears, which lands her in the castle, needing to spin hay into gold to save the kingdom, which is in dire... Read More

A SPY CALLED JAMES

A SPY CALLED JAMES The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

by Anne Rockwell | Read by Rodney Gardiner

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Children

James, an enslaved man who took the surname Lafayette, thanks to his wartime benefactor, served as a double agent for Washington's army during the American Revolution and then was returned to slavery. Narrator Rodney Gardiner, in a confident, deep voice, delivers Anne Rockwell's spare text with respect and authenticity. Brief gaps correspond with page turns, inviting listeners... Read More

SURVIVORS CLUB

SURVIVORS CLUB The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz

by Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat | Read by Fred Berman, Michael Bornstein [Preface and afterword], Debbie Bornstein Holinstat [Preface]

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Children

Author Michael Bornstein was only 4 years old when he and his grandmother left Auschwitz, liberated by Russian soldiers. Narrator Fred Berman brings gravitas to the events of this memoir while still creating a voice for Michael that sounds young and vulnerable. Berman also excels at the use of Yiddish, Polish, and German accents where needed to create a sense of the time and... Read More

THEY ALL SAW A CAT

THEY ALL SAW A CAT

by Brendan Wenzel | Read by John Lithgow

Weston Woods Studios | Unabridged
Children

Actor John Lithgow evokes each animal--from the wee, squeaky bee to the formidable fox--that sees the cat. The shifts in point of view are charming. Lively accompanying music helps the listener imagine each creature as it catches a glimpse of the cat--or in the case of the flea, hitches a ride. Both the narration and the music add depth to the inventive illustrations by the... Read More

THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION

THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION Discover America with a Gold Star Father

by Khizr Khan | Read by Sunil Malhotra, Khizr Khan [Intro. and Conclusion]

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Listeners will immediately be drawn into the meaning of our Constitution as author Khizr Khan speaks about his personal experience of liberty in the United States. Khan is most known for a speech he delivered at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which drew criticism from candidate Donald Trump. Narrator Sunil Malhotra then takes over the reins for the body of the... Read More

TIME TWISTERS: BOOKS 1 & 2

TIME TWISTERS: BOOKS 1 & 2 Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler; Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean

by Steve Sheinkin | Read by Marc Thompson

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Steve Sheinkin's meticulous research and cinematic writing are highlighted in the engaging, humorous Time Twisters series. In these debut stories, listeners meet siblings Abby and Doc, who are bored with history. So is Abraham Lincoln, who turns from the presidency to pro wrestling, and Abigail Adams, who escapes White House chores by joining a crew of Caribbean pirates. Both... Read More

TOWN IS BY THE SEA

TOWN IS BY THE SEA

Earphones Award Winner

by Joanne Schwartz | Read by Mark Turetsky

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Mark Turetsky lets the story of a young Cape Breton boy speak for itself. His day has familiar scenes--a morning spent watching the sea and swinging, an afternoon walk to the store for his mother and a visit to his grandfather's grave, and an evening that begins with the arrival home of his father, who has spent his day digging for coal under the sea. Turetsky has an... Read More

THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET

THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET

by Karina Yan Glaser | Read by Robin Miles

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Children

In this holiday tale, Robin Miles's vocalizations of the five Vanderbeeker children, their family, and their friends place the listener firmly in the family's old brownstone in their Harlem neighborhood. By using distinct voices for each of the characters, Miles displays the generational and ethnic diversity of the family and their community--from 4-year-old Laney to the... Read More

WHICHWOOD

WHICHWOOD

Earphones Award Winner

by Tahereh Mafi | Read by Bronson Pinchot

Listening Library | Unabridged
Children

Employing a beautifully rhythmic tone and exquisite pacing, Bronson Pinchot reprises his role as narrator in Mafi's dark companion to FURTHERMORE. Pinchot charts the macabre tale of Laylee, a 13-year-old mordeshoor, the last of her kind, who washes and prepares the dead for their journey to the next realm. Worked to the point of collapse, suspicious Laylee spurns assistance... Read More

THE WOLF HOUR

THE WOLF HOUR

Earphones Award Winner

by Sara Lewis Holmes | Read by David de Vries, Thérèse Plummer

Scholastic Audiobooks | Unabridged
Children

The narration of this audiobook is spectacular. Thérèse Plummer brings power, venom, and precision, and David de Vries demonstrates equal power, along with warmth and humor. They transport listeners into the Polish Puszcza--a forest cold, dark, and full of magic. And wolves. And stories. Young Magia desperately wants to follow the footsteps of her woodcutter father into the... Read More

THE YEAR OF THE DOG

THE YEAR OF THE DOG

by Grace Lin | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Children

Narrator Kim Mai Guest's tone and pitch in this autobiographical novel perfectly complement young Grace's account of an important year in her life. The story spans the Chinese Year of the Dog from family New Year celebration preparations through discovering friendship with another little girl who, with her own family, comes to celebrate the next New Year with Grace's. Listeners... Read More

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