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   June 1 & 15, 2015          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on Biography
Top 10 Biographies
Top 10 Biographies for    Youth
Core Collection: The    Stars of Comedy
Listen-Alikes: Author-    Related Political    Memoirs
Core Collection: Historical    Lives, Fact and Fiction
Top 10 Biographies and    Memoirs on Audio
Carte Blanche: A Disease    of English Literature

Audiobook Showcase
Voice of Choice: Kirby    Heyborne
At Leisure with Joyce    Saricks: Listening for    the Appeal of    Audiobooks
Voices in my Head: The    Audioboom—    Opportunities and    Challenges
He Listens: Favorite    Female Narrators
She Listens: Favorite Male    Narrators
Audiobook Preview: Fall    2015

The Back Page: Weiner's    Thumb
Kate DiCamillo: Summer    Reading Champion
High-Demand Hot List
High-Demand Hot List for    Youth


The Things They    Narrated: War on Audio
Great Reads: Stories within Stories
AASL National Conference    Preview: Author!    Author!
Great Reads: Living with    Death
Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2015: The Fiction    Shortlist
Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2015: The    Nonfiction Shortlist
Shortlist Announced for    the 2015 Andrew    Carnegie Medals for    Fiction and Nonfiction
Great Reads: Picturing    Poetry
Dancing in the Dark:    Recent YA Ballet Books
Great Reads: These Novels    Are Graphic
Great Reads: Great BIG    Reads
Great Reads: A Dark    Harvest for Kansas Day
Great Reads: What Do You    Resolve to Read this    Year?

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April 2015

April 2015 Issue
Classroom Star

Common Core Resources

Review Of The Day
By David Axelrod, read by David Axelrod

Axelrod got bitten by the political bug in 1960 when JFK visited the youngster’s Lower East Side New York neighborhood. In this memoir, he touches upon his early years before chronicling his stint as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune.

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listen-alikes_Political-Memoirs_ Listen-alikes: Author-Read Political Memoirs
By Sue-Ellen Beauregard

Even though the election is 17 months away, presidential hopefuls are lining up in droves and politics is a staple on the nightly news—a good reason to seek out political memoirs on audio. Memoirs are often more meaningful when authors read their own words, such as campaign strategist David Axelrod’s narration of Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

column_voices-in-my-head Voices in My Head: The Audiobook Boom—Opportunities and Challenges
By Mary Burkey

There’s plenty to celebrate during “June Is Audiobook Month,” promoted by the Audio Publishers Association to increase awareness and enthusiasm for the format and its fans. The Association of American Publishers’ January 2015 data shows sales of physical audio up 16.3 percent and a whopping increase of 36.7 percent in downloadable audio sales, better than any other publishing format.

he-listens_she-listens She Listens: Favorite Male Narrators
By Kaite Mediatore Stover

Readergal has quite a few invisible boyfriends who talk to her. She has complete control over when they speak and what they talk about. And she has one for almost every mood. These may sound like imaginary men, but they are not. They are Readergal’s favorite male narrators, and each holds a special place in her heart and ears.

he-listens_she-listens He Listens: Favorite Female Narrators
By David Wright

In the first season of the Netflix series House of Cards, Doug Stamper, Frank Underwood’s ruthlessly loyal henchman, reveals a curious chink in his armor. He craves a woman’s voice. It seems his mother used to read Dickens to him, and now that he’s on the wagon, female narration is one of the few things that brings him solace, even if that female, like a modern-day Scheherazade, might be reading in hopes of forestalling her own death at his hands.

voice-of-choice_2015 Voice of Choice: Kirby Heyborne
By Joyce Saricks

Why Kirby Heyborne? You need only check out the YouTube videos of the 2012 and 2014 Odyssey Awards presentations to understand the connection between rock-star narrator Heyborne and librarians. (Heyborne won both years for his narration of Daniel Kraus’ YA novels, Rotters and Scowler, published on audio by Listening Library.)

carnegie-interview_Stevenson The Booklist Carnegie Medal Interview: Bryan Stevenson
By Donna Seaman

Bryan Stevenson has won many prestigious awards for his legal advocacy and social justice work as a lawyer and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama, including a MacArthur “genius” grant, a Lannan Foundation Prize for Human and Civil Rights, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award, and the NAACP William Robert Ming Advocacy Award, as well as 16 honorary degrees.

carnegie-interview_Doerr The Booklist Carnegie Medal Interview: Anthony Doerr
By Brad Hooper

Anthony Doerr’s vivid, captivating novel All the Light We Cannot See is the winner of the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The applause the novel has received is thunderous. In addition to spending many weeks on the best-seller lists, All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize, was a runner-up for the National Book Award, and was named Booklist’s Top of the List for Fiction for 2015.

column_at-leisure At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Listening for the Appeal of Audiobooks
By Joyce Saricks

Although I’ve frequently written about audiobooks, I’ve never addressed the hard part of working with this collection: How do we identify an audiobook’s appeal and use that information to share titles with readers? Audiobooks are all about the narrator and how the narration affects the reader’s appreciation of the book. Acknowledging the importance of the narrator is the easy part; sorting out how that plays with appeal is trickier.

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