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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Notable Children's Recordings
Be ready to laugh out loud as you listen to Dustin Hoffman read Sloan’s story of Appleblossom and her family of possums.
The Boys in the Boat. By David James Brown. 2015. Listening Library, CD, $35. Ages 12 and up.
Mark Bramhall both breaks and warms the listener’s heart as he narrates the story of working-class boys on a university rowing team that makes it to the 1936 Olympics.
Bugs in My Hair. By David Shannon. 2015. Weston Woods, CD and book, $12.95. Ages 3–8.
Upbeat music and accompanying sound effects will have you bopping your head as well as scratching it as Jesse Bernstein narrates this tale of head lice.
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms. By Katherine Rundell. 2015. Recorded Books, CD, $66.75. Ages 11–14.
Narrator Bianca Amato captures the intense emotion of Will, a young girl forced to leave her home in Zimbabwe for a boarding school in London.
Echo. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. 2015. Scholastic Audio, CD, $79.99. Ages 10 and up.
Four narrators tell the stories of characters unexpectedly connected by the magic and music of a harmonica as it winds its way from Germany to the U.S. A 2016 Odyssey Honor Book.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. By Mo Willems. 2015. Weston Woods, CD and book, $12.95. Ages 3–8.
Willems narrates his own hilarious version of this familiar tale.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. By Eric Kimmel. 2015. Dreamscape, CD, $14.99. All ages.
Gildart Jackson richly portrays Hershel and a multitude of goblins in this tale filled with the music and sounds of Hanukkah.
The Hired Girl. By Laura Amy Schlitz. 2015. Recorded Books, CD, $87.75. Ages 10–14.
Rachel Botchan gives voice to 14-year-old Joan, who runs away from a hard life on a farm to become a hired girl in the home of a wealthy Jewish family in 1911.
Infinity and Me. By Kate Gosford. 2015. Live Oak Media. CD and book, $29.95. Ages 4–9.
Through expressive narration, sound effects, and music, this production explores the concept of infinity.
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. By Katherine Applegate. 2015. Weston Woods, CD and book, $12.95. Ages 3–7.
Xe Sands quietly narrates the story of this famous gorilla.
Jazz for Lil’ Jumpers! By Sarah Gardner. 2015. Independent release, CD, $10. Ages 4–8.
The 10 songs on this CD will have young children jumping and dancing to different types of jazz.
The Jumbies. By Tracey Baptiste. 2015. Recorded Books, CD, $51.75. Ages 9–14.
Using authentic Haitian accents and song, Robin Miles creates an atmosphere of supernatural menace as a girl fights to save her father and her island home.
Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. By Sally Derby. 2015. Brilliance Audio, CD, $24.99. Ages 9–14.
The poet Paul Laurence Dunbar is warmly introduced by Bahni Turpin while Dion Graham deftly brings the poems to life.
The Lightning Queen. By Laura Resau. 2015. Scholastic Audio, CD, $34.99. Ages 10–14.
Christian Barillas and Thom Rivera narrate this rich cultural story shared between a Mixte healer and his grandson.
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. By Steve Sheinkin. 2015. Listening Library, CD, $45. Ages 12 and up.
Ray Porter engages the listener in the true story of Daniel Ellsberg’s decision to release top-secret documents related to America’s role in the Vietnam War.
Ms. Rapscott’s Girls. By Elise Primavera. 2015. Listening Library, CD, $27. Ages 8–12.
With humor and lots of energy, Katherine Kellgren gives voice to indomitable headmistress Ms. Rapscott and the five wayward students.
Nursery Rhyme Parade! 2015. Furious Rose Productions, CD, $13. Ages birth–5.
Traditional nursery rhymes and songs performed by Lisa Loeb invite young children to sing along.
Nuts to You. By Lynne Rae Perkins. 2014. Recorded Books, CD, $30.75. Ages 6–11.
Jessica Almasy uses tones, cadences, and accents to personify three squirrels and other animals during an exciting rescue mission.
The Odds of Getting Even. By Sheila Turnage. 2015. Listening Library, CD, $40. Ages 9–12.
Mo and Dale don’t see eye to eye in their latest case full of eccentric southern characters humorously voiced by Lauren Fortgan.
Papa Is a Poet: A Story about Robert Frost. By Natalie S. Bober. 2015. Weston Woods, CD and book, $12.95. Ages 5–10.
Ammi-Joan Paquette gives a youthful voice to 15-year-old Lesley, who narrates this picture-book biography of her father, the notable American poet Robert Frost.
Stella by Starlight. By Heather Alicia Simms. 2015. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $24.99. Ages 9–14.
Heather Alicia Simms’ warm voice and gospel singing make the conflict believable between African Americans and their white neighbors in the 1930s South.
That Is NOT a Good Idea! By Mo Willems. 2015. Weston Woods, CD and book, $12.95. Ages 4–8.
Young listeners will root for the heroine and boo the villain in Mo and Cher Willems’ campy take on a silent movie enhanced by music and sound effects.
Trollhunters. By Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus. 2015. Recorded Books, CD, $66.75. Ages 12–14.
Kirby Heyborne does a masterful job with humans of various ages, wicked trolls, and many utterly gross situations.
The War That Saved My Life. By Kimberly Brusker Bradley. 2015. Listening Library, CD, $40. Ages 9–14.
Jayne Entwistle’s moving narration and expertise with a variety of British accents make this story of Ada in WWII a riveting listen. The 2016 Odyssey Award title.
The Worst Class Trip Ever. By Dave Barry. 2015. Brilliance Audio, CD, $19.99. Ages 10–13.
When humorist Barry is paired with narrator Todd Haberkorn in a story about a class trip, the result is hilarious.
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