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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Notable Children's Recordings
A full cast of narrators performs 29 poems celebrating black history with accompanying music, sound effects, and historical recordings, creating a riveting listen.
Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln. By Doreen Rappaport. Weston Woods, CD and book, $29.95. Ages 7–12.
Nicol Zanzarella and Trevor Murphy expertly tell the story of Lincoln’s life. Special sound effects, background music, and author and illustrator notes enhance the listening experience.
Anna and the Swallow Man. By Gavriel Savit. Listening Library, CD, $40. Ages 12 and up.
Allan Corduner’s gentle narration guides this dark journey of a young girl and the mysterious man she befriends in the harsh environment of WWII Poland. The 2017 Odyssey Award Winner.
Arf. By Spencer Quinn. Weston Woods, CD, $34.99. Ages 8–12.
Jim Frangione expertly personifies the confident dog Bowser, providing much levity in this murder mystery.
Arriba Abajo. Salsana, CD, $15. All ages.
1 2 3 Andrés imparts the joy of language, music, and movement in a bilingual (English and Spanish) collection of songs that is storytime- and classroom-friendly.
As Brave As You. By Jason Reynolds. Simon & Schuster Audio, DD, $17.99. Ages 8 and up.
Guy Lockard brings ebullience and poignancy to this funny, resonant story of two brothers and the questions, big and small, that they face over a summer at their grandparents’ home.
Beetle Boy. By M. G. Leonard. Recorded Books, CD, $66.75. Ages 8–12.
With distinct characterizations and humor, Leonard narrates her book about a boy, beetles, and the mysterious disappearance of his father.
The Cat Who Came In off the Roof. By Annie M. G. Schmidt. Listening Library, CD, $27. Ages 6–12.
A rollicking performance by Katherine Kellgren lets the listener enjoy the adventures of shy Mr. Tibble and the unusual Miss Minou.
Dream On, Amber. By Emma Shevah. Recorded Books, CD, $46.75. Ages 8–12.
Laura Kirman becomes this spirited tween in a dramatic performance that highlights Amber’s humor, heart, and multicultural heritage. A 2017 Odyssey Honor title.
Feel What U Feel. Furious Rose Records, DD and CD, $12.99. All ages.
Exploring various emotions, Lisa Loeb’s soothing voice invites children to “Feel What U Feel.”
Ghost. By Jason Reynolds. Simon & Schuster Audio, DD, $14.99. Ages 10–14.
With authentic and humorous characterizations, Guy Lockard expertly performs this story of a boy who finds his purpose on the track team. A 2017 Odyssey Honor title.
Grayling’s Song. By Karen Cushman. Recorded Books, CD, $46.75. Ages 10 and up.
With a flair for character vocalization and a beautiful singing voice, Katherine Kellgren takes the listener on Grayling’s magical quest.
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs. By Eric Litwin. Weston Woods, CD and book, $12.95. Ages 3–6.
Mixing narrative with song, Litwin presents an engaging story of a dog who loves ice cream and learns to share with his dinosaur friends.
The League of Beastly Dreadfuls: The Dastardly Deed (Book 2). By Holly Grant. Listening Library, CD, $40. Ages 8 and up.
Rosalyn Landor deftly captures a wide range of sound effects and characters, from bats to shape-shifters, in this lively fantasy tale.
Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation. By Edwidge Danticat. Recorded Books, CD and book, $15.75. Ages 5–12.
Robin Miles interprets this heartwarming immigration story in a simple, believable voice that perfectly captures a tender mother-daughter relationship.
My Pen. By Christopher Myers. Live Oak, CD and book, $29.95. All ages.
Myers’ dazzling vocalizations and masterful art come together with brilliant sound effects to create an immersive sensory experience.
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi. By Neal Bascomb. Weston Woods, DD, $24.50. Ages 10–14.
Jason Culp’s steady narration makes vivid the story of Mossad’s mission to capture notorious Nazi fugitive Adolph Eichmann.
Nimona. By Noelle Stevenson. Harper Audio, DD, $24.99. Ages 12 and up.
A villain, a hero, and a shape-shifting teen tell a story of adventure, danger . . . and science! This full-cast production brings to life the story, reminiscent of radio dramas. A 2017 Odyssey Honor title.
The Playground Zone. School Time Music, CD, $7. All ages.
The Alphabet Rockers’ infectious hip-hop songs feature empowering messages that will have everyone up and dancing.
Raymie Nightingale. By Kate DiCamillo. Listening Library, CD, $30. Ages 10–14.
Jenna Lamia’s distinctive voices for Raymie and her friends infuse this audiobook with humor and heartbreak, making for a memorable listen.
Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album. Okee Dokee Music, CD and DVD, $20. All ages.
From “jackalopes” to shooting stars, the Okee Dokee Brothers take listeners on a musical adventure across the Continental Divide. The accompanying DVD visually expands upon the listening experience.
Save Me a Seat. By Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. Weston Woods, CD, $29.99. Ages 8–12.
Vikas Adam’s and Josh Hurley’s expert and authentic vocalizations humorously relay the story of the unlikely friendship between two outsiders.
Stick and Stone. By Beth Ferry. Weston Woods, CD and book, $12.95. Ages 4–7.
Maxwell Glick’s concise, expressive, and clear voice beautifully narrates this sweet and humorous tale of friends lost and found. A bonus song enhances the story experience.
Storms. By Miriam Busch Goin. Live Oak, CD and book, $19.95. Ages 6–9.
Dion Graham combines excellent narration with dramatic sound effects to inform and engage early readers. Vivid photos, riddles, and quizzes enhance this read-along.
Unbound: A Novel in Verse. By Ann E. Burg. Weston Woods, CD, $24.99. Ages 8–14.
Bahni Turpin’s lyrical interpretations of righteous Grace and her cruel missus are at the heart of this poetic tale of an enslaved family who seeks freedom in the Great Dismal Swamp.
Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? By Kate DiCamillo. Listening Library, CD, $15. Ages 6–9.
In an installment of Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Lorna Raver narrates the story of Baby Lincoln’s Necessary Journey, bringing DiCamillo’s inimitable style to life in an engaging way.
Wolf Hollow. By Lauren Wolk. Listening Library, DD and CD, $40. Ages 10 and up.
Emily Rankin’s intimate narration carries the listener on 12-year-old Annabelle’s haunting journey through a web of lies in a small Pennsylvania town in the shadow of WWII.
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