Adolescent Literature

YALSA Discoveries: Audiobooks

When looking at the YALSA website, the first thing I wanted to look at were the award lists. Since I have been enjoying audiobooks for the last couple years and they have become a part of my evening routine, this is the first list I looked at. The following books I found are from the 2019 list.

The first book that caught my interest is For Every One by Jason Reynolds. I read this towards the beginning of the semester and it was a very inspirational little read. The time it takes to listen to this audiobook is 25 minutes so it would be cool to have for a quick read. It is also read by Jason Reynolds himself so it would be interesting to hear it read the way he expected it to be read.

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 5.22.29 PM.pngThere are a couple books from this list that I want to add on my TBR list, the first being Swing by Kwame Alexander. I recently read Crossover by Alexander and I really enjoy his writing style and that he talks about sports. Since I do not really read sporty books, Alexander is a great new author for me to explore. Another book I’ve added is And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. I read A Monster Calls by Ness and really enjoyed it but haven’t read anything else by him. I am

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interested in seeing if I will enjoy him as an author or if I just enjoyed A Monster Calls for the story. The final book I wanted to add to my TBR list is Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling and Kennilworthy Whisp. Since I am currently rereading the Harry Potter series, I am interested to see if this little add-on will be worth reading or not.

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Audiobooks can be very helpful in the classroom because they allow students another way to comprehend the story. If a student is having difficulty with comprehension through reading normally, hearing the story while they follow along in their physical copy can help with this. Also, with technology and how easy it is to get audiobooks through apps like Audible, students can have more access to getting newer books than waiting for local libraries to get them. If a student really wants a book but it is physically not available to them, audiobooks can be a great alternative because they only take a couple hours to download.



4 thoughts on “YALSA Discoveries: Audiobooks”

  1. Do you have an Audible subscription? I’ve been debating on whether or not it is worth the money. Audiobooks are my “last frontier” so to speak, in the sense that I have yet to really explore them. The title that caught my list on YALSA’s amazing audiobooks was I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman. In addition, I’ve heard good things about the audiobook version of the YA novel I just finished– Autoboyography. Maybe someday I, too, can make them a part of my evening routine. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I do and I enjoy it because I can download them on my phone so I won’t need service to listen to them. It is expensive but if you don’t buy an audiobook that month you get a credit and can use credits to get audiobooks later. I’d also look into audiobooks on YouTube. There is a lot of good ones out there I just don’t use it that much because I don’t like the background noise that is in a lot of the videos. Just my preference! I’ve been hearing good things about Autoboyography so I’ll probably keep an eye out for that one!

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