Audiobooks are a great compliment to their paper counterparts and combined, help improve literacy. Like most families, we had a bedtime routine. My son brushed his teeth, I read a story and just before turning out the light, I hit play on the latest audiobook for him to listen to as he drifted off to sleep. Through the years he enjoyed many wonderful stories. He "reread" all of the Harry Potter books, freshly brought to life with Jim Dale's narration. As he got older, the process was reversed and Tim Curry's rendition of Sabriel compelled him to read Garth Nix's Abhorsen series.
When children are learning how to read, listening to an audio while following along with the book is a wonderful way to help them learn new words and pronunciation. The library makes this easy, offering Readalongs; a book with a CD included. Most are picture books but you can always ask your librarian to match a chapter book with its audio. This is especially effective for struggling older readers who find it less embarrassing than needing someone to read to them.
The library has audiobooks in a variety of accessible formats, including compact discs. Our Overdrive service allows you to download eAudios to your Apple device, Blackberry, or Android. Tumblebooks is an online resource providing text and narration. Using your computer you can access great picture, chapter, and non-fiction titles for preschoolers through upper elementary students.
One additional audiobook advantage—it's a great way to develop 'critical listening skills' and what parent doesn't want their child to work on those?
Youth Services Coordinator
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
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City Dog, Country Frog
Words: Mo Willems & Pictures: Jon J Muth
In spring, City Dog enjoys the freedom of the country. He spots Country Frog on a rock just waiting for a friend. Country Frog shows City Dog "Country Frog games" which involve jumping, croaking, and splashing. In summer, Country Dog returns and heads straight for Country Frog's rock. It is Country Frog's turn to learn some City Dog games. The summer days are spent fetching and barking and sniffing, too! In the fall, a tired Country Frog suggests they play remembering games. So, City Dog and Country Frog sit on the rock remembering.
Watercolors by Jon Muth are delightful and expressive. Enjoy this book with anyone over 3.
Oh no, George! By: Chris Haughton
When Harry tells George that he going out he asks George if he will be good. "Yes," says George, "I'll be very good." "I hope I'll be good," George thinks. Hmmmm. Even 2 year olds will get this one and everyone can join the chorus of...Oh no, George! For older kids a lesson in self-control, maybe!
Chewy Louie By: Howie Schneider
Absolutely a must for anyone with a new puppy or anyone who loves dogs...or books... or a LAUGH! This book is a real charmer! Best read to one or two kids.....so everyone can get a good look at the LOL pictures!
Martha Speaks By: Susan Meddaugh
Alphabet soup has a most curious effect on the family dog! AND... having a talking dog has some very interesting complications! First in a series of uproarious books about this verbose canine.
Harry the Dirty Dog By: Gene Zion
This story is as fresh and delightful as when it was first published in 1956. Harry is a white dog with black spots. Harry hates bath time. Harry LIKES being dirty! So, when he hears the water running into the tub....he runs away. A little dog on the loose...Harry romps freely in all the very dirtiest places. Harry discovers that playing so hard is tiring...and he gets hungry, too. He returns home only to find that his family does not recognize, "Harry the dirty dog" for he has become a black dog with white spots! Children ages 3-5 will cheer Harry's attempts to make himself known to his family and applaud the outcome of this timeless tale. "A fun and funny book for 3-5 year olds who love guessing what will happen next! Even rambunctious tots will sit still for this one....just waiting for the surprise at the end!"
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath By: Nick Bruel
Bad Kitty is back and is forced to take a bath in this hysterical, new, illustrated, how-to book for young readers. This time Kitty is at her worst in a riotous guide filled with bad smells, cautionary tales of horror, and hopefully... some soap!