Notable Children's Recordings

About the Notable Children's Recordings
Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's recordings on the Notable Children's Recordings list.

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2005 Selection(s)

I Stink!

7 min. Weston Woods, CS with hardcover, $24.95. CS only, $8.95. CD with hardcover, $29.95. CD only, $12.95.

Preschool-Grade 2. If a city garbage truck could talk, it would undoubtedly have the gruff, streetwise voice Andy Richter uses to read Kate and Jim McMullan's picture book.

Ida B. . . .and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

Listening Library, 2 CS, $23.00. 3 CDs, $30.00.

Grades 3-8. Lili Taylor's childlike reading captures Ida B.'s trials and tribulations as she comes to terms with her mother's illness in Katherine Hannigan's lighthearted novel.

The Last Holiday Concert

3 hrs., 1 min. Listening Library, 2 CS, $23. 3 CDs, $30.

Grades 3-7. Fred Berman's youthful narration perfectly voices Andrew Clements' humorous story featuring popular student Hart Evans and his beleaguered music teacher.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: A New Work for Narrator and Symphony Orchestra

51 min. Simon & Simon, 1 CD, $16.98. 866-432-7624.

All ages. Magic Maestro Music presents a musically-extended version of Virginia Lee Burton's classic story through symphonic interpretation, narration, and learning experiences.

More Perfect Than the Moon

1 hr. Harper Children's Audio, CD, $13.95.

Grades 2-6. With sensitivity and warmth, Glenn Close reads Patricia MacLachlan's fourth book about Sarah and her family.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

11 min. Live Oak Media, CS and hardcover, $25.95. CD and hardcover, $28.95.

Preschool-Grade 2. Music, sound effects, and William Dufris' voice augment this humorous picture book of three young veggie-loving bunnies and the farmer they outwit.

No More Nasty

3 hrs., 45 min. Recorded Books, 3 CS, $28.75.

Grades 3-6. Johnny Heller's deadpan narration lends credibility to Amy MacDonald's humorous story of what happens when Aunt Mattie becomes the substitute teacher in Simon's 5th grade class.

Pincus and the Pig: A Klezmer Tale

45 min. Tzadik, CD, $15.98. 212-334-8427.

All ages. Maurice Sendak narrates his Yiddish retelling of "Peter and the Wolf," with musical accompaniment by the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.

Princess in Pink; The Princess Diaries, Volume V

7 hours, 31 minutes. Listening Library, 6 CS, $45. 7 CDs, $55.

Grades 6 and up. Narrator Clea Lewis captures Meg Cabot's Princess Mia as she contrives to go to the prom, endures her mother's pregnancy, and ponders global concerns.

The Pot That Juan Built

13 min. Weston Woods, CS and hardcover, $24.95. CS only, $8.95. CD and hardcover, $29.95. CD only, $12.95.

All ages. Music, sound effects, and Alfred Molina's perfectly accented reading make this poem and the story of artist Juan Quezada come alive.