ALSC names 2009 Notable Children’s Recordings

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper
ALSC Program Officer


For Immediate Release
February 10, 2009

CHICAGO ─ The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2009 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. The list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways.

The recordings selected are:

  • “The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones.” Scholastic AudioBooks.Â
  • “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Recorded Books.Â
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Listening Library.Â
  • “Beethoven’s Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies.” Rounder Records.Â
  • “Brooklyn Bridge.” Macmillan Audio.Â
  • “Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa.” Live Oak.Â
  • “Clementine’s Letter.” Recorded Books.Â
  • “Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady.” Listen & Live Audio.
  • “The dead and the gone.” Listening Library.Â
  • “Elijah of Buxton.” Listening Library.Â
  • “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village.” Recorded Books.Â
  • “Grandfather’s Journey.” Weston Woods Studios.Â
  • “The Graveyard Book.” Recorded Books. Â
  • “Gregor and the Code of Claw.” Listening Library.Â
  • “Hawaiian Playground.” Putumayo Kids.Â
  • “I’m Dirty!” Weston Woods Studios.Â
  • “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale.” Peachtree Publishers.
  • “Miss Spitfire.” Recorded Books.
  • “The Possibilities of Sainthood.” Brilliance Audio.Â
  • “Red Moon at Sharpsburg.” Recorded Books.Â
  • “Shooting the Moon.” Recorded Books.Â
  • “Skybreaker.” Full Cast Audio.Â
  • “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.” Weston Woods Studios. 

For an annotated list of the above recordings, including recommended grade levels, visit the ALSC Web site. More information about all of ALSC’s Children’s Notable Lists is available on the Web site at, click on “Awards & Grants” and “Children’s Notable Lists.”

Members of the 2009 Notable Children's Recordings Committee are: Jane Claes, Chair, University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, Texas; Colette Drouillard, College of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.; Kathy Kirchoefer, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, New Carrollton, Md.; Karen M. Perry, Wiley Middle School, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Linda L. Plevak, Northeast Lake View College, Universal City, Texas Mary Puleo, Everett Libraries, Everett, Mass.; Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, Ill.; Kathryn Shepler, Aurora School, Oakland, Calif.; and Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, Ore.