ALA Recommended Listening

ALA Recommends. . .

List of links to ALA's recommended and award-winning audio, including music and spoken-word recordings and audiobooks for all ages, sorted by age group. Includes resources for librarians and educators on audio and music collections and on storytelling and booktalking programs.

For Children | For Young Adults/Teens | Odyssey Award | For Adults | Resources and Publications for Librarians and Educators


This page is compiled by the ALA Library. Please send any needed corrections to Valerie Hawkins of ALA's Library.


News Spotlight Lists

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) announces 2014 Notable Children's Recordings

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) names 2014 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Listening Library wins 2014 Odyssey Award for 'Scowler'

RUSA's (Reference and User Services Association) 2014 Listen List announces outstanding audiobook narration award winners

Booklist Editors' Choice and Top of the List picks for 2013


For Children


For Young Adults/Teens


ALSC/Booklist/YALSA Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

Given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults available in English in the United States


For Adults


Resources and Publications for Librarians and Educators

Audiobooks, Music

ALA's audiobook blog, Audiobooker: A Booklist Blog -- Mary Burkey, a teacher, librarian, and audiobook addict, writes about listening, learning, and the joy of headsets. Be sure to see the Audiobook Research & Resources entry.


Storytimes, Booktalks


This page is part of ALA Recommends... compiled by the ALA Library. Contact us at library@ala.org with any questions. See the other lists of recommendations compiled by ALA member committees - ALA Recommended Reading: List of links to ALA's literature award winners and various notable reading lists for all ages, sorted by age group; ALA Recommended Viewing: List of links to ALA's recommended DVDs and videos for all ages, sorted by age group; and ALA Recommended Web Sites: List of links to ALA's recommended web sites for all ages, sorted by age group.


Last updated: February 2014


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