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.
News Spotlight Lists
- 2014 Notable Children's Recordings
- 2014 Odyssey Winner and Honor Recordings - Odyssey Award
- Booklist Editors' Choice: Audio for Adults, 2013
- 2014 Listen List - The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration
Previous Listen Lists (all previous lists, from 2012 to the present, available online): 2013 Listen List, 2012 Listen List
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.
- Balkin, Dr. Al. Tune Up to Literacy: Original Songs and Activities for Kids. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
- Byrd, Susannah Mississippi. ¡Bienvenidos! ¡Welcome!: a Handy Resource Guide for Marketing Your Library to Latinos. Chicago, Ill: American Library Association, 2005 (includes Spanish-Language Marketplace list of audio publishers).
- Dietzel-Glair, Julie. Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books Through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props. Chicago: American Library Association, 2013.
- Fling, R. Michael. Guide to Developing a Library Music Collection. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.
- Mates, Barbara T. 5-Star Programming and Services for Your 55+ Library Customers. ALA programming guides. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003.
- Music Library Association. A Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings. Chicago, Ill: American Library Association, 2014.
- Reid, Rob. Children's Jukebox, Second Edition: The Select Subject Guide to Children's Musical Recordings. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007.
- Reid, Rob. Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children's Story Programs. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007.
- Bauer, Caroline Feller and Lynn Gates Bredeson. Caroline Feller Bauer's New Handbook for Storytellers: With Stories, Poems, Magic, and More. Chicago, Ill: ALA, 1993.
- Benton, Gail, and Trisha Waichulaitis. Ready-to-go Storytimes: Fingerplays, Scripts, Patterns, Music, and More. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003.
- Briggs, Diane and Thomas Briggs. Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007 (Web Extra: Preschool Favorites).
- Diamant-Cohen, Betsy and Selma K. Levi. Booktalking Bonanza: Ten Ready-to-Use Multimedia Sessions for the Busy Librarian. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009 (PDF excerpt of Booktalking Bonanza includes Appendix: Booktalking with Pizzazz: An Audiography, Bibliography, Filmography, and Webliography Including science experiments, music, magic, crafts, creative dramatics, puppets, videos, role-playing, and games).
- Grover, Sharon and Lizette D. Hannegan. Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011 (PDF excerpt of Listening to Learn includes table of contents and chapter 1: How It All Begins).
- MacMillan, Kathy. A Box Full of Tales: Easy Ways to Share Library Resources Through Story Boxes. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.
- MacMillan, Kathy, and Christine Kirker. Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009 (Web Extra: Storytime Magic).
- Reid, Rob. Cool Story Programs for the School-Age Crowd. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004.
- Reid, Rob. Family Storytime: Twenty-Four Creative Programs for All Ages. Chicago: American Library Association, 1999 (read Reid's March 2009 Book Links Classroom Connections preschool through elementary school article, "Family Storytime: Frogs, Snakes, Turtles, Gators, and Crocs" (PDF) and his "Family Storytime" article with "Reid's Read-Aloud Tips" sidebar (PDF) from the May 2009 issue of American Libraries).
- Reid, Rob. More Family Storytimes: Twenty-four Creative Programs for All Ages. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008 (PDF excerpt of More Family Storytimes includes table of contents and Wild Critters Program chapter).
- Reid, Rob. Reid's Read-Alouds: Selections for Children and Teens. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.
- Reid, Rob. Reid's Read-Alouds 2: Modern-Day Classics from C.S. Lewis to Lemony Snicket. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011 (PDF excerpt of Reid's Read-Alouds 2 includes table of contents, introduction).
- Scott, Barbara A. 1,000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes: A Sourcebook & DVD. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2010 (PDF excerpt of 1,000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes includes table of contents and the introduction chapter)
- Treviño, Rose Zertuche. Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009 (PDF excerpt of Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English includes table of contents and Chapter 1: Reading Begins at Home, El gusto por leer comienza en la casa).
This page is part of ALA Recommends... compiled by the ALA Library. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.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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