Friday, November 21, 2008

Audiobooker has moved!

My Audiobooker blog has moved to a new address:

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

National Book award Youth Winner: What I Saw and How I Lied

From the National Book Award website:


WINNER: Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic) - Interview

Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (Simon & Schuster) -
Interview Coming Soon
Kathi Appelt, The Underneath (Atheneum) - Interview
E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
(Hyperion) - Interview
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now (Alfred A. Knopf) - Interview

Young People’s Literature Judges: Daniel Handler (chair), Holly Black, Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, Cynthia Voigt.

Audiobooker announcement

Please note: Today my Audiobooker blog will be moving to a new address:

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

School Library Journal Leadership Summit: Can You Hear Me Now?

During the School Library Leadership Summit, I was honored to moderate a panel titled “Can You Hear Me Now?” During the session, attendees and presenters explored the growing availability of digital formats in the school library session, the various hardware “containers” used to store literature, and the benefits & challenges of purchasing digital media. Librarian Philosopher Dr. Barry Bishop posted his summary of the session here. Find out more and add your observations, questions and comments to the Summit wiki or Ning.

I have compiled some posts that address the need for research that supports the use of audiobooks in the classroom & school library in this post.

Thanks to School Library Journal for coordinating and hosting this amazing FREE event! This was my first time attending, but not my last. I plan to add the SLJ Summit to my calendar every year.

Thanks to the expert participants on the panel. If you would like to continue your conversation with them, feel free to use the contact information below:

Daniel R. Albohn, Manager, New Business Development, Sony Inc.Daniel Albohn is the manager of business development for the Sony eReader, a portable digital book reader. Contact Daniel Albohn at

Caroline Barni, Director of Marketing, Playaway / Findaway World.Caroline Barni is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Playaway, a pre-loaded digital audio player. Contact Caroline Barni at

Steven Potash, President and CEO of OverDrive, Inc. OverDrive distributes over 100,000 premium eBook, audiobook, music, and video titles to a network of over 6,000 libraries and online retail websites. For information on OverDrive’s school download initiative, contact Claudia Weissman, International Business Director,

Pamela R. Smith, Senior Vice President, BWI and Follett Library Resources. Pamela Smith is one of the two Senior Vice Presidents who are responsible for the overall success of BWI and Follett Library Resources. Contact Pamela Smith at or Chris Schubert, Director of Marketing at

Monday, November 17, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Poetry Friday: MTV's Poet Laureate John Asbury

If you attended the first-ever YALSA YA Literature Symposium's "Picturing the Story: Teens Get Graphic" pre-conference, you heard Printz-Award winner Gene Yang's reminder that today's teens expect to participate in literature. Want to get teens participating in poetry? Visit MTV's website that focuses on college students:

MTV named a Poet Laureate for university students, and not one you might expect. Eighty-year-old John Ashbury is featured on reading his poems in video clips, along with printable text of the poem. What a great way to introduce this winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, a MacArthur Fellowship and The Yale Younger Poets Prize to NetGen learners! Learn more about mtvU's poet laureate, along with mtvU's poetry contest for college students in this New York Times article by Melena Ryzik.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

YA Literature Symposium: Listening is Reading

I'm at the first YA Literature Symposium, hosted by YALSA and funded in part through the generosity of the William Morris Endowment. I am honored to be part of the session "Listening is Reading: Teens Choose Books Out Loud." Here are a few links for those interested in audiobooks for teens...

Best MP3 Players for Audiobooks: a Cnet article from October 2, 2008 by Donald Bell

Some past Audiobooker posts on teens & audiobooks:

International Association of School Librarians Conference Session: Research Resource List

International Association of School Librarians Conference: Beyond the Book Session Notes

International Association of School Librarians: Ten Tips for Teens New to North American English

Listen Up! Audiobooks and Literacy Development

Sounds True to Me: Authentic Audiobooks for Adolescents PowerPoint

From the YALSA Blog - the podcast from the first Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Celebration.

From the PLA blog - the Celebrating Excellence in Audiobooks for Children and Young Adults podcast with Judy Blume, Bruce Coville, Jack Gantos, and John Green.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Poetry Friday: The election

There's nothing like a world-changing event to inspire poets! On November 5th, the New York Times asked five poets (John Ashbery, August Kleinzahler, Joshua Mehigan, Mary Jo Bang , J. D. McClatchy) to respond to the election. Read their poems here: The Measure of Democracy. What a great challenge for teachers to give to their students! Need more inspiration? Try Walt Whitman & more at

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Monday, November 3, 2008

The Rivalry from L.A. Theater Works - theater online for free. And take advantage of your freedom to vote!

Here's a great resource for drama lovers & language arts teachers who wish to incorporate the sound of live theater in the classroom, using a perfect connection to Civil War studies. The entire performance of The Rivalry, a drama based on the Lincoln/Douglas debates, will be available for free the week of November 3-9. And what a great reminder of the importance of the presidency and the value of every single vote - so don't forget to GET OUT AND VOTE ON TUESDAY AS IF YOUR COUNTRY DEPENDED ON IT!

L.A. Theater Works offers a tremendous amount material on their website and through radio station KPPC's website- what a great way to introduce major works such as Pride & Prejudice, Julius Caesar, The Glass Menagerie, or The Grapes of Wrath to students using the performance of great actors.

L.A. Theater works has an entire education outreach website Alive and Aloud that contains audio clips and study guides for classroom teachers. There is even an outreach program for libraries in underserved areas, rural communities, and the visually impaired. Visit the sites and sign up for the newsletters!

Here's more info from L.A. Theater Works:

Live Streaming On-Demand!

Free for the week of November 3 - 9

David Strathairn and Paul Giamatti star as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, rivals for the U.S. Senate - one a rising Illinois legislator and abolitionist candidate for the newly formed Republican party, the other the Democratic incumbent and champion of states' rights. Although Douglas was re-elected Senator from from Illinois, the debates brought Lincoln into the national consciousness and helped send him on to the presidency.

The program also stars Lily Rabe as Adele Douglas, the young wife of Senator Douglas through whose lens we witness the proceedings; James Gleason; and Shannon Cochran. Eric Simonson, 2006 Academy Award-winner for his documentary The Golden Age of Norman Corwin directs. The broadcast includes an interview with Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn.

Listen to a clip of The Rivarly now!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Safety first! Autumn Alert

Just doing my part to help everyone stay safe...

Extreme Weather Alert: Meteorologists Predict Intensely Brisk Autumn

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Just had to pass along the image above from an email today from Recorded Books. And here's the rest of their message:

Looking for a fun and educational reading activity for Halloween? At the blog, we’ve posted spook-tacular audioexcerpts from Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular (an AudioFile Earphones Award winner!), The Story of Ichabod Crane, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Enjoy these free excerpts for elementary, middle, and high school along with a worksheet exploring mood—compliments of Recorded Books!

Happy trick or treating!