Audiobook research & resources
Posted by: Mary Burkey
I write the audiobook column “Voices in My Head” in ALA’s Book Links magazine. For the March issue, I focus on the future of audiobook formats, interviewing industry leaders about their predictions on the containers that will carry stories over the next few years. For the upcoming issue’s Web Connections printable list, I compiled print & online resources that might come in handy for those of you who must justify audiobooks for children and teens in your yearly budgets. Today’s students are digital natives who have been born into a world of multiple literacies. Schools are embracing audiobooks, as listening to literature expands and enhances the reading experience. But teachers and school & public librarians must provide evidence of the effectiveness of including audiobooks as part of their literacy initiatives. I know my library’s budget is due this week – so for those of you crunching numbers, here’s a sneak peak of the resources from the March issue of Book Links (be sure to click “Read the rest…” to see the complete list, including web links) :
The Power of Audiobooks: Research and Resources
Beavin, Kristi. “Audiobooks: Four Styles of Narration.” Horn Book Magazine Sep. 1996: 566-573.
Beers, Kylene. “Listen While You Read.” School Library Journal Apr. 1998: 30.
Burkey, Mary. “The Audible Art of Poetry.” Book Links May 2008: 34-35.
Burkey, Mary. “Audiobooks Alive with the Sound of Music.” Book Links Sept 2008: 24-25.
Burkey, Mary. “Sounds Good to Me: Listening to Audiobooks with a Critical Ear.” Booklist 01 June 2007: 104.
Cardillo, A., Coville, B., Ditlow, T., Myrick, E., & Lesesne, T. “Tuning in to Audiobooks.” Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children Winter 2007: 42-46.
Clark, Ruth Cox. “Audiobooks for Children: Is This Really Reading?” Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children Spring 2007: 49-50.
Dessoff, Alan. “Resources to Support Disabled Learners.” District Administration May 2008: 49-52.
Donohue, Nanette. Nurturing Your Media. Library Journal 15 Nov. 2008 : 32-35.
Dowell, Jennifer M. “The Alchemy of Children’s Audio.” AudioFile Apr./May 2001: 18-23.
Fallows, James. “Reading by Ear.” Atlantic Monthly Jan. 2001: 16-17.
Goldsmith, Francisca. “Earphone English.” School Library Journal May 2002: 50.
Grover, Sharon, and Lizette D. Hannegan. “Not Just for Listening.” Book Links May 2005: 16-19.
Harmon, Amy. “Loud, Proud, Unabridged: It Is Too Reading!” New York Times 26 May 2005: G1-G2.
Harris, Karen. “What Makes a Book Narrator?” Booklist 01 Jan. 1998: 833.
Jemtegaard, Kristi Elle. “Audio Poetry: A Call to Words.” Horn Book Magazine May 005: 357-364.
Jemtegaard, Kristi. “Readers vs. Listeners.” Booklist 01 Apr. 2005: 1399-1399.
Seper, Chris. “To Curl Up With a Good Book, Listen Up.” Plain Dealer 23 May 2005: B1.
Kozloff, Sarah. “Audio Books in Visual Culture.” Journal of American Culture Winter 1995: 83.
Marchionda, Denise. “A Bridge to Literacy: Creating Lifelong Readers through Audiobooks.” AudioFile Aug./Sept. 2001: 19-21.
Mediatore, Kaite, and Mary K. Chelton. “Reading with Your Ears.” Reference & User Services Quarterly Summer 2003: 318.
Saricks, Joyce. “LA: Essentials of Listening Advisory.” Booklist July 2008: 16.
Varley, Pamela. “As Good as Reading? Kids and the Audiobook Revolution.” Horn Book Magazine May 2002: 251-262.
Wolfson, Gene. “Using Audiobooks to Meet the Needs of Adolescent Readers.” American Secondary Education 01 Jan. 2008: 105-117.
Wysocki, Barbara. “Louder, Please.” School Library Journal Mar. 2005: 10-14.
Audiobooks & Literacy: http://www.randomhouse.com/highschool/RHI_magazine/pdf/serafini.pdf
Celebrating Excellence in Audiobooks for Children & Young Adults Podcast: http://plablog.org/2007/06/celebrating-excellence-in-audiobooks-for-children-and-young-adults.html
Creating Lifelong Readers Through Audiobooks: http://www.audiobookshelf.com/abridge.html
Get Caught Listening: http://audiopub.org/GetCaughtListening.asp
Learning through Listening (from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic): http://www.learningthroughlistening.org/
Listening Library’s Teacher Resources: http://school.booksontape.com/s_promo_pam_spencer.cfm
Now Playing: A Review of the Accessibility of Digital Audio Players: http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw090404
Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production: http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklistsawards/odyssey/odyssey.cfm
Odyssey Award 2008 Booklist Forum Podcast: http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2008/07/04/yalsa-podcast-52-inauguration-of-the-odyssey-award/
Recorded Books Resource Guides to Research & Classroom use: http://www.recordedbooks.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=school.resource_list
Twenty-first Century Reading http://ncteinbox.blogspot.com/2008/01/21st-century-reading-habits.html
Young Adult Audiobooks: http://www.randomhouse.com/highschool/RHI_magazine/pdf/ditlow.pdf
Why Listen at All: http://pdfs.voya.com/VO/YA2/VOYA200708audiotalk.pdf
Please let me know of any other research that I should add to the list!