Today’s Video Break: Tim Ditlow
Posted by: Mary Burkey
Meet the man with the Midas touch. A lifetime spent in the YA & Children’s audiobook publishing field has given Tim Ditlow an unparalleled depth of knowledge. From his groundbreaking work leading Listening Library, the company founded by his mother & father, to his current position as Vice President, Young Adult and Children’s Acquisition Editor for Brilliance Audio, the Ditlow touch has resulted in countless unforgettable audio productions.
Setting the standard for unabridged children’s novels? Ditlow. Securing U.S. rights for for the Harry Potter audiobooks and casting Jim Dale as narrator? Ditlow. Spearheading the full cast recording of The Golden Compass with author Phillip Pullman as narrator? Ditlow. Initiating the availability of visual content, such as photos and illustrations, on disc as audiobook bonus content? Ditlow. You can hear the result of his Midas acquisition touch on two of this year’s Odyssey Honor titles: The Knife of Never Letting Go and will grayson, will grayson.
Tim Ditlow talks about the world of audio books. He talks about how students could explore becoming a narrator, about what makes a good audio book, and the differences between audio and print. He makes a great case for why audio books are an important and necessary addition for schools and teachers. He does all this and still seems like someone we would want for our best friend.