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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:49 am
Best audiobooks of 2012
Posted by: Mary Burkey

The Notable Children’s Recording discussion list has top titles for ages birth-14. Wondering what the American Library Association committee members will be discussing during the up coming annual conference in Seattle? ALSC has released its discussion list today for the Notable Children’s Recordings 2013 list, and invites observers to their deliberations. I’m copying the complete notification from Chair Lynda Salem-Poling below.  And check out all the past NCR lists for a great core collection of children’s audiobooks: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncr

 

YALSA, the division that selects materials for ages 12-18, is finalizing the discussion list for the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2013 list, and will release those titles soon. I’ll let you know  ASAP the complete details of nominated titles and meetings from the Amazing Audios committee, which I’m honored to be part of this year. Here’s the link to past AAYA lists: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/audiobooks

The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is a closed ALSC & YALSA joint committee, meaning that the nominated titles won’t be released nor are the discussions public. But you can tune in to the announcements of the very best audiobook titles for ages birth-age 18  live, as the Youth Media Awards will be streaming on the web. Be sure to be in the virtual audience for the “Academy Awards” of children’s and young adult literature. The 2013 announcements will take place at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28, from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Approximately 12,500 webcast viewers will join more than 1,300 onsite audience members for the 2013 announcements. Virtual seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those that are not able to join the webcast can still follow results in real-time by logging on to the ALA Youth Media Awards Facebook page, or via Twitter by following hashtag #ALAyma. Here’s the link to past Odyssey winners & honor titles: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/odysseyaward

I’ve collected a batch of other “Best Audiobooks of 2012″ here on Audiobooker, if you are interested in even more top titles: http://audiobooker.booklistonline.com/2013/01/08/best-audiobooks-of-2012-2/

Here’s the scoop on the Notable Children’s Recording 2013 Committee nominations:

The Notable Children’s Recordings committee invites you to listen in on our discussions at Midwinter. We will be meeting in the Marion Room of the Seattle Renaissance Hotel Friday, January 25 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, January 26 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, and Sunday, January 27 1:00pm – 9:00pm. Our discussion list is below.

Lynda Salem-Poling
NCR Chair

The 13th Warning, 56 min. 58 sec., CD, $29.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781469241722

The Adventures of Shrinkman, 1 hrs. 59 min, CD, $29.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781469241784

Ballet for Martha, 45 min 35 sec, CD, $29.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781455877317

Ballpark Mysteries Collection, 6 hrs 15 min, CD, $34.00 , Listening Library, 9780449010778

The Bell Bandit (Lemonade #3), 2 hrs. 59 min, CD, $30.75 , Recorded Books, 9781456132811

Bink and Gollie, 27 min. 13 sec., book and CD, $29.95 , Weston Woods, 9780545447577

Blue Clouds, 38 min 52 sec, music CD, $12.99 , Smithsonian Folkways Recordings,

Blues in All Flavors, 39 min 45 sec, music CD, $14.98 , Hot Toddy Music, 614325741021

Bubble Ride, 47 min 23 sec, music, $14.98 , VeeTree Records , 700261360850

Can You Canoe?, 38 min. 29 sec., music CD + DVD, $14.99 , The Okee Dokee Brothers,

Carnival of Animals, 1 hr 9 min, music CD, $16.98 , Maestro Classics

The Case of the Poisoned Pig (The Milo and Jazz Mysteries #2), 53 min 42 sec, CD, $15.95 , Live Oak Media, 9781430112020

Catchin‘ Some Peazzz, 44 min 33 sec, music CD, $15.00 , Hot Peas ‘N Butter

Charlie and the Christmas Kitty, 5, book and CD, , HarperAudio

The Cheshire Cheese Cat, 4 hrs 14 min, CD, $30.00 , Listening Library, 9780449010280

The Colored Pencil Factory, 48 min 50 sec, music CD, $14.95 , Smoggy Borough Records

A Confusion Of Princes, 9 hrs 30 min, CD, $48.00 , Listening Library, 9780739368282

The Creatures from Beyond Beyond, 2 hrs. 11 min, CD, $29.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781469241753

A Dog’s Way Home, 6 hrs 57 min, CD, $39.00 , Listening Library, 9780449013885

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, 13 min 49 sec, book and CD, $29.95 , Weston Woods

Escalator, 29 min 37 sec, music CD, $12.00 , Elsewhere Records

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont, 43 min 8 sec, book and CD, $15.75 , Recorded Books, 9781464033803

The Fairy Ring, 2 hrs 26 min, CD, $49.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781455851942

The False Prince, 8 hrs 14 min, CD, $34.99 , Scholastic Audio, 9780545391665

Fenway Fever, 6 hrs 10 min, CD, $46.75 , Recorded Books, 9781464045745

The Fire Chronicle, 12 hrs, 22 min, CD, $37.00 , Listening Library, 9780307879820

The Five Lives Of Our Cat Zook, 4 hrs. 58 min, CD, $38.00 , Listening Library, 9780307968692

The Forgiveness Garden, 19 min 59 sec, book and CD, $15.75 , Recorded Books, 9781470303853

From Seed to Plant, 12 min 34 sec, book and CD, $18.95 , Live Oak Media, 9781430110798

Good Morning My Love, 29 min 52 sec, music CD, $12.99 , Vered Music, 884501642040

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, 15 min 37 sec, book and CD, $12.95 , Weston Woods, 9780545502221

The Great Cake Mystery, 55 min, CD, $15.00 , Listening Library, 9780449011423

The Hero in You, 47 min 19 sec, Music CD, $15.00 , Black Wolf Records

Hi! Fly Guy, 14 min 27 sec, book and CD, $12.95 , Weston Woods, 9780545523288

The Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place, Book 3, 6 hrs, 46 min, CD, $50.00 , Listening Library, 9780307968487

Instrumental Dreamland, 27 min, music CD, $14.98 , Putumayo World Music, 9781587593000

Ivy and Bean Make the Rules, 1 hr 19 min, book and CD, $15.75 , Recorded Books, 9781470320621

Jump into the Sky, 8 hrs, 24 min, CD, $40.00 , Listening Library, 9780449014042

Kizzy Ann Stamps, 3 hrs, 49 min, CD, $54.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781469206356

Knuffle Bunny Free, 18 min 59 sec, book and CD, $29.95 , Weston Woods

Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (Last Apprentice #10), 7 hrs 16 min, CD, $66.75 , Recorded Books , 9781470320232

The Library Dragon, 21 min 4 sec, book and CD, $19.95 , Peachtree Publishers, 9781561456406

Little Pig Joins the Band, 13 min 02 sec, book and CD, $29.95 , Live Oak Media, 9781430111399

Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie, 29 min 55 sec, music CD, $12.99 , Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Locomotion, 1 hrs 20 min, CD, $39.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781455842445

Love, Mouserella, 11 min 14 sec, book and CD, $15.75 , Recorded Books, 9781464040337

Malcolm at Midnight, 5 hrs 46 min, CD, $51.75 , Recorded Books

Merry Christmas, Splat!, 14 min 27 sec, book and CD, $12.95 , Weston Woods , 9780545523288

Middle of Nowhere, 26 min 56 sec, music CD, $14.98 , Winter Bear Records

The Mighty Miss Malone, 7 hrs, 55 min, CD, $44.00 , Listening Library, 9780307968241

The Mighty Sky, 31 min, 29 sec, music CD, $14.98 , BNC Records, 898161001116

Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind, 4 hrs, 30 min, CD, $30.00 , Listening Library, 9780449010365

Mr. And Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!, 4 hrs, 20 min, CD, $30.00 , Listening Library, 9780307942654

Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, 65 min 4 sec, music CD, $10.98 , myKaZoo Music

Music in Motion, 45 min 20 sec, music CD, $15.98 , Groove Kid Nation

My Alien Parents, 41 min 36 sec, CD, $29.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781469241777

My Farm Friends, 16 min 45 sec, book and CD, $29.95 , Live Oak Media, 9781430110965

My Hands Sing the Blues, 23 min 11 sec, book and CD, $15.75 , Recorded Books, 9781464002069

Neversink, 7 hrs, 11 min, CD, $40.00 , Listening Library, 9780449014813

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic, 22 min, 23 sec, book and CD, $29.95 , Live Oak Media, 9781430110842

The Notorious Benedict Arnold, 6 hrs, 51 min, CD, $45.00 , Listening Library, 9780449014981

On the Day I Died, 5 hrs 34 min, CD, $30.00 , Listening Library, 9780307991102

One year in Coal Harbor, 5 hrs, 42 min, CD, $30.00 , Listening Library, 9780449014141

The Other Side, 20 min 32 sec, book and CD, $29.95 , Weston Woods

Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project, 1 hr 43 min, music, $14.99 , Entertainment One

Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz, 37 min 9 sec, music CD, $15.00 , Hornblow Recordings/Megaforce Records

Penny and her Song, 7, book and CD, HarperAudio

A Potluck, 29 min. 42 sec., music CD, $12.98 , Rainy Dimes Music

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1), 11 hrs 9 min, CD, $39.99 , Scholastic Audio, 9780545465939

The Red Hen, 12 min 12 sec, book and CD, $29.95 , Weston Woods

Roller Coaster, 11 min 46 sec, book and CD, $18.95 , Live Oak Media, 9781430110187

Same Sun Here, 5 hrs 49 min, CD, $49.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781455822317

Satchel Paige, 42 min 14 sec, book and CD, $18.95 , Live Oak Media, 9781430110873

Secrets at Sea, 3 hrs, 45 min, CD, $27.00 , Listening Library, 9780307968289

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, 25 min 34 sec, book and CD, $12.95 , Weston Woods, 9780545447560

Sing Loud!, 34, music CD, $12.99 , Green Circle Music, 884501742863

Skinny, 7 hrs 14 min, CD, $24.99 , Scholastic Audio, 9780545466288

The Snow Queen, 53 min 28 sec, music CD, $14.95 , Storycrafters, 9781616580612

Someone Else’s Shoes, 47 min 51 sec, music CD, $12.99 , Big Round Records, 713757523912

Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from the Maghreb , 39 min 16 sec, book and CD, $16.95 , The Secret Mountain, 102923163842

Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree: French Creole Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes, 42 min 50 sec, book and CD, $15.00 , The Secret Mountain, 2923163826

The Spindlers, 4 hrs, 50 min, CD, $45.00 , Listening Library, 9780449015001

Splendors and Glooms, 12 hrs, 2 min, CD, $108.75 , Recorded Books, 9781449835729

Tall Story, 5 hrs, 53 min, CD, $45.00 , Listening Library, 9780307968753

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, 2 hrs 48 min, CD, $39.95 , AudioGO, 9781935430827

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, 4 hrs, 55 min, CD, $30.00 , Listening Library, 9780449015056

Ungifted, 6 hrs 14 min, CD, $55.75 , Recorded Books

The Winter Pony, 7 hrs. 11 min., CD, $66.75 , Recorded Books, 9781461830757

Winterling: Book 1 of the Winterling Series, 6 hrs. 17 min, CD, $51.75 , Recorded Books, 9781464010309

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, 4 hrs, 49 min, CD, $25.00 , Listening Library, 9780307991287

Women in Blue or Gray: True Stories from Both Sides of the Civil War, 1 hrs. 13 min, music CD, $14.95 , Greathall Productions, Inc, 1882513635

Wonder, 8 hrs 12 min, CD, $64.97 , Brilliance Audio, 9781455844203

Words in the Dust, 8 hrs 28 min, CD, $29.99 , Scholastic Audio, 9780545472821

World of Wonder, 32 min 23 sec, music CD, $12.97 , Mystery Lawn Music

A Wrinkle In Time, 6 hrs, 3 min, CD, $25.00 , Listening Library, 9780307916594

You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum, 1 hr. 15 min, CD, $21.95 , AudioGO, 9781445873282


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