Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy

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American Library Association, 2012 - Education - 188 pages
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Drawing on decades of audiobook experience and researach, librarians Grover and Hannegan convincingly make the case that audiobooks not only present excellent opportunities to engage the attention of young people but also advance literacy. Listening to Learn connects audiobooks with K-12 curricula and demonstrates how the format can support national learning standards and literacy skills by * Prsenting a concise history of the audiobook, with commentary from experts in the field * Showing librarians how to harness their library's audiobook collection and practice effective collection development * Including thematic lists of quality titles and suggested group listening activities, ready for use in the classroom by teachers * Helping parents use audiobooks as an incentive to read and encourage skill development Complete with a research bibliography and resource guide, Listening to Learn ensures that librarians, educators, and parents can make audiobooks a major component of literacy advancement.

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How It All Begins
Why Listen?
Audiobooks and Learning Standards
Audiobooks and Primary School
Audiobooks and the Intermediate Primary School
Audiobooks and Middle School
Audiobooks and High School
Connecting It All
Finding the Best
Audiobook Lexicon
How to Listen
Earphone English Turns Ten
Websites of Audiobook Publishers

Technology Innovation Supports Audiobook Use

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2012)

Sharon Grover is a longtime audiobook listener and reviewer. She has served on and chaired Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults (now called Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults), served on the inaugural Odyssey Award Committee, and chaired the 2010 Odyssey Award Committee. Currently, she is head of the Youth Services Department at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin, where she shares favorite audiobook titles with her young patrons. 15 years at the Arlington (Virginia) Public Library allowed her the good fortune to work with her friend and colleague Lizette Hannegan, as well as a host of amazing middle school readers and listeners. She has written articles and columns and presented workshops many of them with Lizette Hannegan on using audiobooks to promote literacy.

Lizette Hannegan is now retired from the Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools, after working 22 years as an elementary and middle school librarian and as the district library media supervisor. Advocating for audiobooks has resulted in conference presentations, grants for the use of audiobooks in instructional settings, and journal and review articles. She has been an Audies judge, a 2010 Odyssey Award Committee member, and the 2012 Odyssey Award chair. Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, she feels that the Enoch Pratt Free Library was a source for her love and support for libraries. She has used her bachelor s degree in English literature and master s degree in library science to demonstrate that libraries are the place where all young people begin their journey of listening and learning.

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