Audiobooks to Teach Kindness and Empathy
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Author: Ruth Behar | Narrator: Ruth Behar
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: April 11, 2017
“A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds.”—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
 
In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed.
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Author: Louise Gornall | Narrator: Phoebe Strole
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: January 03, 2017
Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.
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Author: Randi Pink | Narrator: Adenrele Ojo
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: January 03, 2017
LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. It seems as if her only friend is her older brother, Alex. Toya doesn’t know where she fits in, but after a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were .
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Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt | Narrator: Kathleen McInerney
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 03, 2017
A New York Times Bestseller.

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
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Author: | Narrator: Ellen Oh, Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina and Various
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: January 03, 2017
Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.
 
In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J.
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Author: Nicola Yoon | Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman and Raymond Lee
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: November 01, 2016

The dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything (in theaters now.), will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other.

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Author: Albert Marrin | Narrator: Marc Cashman
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: October 25, 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editor's Choice

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II— from National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin

 
Just seventy-five years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today.
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Author: Kate Beasley | Narrator: Tara Sands
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: October 04, 2016
For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome.
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Author: Jennifer Niven | Narrator: Jorjeana Marie and Robbie Daymond
Grades: 9-12
Release Date: October 04, 2016
New York Times Bestseller

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.
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Author: Suzanne LaFleur | Narrator: Christy Carlson Romano
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Beautiful Blue World is a thrilling and moving story of children who become the key to winning a war.
 
Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right.
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Author: Robert Hoge | Narrator: Robert Hoge
Grades: 7-8
Release Date: September 06, 2016
A funny, moving, and true story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face that's perfect for fans of Wonder—now available in the U.S.
 
When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs.
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Author: Munro Leaf | Narrator: Brian Amador and Angel Pineda
Grades: N/A
Release Date: August 30, 2016
With music and sound effects, this audiobook is perfect for those who love Ferdinand and those who have yet to meet him.
 
A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936.
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