Whether the young listener in your life is gearing up for back-to-school or looking for some action and info-packed stories, now is a great time to share audiobooks with kids that will have them looking forward to the school year to come.
Discover biographies that celebrate extraordinary people (Ruby Bridges!), explore history with a sense of humor (seriously, what was King George’s problem?), and address social anxiety with storylines that build empathy. Classroom jitters, making new friends, learning to find your voice and sticking up for what’s right: these audiobooks address issues of self-esteem and belonging while creating genuine excitement for the future.
RBG’s Brave & Brilliant Women is a collection of biographies of brave and brilliant Jewish female role models—selected in collaboration with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and including an introduction written by the iconic Supreme Court justice herself—that provides young people with a roster of inspirational role models who will appeal to young people of all ages and all faiths.
Charlotte Andrews is perfectly fine being quiet—in fact, she prefers it. When she doesn’t speak, people can’t make fun of her stutter. But when she witnesses bullying on the school bus and doesn’t say anything, her silence comes between her and her best friend. Say It Out Loud is an empowering audiobook about finding your voice, facing your fears, and standing up for what’s right.
Heartbreak and hope exist together in When Stars Are Scattered, a full cast audiobook about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by Omar Mohamed to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.
“The audiobook edition of Omar Mohamedâ€™s autobiography, originally a graphic novel account co-authored with Victoria Jamieson, offers listeners an experience of perfection in its storytelling, format shifting, and performance.”—Booklist, starred review
There are some penguin problems on the fifth-grade field trip in this fifth installment of the Kate the Chemist fiction series that shows kids that everyone can be a scientist! Perfect for fans of the Girls Who Code series.
From rising country star Jimmie Allen, My Voice is a Trumpet is a lyrical celebration of the many types of voices that can effect change. Coming at a time when issues of social justice are at the forefront of our society, this is the perfect audiobook to teach children in and out of the classroom that they’re not too young to express what they believe in and that all voices are valuable. The perfect companion for little listeners going back to school!
Perfectionist Elfie Oster learns the value of “unperfection” in Elfie Unperfect, a funny look at middle school life. Sometimes when everything goes spectacularly wrong, you figure out what truly matters—and what doesn’t. So really, this terrible, horrible, surprisingly hilarious year may just be the best thing that’s ever happened to Elfie.
Ash and her friends are reporters that have stumbled on a big lead: Van Ness Media, the educational company that provides their school’s software, has been gathering data from all the kids at school. But why? Listen to The Renegade Reporters and follow Ash and her friends as they learn the truth…and report it.
What do the most famous traitor in history, hundreds of naked soldiers, and a salmon lunch have in common? Theyâ€™re all part of the amazing story of the American Revolution. In King George: What Was His Problem? New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin gives young listeners a fun and funny American history lesson they’ll never forget.
Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature. In Front Desk, Mia Tang must juggle her job, her dreams to be a writer, and a big family secret. It will take all of her courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year.
“[Sunny] Lu captures [Mia’s] qualities of cheer, ingenuity, and resilience.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present.
â€śIn a straightforward and compelling narration, Peter Coyote captures Brian’s terror, anguish and exultation as he learns to survive alone in the wilderness.â€ť—AudioFile
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