Classroom Classics: Back-to-School Listening

From well-known stories to contemporary classics, integrating audiobooks into school reading can help students understand texts in new ways and discover stories they’ll remember for a lifetime.

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Author: Candice Iloh | Narrator: Ashley August
Release Date: May 24, 2022
From Printz honoree and National Book Award Finalist Candice Iloh, a prose novel about a teenager reckoning with her family’s—and her home town's—secrets.Yaminah Okar left Obsidian and the wreckage of her family years ago. She and h...
Author: Kelis Rowe | Narrator: Joniece Abbott-Pratt and Langston Darby
Release Date: May 31, 2022
Sparks fly when Orion and Ray meet for the first time at a roller rink in Memphis. But these star-crossed souls have a past filled with secrets that threaten to tear them apart before their love story even begins. Found poetry, grief, and fate collid...
Author: Luvvie Ajayi Jones | Narrator: Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Release Date: May 17, 2022
In this young readers edition of her New York Times bestseller Professional Troublemaker, Luvvie Ajayi Jones uses her honesty and humor to inspire teens to be their bravest, boldest, truest selves, in order to create a world they would be proud to l...
Author: Nic Stone | Narrator: Dion Graham
Release Date: October 17, 2017
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WILLIAM C. MORRIS AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME   After a traffic stop turns violent at the hands of the police, a young Black teen grapples with racism&mdash...
Author: Lois Lowry | Narrator: Ron Rifkin
Release Date: July 05, 2000
Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices...
Author: Markus Zusak | Narrator: Allan Corduner
Release Date: September 26, 2006
DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.  The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of book...
Author: Madeleine L'Engle | Narrator: Madeleine L'Engle
Release Date: November 06, 2018
In honor of Madeleine L'Engle's 100th Birthday, fans are invited to enjoy this archival audiobook, originally recorded in 1993 and newly restored! Listen to the voice of the author, as Madeleine L'Engle reads her Newbery Medal-winning novel, A Wrinkl...
Author: Bryan Stevenson | Narrator: Bryan Stevenson
Release Date: September 18, 2018
The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an HBO documentary feature!In this very personal work--adapted...
Author: Sandra Cisneros | Narrator: Sandra Cisneros
Release Date: August 30, 2005
In hardcover for the first time--on the tenth anniversary of its initial publication--the greatly admired and bestselling book about a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, this nove...
Author: Akwaeke Emezi | Narrator: Christopher Myers
Release Date: September 10, 2019
National Book Award FinalistStonewall Book Award Winner"[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut...Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities." (The New York Times)The award-winning, genre-defying novel by the New York Times best-selling author of T...
Author: Mildred D. Taylor | Narrator: Jacqueline Woodson and Lynne Thigpen
Release Date: September 27, 2005
Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning masterpiece with an introduction written and read by Jacqueline Woodson, just in time for its 40th Anniversary! Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's strug...
Author: Anne Frank | Narrator: Selma Blair
Release Date: May 25, 2010
THE DEFINITIVE EDITION • Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the...