Audiobooks Support Literacy in America

GettyImages-481754726While many of us take for granted our ability to fill out a form at a doctor’s office, read a road sign, or enjoy a book, there are millions of Americans who are unable to read a single sentence or any words at all. And those who suffer from illiteracy often suffer in silence. But audiobooks can help.

GettyImages-503117789Skeptics may say that listening isn’t really “reading,” but educators and researchers have refuted that argument, proving that audiobooks are a crucial literacy tool. In fact, did you know that 85% of learning derives from listening and 30% of people are auditory learners? That means audiobooks not only help stories come alive for those who might otherwise miss out, but they can help develop proficient reading skills.

THE POWER OF LISTENING

Experts agree that being read to is the most important exercise needed to become a reader.

Audiobooks promote a sense of understanding and human connection—
helping to remove the feeling of isolation that illiteracy can bring.

Audiobooks support struggling readers by providing listeners with correct pronunciation and a broader vocabulary.

Audiobooks are good reading role models—they demonstrate fluent reading and appropriate phrasing, intonation, and articulation.

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ENRICHING THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH AUDIOBOOKS
School librarian Dr. Rose Brock explains how audiobooks develop literacy skills—plus, hear testimonials from her students.
Find additional videos about incorporating audiobooks in the classroom at www.SoundLearningAPA.org.

 



AUDIOBOOKS = SERIOUSLY FUN READING
Author Jon Scieszka shares some fun facts about audiobooks with a little help from his friend, Mr. Brian Biggs—aka the Robot.

 



EVERY ADULT HAS A RIGHT TO LITERACY.
We love this beautiful video from ProLiteracyMedia that showcases this important message.


 



A POWERFUL COMMERCIAL — “THE READER”
While this may be an advertisement for Bell’s Whisky, it is also a touching display of how the ability to read connects us all.

Teachers and librarians, please visit www.booksontape.com

We were thrilled to be part of a “Literacy in America” campaign which brings awareness to the silent epidemic of illiteracy. To be able to read, write and count contributes to an individual’s self-development, personal freedom and a better understanding of how to adapt to the constantly changing world. The campaign was distributed within the centerfold of USA Today on December 4, 2015. Visit the site to learn more.