Audiobooks are now a staple in most public and school libraries, and with good reason, since they have a clear role in the education of today's "born digital" generation. Burkey, who has been following their rise in popularity for years, combines a fascinating history of the medium and practical tips for using them in a readable guide applicable to school and public librarians as well as classroom teachers. Enriched with reflections and comments from authors, audiobook narrators, producers, reviewers, and librarians, this book
Shows how audiobooks not only benefit struggling readers and bring families together but also fit neatly within newly accepted standards for early literacy education
Demonstrates how to use audiobooks as classroom and library tools for learning
Identifies how to locate "must-have" audiobooks and offers advice for maintaining a collection
Including an overview of the major audiobook awards and lists of additional resources, Burkey's guide will help librarians and educators unlock the educational potential of audiobooks for youth.