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Monday, December 26, 2016

Audio Books

Many people love listening to audiobooks. Did you know the library counts audio books as part of their winter and summer reading programs?  Sometimes parents ask us if audio books is really reading.  They think it is cheating if you listen to a book.  However, I don't think that way, as listening to reading has many benefits.   If the definition of reading is to understand the content of a story or a theme, then audiobooks certainly fit this definition.  No one here would argue the importance of teaching children how to decode in order to read a physical book (we can definitely match a book to a reader).  But the most important part of reading is understanding the message, thinking critically about the content, using imagination and making connections.  This is the heart of what it means to be a reader and why children and adults alike love books.

So I thought I'd list the benefits of audiobooks for all children.  Audiobooks can be used to:
  • Introduce children to books above their reading level
  • Model what good reading sounds like
  • Build critical listening
  • Highlights humor in books
  • A way to introduce new genres
  • Help with new vocabulary or unfamiliar dialects/accents
  • Provide a bridge to important topics of discussions for families while they are commuting to sporting events, music lessons, or on vacations
  • Recapture the delight of hearing stories beautifully told by extraordinary storytellers
Many audiobooks are read by the author.  Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is read by author Jack Gantos and includes commentary about why he wrote the book.  Information such as this can provide the reader with a connection to the author as well as insight into the author's thoughts and writing process.

The Roselle Public Library has many audiobook titles to choose from in three different formats.  You can get an audiobook on CD, MP3 format or to download onto your electronic device.   Next time you are in the library, check out our audiobook selection.  You will be happy you did!

Audiobooks catalog

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