June is Audiobook Appreciation Month! Did You Know Audiobooks Raise Reading Scores?

Some people consider audiobooks “cheating” or “not really reading”. But did you know including audiobooks in your child’s reading can improve their overall reading abilities? Not to mention, they are lots of fun! Cheshire Library has hundreds of audiobook titles for children and teens,  in both CD and digital formats.

Audiobooks have been used in classrooms for decades because listening builds a another set of skills than visual reading. Oral language precedes written language developmentally, making listening an important component of language acquisition. Audiobooks are a proven resource for teaching reading, at all reading levels. Among the many benefits, listening builds critical vocabulary, comprehension, fluency and listening skills; in fact, adding a listening component to reading instruction has been shown to improve student achievement.


Among the many benefits, audiobooks:

  • reinforce literacy skills.
  • supplement reading instruction to develop a positive attitude towards literature.
  • develop understanding of content area material when decoding or other literacy skills are delayed.
  • model the appropriate use of oral vocabulary, fluent reading, and use of phonics.
  • bring literature from the classroom to home and back on a portable device.

Why not add some audiobooks to your reading list today? In addition to CD audiobooks in our library, audiobooks are also available to download via the library’s online OverDrive  and OneClick Digital catalogs.

[sources: tales2go and School Library Journal]

It’s National Audiobook Month – 10 Great Audiobooks to Listen to With Your Kids


Do you feel like you spend all your time driving your children back and forth from school, to practice, to friends houses, to wherever? These days we are all busy, and parents chauffeuring their children around know it well.  Whether it is on the way to scouts, sports, or a family vacation you can turn a search for quiet into some serious quality time. Put that CD player or iPod to work and steer your car-full towards some of your childhood favorites, or new popular books, and you have the bonus of knowing exactly what they are reading (or hearing as they case might be) so that you can start conversations about the books with your children.

Many classic and new, popular books for children are now available on audiobook, and they are often read by very talented voice actors, the author, or sometimes even a full cast of voices. Here are ten quick suggestions, in no particular order,  for audiobooks you might want to listen to with your children or for your own enjoyment.

1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making, written and read by Catherynne M. Valente.[Cover]

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (and the rest of the series), written by J.K. Rowling and read by Jim Dale.

3. Anything written and read by Neil Gaiman, such as Coraline, M is for Magic or The Graveyard Book.

4.Green Eggs and Ham and other Servings of Dr. Seuss, read by Jason Alexander, Michael McKean, and David Hyde Pierce.

5. The Lightning Thief, written by Rick Riordan and read by Jesse Bernstein.[Cover]

6. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, written by Tom Angleberger and read by Mark Turetsky, Greg Steinbruner, Jonathan Todd Ross, Julia Gibson, and Charlotte Parry.

7. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, BlubberFreckle  Juice, or anything else from Judy Blume. Some books are read by the author, others by Halley Feiffer or Laura Hamilton.

8. Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass written by Lewis Carroll and read by Ralph Cosham.[Cover]

9. Magic Tree House Collection Books 1-8 (other book groupings are also available), written and read by Mary Pope Osborne.

10. The works of E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan read by E.B. White, and  Stuart Little, read by Julie Harris.

If you prefer downloading audiobooks rather than juggling cd’s in the car, do not forget that you can use Overdrive to download free audiobooks. Many of these titles, as well as more great audiobooks and e-books to share with the family can be found there as well.