August Parent Zone 2010

Listening and Loving It

August is here, it’s still hot out, and school hasn’t started yet.  Are you looking for something to do with your kids?  Try listening to audio books.  Whether you’re running errands across town or traveling over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house, you can be sure your kids will enjoy listening while you’re driving.

Take some time to explore the world of the spoken word—from a traditional CD (or cassette) to a file downloaded to your iPod or MP3 player—audio books are fun for the whole family and you may find that you have to circle the block a few times to finish up that last chapter.

Benefits of audio books include the following:

  • Hearing how unfamiliar words are pronounced
  • Listening while you’re multitasking
  • Enjoying your favorite actor reading aloud
  • Increasing attention and imagination
  • Introducing new genres and more difficult reading levels
  • Modeling fluency

Many children’s books have been made into audio books, but did you know that there are lots of classics out there as well?  Maybe you always intended to read Treasure Island when you were little, but you never did.  (Maybe you couldn’t get past the fact that it is over 300 pages long.)  Now would be a great time to experience Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic with your children.

So what if it’s hot out?  You can enjoy audio books any time you’re in the car when you’re on the way to the pool or when you’re going out to get ice cream.

Other Links to Explore

Prick Up Your Ears For Great Audiobooks

The Literacy Benefits of Listening

2010 Odyssey Awards & Honors

Get Caught Listening

20 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Audio Books

Audio Books
Here are a few notable audio books from the collection at the MRCPL

The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

Dragon of the Red Dawn (Magic Tree House)
by Mary Pope Osborne

Ramona’s World
by Beverly Cleary

Dragon Rider
by Cornelia Funke

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
by J.K. Rowling

Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers and the Great Guinea Pig Express
by Megan McDonald

Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen

The Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann Wyss

Felicity: An American Girl
by Valerie Tripp

Junie B. Jones Books 1-8
by Barbara Park

Final Note: We’d like to thank all the children who signed up for our annual Summer Reading Program and made it a huge success!  Congratulations and GREAT JOB!!!!!!!  Can’t wait to see you all next summer!  Thanks to the parents too for giving your child the gift of reading!!!!!!!!!

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