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June is Audiobook Month. We’re Celebrating with a Giveaway!

June 13, 2012

Today, we are pleased to welcome Jodie from Listening Library to the blog to share a look inside a few great family listens for summer road trips. While we believe audiobooks are a necessary car accessory any time of year, they lend themselves particularly well to summer, when families travel long distances across the country. There are many terrific audiobooks that your whole family can enjoy together and we encourage you to visit this page for more information on children’s audio, or check out recent selections of NPR favorites here (including the classic A Wrinkle in Time.)

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Go inside the recording studio with author Mary Pope Osborne

I love this quote from the magical author on the ancient art of storytelling: “Every time I record, I imagine that young listeners are gathered close around me.”

You can listen to Mary Pope Osborne discuss the magic of audiobooks here, in a special message she recorded for us. Just click below to hear her thoughts!

Mary Pope Osborne on Audiobooks

We’d love to share this series with your family. In celebration of audiobook month, 5 lucky winners will each receive a free audiobook from THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE® series. Email us at botmarketing@randomhouse.com to be entered to win. Be sure to include your name and mailing address. Good luck!

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Summer is the time for family road trips, and we think that audiobooks on summer road trips = the perfect cure for the “Are we there yet?” blues.

Parents and children find that listening to audiobooks together creates a shared bond. This opportunity for communication via sharing the story experience together allows for a discussion both about the story and the performance.

One seventh-grade girl initiated her own mother-daughter in-car audiobook group by checking out The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, confiding that “My mom really doesn’t have a clue what it’s like to be a teenager these days. I think she needs to hear this with me.”

We love hearing stories of families connecting over audiobooks (or any books)! A few other audiobooks we think would be perfect for similar mother/daughter listening clubs would be: Pippi Longstocking (for little listeners), Anne of Green Gables (for elementary-aged listeners), and Seraphina (for teens). What will you be listening to this summer?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2012 10:34 am

    I’m listening to as many good middle-grade fiction that I can find at my library. It’s a great way to add to the reading time! Thanks for this!

  2. Angela K Sherrill permalink
    June 13, 2012 1:38 pm

    Jodie has great audiobook recommendations. Moreover, she has the BEST eye make-up I’ve ever seen!

  3. June 13, 2012 7:31 pm

    I listened to all of the Anne books on audio–there are free downloads at Librivox. Little Women and the Secret Garden are also good in audio format :)

  4. June 15, 2012 11:54 am

    Our family has bonded over audio books in the car. It’s nice to know some recorders are imagining their listeners.

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