I’ve written about why I love audiobooks for kids before. Here’s the link as these are still all good tips, but I’ve learned even more about the benefits of listening recently.
I saw a tweet that caught my eye recently from Mary Burkey. It was an article she had written on The Booklist Reader about new research showing that audiobooks have a powerful impact on literacy development. She noted that the pure impact of “just listening” to books was striking. One of the commenters on her article wrote, Get rid of the “are we nearly there yet?” chant and replace it with, “can I stay in the car until the end of this chapter?” That’s the power of listening!
With summer upon us, this new research study couldn’t be more timely. When looking for ways to avoid the summer reading slump for children, audiobooks can serve as one of the important tools.
As educators and librarians use the summer months to prepare their classrooms for the fall, the study also has ideas for ways to fund audiobooks collections in the library and how to access audiobook grants.
My favorite audiobook company Tales2GO was used in the study that examined the impact of audiobooks on student vocabulary and literacy. The big take-away is that audiobooks improve reading achievment! You can find all of the key take-aways from the study and also information how you can request a copy here.
Since June is the month to celebrate AudioBooks I also wanted to share another timely article, The Case for Making Audiobooks Part of Curriculum.
One of the points in this article is the case that hearing more words leads to better student achievement, and isn’t that what we all want?
While I am it, here is a round up of posts from some teachers that I think you will enjoy:
- Teacher Ashley Alicea on how to intergrate audiobooks into the classroom.
- A case study about audiobooks helped her students succeed in reading.
- Why Audio books in the classroom, from Pernille Ripp
When I find information like this that shows audiobooks drive improvement in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and motivation to read, I just have to ask you to listen!