I’m going to double up this time and write about two different awards for the same medium: audiobooks.
I was inspired by an article in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune about finalists for the “Audies,” awards for audiobooks from the Audio Publishers Association. The article highlighted three local voice artists who were nominated for awards, all of whom had narrated books for adults. I wondered whether there were any Audies for children’s books. In fact there are, and the Audies have categories for children up to age eight, children ages 8-12, and teens. You can find the nominees for every category on The Audies 2010 website. You can even read reviews and listen to samples! Keep in mind that not every book your children might enjoy was nominated for an award in a children’s category. For example:
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales is nominated for awards in multiple categories, including audiobook of the year.
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman is nominated in the Narration by the Author category.
The American Library Association also has a (fairly new) award for children’s and young adult audiobooks called the Odyssey Award. The 2010 Odyssey Award Audiobook is:
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate Dicamillo.
There were also three 2010 Honor Audiobooks:
In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
While researching these awards, I found some really helpful information on the website for AudioFile magazine. I’ve added it to the list of media selection resources for parents on the library website. One of the things you can find on their website is a recommended list of audiobooks for families, perfect for summer car trips! You can find books in different genres for first graders up through teens. (First grade appears to be the youngest category on their chart, but titles such as Winnie-the-Pooh would appeal to younger children as well.) -Miss Sarah