Transmedia Literacy: Audiobooks and text combine to reach all readers, on all gadgets, in every situation.

Teachers and librarians looking for ways to encourage multi-modal literacy will find what they need in this extensive list of titles covering a wide array of genres, themes, and topics for students in grades three through twelve. Connect young people to the best in both classic and current award-winners by building curriculum and group discussion sets of both print and audio versions of our curated list of exemplary fiction and nonfiction titles. Add these titles to summer recreational reading lists or suggest as family listening choices. Create format-neutral themed displays highlighting your digital ebook, eAudio, CD, and print resources, and let young readers select the comprehension level and format that matches their diverse learning styles. All titles in our 2016 Transmedia Literacy collection are available in paperback and audiobook - purchase from your preferred materials vendor or publisher. For added convenience, Sound Learning has provided links to audio reviews and sound clips, as well as additional information on diversity, series, and major literary awards for young people.

Sound Learning 2016 Audiobook + Paperback List

Developed by Mary Burkey, Francisca Goldsmith, & Sharon Grover, for the Audio Publishers Association. © 2016

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“The act of reading is evolving. Today’s readers can experience the same story as they toggle between audiobooks in the car, ebooks on the tablet, and paperbacks at home, and young people in particular are naturals in this transmedia world. Introducing these digital natives to literature as audiobooks can be as easy as maintaining a format-neutral policy when referring to reading. As families, classroom teachers, and library workers consider expanding their collections of literature in the 21st century, evolving formats provide challenges to developing and maintaining them.

Varying formats and instant accessibility will expand the role of multimedia literature, leading to streaming digital content everywhere. This explosion of options opens the world of literary excellence to young library patrons, many who previously would never have checked out a physical book. As the very definitions of “reading” and “book” are rewritten, new digital formats allow a reinterpretation of literacy. The ability to shift seamlessly from image to text to sound will be part of every young person’s transliteracy education. Yet no matter how much the medium of the message may change, a core truth remains: To be human is to share our stories.”  

Mary Burkey, Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Learning, 2013, ALA Editions.

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