On "Radio Penderwick," bedtime (audio)books, and more

bear and booksJust like their print counterparts, audiobooks play many roles in the home. This week we looked at some different ways audiobooks accompany families — at bedtime during road trips, and really any time (or, Rachael Stein's case, all the time). Here's a roundup of our mini-celebration.

At Family Reading on Monday, Kitty Flynn shared her thoughts on Rachael Stein’s moving 2013 web article "Books in the Home: The Penderwicks on Hayward Street." Kitty also recommended Suzanne Nelson's October 12th Family Reading post "Surviving Road Trips with Audiobooks." On Wednesday, Kristy Pasquariello's "Go to sleep, my little darling" discussed the ways audiobooks make bedtime go a little more smoothly in her home. And yesterday, Katie Bircher's companion post, "Audio bedtime stories…for grownups," at OOTB proposed that audiobooks can help send adults off to sweet slumber, too.

How do you use audiobooks with your children or students — or in your own reading life? Share the audiobook love in the comments!

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Alyson Ball

My 11 year old son is developmentally disabled and profoundly dyslexic. Audiobooks have truly been a miracle for him and our whole family. Reading is our primary family pastime and audiobooks allow him to read independently. We read aloud to him every day but when we aren't available he just turns on an audiobook. He uses Bookshare, Learning Ally, and the Montana Talking Book Library to access audiobooks. We've always told him that he reads with his ears instead of his eyes and that has helped him understand and accept his dyslexia. I can't express how grateful we are for these programs that have made it possible for him to completely experience books and the love of reading despite his disabilities.

Posted : May 02, 2017 10:31


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