Awards & Recognition Listening Library’s Best Audiobooks of 2017

Does your library offer the best children’s and young adults titles on audio? Listen to clips from our 2017 all-star audios on “Best Of” lists pulled from the country’s top publications, including School Library Journal, The New York Times, Booklist, AudioFile, and more.
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School Library Journal 's Top 10 Audiobooks
School Library Journal named four Listening Library titles to their best audiobooks list!
View the full list here.

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Audio for Youth
Booklist selected five incredible Listening Library audios for their best of the year picks.
View the complete list of Editors’ Choice audiobooks here.

New York Times Notable Children's Books
Here is a selection of this year’s notable picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, chosen by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. View our featured collection for a full list of Notable Books available from Listening Library.

Slate's Top Audios of the Year
Slate selected Philip Pullman’s THE BOOK OF DUST: LA BELLE SAUVAGE as one of their top listens of the year. Books columnist Laura Miller raved, “Without a doubt, this is the finest audiobook narration I listened to in 2017.” View Slate’s full list of picks here.

“The long-awaited follow-up to Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, this deceptively straightforward adventure yarn is inspired by Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, just as the earlier three books were based on Milton’s Paradise Lost. Pullman’s storytelling gifts remain in top form, and distinguished film actor [Michael] Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) is a full cast in a single man, delivering complete performances of everyone from the humble yet brave innkeeper’s son at the center of the novel to a female Oxford scholar, sinister Church operatives, a drunken waterman, even an actual fairy queen. Without a doubt, this is the finest audiobook narration I listened to in 2017.”

AudioFile's Best Audiobooks 2017
AudioFile named these outstanding audios as the best children’s and young adult listens of the year. Explore AudioFile’s full list of Best Audiobooks here.

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Audible's Best of the Year
WISHTREE is Audible’s Best of the Year Kids’ winner! Enjoy a clip from WISHTREE and more children’s and young adult finalists by clicking on the covers below.
View Audible’s full list of Best of the Year picks here.

“This is the story of a 10-year-old Muslim girl and the red oak tree who witnesses her loneliness in an unwelcoming town. Red (the tree) decides to make a difference in the girl’s life and what follows is a magical portrait of friendship in the face of fear, and kindness in the face of hatred. Written by Newbery Medal winner Katherine Applegate, this is truly a book for all ages, with plant, animal, and human characters who are warm, funny, and full of heart. Like Wonder and Charlotte’s Web, the exquisitely expressed theme of kindness to outsiders makes this a universal and timeless children’s classic.”—Sonja Cole, Audible Editor

Audible Best of the Year Finalists

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