Marketing Tips 6 ways to prepare for the new school year with audiobooks

It’s almost time to head back to school! Learn how you can promote listening at your library and how audiobooks can prepare students for the school year ahead. Plus, watch Booklist’s FREE webinar for more back-to-school listens!

1. Include audiobooks in your summer reading displays.
Summer is winding down and if your patrons’ summer reading lists are far from complete, audiobooks can help. Kids can finish their summer reading on their Labor Day family road trip. Find family road trip suggestions here.

2. Encourage patrons to bring an audiobook on car rides so they’re always ready to listen.
Whether they’re on the way to school or sports practice, audiobooks can turn anytime into reading time! Listening to a story together is an activity the whole family can enjoy together.
Watch how fun listening together can be in our new video:

3. Press play during playtime.
Many teachers and librarians say that listening to an audiobook during playtime and classroom activities (like arts and crafts) is a great way to keep kids engaged while they work. Once playtime is over, audiobooks are also a great way to wind down for nap-time or relax before bed. View our bedtime listens collection for more soothing audio picks.

4. Teachers: Incorporate audiobooks into your lesson plans.
Audiobooks support the Common Core curriculum—learn more about how you can use audiobooks in your classroom here. Instead of reading passages aloud, try listening along to the audiobook with your class. Many of the classics read in school every year are also available on audiobook! Check out our classics collection for some required reading titles available on audio.

5. Audiobooks are not cheating! Share these literacy facts with parents.
Did you know 30% of students are auditory learners? Audiobooks are a great resource for struggling and reluctant readers. They expose listeners to new vocabulary, providing a demonstration of fluent reading and correct pronunciation. Learn more about the literacy benefits of audiobooks here.

6. Sneak science and history lessons into daily listening for an entertaining and educational experience.
Inspire young listeners to learn about computer science and technology with the new Girls Who Code audios! Author Reshma Saujani told The New York Times, “I wanted to create a series of books that girls could see themselves in, where you could sneak in the algorithms and you sneak in the coding.” Find more Sneaky STEM listens here.

For history buffs, try the Who Was series. These short, kid-friendly accounts of historical events and famous figures are like podcasts for little listeners. With fascinating facts and captivating narration, the whole family can learn a lot from these listens. Plus, don’t miss the new Who Was? Netflix series, coming soon!

View our full collection of Who Was? audios here.

Need more back-to-school listens? Watch this FREE webinar:

Booklist’s Back to School webinar
Learn how audiobooks support literacy + hear about our new fall releases that students (and teachers!) will love. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the archived video here! Watch now.

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