Collection Development Staff Picks: Beloved Classics and Backlist Gems available on audio this fall

Build your library’s audio collection with these award-winning bestsellers and listener favorites, now available from BOT/Listening Library. Including listens from bestselling authors Jon Scieszka, Brian Jacques, Mildred D. Taylor, and more!

Seventeen beloved classics are available this fall, including these outstanding listens that belong in every library’s collection:

The Well
Author: Mildred D. Taylor
Read by: Andre Montgomery
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On Sale 10/10/17
Mildred D. Taylor’s Newbery Medal winner and classroom favorite Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Taylor delivers another work of powerful historical fiction in THE WELL, the story of David Logan (father of Cassie Logan, the main character in Roll of Thunder). Share this incredible listen with patrons who want to hear more from Taylor’s Logan Family Saga. Plus, complete your collection with every audio from this beloved series—more Logan Family Saga audios will be available from BOT/Listening Library in February 2018!

    Praise for THE WELL:
    * ALA Notable Children’s Book
    * YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
    “A compelling novel about prejudice and the saving power of human dignity.”—School Library Journal, starred review
My Side of the Mountain
Author: Jean Craighead George
Read by: Michael Crouch
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On Sale 12/5/17
Jean Craighead George’s classic wilderness survival tale is a Newbery Honor Book that has been cherished by readers and listeners since its first publication in 1959. 15-year-old Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods, all by himself. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever. This classic belongs in every audio collection next to Hatchet and Island of Blue Dolphins.

    Praise for MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN:
    * Newbery Honor Book
    * ALA Notable Children’s Book
    * Hans Christian Andersen Award Honor
    “An extraordinary book…It will be read year after year.”—The Horn Book
    “Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest.”—The New York Times Book Review
Redwall
Author: Brian Jacques
Read by: Stuart Blinder
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On Sale 12/5/17
Brian Jacques’s animal adventure series has captured the imagination of fantasy lovers around the world. Introduce a new generation to the mice of Redstone Abbey or let patrons revisit a favorite classic on audio. In this first extraordinary adventure, a young mouse named Matthias embarks on a quest to recover a legendary sword to protect Redwall from the evil one-eyed rat warlord, Cluny the Scourge. Narrator Stuart Blinder brings Matthias and his many animal friends and foes to life in this incredible recording. A special edition of this audiobook read by the author and a full cast is also available from BOT/Listening Library: click here to listen to a clip.

    Praise for REDWALL:
    * ALA Best Book for Young Adults
    * Booklist Editor’s Choice
    * Carnegie Medal Nominee
    * School Library Journal Best Book
The Stinky Cheese Man
Author: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Read by: Mike Ferreri
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On Sale 12/5/17
If little listeners haven’t heard these hilarious “Fairly Stupid Tales” they’re in for treat. This incredibly original fairy tale collection has been a read-aloud favorite for years and this audiobook is sure to have listeners laughing out loud. Bestselling authors Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith put a crooked twist on favorite children’s stories, creating delightful parodies like Little Red Running Shorts, Chicken Licken, The Princess and the Bowling Ball, The Really Ugly Duckling, and of course, The Stinky Cheese Man.

    Praise for THE STINKY CHEESE MAN:
    * ALA Notable Children’s Book
    * Booklist Children’s Editors’ Top-of-the-List
    * New York Times Notable Book of the Year
    * School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
    * Texas Bluebonnet Award
    “Irrepressibly zany fun.”—Kirkus Reviews
The Westing Game
Author: Ellen Raskin
Read by: Cassandra Campbell
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On Sale 12/5/17
In this Newbery Medal winner, a group of sixteen unlikely people gather together for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. Though no one knows why, this eccentric, game-loving millionaire will choose a pair of strangers to inherit his vast fortune…if they’re able to follow his clues. Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game! This puzzle-packed audiobook is perfect for listeners who loved Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    Praise for THE WESTING GAME:
    * Newbery Medal Winner
    * ALA Notable Book
    * Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
    “A supersharp mystery…confoundingly clever, and very funny.”—Booklist, starred review
    “Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand.”—The New York Times Book Review
View our full list of backlist gems + download an Excel Order Form here.

Even more backlist gems will be available soon! Want a sneak peek?
Over 150 more downloads are coming in February 2018, including:

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle
STREGA NONA: HER STORY by Tomie DePaola
LLAMA LLAMA, RED PAJAMA by Anna Dewdney
CORDUROY by Don Freeman
THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats
MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS by Robert McCloskey
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD by Watty Piper
and many more!

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