Awards & Recognition, Collection Development School Library Journal’s Top Audiobook Picks of 2015

School Library Journal unveiled their Top 10 Audiobook Picks of 2015 on Twitter this week. Media editor Stephanie Klose explained that “for an audiobook to make the #SLJBest2015 list, the work’s plot, characterization, prose craft, narration, and production all had to be ace.” They also aim to include titles for kids of all ages, as well as a wide range of voices and experiences. Listening Library is thrilled to have two groundbreaking titles for teens on School Library Journal’s list: a riveting and timely non-fiction listen that tells how the National Gay Rights Movement began, and a fiction title that conveys the complexities of living with OCD.

STONEWALL: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights By Ann Bausum
Read by Tim Federle

Upon hearing the news, Tim Federle tweeted:
“So proud to be a teeny part of this giant story. Thank you SLJ!”


“Tim Federle narrates the audiobook at a lively pace, sprinkling in unique character voices for every person quoted. This resource fills a unique niche in the nonfiction market as a history of gay rights specifically for young adults. VERDICT: This outstanding work is a recommended purchase for any library serving this age group.”
School Library Journal, starred audio review

WATCH our behind-the-mic video starring Tim. Or visit for more on STONEWALL and other LGBTQ titles.

By Teresa Toten
Read by Johnathan McClain

Upon hearing the news, the author tweeted:
“Johnathan brought me to my knees & I know how the book goes! Genius narration!”


“Narrator Jonathan McClain is fabulous voicing the eclectic cast, but he perfectly captures Adam’s voice, especially the silent thoughts that zip through our hero’s frazzled mind. VERDICT: A must-have.”
School Library Journal, starred audio review

Learn more about this audiobook here.

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