Curious about what to recommend next to your middle grade and YA listeners? Listening Library editor Rebecca Waugh shares some new and upcoming picks she’s most excited about (and if you were at School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, some of these may look familiar). Have a browse and fill up your wish list!
These 200 stories of inspiring women are narrated by a star-studded female cast of award-winning musicians, actresses, and outspoken advocates. The notable ensemble of narrators includes: Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, Mozhan Marnò, Phillipa Soo, Rowan Blanchard, and Samira Wiley.
We’re excited about The Unicorn Rescue Society, narrated by the talented January LaVoy. AudioFile gave an Earphones Award to The Creature of the Pines (Book 1), saying, “LaVoy transitions between characters so seamlessly that it sounds like there’s more than one narrator. The emotions, especially the humor, throughout this well-crafted production create an enjoyable story.”
This is a novel told through multiple voices, in which six kids of different backgrounds come together to share their experiences and celebrate the idea of dialogue and coming to understand one another. Jacqueline worked closely with her longtime producer, Sarah Jaffe, to cast this audiobook exactly right. Young stage actress, N’Jameh Camara, is the voice of Haley, the narrator, and her classmates are all portrayed by a cast of young, diverse actors—including Jacqueline’s own daughter Toshi who reads the part of Holly. And Jacqueline Woodson herself makes a cameo as the teacher, Ms. Laverne. There is also a wonderful conversation on the audio production between the author and her ten-year-old son, Jackson Leroi, who is a BIG fan of audiobooks.
New from Rick Riordan Presents, The Storm Runner is a humorous, fast-paced mystery-adventure based on Mayan mythology, written by the critically acclaimed Latina author J.C. Cervantes. This will be fun listening on audio.
We’re thrilled to have Bridge of Clay on audio, the long-awaited, epic new novel from Markus Zusak. The same producer team who made the powerful audiobook recording of The Book Thief are reuniting to work on Bridge of Clay. This is a sweeping family saga set mostly in Australia, so producer Orli Moscowitz is working closely with Zusak to find the right Australian-accented narrator, and we look forward to having narrator news to announce later this summer.