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August/September 2019

Discover the World of Audiobooks

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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS Erik Slader, Ben Thompson, read by L.J. Ganser Narrator L.J. Ganser's sardonic, conversation- al tone perfectly matches the snarky humor of this history of aviation. Using modern lan- guage that kids will relate to (and laugh at), the audiobook traces the record of human attempts at flight and their many crashes, from the ancient Greek myth of Icarus to the Wright brothers' initial trials and errors. Recorded Books 1.25 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Library Ed.: CD, DD SWAP'D Tamara Ireland Stone, read by Suzy Jackson Narrator Suzy Jackson's bright, chirpy voice and youthful characterizations bring listeners into the heart of middle school computer class in this sequel to Click'd. It's empower- ing to hear a female protagonist using STEM skills to solve typical middle school problems in a way that all kids can relate to. Recorded Books 6 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Library Ed.: CD, DD THE DISAPPEARING SPOON Sam Kean, read by Robert Petkoff Robert Petkoff's clear and engaging voice guides listeners through a scientific history of chemical elements. While it does require a good deal of background knowledge about chemistry, this audiobook is a great example of the benefits of listening, because kids can hear the correct pronunciations of the elements' and the scientists' names. Hachette Audio 5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD GIRL CODE Andrea Gonzales, Sophie Houser, read by Andrea Gonzales, Sophie Houser Two teenage girls show how they pushed through barriers to code their viral video game "Tampon Run." This conversational and relatable book shows authentic prob- lem-solving and gives the inside scoop on what life is like for women in STEM industries. The girl coders narrate separate chapters and give listeners tips for finding tools and resources to start coding. Harper Audio 4.5 hrs. Unabridged Ages 12+ Trade Ed.: CD, DD Audiobooks and Literacy Hear Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: Kids' Audiobooks That Highlight STEM Skills STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. But STEM thinking goes beyond facts to explore innovation, problem-solving, creativity, persistence, divergent thinking, and assimilation of new ideas. The audiobooks in this list show characters facing real-world problems and using STEM thinking to develop solutions through trial and error. Most importantly, they celebrate the joy of figuring things out and illustrate that failure is often an important step to success. THE INVENTOR'S SECRET Suzanne Slade, read by Susie Berneis Narrator Susie Berneis's spirited delivery enhances this story based on true history and winner of a National Science Teachers Association Award. Henry Ford is fasci - nated by Thomas Edison's successes. Ford finally meets his hero and learns his "secret" as they begin a 30-year friendship. Dreamscape 24 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: CD, DD MAGGIE: Alaska's Last Elephant Jennifer Keats Curtis, read by Lee German When Maggie becomes the lone elephant at Alaska Zoo, her keepers try creative solu- tions to ease her loneliness until they find her a more natural home with a new ele- phant family. German's Midwestern accent has a friendly tone that perfectly matches the story, interspersing facts about elephant behavior as zookeepers try to console the languishing Maggie. Arbordale Publishing, LLC 7 mins. Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: DD ADA'S IDEAS Fiona Robinson, read by Rosalyn Landor Narrator Rosalyn Landor's gentle British inflection brings authenticity to the story of Ada Lovelace, the British woman who is credited with being the first computer pro - grammer—more than 100 years before the development of computers as we know them. Dreamscape 16 mins. Unabridged Ages 6+ Trade Ed.: CD, DD @AudioFileMag By Sonja Cole 68 n AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com Photo by Senior Airman Mariah Haddenham

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