April/May 2020

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In this issue with a special focus on audiobooks for kids and teens, we are thrilled to feature an interview with National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jason Reynolds. You can read an excerpt on pages 24-25, but be sure to listen to the full podcast conversation between Jason and host Jo Reed as well. You can find the episode and subscribe to "Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine" wherever you get your podcasts. Jason knows how to connect with young readers and listeners, and you'll be moved and inspired by the strength of his convictions about engaging with them. In accepting his appointment as the Library of Congress's National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jason said, "My mission is to take a different approach: Instead of explicitly encouraging young people to read, my goal is to get them to see the value in their own narratives—that they, too, have a story, and that there's power not just in telling it, but in the opportunity to do so." A gifted narrator as well, Jason collaborated with author Ibram X. Kendi to create Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, and the result is a vital and compelling audiobook. Another of Jason Reynolds's audiobooks, Look Both Ways, appears in our listen-alikes for ages 8-12+, along with fifteen more recommenda- tions. (See pages 19-23.) As literacy consultant Sharon Grover notes in her introduction, "these well-told audiobooks show paths from darkness to light that are sure to resonate with middle-grade listeners." And for even younger listeners, don't miss the delightful Madame Badobedah, or our interview with the charming author/narrator Sophie Dahl. (See page 32.) Has an international jewel thief come to stay at the Mermaid Hotel? You'll have to experience this imaginative audio- book to find out. Finally, our eleventh year of the SYNC Audiobooks for Teens program begins on April 30. Be sure to visit to sign up for alerts—we have an impressive lineup of titles (see pages 16-17 for the full list), and the teenagers in your life won't want to miss a single FREE audiobook download this summer. Jennifer Dowell Managing Editor Editor's Note: Managing Editor Jenn Dowell has such a great affection and affinity for teen & family audiobooks, she gets the floor here. Next issue, I'll return to this page. Also, a special thank you to illustrator Marty Braun for "iconizing" Jenn above.—Robin Whitten Editor's Notes Stories Matter Illustration by Marty Braun Inside Track Audiobooks for Kids & Teens Updated 2020 Edition SYNC Audiobooks for Teens Behind the Mic Podcast April/May 2020 n 5

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