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August/September 2020

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As we continue social distancing, we might not be able to visit others or invite them over for meals, but we can let people know that we care in lots of ways. Maybe write a letter or send a care package to an older relative. Or decorate your door or leave a thank you note for a delivery person, or even start a "wishtree" in your neighborhood. Or maybe most importantly, be patient with the people sharing your close quarters right now. We all could use a little extra kindness, so I hope these audiobooks provide a jumping-off point to help your family come up with new ways to be kind and care for others. Audiobooks and Literacy 7 Kids' Audiobooks About Kindness and Caring THANK YOU, OMU Oge Mora, read by LaQuita James Narrator LaQuita James brings fresh joy to this engaging story of friendship, sharing, and community. Listeners hear the sadness in Omu's voice when she realizes she has given away all the stew she made for her dinner, and happiness when her neighbors unexpectedly return to show their gratitude. Hachette Audio Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: DD A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE Philip C. Stead, read by Jim Dale Consummate narrator Jim Dale brings this story of kindness and empathy to life for little listeners. When zookeeper Amos gets sick with a cold, his animal friends make the journey to his home to help him get through his hard time. Macmillan Audio Unabridged Ages 4-6 Book & Recording.: CD, DD LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET Matt de la Peña, read by Lizan Mitchell Author Matt de la Peña and narrator Lizan Mitchell are a winning combination in this story of CJ, an African-American boy, and his nana as they take the bus after Sunday church to help people in need. Recorded Books Unabridged Ages 4-6 Library Ed.: CD, DD PING Ani Castillo, read by Caitlin Kelly Caitlin Kelly's thoughtful, inquisitive tone entreats listeners to carefully consider both the "pings" they give—like a smile, a song, or a gesture—and how they accept the "pongs" they get back. Hachette Audio Unabridged Ages 4-6 Trade Ed.: DD COO Kaela Noel, read by Jesse Vilinsky Raised by pigeons after being abandoned as a baby, 11-year-old Coo has never interacted with other humans. That changes when a kind widow named Tully discovers her starving and takes her home. Vilinsky's narration complements the text—Coo's sweet, little-girl voice is perfectly suited to her innocence of the human world, and Tully's kindness shines through her warm voice. Harper Audio Unabridged Ages 8+ Trade Ed.: DD CHARLOTTE'S WEB E.B. White, read by Meryl Streep, January LaVoy, Kirby Heyborne, MacLeod Andrews, and a Full Cast Meryl Streep and a stellar cast take us to the barnyard where the spider Charlotte demonstrates the true meaning of kind- ness and friendship. You may already be familiar with the story, but this new audio production is the perfect excuse to revisit it. Every portrayal of every character, major and minor, bursts with personality. Listening Library Unabridged Family Listening Trade Ed.: CD, DD Library Ed.: DD WISHTREE Katherine Applegate, read by Nancy Linari Nancy Linari engages listeners with the authoritative viewpoint of Red, the "wish- tree" who watches over the neighborhood with tenderness and concern for the humans who hang wishes from her branches. Listening Library Unabridged Ages 10+ Trade Ed.: DD Library Ed.: CD, DD By Sonja Cole 68 n AudioFile/www.audiofilemagazine.com

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