Why do kids need audiobooks?
Audiobooks have been used traditionally by teachers and parents of second-language learners, learning-disabled students, and struggling readers or nonreaders, and have proven successful in helping these children realize the joy of reading.
But audiobooks are excellent for average, avid, and gifted readers too! Reading Rockets lists the benefits of audiobooks to kids at all reading levels:
– Introduces students to books above their reading level
– Models good interpretive reading
– Teaches critical listening
– Highlights the humor in books
– Introduces new genres that students might not otherwise consider
– Introduces new vocabulary or difficult proper names or locales
– Sidesteps unfamiliar dialects or accents, Old English, and old-fashioned literary styles
– Provides a read-aloud model
– Provides a bridge to important topics of discussion for parents and children who can listen together while commuting to sporting events, music lessons, or on vacations
– Recaptures “the essence and the delights of hearing stories beautifully told by extraordinarily talented storytellers” (Baskin & Harris, 1995, p. 376)
With that in mind, horse-loving girls need audiobooks too! Please consider FREEDOM, performed by the amazing Aven Shore!
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