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Best audio picture books, chapter books and YA novels | Raleigh

I am an addicted audio book “reader.” Whether I’m listening to books for young children, teens, or adults, I look for the same qualities. I seek excellent narrators who add dimension to characters, strengthen evocative scenes, dramatize feelings and relationships, build tension and suspense, and invite listeners to join in the storytelling experience.

Here are some of the best 2018 audio books I discovered for children of all ages.

Picture Books Audios

These picture books have illustrations and text that already work as a strong combination, but adding audio enriches the reading and sharing experience even further.

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? “We Found A Hat” by Jon Klassen, read by Johnny Heller and Christopher Curry (Weston Woods). The humorous tone of this picture book is strengthened by these narrators, each portraying one of two turtles who have found a hat. Music with a country twang represents their desert surroundings well. Johnny Heller affects a similar twang for portrayal of his turtle, while Christopher Curry’s delivery is quieter, more thoughtful. Music and reading have a flow and timing that add a comedic wit.

? “Dreamers,” by Yuyi Morales, narrated by Adriana Sananes (Dreamscape). Sananes’s soft Latinex accent sets the tone for this 2018 Wilde-award winner. The first person narrative describes a young woman’s entry from Mexico into the United States with her young baby. The audio weaves Spanish and English gracefully while accenting her range of powerful emotions. Music and sound effects that combine beautifully with the narration to make a stunning statement about immigration and the transformational power of books and libraries. The afterwards written by the author adds much.

? “Before She Was Harriet,” by Lesa Cline-Ransome, read by SiSi Aisha Johnson, January LaVoy, Lisa Renee Pitts

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