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Bravo to 2014 Winners Named as Finest Audio Books for Children, Teens, Young Adults

Students with dyslexia and those with other learning disabilities often thrive using audio versions as alternatives to books in print. Hearing books read aloud by a narrator or reading along while books are spoken are two different types of supports a teacher might implement when students struggle to read. AIM-VA staff members help teachers and families identify proper supports that range from audio downloads to textbook and trade book copies in other formats including braille, electronic publications, large print, and more. 

This year, award-winning audio versions of literature for young people brought beloved fictional charactersAnna Hibiscus, Matilda, and Jacky Faber front and center. Audie Awards® went to their authors and publishers in May at the 19th Annual Audies Gala at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. These particular versions may not be available through AIM-VA or its partners, but can be purchased from online and retail stores. 

2014 Winners  The Audio Publishers Association (APA) awards these “Oscars of spoken word entertainment” annually. The mission of this not-for-profit trade association includes honoring high quality production standards. The 2014 Audie Awards® prizes for children and youth are: 

Children's Titles

  • Up to Age 8: Recorded Books — Hooray for Anna Hibiscus, by Atinuke, read by Mutiyat Ade-Salu.
  • Ages 8-12: Penguin Audio — Matilda, by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet.

Teens: Listen & Live Audio — Viva Jacquelina, by L.A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren. 

Meet Libba Bray  Bestselling Young Adult author Libba Bray hosted the event. She is a New York Times bestselling author of The "Gemma Doyle Trilogy" consisting of A Great and Terrible BeautyRebel AngelsThe Sweet Far Thing, and The Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine. She is an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist and authored "The Diviners" series, as well. She received a 2012 Audie Award® for "Best Narration by the Author" for her novel, Beauty Queens.

The outgoing and humorous Bray commented at the gala on what it is like to record in a booth. "I discovered that my New Zealand accent stinks, my English accent isn’t any better, and by hour eight or nine, even my American accent wasn’t too keen. Also, in the future, I will only be writing three-word sentences. I’m sorry for all the tongue twisters, audiobook recording people! Much respect.” 

Learn More About Audiobooks Principals or teachers who believe that their students have a print disability can learn more about the eligibility process on this website or from the AIM-VA staff.