Accessing books in new ways: Audiobooks
With families spending more time at home, TCA’s Librarian has suggested students try using audiobooks to widen their access to literature.
The Literacy Trust says that engagement with audiobooks can benefit children's reading skills and enjoyment, as well as their mental wellbeing and emotional intelligence.
Miss Robinson has compiled a list of useful links to help students access audiobooks in addition to their usual reading. Students could try listening to an audiobook with a family member, or try an audiobook on their smart speaker, mobile or other digital device.
- Cambridgeshire Libraries: Free access to thousands of eAudiobooks from 3 providers, with user guides on the website if you have not tried them before.
- https://stories.audible.com/start-listen: Currently free, available in 6 languages, and can be searched by age and other criteria using the tabs at the top.
- Cambridgeshire Listen In!: Each month Cambridgeshire Libraries have a selection of titles which can be downloaded by 500 or 1,000 listeners at the same time. Download, listen and share your thoughts on their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using #CambridgeshireListenIn. Go to the Borrowbox page to see the Listen In! titles available. This month there are four adult and four children's titles available.
- ULibrary Digital have a book group just for children, Bookworms Book Club. Each month there is a new title to download and discuss on their website - go to the app or the website to join. This month’s audiobook is ‘The Land of Neverendings’ by Kate Saunders, the story of a world powered by imagination.