When children are young, it’s easy to see the benefit in parents reading out loud to their child. Children who are read to have better vocabularies, stronger reading skills and healthy social/emotional development. But why stop there?!
Older children can still benefit from listening to a story read out loud, whether that reader is a parent, educator or narrator. Listening to a story develops their comprehension skills, allows them to connect with other listeners by having a shared experience, and provides a model for how to be an effective narrator. And science backs up this idea, with recent research showing similar brain stimulation regardless of how a book was enjoyed.
How and why do students listen? Some like to listen to a book while they draw or play. Others work on their reading skills, following along with a print copy of whatever audiobook they are reading. Additionally, many families enjoy sharing a story together while they commute or travel.
So keep reading for some of our favorite books to listen to for upper elementary through middle school. Want even more options? Be sure to use Library2Go (Libby) or CloudLibrary to download more kid and teen audiobooks!
And be sure to check out Isaac’s posts about podcasts for this age group!
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