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The Audie Awards | Young Listeners, Middle Grade & Young Adult Audiobook finalists 2018

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In many cases, audiobooks have proven successful in providing a way for young readers to access literature and enjoy books. Kids that struggle with reading may discover a renewed interest in fiction and non-fiction if they are able to listen to a story on the device of their choosing. For us, car trips or airline travel is when the audiobooks come out.

Since my kids were young, the world of #kidlit audiobooks has exploded. To encourage everyone to dip their toe into the audiobook pond, below is a list of 29 #Kidlit Audio Books For Readers/Listeners of all Ages..many of which are our family’s personal favorites.

The Audie Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment and are sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). 2018 is the 23rd year of annual Audie Awards. Finalists are announced in 26 categories. interested in learning more about this year’s audiobook finalists in the Young Listeners, Middle Grade and Young Adult categories.

 APAAudie Awards

YOUNG LISTENERS (up to age 8)

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins, narrated by Robertson Dean, published by Weston Woods Studios Inc
Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, narrated by Channie Waites, published by Recorded Books
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, narrated by Davina Porter, published by Recorded Books
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, narrated by Jim Dale, published by Macmillan Audio
Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, narrated by Dion Graham, published by Live Oak Media.
Trombone Shorty


The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, written and narrated by Pablo Cartaya, published by Listening Library
Patina by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Heather Alicia Simms, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
Refugee by Alan Gratz, narrated by Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, and Assaf Cohen, published by Scholastic Audio
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Michael Crouch, Graham Halstead, Jason Culp, and a Full Cast, published by Listening Library
Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, narrated by Johnny Heller and Maxwell Glick, published by HarperAudio
audiobooks for kids


Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Listening Library
Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork, narrated by Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas, published by Scholastic Audio
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio
Solo by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander, music by Randy Preston, published by Blink
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins, narrated by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, and others, published by Listening Library.
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Learn more about the Audie finalists for 2018 here.

29 #Kidlit Audio Books For Readers/Listeners of all Ages

Be sure and check out the list of my family’s favorite audiobooks here~!

audio books for kids