Listen Up Parents, Summer Audio Books Come Teacher Approved

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Simply Audiobooks releases its teacher-recommended Summer 2006 Listening List for parents who want to make reading a priority during the summer holidays.

With summer fast approaching, Simply Audiobooks has sifted through popular lists of teacher-recommended children’s books and cross-referenced them against top audio book orders placed through schools at The result is a fun and educational Summer Listening List for parents, teachers and students.

The Simply Audiobooks Summer 2006 Listening List

Ages 2-6

Audio books with the read-along text are always popular with the little ones. Teachers can’t seem to get enough of Peggy Parish’s series of "Amelia Bedelia" titles, or Marc Tolon Brown’s delightful “Arthur” series. Listening to Dr. Seuss stories read by award-winning actors Dustin Hoffman and Kelsey Grammar is a treat, and certainly helps to inspire a love of learning, listening and reading at a tender age.

Ages 7-8

Wilbur will always be “Some Pig!” and E.B. White’s beloved "Charlotte’s Web" is simply some book. White’s "Stuart Little" also consistently tops Simply Audiobooks’ request list for children in this age group. Boys can’t get enough of the hilarious "Hank the Cowdog" by John R. Erickson, and many young girls are still enjoying Judy Blume’s “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.”

Ages 9-10

Beginning with “Hatchet”, continued in "The River" and “Brian’s Winter,” and wrapping up with “Brian’s Return” and “Brian’s Hunt,” author Gary Paulsen’s coming of age series tells the tale of how a young man finds his true path in life, and where he really belongs. One teacher wrote to share how much her students enjoyed “Hatchet.” “My students and I listened to this together. We loved it. They even gave up some of their recess time and asked to have lunch in the room a few days so they could listen to the story.”

Ages 11-12

C.S. Lewis’ classic series “The Chronicles of Narnia” is hugely popular once again, thanks to the recent release of the movie version of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Kids of all ages are delighted by Jim Dale’s masterful and award-winning audio performances in J.K. Rowling’s enchanting "Harry Potter" series, and Tim Curry’s narration of several of the “Lemony Snicket” books comes highly recommended by youthful audio book fans.

Older Teens/Young Adults

Older teens and young adults can work their way through their summer reading lists by listening to unabridged versions of classics like George Orwell’s “1984”, Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451", F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby”, Mark Twain's “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, and Ester Forbes' "Johnny Tremain".

Studies show that children who read during the summer months can further develop the skills learned during the school year, allowing them to perform better when school resumes in the Fall. But many parents find it difficult to make reading a priority during the summer holidays, especially when kids have more appealing distractions like playing outdoors, television, video games, and surfing the Net.

Kathryn Kennedy, who fosters relationships between Simply Audiobooks and schools across North America, advises parents that the beauty of adding audio books to their child’s reading list is that it allows kids to listen to great books while doing other things. “Families can listen to books on tape or CD while taking a road trip, doing a summer arts and crafts project or playing in the pool,” said Kennedy. “Audio books offer a creative and effective way to include reading as part of a child’s daily summer activities.”

Parents can visit Simply Audiobooks to peruse over 1,600 narrated children’s stories, and reserve their copies now. Teachers may call Juliane or Christine at 877-554-4332 for more information on payment via school Purchase Order and/or available school discounts.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is North America's top audio book source, offering the most comprehensive range of online services with unlimited rentals, sales and direct downloads. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to provide an unlimited rental model for audio books on CD, with free direct-to-door delivery and no due dates or late fees. Simply Audiobooks now offers audio books on tape or CD for purchase, as well as direct downloads in open-standard WMA files. The company has offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas.

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