Audiobooks and the Summer Reading Push

(School Library Journal) Recent studies have shown that audiobooks can not only be enjoyable, but can also lead to enhanced vocabulary and increased fluency and comprehension. For example, the School Library Research study showed that “readers’ use of audiobooks had a positive impact on reading skills and attitudes toward reading.” The recent Tales2go research study showed that if students spent 20 minutes a day, five days a week listening to audiobooks, they “attained 58 percent of the annual expected gain in reading achievement in just 10 weeks, putting them three months ahead of control students.”  It’s clear that reading of any kind is beneficial, but teens today need to be shown ways to incorporate reading into their busy lives, and this is exactly the time to lead the way. Audiobooks could be the perfect tool to match their busy summertime routines by providing an enjoyable complement to their travel, sports activities, family vacations, and even chores. Read Article

Publication:      School Library Journal
Author:             Phil Goerner
Publish Date:   5.10.2016