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At home learning is on the rise. Educational audiobooks can help.

When the Classroom is at Home, Educational Audiobooks to the Rescue!

Audio is an absolutely great resource when kids are learning at home. It helps children build their vocabulary, enhances listening skills, engage in more complex sentence structure, and introduces them to new subject-matter and ideas they might not otherwise attempt.

Right now, a variety of educational audiobooks for kids have become very popular.  Check out these titles!

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

This is written and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the celebrated astrophysicist and science communicator.  From the basics of physics to big questions about the nature of space and time, he breaks down the mysteries of the cosmos into bite-sized pieces in an encouraging and fun way.

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry  describes the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe clearly—and with Tyson’s characteristic wit, it will leave a lasting and memorable impression on young students.  What better way to learn even the trickiest concepts than with an engaging, light-hearted presentation only DeGrasse-Tyson can offer!  This is a New York Times best seller… and adults are enjoying it, too!  Introduce an exciting field and the principles of scientific inquiry to your youngsters. Download Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry here!

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World  by Steven Johnson

How We Got to Now Young Reader's Edition by Steven Johnson

Things we take for granted like drinking a glass of water or turning on a light are really miraculous… yet we don’t give them a second thought. But New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson has! How We Got To Now  is an adaptation of his adult book and the popular series on PBS.  It explores fascinating and interconnected stories of innovations–like clean drinking water and electricity–that changed the way people live.

The lively storytelling holds children’s interest as Johnson looks at how accidental genius, brilliant mistakes, and unintended consequences shape the way we live in the modern world. His fascinating account is organized into six topics: glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light. Johnson’s fresh exploration of these simple, single-syllable word concepts creates an endlessly absorbing story that moves from lightning strikes in the prehistoric desert to the herculean effort to literally raise up the city of Chicago to laser labs straight out of a sci-fi movie. Kids will love it (and you will, too!)  Download it here!

Moon! Earth’s Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty

Moon! Earth's Best Friend

In a lighthearted, charming story, author Stacy McAnulty gives young listeners a nonfiction account about the formation and history of the moon―told from the perspective of the moon itself. 

Moon is more than just a rock―she’s Earth’s rock, her best friend who she can always count on. Moon never turns her back on her friend (literally: she’s always facing Earth with the same side!). These two will stick together forever! Rich with kid-friendly facts, it’s a science lesson that draws kids in, couched as a cute, lively friendship between Earth and moon. It ends with a warm and comforting message: “I’m always here for Earth. I’m always here for you. Where Earth goes, I go. And where Earth goes, you go! Guess that makes us best friends, too.”  It’s a treat for kids and a wonderful teaching story. Start enjoying Moon! Earth’s Best Friend now!

On the Horizon by Lois Lowry

On the Horizon by Lois Lowry

By combining her own memories with historical research, author Lois Lowry looks back at history through a personal lens in this stunning work for young readers.

On the Horizon tells the story of people whose lives were lost or forever altered by the twin tragedies of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.  Lowry tells her incredible story in poetry form, making it even more poignant and memorable for kids. Her work examines humanity and war with simple, powerful verse as she tells the importance of bridging cultural divides. It’s a masterful piece of writing that emphasizes empathy and understanding in search of commonality and friendship, vital lessons for students as well as citizens of today’s world. 

Described as heartbreaking and uplifting, On the Horizon will remind young readers of the horrors and heroism in our past, as well as offer hope for our future.  What a moving testament!  Download On the Horizon here!

Absolutely Everything!   By Christopher Lloyd

Absolutely Everything by Lois Lowry

Entertaining, comprehensive, and engaging! Young students will discover how science, nature, and history connect in this fast-paced, informative history of the world, from the beginning of time to the present day.

Narrated by the author himself, his British accent makes it even more interesting to listen to.  Lloyd tackles questions like: How was our universe made from a tiny speck of energy? Where did the first trees, plants, animals and humans come from? What happened to the dinosaurs? What was so miserable about medieval times? How were railroads and electricity invented? What are the perils of global warming?

From the Neanderthals to the Wright Brothers, from the Silk Trade to the Industrial Revolution, from dinosaurs to plastic, kids will definitely not be bored as they journey across millennia and continents.  Winner of a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor 2018, a VOYA Nonfiction Honor 2019, shortlisted for the Teach Primary Book Awards 2019 and longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019, Absolutely Everything! will be a favorite with the kids in your house! Download it now!

Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly 

Hidden Figures Young Reader's Edition

Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

It was a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” who used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. A New York Times best seller and a popular movie, this true story is set amid the civil rights movement and shares the contributions of these exceptionally talented black female mathematicians. It was their calculations that helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space…and forever changed the world.  Kids of all ages will be inspired and thrilled by their story!  Download Hidden Figures here!

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