Notable Children's Recordings

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's recordings on the Notable Children's Recordings list.

ivan Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, read by Xe Sands
The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta.
the jumbies The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste, read by Robin Miles
Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.
the worst class trip ever The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry, read by the author and Todd Haberkorn
When the eighth grade civics class of Miami's Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend, Matt, has decided the men sitting behind them are terrorists and it is up to the boys to stop them.
papa is a poet Papa is a Poet: A Story about Robert Frost by Natalie S. Bober, read by Ammi-Joan Paquette
When Robert Frost was a child, his family thought he would grow up to be a baseball player. Instead, he became a poet. His life on a farm in New Hampshire inspired him to write 'poetry that talked, ' and today he is famous for his vivid descriptions of the rural life he loved so much. There was a time, though, when Frost had to struggle to get his poetry published. Told from the point of view of Lesley, Robert Frost's oldest daughter, this is the story of how a lover of language found his voice.
the war that saved my life The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, read by Jayne Entwistle
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
the boys in the boat The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown, read by Mark Bramhill
Berlin, 1936. The Olympic finals of the eight-oared rowing race. Germany, Italy, USA. The American boat touches the finish line first, beating all odds and sending Hitler away in a silent rage. In the midst of the Great Depression, the nine rowers showed the world what true grit really meant.
trollhunters Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne
Everything changes for San Bernardino teenage suburbanite Jim Sturges when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.
jump back, paul Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Sally Derby, read by Bahni Turpin and Dion Graham
Traces the life and achievements of the late-nineteenth-century African American poet, from his poverty-stricken childhood and his immense fame to his tragic death and enduring cultural legacy.
stella by starlight Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper, read by Alicia Simms
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
  Jazz for Lil’ Jumpers by Sarah Gardner
infinity and me Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford
After the sight of a night sky filled with stars makes eight-year-old Uma feel very small, she asks people how they think about infinity and gets a variety of answers before realizing the comfort in knowing that some things go on forever.
hershel and the hanukkah goblins Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, read by Gildart Jackson
Relates how Hershel outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah.
  Nursery Rhyme Parade! by Lisa Loeb
nuts to you Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins, read by Jessica Almasy
After surviving being carried off by a hawk, a young squirrel resolves to find his way home, as his best friends begin their search for him.
ms. rapscott's girls Ms. Rapscott’s Girls by Elise Primavera, read by Katherine Kellgren
At Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents, Ms. Rapscott teaches her students How to Get Lost on Purpose, resulting in a series of fantastical adventures that makes each learn a little something about courage, strength, bravery, and teamwork.
the lightning queen The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau, read by Christian Barillas and Thom Rivera
On the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico, an eleven-year-old Mixtec boy called Teo lives with his family and the animals that he has healed, but one day a Romany caravan rolls into town with a young girl who calls herself Esma, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning--it is the beginning of a life-long friendship that will change both their lives.
cartwheeling in thunderstorms Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell, read by Bianca Amato
Will must find her way after she's plucked out of a wonderful life in Zimbabwe and forced to go to boarding school in England.
echo Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, read by multiple readers
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
the hired girl The Hired Girl by Laura Schlitz, read by Rachel Botchan
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family's farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911.
bugs in my hair Bugs in My Hair by David Shannon, read by Jesse Bernstein
A horrified boy discovers he has head lice and tries some wild remedies to get rid of them.
most dangerous Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin, read by Ray Porter
On June 13, 1971, the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests. Sheinkin tells how Daniel Ellsberg risked everything to expose the government's deceit.
appleblossom the possum Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan, read by Dustin Hoffman
A young possum strikes out on her own and winds up trapped in a human house before her brothers can rescue her.
the odds of getting even The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage, read by Lauren Fortgang
Desperado Detectives--aka Mo Lo Beau and her best friend Dale, along with newly-appointed intern, Harm Crenshaw--must take on a new case when Dale's daddy goes on the lam just before his trial is about to start.
goldilocks and the three dinosaurs Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems, read by the author
Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. One day--for no particular reason--they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then--for no particular reason--they decided to go someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not!
that is NOT a good idea That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems, read by the author and Cher Willems
A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one's inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.