By: Bailey Hotujac, Account Manager

Here at OverDrive, we’re big fans of reading in all forms. Humans were sharing stories orally long before a written language was developed, so it’s no accident that audiobooks have exploded over the last few years. In the words of Tyrion Lannister, “There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story.”

How do you promote audiobooks to students?

Many kids are discovering audiobooks on their own, but there are always some who need a reason to try out a new format.

Going on a family road trip this summer?

Audiobooks can be a great way to keep the whole family entertained during those hours on the road. Check out OverDrive’s librarian picks:

Roadtrip audiobooks for kids

Roadtrip audiobooks for teens

Audiobooks are great for multitasking

Offer audiobooks as an option for busy kids to listen to books as they run track, ride the bus or any time they have their earbuds in – pretty much always! No one knows if they are listening to an audiobook, a podcast or music.

Allow teens to recapture their love of story time

As kids get old enough to read on their own, adults stop reading aloud to them. But the practice of listening to stories is incredibly powerful, and you can reengage kids who have lost interest in reading.

A good narrator brings the story to life

More and more authors are reading their own titles. Jacqueline Wilson’s reading of Brown Girl Dreaming is powerfully moving. You’ll also find stories read by well-known actors like Wil Wheaton on Ready Player One (in a particularly meta moment, he reads a line referencing himself). And full-cast audio can bring complex interactions to life. Sadie by Courtney Summers won awards for its ensemble recording.

Appeal to your auditory learners and developing readers

Many students will find that they can connect with and learn from an audiobook in a way that is more powerful than reading the text. Even more will find that both options have appeal.

How can a school with a tight budget afford audiobooks?

OverDrive’s Audiobook Month Sale is the best time of the year to try out the format. With discounts up to 50% off, there’s no better opportunity to stock up. Since most audiobooks are perpetually licensed, this investment will help your school for years to come.