Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, August 20, 2020
Research now shows that the brain is activated by listening to stories, and nonfiction narratives too, in just the same way it engages with consuming them through visual reading. Good narrators enhance written texts by helping the listening reader to hear mood, character differentiations, where the key concern lies in a sentence or paragraph, and even punctuation! Listening to audiobooks also brings a range of benefits to the listening reader's sense of well-being in times of stress or overload.
When discussing audiobook listening experiences, remember to explore how the actual hearing part of the reading strikes listeners. How well does the narration match the culture and temperament of the writer’s craft? What can you hear that you would have missed if you were only “listening” to the voice in your own head while visually reading silently?
To find out more about what listening brings to maturing and mature literacy, visit Sound Learning. this site includes research articles, audiobook recommendations, and more for teachers, librarians, and parents. You might even want to invite a narrator to your book discussion. You can find the details for that (for free, of course) here, too.