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A Decade of SYNC

A Decade of SYNC

Read More We’re celebrating our tenth year this SYNC season! How are you planning to help spread the word about this proven program that supports teens’ access to great books and new listening?
Realistic Fiction (X 4)

Realistic Fiction (X 4)

Read More We’re welcoming Penguin Random House Audio/Listening Library’s return this summer and their generous provision of four titles for teen ear-reading. Each of them serves a portion of contemporary teen life in America, in realistic stories and authentic voices.
Imaginative Listening

Imaginative Listening

Read More We’re delighted to welcome Recorded Books and Tantor Media back to SYNC for the 2019 season! They are providing listeners with a total of four audiobooks that include three #OwnVoices titles, each tinged with traces of fantastic elements, and some nonfiction from a popular science author who tells fact as though it were hilarious science fiction.
New SYNC Season Coming: Variety in Tale and Telling

New SYNC Season Coming: Variety in Tale and Telling

Read More As we plan each new SYNC season, we work to include a variety of performance techniques as well as subject matter. As much as possible, we search out brand new and older titles both, because we want to give teen listeners opportunities to experience audiobooks conveying as wide a range of possibilities as are available. To meet all that criteria, both Dreamscape and Hachette annually step up to give access to audiobooks that offer many experiential paths listeners can take.
That’s Brilliance!

That’s Brilliance!

Read More One of our contributing publishers who annually steps up to provide a whole handful of free audiobooks for teen listeners is Brilliance Publishing. This year, they’re doing it again and oh my, the audiobooks coming your way from them!
Three Months to Go!

Three Months to Go!

Read More Now that SYNC is entering its tenth year, we can look back and notice how some audiobook publishers have returned year after year and provided teen listeners with listening experiences they might still keep to hear again and again across the decade.
An All-new SYNC Season on Its Way

An All-new SYNC Season on Its Way

Read More With our 28 titles selected for the 2019 SYNC season, we’re ready to start introducing you to some of the listens you can anticipate. This week we’re sharing what’s on its way from the first two publishers to respond to our annual invitation for audiobooks to share with teens and to help teens build their very own audiobookshelf.
A First Peek at SYNC 2019

A First Peek at SYNC 2019

Read More This year marks the 10th anniversary of AudiobookSYNC and our publishers are celebrating by offering a wide range of free audiobooks to build your personal listening shelf. In the coming weeks, we'll introduce the titles publisher by publisher (as soon as all the contracts are completed!). Today, however, we can give you a lot of details to feed your own and your teen listeners' anticipation.
Challenge Your Listening

Challenge Your Listening

Read More Our host AudioFile Magazine has created a new year's celebration challenge for audiobook listeners. This challenge allows anyone who wants to give themselves a bit of a push the opportunity to decide how much of a listening push works for them.
Calling Teen Photographers

Calling Teen Photographers

Read More In our upcoming season of AudiobookSYNC, we'd like to feature the work of teen photographers on our Instagram account. In January, we'll announce some of the weekly themes so the kids you know who are camera buffs can take and send us some work.
Best Audiobooks Announced for 2018

Best Audiobooks Announced for 2018

Read More It's that wonderful season when "best of the year" lists of movies, books, and, yes, audiobooks, are blooming throughout the land. Some are long, others short. Find and use as many as you can for a rich and wide awareness of what all is available to read, hear, see, and discuss.
Looking for Your Teen Audiophiles

Looking for Your Teen Audiophiles

Read More We're just now through the first half of November and are delighted to tell you that next summer's program is already taking shape. As of now, we already have the first baker's dozen of titles for our 2019 program.
When teachers and parents recoil

When teachers and parents recoil

Read More Whether or not you're a fan of audiobook listening for your own narrative enjoyment or learning, if you read our SYNC blog even in the off-season, you recognize both the appeal of the format and its role in encouraging youth to engage with well constructed and well performed literature. What do you do when that recognition you have becomes the doormat for someone else's heavy-booted rejection of this combined literary-performance art form?
More than "reading aloud"

More than "reading aloud"

Read More When we collect a season's worth of free audiobooks to share with teens during SYNC, content is just one of two important factors we consider. Performance, we know at AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE, is what makes an audiobook an audiobook rather than a recording of someone simply reading aloud.
Power in a Personal Library

Power in a Personal Library

Read More Many of us involved in developing, maintaining, and spreading the word about AudiobookSYNC as an annual program for teen listeners are also big believers in libraries and their collections. Free access to a vast array of choices underwrites our--and teen--access to unbounded intellectual freedom.
Listen Up for Teen Read Week

Listen Up for Teen Read Week

Read More We're half way through the annual Teen Read Week celebration developed and sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Because we at SYNC are all about listening literacy, we have some resources to help you share a love of listening to books with teens this week.
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