Don't Dismiss Audiobooks

Updated: Oct 30, 2018

Want to enrich student's reading lives? Don't dismiss Audiobooks. This article is by Kyle Redford, a 5th grade teacher at Marin Country Day School, a K-8 school in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also the education editor for the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.

I often hear teachers, parents, and students make implicit or explicit comments that reflect a bias against audiobooks. Some even argue that listening to books should not be confused with reading at all.

"I’m fine having Sam listen to audiobooks in the car, but I want him reading real books the rest of the time," a parent might say. Similarly, Sam might believe that he can’t include audiobooks on his independent reading record for his teacher because he didn’t actually read them.