SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Hi everyone! I discovered a NEAT THING and wanted to share. So, while writing a collection development paper about audiobooks this semester, I came across SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. In a nutshell, you can get free, high-interest YA audiobooks all summer long.

From May 5 through August 17, SYNC will give away two popular audiobook downloads a week (and you get to keep them, too!). All you have to do is sign up.

The idea here is that they want teens to learn how fun it is to listen to audiobooks. Personally, I am a huge fan of them—this semester alone, I’ve listed to eight audiobooks while traveling to and from school. I especially like Playaways, because I can listen without having to download anything onto my computer or upload it onto my phone.

There are a lot of reasons teens and kids can benefit from audiobooks. They increase literacy, level the playing field in classrooms, and assist English-language learners. They’re also great for families with kids of different ages, because it’s easier for younger kids to listen to a book with a higher reading level than it is to read the print version. Also, if I ever have kids in the future, all I want is for them to love audiobooks so we can listen together and fangirl/boy over them. It’ll be great.

Here are the books SYNC has planned for this summer:

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial by Peter Godchild
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Divine Collision: An African Boy, an American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom by Jim Gash
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph by David Ring & John Driver
Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon
Donny’s Brain by Rona Munro
Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition by Michael Pollan
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson
The Young World by Chris Weitz
Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetti
Mandela: An Audio History by Nelson Mandela
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French
Juba! by Walter Dean Myers
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Classic American Short Stories by O. Henry & others

So go sign up!



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