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Reading is Power – Audiobooks

Audiobooks can be the key to unlocking a child’s love of reading. Their very nature enables all children, regardless of their reading ability, to access and explore the incredible world of stories, which are bought to life by a range of exciting voices, different accents and sound effects.

One of the best things about audiobooks is that you can listen to them almost anytime and anywhere, and in the days of tablets, smartphones and smart speakers, listening to stories is easier than ever before.

Key findings shows that audiobooks can be used to support learning in the following ways:

  • Improve children’s reading skills and enjoyment of reading
  • Improve children’s reading comprehension
  • Support children’s emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing
  • Widen children’s access to books
  • Audiobooks also have significant benefits for children who are reluctant or struggling readers. They give them access to stories which they may not have been able to read in print.
  • Allows better access more than reading a book alone, as the listening experience deepens their understanding of tone, pronunciation, accents and dialects.

There is also evidence that listening to an audiobook requires the same cognitive skills as reading in print.

For more free audiobook resources visit our Reading page on the school website Reading at Heath Park and follow our Twitter page @HeathParkReads