Best Audiobooks of 2023: Booklist Editors’ Choice: Youth Audio

By Jennifer Rubins | December 20 2023 | Audiobook News

According to Booklist, “This year’s list demonstrates some of the best production techniques, full casts, and thoughtful adaptations from print to audio for young listeners.” See their full list of picks here. Be sure to check your digital collections for these two standout Listening Library titles. Click on the covers to listen to a clip. Interested in Booklist‘s top picks for Adult Audio? Click here.

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

Read by Raphael Corkhill

“Raphael Corkhill narrates this story in Silas’ true voice, adding another layer of authenticity to the wonderfully complex protagonist. . . Recommend to listeners who can stomach performances similar to Kirby Heyborne’s award-winning narration for Daniel Kraus’ Scowler—horrifying, yet beautifully executed.”—Booklist starred review

Age 14 and up

The Underdogs Serve It Up

Read by Alexandra Ryan

“The audio solidly stands on its own with audio production effects, music befitting an action-adventure movie, and background sound effects to set the scenes. . . This terrifically entertaining audio adaptation will engage young listeners. The title includes a PDF so audio readers don’t miss out on the skill-building puzzles at the book’s conclusion.”—Booklist starred review

Age 6-9 years