Back to School Audiobooks for a New Term
The new school year is looming, and here at Listening Books we’ve got all the audiobooks you need for a new term.
Whether you’re starting a new school, about to start your exams, or just back for another year, we’ve got you covered. If you find reading or holding a book difficult going back to school can be particularly difficult. But, with audiobooks it doesn’t have to be! We record educational audiobooks from ages 7 and up so that at least getting through the reading can be a breeze! We’ve collected some of the best back to school audiobooks in our library, so get a head start on listening!
Horrible Geography: Odious Oceans – Anita Ganeri
Horrible Geography takes you under the sea with Odious Oceans. Discover where in the world you can tuck into a poisonous pufferfish, spot some perilous pirates and explore the savage seabed! Horrible Geography is the perfect escapism from miserable maps, rotten rock piles and dire diagrams. Hold tight!
DNA – Dennis Kelly (full cast)
If you’re starting your GCSEs, then you may be reading DNA by Dennis Kelly. Recently, Listening Books recorded the play as a full-cast drama, so you can really get a sense of the dynamic. DNA follows the lives of a group of teenagers as they try to deal with the disappearance of Adam. It also contains a recording of the notes at the end written by Anthony Banks specifically for those studying GCSE English. The perfect school audiobook accompaniment!
Women in Science – Rachel Ignotofsky
Science is super boring, right? Wrong!
Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from both the ancient and modern worlds. The extraordinary women include well-known figures like the physicist and chemist Marie Curie, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists and beyond …
The Other Side of Truth – Beverley Naidoo
This is the story of 12 year-old Sade and her brother Femi who flee to Britain from Nigeria. Their father is a political journalist who refuses to stop criticising the military rulers in Nigeria. Their mother is killed and they are sent to London, with their father promising to follow. Abandoned at Victoria Station by the woman paid to bring them to England as her children, Sade and Femi find themselves alone in a new, often hostile, environment. Seen through the eyes of Sade, the novel explores what it means to be classified as ‘illegal’ and the difficulties which come with being a refugee.
The Economics Book – Dorling Kindersley
Bring economics to life with The Economics Book, an essential guide to more that 100 of the big ideas in economic theory. Practice covering everything from ancient theories right up to cutting-edge modern developments. From Aristotle to John Maynard Keynes and beyond, all the greatest economists and their theories are featured and the innovative graphics, step-by-step summaries and mind maps help clarify hard-to-grasp concepts. The Economics Book is perfect for economic students and anyone who has an interest in how economies work.
Murderous Maths – Kjartan Poskitt
Learn maths and let out your inner rebel! From the Horrible camp (where else?) this is maths gone wickedly funny. And nuttier than a jar of Sunpat. Meet a crew of yucky villains who would happily slit your throat, but are much too busy making you die of laughter. Killer sums, prime suspects, sneaky signs. Maths according to Professor Fiendish, Chainsaw Charlie and the gang.
Who Are Refugees and Migrants? – Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young
What does it mean for people to have to leave their homes, and what happens when they seek entry to another country? This book explores the history of refugees and migration around the world and the effects on people of never-ending war and conflict.
It compares the effects on society of diversity and interculturalism with historical attempts to create a racially ‘pure’ culture. It takes an international perspective, and offers a range of views from people who have personal experience of migration, including the campaigners Meltem Avcil and Muzoon Almellehan, the comedian and actor Omid Djalili and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards, the book encourages readers to think for themselves about the issues involved. There is also a role-play activity asking readers to imagine themselves in the situation of having to decide whether to leave their homes and seek refuge in a new country.
All of these audiobooks were recorded in the Listening Books studios and they are available to borrow from our library.
Are you listening to any of these educational audiobooks this year? Let us know in the comments!
If you’re looking forward to a new school year, why not try these other blog posts: Five iPad apps that can help students with dyslexia or Back to School Audiobooks: Sound Learning.