Resource type: Books, ebooks and audiobooks
Price band: £
Key stage: KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Region(s): All of UK
Listening Books is a national audiobook charity providing an online and postal audiobook lending service for pupils who have an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition that affects their ability to read print books.
Listening Books provides a wide range of audiobooks for children aged seven and upwards. They include;
- Fiction and non-fiction titles to promote reading for pleasure.
- Set texts and educational titles to support the National Curriculum from KS2 to A-level.
- Study and revision guides.
To access the lending service, schools must subscribe to one of the annual membership plans.
Cost: Membership plans range from £50 to £150 per year, depending on the number of downloads or loans at a time.
About Listening Books: Listening Books was founded in 1959 by Norma Skemp and is now a national charity that supplies audiobooks to anyone who suffers from a print impairment. Since 2002 Listening Books has also pioneered the Sound Learning initiative that aims to make educational books available in audio formats to improve access to the curriculum for pupils who struggle to read or hold a book.
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- Listening Books can be streamed live through a PC or Mac in school or can be downloaded to portable devices via the Overdrive or Libby apps for use at home. They are also available as MP3 CDs through the post.
- All the audiobooks are either commercially sourced or are recorded in-house using professional actors and sound recording engineers to ensure high quality listening.
- Audiobooks are automatically returned on their due date, ensuring that there are no late fees. They can also be returned early.
- Audiobooks allow children with SEND to access the same texts that their peers are reading, removing unnecessary barriers to learning and promoting inclusivity in the classroom.