The benefits of audiobooks and how they can improve early literacy skills
Did you realise that 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening? And that students can listen and comprehend two grade levels above their reading level? We certainly didn’t!
We love this infographic which explains some of the benefits of audiobooks and how listening can help with learning. Check it out:
Reposted thanks to the Audio Publishers Association Sound Learning initiative. SoundLearningAPA.org
Audiobooks are growing in popularity
Thanks to new technology, audiobooks is the fastest growing sector of the publishing industry. In fact, according to the Association of American Publishers’ data, 2018 was the third consecutive year that downloadable audiobooks saw double-digit growth. It makes sense – you can listen to an audiobook while driving to work, doing exercise, even while doing chores.
What about audiobooks for kids?
What is really great about audiobooks is that kids can listen to literature while they’re doing other things. They might get stories read to them every night by mum or dad, but some kids don’t want to sit still during the day and read books. According to speech pathologist and Dinosnores creator Shereen Alfreds: “Sometimes it’s great for ‘doing kids’ to be able to listen to stories while they’re doing playdough or playing lego.” We have some great tips about how to get kids to love reading in this blog. Audiobooks mean even active kids don’t miss out on the benefits of books like increasing their vocabulary and comprehension.
Our range of audiobooks on Birde is one of our most popular categories and it’s easy to see why. For the first time, children have access to audiobooks on a device that they can safely access themselves. All our content comes on hexagonal shaped tokens so children as young as one can tap on the console to play the audiobook they want to listen to. From stories for young kids like Farmyard Fun and Play School Rainy Day Stories to audiobooks that the older kids will love like Guess How Much I Love You and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
It’s not just audiobooks that help kids to learn
Plus, we’ll let you into a little secret. Although we have a range of video content on Birde, you don’t actually have to have it connected it to your TV to enjoy it. Lots of parents don’t! Animated books like Funky Chicken and even videos like Counting with Paula are just as educational and engaging when the kids just listen to the content and the kids have no idea that they could technically watch it on video. We know, so sneaky!!😲😜.