Good Neighbor Gift: Audio Books

By: Amanda Crawford Email
By: Amanda Crawford Email

Imagine being in sixth grade, but you can't read all the popular books your friends are reading. Instead, you read at a third grade level.

Jessica Kitta teaches sixth grade and says, for a lot of her students, that's the case.

"A lot of our kids have kind of shut down at this point," says Kitta. "They have the mentality of, 'I'm in middle school, and I still can't read, so I'm never going to be a good reader. Why do I care? Why do I try?"

She says reading is the basis for all learning, so it's important to get students excited about it, and that's exactly what audio books do.

"That's the whole goal, to make reading fun," says Kitta. "The point of audio books is for pleasure reading. It's for reading for enjoyment."

Samantha Powell is in Kitta's class, and says audio books have made all the difference to her.

"I think I get through books faster, and it helps me understand them," says Powell.

Kitta says audio books have helped Powell become a better reader, as she follows along while listening, which improves vocabulary and comprehension.

"When they become better readers, it will trickle down into all their subjects," says Kitta. "If they're better readers with books they enjoy, they'll be better readers with informational text that they have in all their classes."

She says that can all start with a simple audio book. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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