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The Kids' Next list is drawn from bookseller-recommended favorites for kids ranging from 4-year-olds to teens. The audiobook titles below have recently appeared on this list.

The Yellow Bus

By: Loren Long
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 12 minutes

The Yellow Bus features sound design and special effects to enhance your listening enjoyment. Listen out for the sound of children getting on the bus and bleating goats.

From #1 New York Times bestselling and beloved creator Loren Long, The Yellow Bus is a tender and heartfelt ode to educators.

There is a bright yellow bus who spends her days... Read more

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Picture Purrfect

Bodega Cats: Book #1

By: Hilda Eunice Burgos
Narrated by: Robb Moreira & André Santana
Length: TBA

Miguel Rosado wants nothing more than to see and draw the world … or at least anywhere beyond the four walls of his family’s bodega in Washington Heights.

Too bad his mami and papi have him working long hours after school, hoping he’ll appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made to keep the store afloat. For street-savvy and newly adopted cat Lolo,... Read more

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Breaking into Sunlight

By: John Cochran
Narrated by: Matt Haver
Length: 6 hours 33 minutes

This powerful and compassionate book follows a family’s journey through the turbulence of parental addiction—and the moments of connection and healing that break through the dark days. 

Reese is a seventh-grader in rural North Carolina who loves drawing, basketball, his hardworking mom, and his charming, charismatic dad. But then one day, he... Read more

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Farrah Noorzad and the Ring of Fate

Farrah Noorzad: Book #1

By: Deeba Zargarpur
Narrated by: Karla Maatouk, Deeba Zargarpur & Vikas Adam
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

A 12-year-old girl discovers her true jinn heritage when a birthday wish gone wrong traps her father in a magical ring, sending her on an epic quest to free him. This richly imagined fantasy series inspired by Persian mythology and Islamic lore is filled with action, magic, and self-discovery.

“A jewel of a fantasy novel that shines with...
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The Spindle of Fate

By: Aimee Lim
Narrated by: Jennifer Sun Bell
Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

When Evie Mei discovers that her recently passed mother was the head of a guild of magical weavers, she enters the Chinese netherworld to try and bring her back in this middle-grade debut. Twelve-year-old Evie Mei Huang never did like helping in her mom’s tailor shop. She hated dyeing and spooling the thread and how the measuring tape gets all... Read more

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The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman

By: Gennifer Choldenko
Narrated by: Javier Prusky
Length: 6 hours 56 minutes

Readers will be rooting for a happy ending for Hank in Newbery-Honor-winner Gennifer Choldenko’s gripping story of a boy struggling to hold his family together when his mom doesn't come home.

When eleven-year-old Hank’s mom doesn’t come home, he takes care of his toddler sister, Boo, like he always does. But it’s been a week now. They are out of... Read more

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They Call Me No Sam!

By: Drew Daywalt
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

From Drew Daywalt, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, and illustrator Mike Lowery comes a middle grade novel about Sam, a noble pug who will go to any lengths to protect his family from the bad guys!Meet Sam: an insolent pug—and incidental hero—who will stop at nothing to protect his family!When scientists... Read more

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The Deep Dark: A Graphic Novel

By: Molly Knox Ostertag
Narrated by: Elena Rey, Eva Reign, Roxanne Hernandez Coyne, Annette Amelia Oliviera, André Santana, Max Meyers, Rachel H. Hirsch, James Fouhey & Marni Penning
Length: TBA

From Molly Knox Ostertag, writer-illustrator of the New York Times and ABA Indie bestselling The Witch Boy trilogy and The Girl from the Sea, comes a darkly beautiful story of identity, family, love, loss, and magic.Everyone has secrets. Mags's has teeth.Magdalena Herrera is about to graduate high school, but she already feels like an adult with... Read more

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The Great Cool Ranch Dorito in the Sky

By: Josh Galarza
Narrated by: Robb Moreira
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

Perfect for fans of Mark Oshiro and Adam Silvera comes a fiercely funny and hopeful story of one boy's attempts to keep everything under control while life has other plans.

Ever since cancer invaded his adoptive mother’s life, Brett feels like he’s losing everything, most of all control. To cope, Brett fuels all of his anxieties into epic... Read more

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Looking for Smoke

By: K. A. Cobell
Narrated by: Julie Lumsden, Katie Anvil Rich, Shaun Taylor-Corbett & Jordan Waunch
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

“This was such a powerful read - fast paced, full of endearing (yet at times untrustworthy) characters, and thrilling! Do not start unless you have time to finish it because I promise you, you will not be able to put it down. K.A. Cobell highlights the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement in such an impressive way. Looking for... Read more

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Now, Conjurers

By: Freddie Kölsch
Narrated by: Giordan Diaz
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

November 1999. North Dana, Massachusetts. Nesbit Nuñez discovers the partially devoured body of Bastion Attia: star quarterback, secret witch, and Nesbit’s even-more-secret boyfriend. No one knew why brilliant, gentle Bastion lived his life by a seemingly arcane set of rules, including a strange manner of speech and an inability to say his own... Read more

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Six More Months of June

By: Daisy Garrison
Narrated by: Georgia Garrison & Jesse Aaronson
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

The program is read by Jesse Aaronson and Georgia Garrison, an actor and the author's sister.

A romantic debut about the exhilarating highs and messy lows that swirl together when high school comes to an end, perfect for fans of Carley Fortune and Jenny Han

Golden boy Caplan and bookish Mina have been unlikely soulmates since third grade. Bound... Read more

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The White Guy Dies First

13 Scary Stories of Fear and Power

By: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, Kalynn Bayron, Kendare Blake, H.E. Edgmon, Lamar Giles, Chloe Gong, Alexis Henderson, Tiffany D. Jackson, Adiba Jaigirdar, Naseem Jamnia, Karen Strong, Mark Oshiro & Terry J. Benton-Walker
Narrated by: Alejandro Antonio Ruiz, André Santana, Angel Pean, Joy Ofodu, Kausar Mohammed, Nicky Endres, Samara Naeymi, Terry J. Benton-Walker & Torian Brackett
Length: TBA

This program features multicast narration as well as an author's note and acknowledgements read by the author.

13 SCARY STORIES. 13 AUTHORS OF COLOR.
13 TIMES WE SURVIVED... THE FIRST KILL.

The White Guy Dies First includes thirteen scary stories by all-star contributors and this time, the white guy dies first.

Killer clowns, a hungry hedge maze,... Read more

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The Wilderness of Girls

By: Madeline Claire Franklin
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 11 hours 48 minutes

An unflinching YA debut about a troubled teen who discovers a pack of feral girls in the woods and is swept up in the ensuing mystery: Are the Wild Girls of Happy Valley lost princesses from a faraway land, as they believe, or are they brainwashed victims of a deranged kidnapper?   In her ambitious debut perfect for fans of Sadie and The Hazel... Read more

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The Mystery of Locked Rooms

By: Lindsay Currie
Narrated by: Eleanor McCormick
Length: 5 hours 50 minutes

Twelve-year-old Sarah Greene wants nothing more from her seventh-grade year than to beat the hardest escape room left in her town with her best friends, West, and Hannah. But when a foreclosure notice shows up on Sarah's front door, everything changes. Since her father became ill two years ago, things have been bad, but not lose your house bad .... Read more

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Gaga Mistake Day

By: Emma Straub & Susan Straub
Narrated by: Carolyn Kang
Length: 6 minutes

When Grandma comes for a visit, silliness and creativity are guaranteed, in this funny and endearing book by bestselling novelist Emma Straub; her kids' gaga, Susan Straub; and award-winning illustrator Jessica Love.

Gaga days are the best! That’s when this eccentric, mischievous grandma babysits her delighted granddaughter. These Gaga days are... Read more

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Blood City Rollers

Blood City Rollers: Book #1

By: V.P. Anderson
Length: TBA

Skates on. Fangs out. Let’s roll. This perfectly paranormal graphic novel about a 13-year-old ice skater who embraces the dark side and finds her light when she joins a vampire roller derby team is to die for.

Ice-skater Mina is on a one-track path to Olympic gold and glory—that is, until she totally wipes out at her biggest competition, and is... Read more

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Deep Water

By: Jamie Sumner
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 2 hours 43 minutes

“Readers will feel every wave of Tully’s emotions as she risks everything to try to get her mom’s attention. A powerful novel in verse.” —Lisa Fipps, author of Printz Honor book Starfish

A middle grade novel in verse that “packs a powerful punch” (Kirkus Reviews) from acclaimed author Jamie Sumner that spans one girl’s marathon swim over twelve... Read more

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Magnolia Wu Unfolds It All

By: Chanel Miller
Narrated by: Chanel Miller
Length: 2 hours 34 minutes

An instant New York Times, USA Today, and indie bestseller!

Award-winning author and artist Chanel Miller tells a fun, funny, and poignant story of friendship and community starring Magnolia Wu, a ten-year-old sock detective bent on returning all the lonely only socks left behind in her parents' NYC laundromat.


Down at the bottom of the tall... Read more

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The Night War

By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Narrated by: Gilli Messer
Length: 8 hours 23 minutes

From the two-time Newbery Honor-winning author of The War That Saved My Life and Fighting Words comes a middle grade novel set at the border between freedom and fear in World War II France, at the Chateau de Chenonceau, where a Jewish girl who has lost everything but her life must decide whether to risk even that to bring others to freedom.

“We... Read more

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