The Odyssey Award, a national distinction calling out superior audiobook production for youth, is just eight years old–and already Live Oak Media has walked away with the crown three times! That’s truly remarkable, as this award is bestowed by an annually changing collaborative committee with members of both the Association of Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), meaning that the the winner meets criteria adjudged by professionals who work with everyone through age 18.
While the Audie Awards are granted by the audiobook industry to its own–through a vetted process of independent judges–the Odyssey Award is handled by librarians and other library staff who work with children and teens, select audiobooks for large and small, public and school collections, and listen specifically for production excellence when selecting the award winner. For a production company where fewer than two dozen titles can be created a year, to walk off with the declaration of “best” so many times certainly says a lot about quality.
And the audiobook industry, especially for youthful listeners, is getting better and deeper all the time. So the competition is not only expanding in number but also in range.
Congratulations, Live Oak Media! You did it again!