Studies suggest there are big benefits to listening to audio-stories. This is especially true for children.
“Audiobooks may be used with adolescent readers to improve fluency, expand vocabulary activate prior knowledge, develop comprehension, and increase motivation to interact with books. Removing the restraints of word recognition and decoding allows a very positive focus on the meaning behind an author’s words. This provides an opportunity for many students, including those with special needs, to experience the same books as the other students. Best practices may be adapted to develop literacy skills before, during, or after listening. Specific skills that can be demonstrated include recalling details, understanding sequence, making predictions, drawing conclusions, making inferences, and retelling. For proficient readers, audiobooks present opportunities to develop comprehension skills and strategies in critical and creative thinking.”