Does “Reading” an Audiobook Count?

The scare quotes in the headline say it all. On the NYTimes’ Motherlode parenting blog, KJ Dell’Antonia resurrects a familiar debate in a new context: summer reading for school. Dell’Antonia admits to seeing little difference in terms of receiving a book’s content by eye or by ear. Yet this does not mean that school administrators will give her child credit for listening to Tolkien’s The Hobbit, right?

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