Last week, our readers from Washington DC discussed Nikki Grimes’ novel in verse GARVEY’S CHOICE. This week, we hear some more from poet Nikki Grimes about the power of poetry, spirituality in a secular world, and a sneak preview of her next project.
"Garvey's Choice" is the poetic tale of a star-struck young man trying to please his father. Award-winning writer Nikki Grimes answers questions from readers at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC. Actor Haskell V. Anderson III is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
Last week, we talked to writer Donna Jo Napoli about her novel ALLIGATOR BAYOU. It’s a novel set in Louisiana, a tale about the relationship between Italian immigrants and the African American population. We talked to Donna at Podcast Movement in Philadelphia and she had much more to say about her writing process.
New Orleans is a city rich in history and rich in wonderful food. Both are topics in this week's discussion of Donna Jo Napoli's novel "Alligator Bayou." Readers at the New Orleans Public Library discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott.
Katherine Marsh says her son helped a lot with the creation of "The Door by the Staircase." She also offers some writing tips.
This week, we get a new look at an old fairy tale – the story of the Russian witch known as Baba Yaga. A boys book club in Portland, Oregon met us at Powell's Books to discuss Katherine Marsh's novel "The Door by the Staircase" with host Kitty Felde. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who represents Portland on Capitol, is celebrity reader.
This week, we talk to group of young writers who met for a workshop at Virginia’s historic Gunston Hall, home of founding father George Mason. Host Kitty Felde asked these writers our favorite question: what’s your favorite book?
‘The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963” touches on a tragic moment in American history: the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. But it’s really a family story about a road trip. Readers from Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Writer Christopher Paul Curtis won the Newbery, the Golden Kite, and the Coretta Scott King awards for this book. He talks about how all those statues allowed him to become a full time writer. Our celebrity reader...more
What are kids in Louisiana reading these days? We hear from readers who all participanted in the 2018 Battle of the Books competition in at a public library about 45 miles north of New Orleans in a community called St. Tamany Parish. Kitty Felde is host.
We discuss a fictionalized story about one of the Navajo Code Talkers - the Marines who were recruited to use their native language to help the Allies win World War II. Students from Chesterbrook Elementary School in Virginia discuss Joseph Bruchac’s novel “Code Talker” with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is Elayne Silversmith. the librarian at the Vine Deloria, Jr. library at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
This week, we’re talking to kids in Australia, asking them their favorite books. We caught up with two of them on a tram – the same tram where the royal couple Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan took to a beach in south Melbourne. We have pictures on our website.
This episode began with a chance meeting in a tiny art gallery in the city of Cienfuegos, Cuba. Writer Isora Morales Suarez was minding the store to pay the bills, but just had her first novel for kids published in English. The Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore discuss her unusual fairy tale “The Meringue Witches” with host Kitty Felde. Cuban ex-pat Adolfo Nodal is celebrity reader.
This week, we take you thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to the south island of New Zealand. In and around the city of Christchurch, we asked kids to tell us their favorite books. You may be surprised by some of their choices.
Writer Ronald L. Smith takes us on a trip down south, to the backwoods of Alabama, where a young boy was born with a heart-shaped birthmark, the mark of magic, or Hoodoo, according to his grandmama. Hoodoo must learn to tap his inner powers of magic to battle evil. Veteran public radio journalist Brian Watt is celebrity reader. Ron Smith just won the Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award from the American Library Association for "Hoodoo."
Americans have a romanticized image of English boarding schools. RIBBLESTROP is the opposite of that. Writer Andy Mulligan has created what must be the most dangerous school on planet earth. And this trio of readers at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey, debate whether they'd like to attend. Peter Sagal, playwright and host of NPR's quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
What if hurricanes just get worse and worse? That's the premise for Sherri L. Smith's dystopian tale "Orleans." Students from Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Maryland explain why dystopian novels are actually hopeful. At least for girls. Journalist Cheryl Devall is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy have written a new biography about their grandmother, Newbery Award winning writer Madeleine L’Engle called "Becoming Madeleine." They share stories about the woman who wrote 'A Wrinkle in Time."
This week, we tackle a classic – the 1963 winner of the Newbery Award A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle. Our readers are 5th graders from the British International School in Washington, DC. Our celebrity reader is public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill. Madeline L’Engle passed away in 2007, but we're joined by her granddaughters Charlotte Jones Volklis and Lena Roy. They've written a new biography of their grandmother based on her journals called BECOMING MADELEINE. Kitty Felde is host....more
This week, we’re asking students at MarFarland Middle School in Washington DC our favorite question: what’s your favorite book? What’s so special about that? These students are telling us all about it in English – and español. It’s our first bilingual episode of the Book Club for Kids. The readers will answer first in English, and then in Spanish. Kitty Felde is host.
Do you believe in one-eyed monsters? Greek gods? This week, readers from two Washington, D.C. schools discuss Mary Pope Osborne’s take on Homer’s classic adventure “Tales from the Odyssey.” Mary talks about writing a modern take on Odysseus - as well as her best-selling “Magic Treehouse” series. Our celebrity reader is John Dryden, a veteran of BBC radio dramas and head of scripted content for the podcast network Panoply Media. Kitty Felde is host.
Writer Jason Reynolds visits more than 100 schools a year, inspiring readers and writers around the country. He's a National Book Award Finalist, winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and a Newbery Honor winner.
Would you like to live forever? That's the question our readers from Basis DC Charter School ponder as they discuss Natalie Babbitt's classic tale "Tuck Everlasting" with host Kitty Felde. Actress Denise Krueger is celebrity reader. The late writer talks about her own view of life and death.
Listeners from across the country are calling to to share their favorite books this summer.
What happens when you discover your uncle was actually a spy? Do you join the family business? Readers from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss best-selling author Anthony Horowitz' first novel in the Alex Rider series "Stormbreaker." Anthony Horowitz discusses the novel and FBI Agent Ed You is our celebrity reader and tells us what it's really like to be a spy. Kitty Felde is host.
Southern California readers at Heart of Los Angeles Youth share their favorite books with host Kitty Felde.
Every summer, we ask our interns to pick their favorite episode. UC Irvine graduate John Gomez chose Claire Legrand's novel "Foxheart." Witches, monsters, and a brave little thief. Those are the ingredients in the book. Book Club for Kids fan Kailas and her two fellow readers Iona and Gabi discuss the novel at Boulder Bookstore with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is actor Wesley Mann. Writer Claire Legrand explains how "Foxheart" began as a short story challenge.
Book Club for Kids is a proud member of Kids Listen, a grassroots organization that advocates for high quality audio for kids. In preparation for your summer road trip, we introduce you to some of the terrific Kids Listen shows.
Going on a summer road trip? Join us as we take a summer road trip to the south with a pair of brothers from Brooklyn. Our readers are all members of the boys book club at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington, DC. The boys discuss Jason Reynolds’s tale of a blind grandfather, a gun, and a bird named Michael Jackson. It’s called AS BRAVE AS YOU. Emmy Award-winning actor Kim Estes is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
Last week, we talked about Gail Carson Levine’s novel THE LOST KINGDOM OF BAMARRE. But there was more to the conversation. This week, we talk to Gail about writing, about the long slog to get her Newbery Honor book ELLA ENCHANTED published, about poetry, and about fairy tales.
What makes a modern princess? Readers from Maury Elementary in Washington, D.C. say it takes a bad ass like our heroine in Gail Carson Levine's fairy tale "The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre." Our Newbery honor winner talks about her love of fairy tales and how the novel grew out of her passion to fight prejudice of all kinds. Actress Tessa Auberjonois is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
Which came first - the story or the illustrations? We ask writer Alan Silberberg. He writes and illustrates "Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze." Kitty Felde is host.
Can a book be funny and deal with one of the toughest topics around? "Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze" is writer and illustrator Alan Silberberg's tale of 7th grade angst and dealing with the loss of a parent. Seventh graders from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington, D.C. discuss the book and ask questions of author Silberberg. Actor Joshua Malina ("West Wing," "Scandal," the "West Wing Weekly" podcast) is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
We spoke to Linda Sue Park about her novel about one of the Lost Boys of Sudan "A Long Walk to Water." But Linda's the author of nearly a dozen books and winner of the 2002 Newbery Award for "A Single Shard." Not surprisingly, she had a lot to say about what she's learned about writing.
What do you know about South Sudan? Our book is "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park. Fifth grade readers from Pinchbeck Elementary School in Henrico, Virginia consider things they take for granted: clean water from the tap and a guaranteed education. Our celebrity reader is one of the top African experts on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Karen Bass from California. Writer Linda Sue Park talks about writing fiction from fact. Kitty Felde is host.
An episode for animal lovers and fantasy fans. Readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado discuss Bryan Chick's novel "The Secret Zoo" with host Kitty Felde. Haley Creamer from the Denver Zoo is celebrity reader. It's part of the Kids Listen School's (almost) Out Summer Sweep!
This week, we head out to Ashburn, Virginia to talk to readers at Brambleton Middle School to find out their favorite books. Most of their choices seem to break down into two main categories: adventure and books that relate to the real-life experiences of a middle schooler. Kitty Felde is host.
Meet the Vanderbeeker family - large, loud, unpredictable. They'll try almost anything to stay in their beloved Harlem neighborhood. The 2017 New York Times' Notable Children's Book by Karina Yan Glaser is discussed by readers at DC's Excel Academy Public Charter School. Actor Valente Rodriguez is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
In this episode, we travel back to a world at war – to England at the beginning of the London Blitz. The book is "The War That Saved My Life." Writer Kimberley Brubaker Bradley tells the tale of the mass evacuation of children to the British countryside. Our readers are from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley from Thousand Oaks, California.
Fifth graders from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington share their favorite books.
Think becoming a witch is easy? Think again. Readers from Changing Hands bookstore in Phoenix discuss James Nicol's tale of becoming a professional witch called "The Apprentice Witch." Our celebrity reader is public radio journalist (and amateur ice hockey player) Susan Valot. Our writer talks about how he created the rules for his magical world and confesses that he wasn't much of a reader when he was young.
Did you ever wonder what kids from other countries like to read? This week, we talk to kids from the United Arab Emerits, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Venezuela – as well as kids from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. They all attend the British International School of Washington. And we ask them to tell us their favorite books. And guess what? I’ll bet some of their favorites are some of yours, too.
This past weekend, thousands and thousands of kids marched in Washington and cities around the nation to call attention to a serious topic kids shouldn’t have to face: gun violence. This week on Book Club for Kids, we talk about the novel "The Ethan I Was Before." It's the story about a boy facing a life and death situation. Our readers from Capitol Hill Day School talk about trauma and the resilience of children. Writer Ali Standish talks about how you write a book about a serious topic for you...more
It's our favorite question: what's your favorite book? Readers from The Bolles Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida, with help from school librarian Jaime Ann Sanborn, shared with us their list of favorites.
In an era when kids share so much of their lives online, how do you survive middle school? On this special on the road edition of Book Club for Kids from the Colorado Book Festival, a quintet of readers from the Denver area discuss Denise Vega's novel "Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade." Our celebrity reader is Colorado education legend Anna Jo Haynes.
We spoke to writer Laurie Halse Anderson a few weeks ago about her Revolutionary War novels. But there was more to the conversation – about poetry, track and field, and writing.
Malu is moving to Chicago and she's not very happy about it. She's also not very happy with the way her mother would like her to be. Two things do make her happy: punk music and creating zines. The book is the 2018 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor winner "The First Rule of Punk" by Celia Perez. Students from Virginia talk about those times when they acted "punk" with host Kitty Felde. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is celebrity reader.
This week, we celebrate George Washington's birthday, Black History Month, and the opening of the film "Black Panther." It seemed like the perfect time to reprise our episode "Chains" about the role African-Americans played in the Revolutionary War. A trio of readers from Maryland discuss the book. Actress S.W. James is celebrity reader. This reprise episode features a new interview with writer Laurie Halse Anderson. She talks about why she's written so many books set at the time of the America...more
For Valentines Day, we have a special love story – part fiction, part fact, based on a landmark US Supreme Court case. It’s called "Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case" by Patricia Hruby Powell. It’s the story of an interracial couple who only wanted to marry the person they loved. Our celebrity reader, actress Crystal West. Readers from Virginia discuss the book and the legal case that took place in their own state. Kitty Felde is host.
We're taking favorite book suggestions! Today, we’ll hear from readers at St. Eugene School in Fox Point, Wisconsin, and then hear book suggestions from other readers in California, Indiana, and Iowa. You can be on the Book Club for Kids podcast, too. Just give us a call! Our new call-in number is 323- 639-3560. Just tell us your first name, the name of your favorite book, and why you like it.
Williamsburg has changed enormously since Betty Smith published "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" in 1943. But a trio of DC readers tell host Kitty Felde that they find contemporary themes - the chasm between rich and poor, the rise of the #MeToo movement - in the novel. Nancy Smith Pfeiffer, the 95 year old daughter of Betty Smith, tells us about rushing home from school to read the latest pages of the novel, hot off her mother's typewriter. Actress Sonia Manzano (Maria from "Sesame Street") is celebr...more
Last week, we talked about the book “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” – a tale of a young girl finding her inner activist in the streets of New York’s El Barrio neighborhood in the late 1960’s. Writer Sonia Manzano told us a bit about her own activism, but we wanted to hear more. And frankly, we wanted to hear about the acting side of her life, particularly her many years playing Maria on "Sesame Street" – it was a gig that led to her writing scenes for the show. Sonia says hands down, Oscar th...more
In this episode, we look back at the 1960’s and a lesser known protest movement. Writer Sonia Manzano (probably better known as "Maria" from Sesame Street) says her encounter with Puerto Rican American activists known as the Young Lords opened her eyes. Her book is "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. It's the story of a young girl discovering her inner activist amid the New York protests over garbage collection that grew into a takeover of a neighborhood church. Our celebrity reader is actress Ye...more
Athletes are heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Winter Olympics. We get there first courtesy of writer Christina Farley. We may not race down a mountainside, avoiding moguls or leaping into the air on the ice rink to execute a perfect triple lutz, but there are thrills and spills aplenty in "Gilded." Plus, we learn some Korean mythology and folk tales. Readers from the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Julia Cho is our celebri...more
Were you lucky enough to get a gift certificate to your favorite bookstore for Hannukah or Christmas or Kwanzaa? Can't decide which books you want to get? We have some suggestions. Actually, we have several suggestions. We talked to some experts - readers from Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Arizona, and California to ask them for their book suggestions.
Do you love cows? This is the episode for you. Sharon Draper's tale of a stubborn cow in "Moo." Students from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Congressman David Valadao, an actual dairy farmer from California, is celebrity reader and talks about the personalities of cows.
We spoke to writer Laurel Snyder in Episode 56 about her novel "Orphan Island," but she had more to say about writing and the unsolved mysteries in her book.
Our celebrity reader this week, Congressman Adam Schiff from California, shared two of his favorite books on Episode 56. But those choices - and a third favorite book - seem to have made a difference in what careers he decided to pursue as an adult. Also, we tell you how YOU can be on the show with just a phone call!
Would you like to grow up on a desert island with no adults to boss you around? That's the locale for our book "Orphan Island" by Laurel Snyder. Our readers from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois talk about the challenges of growing up and try to get our writer to disclose some of the answers to the mysteries in the book. Congressman Adam Schiff from California is our celebrity reader.
How do we treat those who are different? What does it take to be kind? Kids from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss R.J. Palacio's novel "Wonder" with host Kitty Felde. The writer tells the story about a sidewalk incident that inspired the book. Our celebrity reader is Bob Garfield, cohost of WNYC's "On the Media."
We talk about grandparents and circus folks...and elephants. Our book is called "One Amazing Elephant" by Linda Oatman High. Our readers Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha from Virginia have some firsthand experience with elephants (did you know that elephants smell like hay?) Our celebrity reader is actress Holly Vagley. Writer Oatman High says the idea for the story came from her late grandmother...after she was dead. Taped live at Virginia's 2017 Fall for the Book Festival.
Writer Kelly Barnhill writes in longhand and explains that the habit began when her laptop burst into flames. She also confesses she's written a number of books that are only for her.
Who says witches and monsters and dragons have to be the bad guys? That’s certainly not the case in Kelly Barnhill’s 2017 Newbery Award-winning novel THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON. A trio of readers from Woodbridge, Virginia discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. KCRW Morning Edition host Chery Glaser is celebrity reader. Writer Kelly Barnhill says the book was inspired by the debate over "fake news."
A story about a boy and his fox, about war and peace, about strangers and family. Students from Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania - located not far from the Gettysburg battlefield - discuss Sara Pennypacker's novel "Pax" with host Kitty Felde. They consider what it would be like to live next door to a war. The writer tells how she chose to write about a fox and public radio legend Jay Allison is celebrity reader.
Dave Barry's tale of a group of 8th graders on a class field trip to Washington, DC where danger is as close as the mysterious guys in the airplane seat behind them. A trio of middle schoolers from Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, and BASIS DC Middle School on Capitol Hill talk about what the real Washington DC is like and discuss their nagging worries about safety. Congressman Jeff Denham from California is celebrity reader. Writer Dave Barry discusses Florida, comedy, and...more
Book Club for Kids isn't the only podcast out there that celebrates books for young readers. One of our guests on last week's episode (Episode 51: When the Sea Turned to Silver) is a podcaster himself. Mateo tells us all about The Book Meese.
Book Club for Kids was invited to tape a live show at the Podcast Movement convention in Anaheim - the only kidcast featured on three days of tapings. Readers from the Walden School in San Gabriel discuss Grace Lin's tale of Chinese folk tales WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER. Mignon Fogarty of the podcast Grammar Girl is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
Summer intern Isabel Choi picked her favorite episode: THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU by Wendy Shang. It's a tale of a Chinese-American girl coming to terms with her heritage...and her crabby relative. Congresswoman Judy Chu is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
Summer intern Secilia Corona picks her favorite episode: OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon L. Draper. Fifth graders from St. Lucy's Catholic School in Long Beach, California discuss their own reactions when they meet disabled children after reading Sharon Draper's novel "Out of My Mind." It's the story of a young girl trapped in a wheelchair, unable to speak, who blossoms. Mindy Shaw, the voice of C-Span Radio, is the celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
If you were a time traveler, would you go to the future or the past? That's the question readers from Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC ponder as they discuss the Newbery Award-winning "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead. NPR reporter Neda Ulaby is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
What does it mean to be "gifted?" Don't we all have unique gifts to share with the world? Readers from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill discuss Gordon Korman's story of a prankster who lands in a "Gifted" program. KNX sports anchor (and Talking About Cars podcast host) Randy Kerdoon is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
Is it OUTLANDER for kids? A young woman escapes clan warfare in Scotland, only to land in Massachusetts in the middle of the Salem witch trials. In this live show taped at the National Archives "Write Stuff" Festival, the Girlfriends Book Club discuss Janet Macreery's novel A LITTLE WICKED with host Kitty Felde. Our very special celebrity reader is NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg. Writer Macreery also joins us onstage.
July is road trip month and Book Club for Kids has joined with other Kids Listen* podcasts to create "Hit the Road!" episodes. One of the most popular road trip destinations is Washington, DC. So we found readers from across America who were visiting the National Archives and asked them our favorite question, "what's YOUR favorite book?"
The Force is with us on Book Club as we tackle a tale of middle grade angst and paper cuts. Who can rescue these hapless heroes? How about a Yoda finger puppet who seems to have all the right answers. THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger is our book this week. Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host. This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Nan Ding. Read more about our interns here.
Kids from the Book Power for Kids podcast in Missouri and Florida share their favorite books on this Bonus Episode. Book Power for Kids says reviewing books is as much fun as reading them.
The worst summer vacation ever? Being stuck in the middle of a New Mexico desert with the crabbiest grandfather on planet earth. But there are also magical bees that promise the end of of a drought. Students from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia discuss HOUR OF THE BEES and writer Lindsay Eager tells where the tale began. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham from New Mexico is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
Suppose you discovered a tiger in a cage. Would you set him free? That's the dilemna for the heros of THE TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo. Readers from Maury Elementary in Washington, DC tackle the book. Writer Kate DiCamillo joins us as well. CBS-TV political reporter Dave Bryan is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
There's a new library in Compton and kids pack the East Rancho Dominguez branch - NOT playing games on the computers, but checking out STACKS of books. Here's a few of their favorites.
On our return visit to the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland, we taped a live show with six young readers who debate the merits of homeschooling, what makes a perfect teacher, and gardening with host Kitty Felde. The fifth graders quiz writer Kimberly Willis Holt about her writing process. Actress Susan Stith is celebrity reader.
Got a favorite book? Need a great book to read next? These fourth graders from Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles have LOTS of suggesions.
Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles Writer Tracey Baptiste Celebrity reader, actress Tamika Katon-Donegal Get your copy of "The Jumbies" HERE! Get your copy of "The Jumbies" HERE! Favorite Books from Brianna, Gloria, Salvador, and Giovanni: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney The Witches - Roald Dahl Favorite Book of Tracey Baptiste: The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill No One Wri...more
Kids from northern Michigan share their list of favorite books with host Kitty Felde. Their teacher Nikky Willison says, "They are voracious readers and enjoy reading and talking about books! During the school day they have the multiple opportunities to interact with books and podcasts. Book Club for Kids is one of our classroom’s favorite book podcasts."
Our quartet of readers from the East Rancho Dominguez Library in Compton love books! But what happens if your brain mixes up letters and you're dyslexic and reading is a complete mystery? That's the challenge faced by the heroine in "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Hunt says she was one of those kids whose reading life was saved by a very special teacher. Actress Mimi Kennedy (Mom, Midnight in Paris, Dharma & Greg) is our celebrity reader.
More conversation with best-selling writer Holly Goldberg Sloan about her novel "Counting by 7's" - tackling serious topics, writing for Hollywood films, and growing up all over the world.
What is a family? Willow Chance loves her adoptive parents. After they're killed in an accident, she helps create a new, very unusual family. Eighth graders from Roanoke Catholic School in Virginia discuss Holly Goldberg Sloan's New York Times best-selling novel "Counting By 7's" with host Kitty Felde. Actress Jo Mei reads from the book. Holly shares a secret about the book that she only shares when she makes classroom visits.
Witches, monsters, and a brave little thief. Those are the ingredients in Claire Legrand's novel "Foxheart." The book was chosen by Book Club for Kids fan Kailas. She and her two fellow readers Iona and Gabi discussed the novel one sunny Sunday afternoon upstairs at Boulder Bookstore with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is actor Wesley Mann. And writer Claire Legrand explains how "Foxheart" began as a short story on a website.
Last week, we heard a bit from writer Jennifer L. Holm when we discussed her book "Turtle in Paradise." In this Bonus Episode, we hear more about Jenni's trilogy of books inspired by family stories.
Got a nickname? Everybody in Key West seems to have one. Including a little girl named Turtle. Readers at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado discuss Jennifer Holm's "Turtle in Paradise" with host Kitty Felde. KQED public radio's Rachel Myrow is celebrity reader.
Ellen Raskin's "The Westing Game" was first published in 1978. It won the Newbery award and has been a kid favorite ever since. Students at Abraham Pierson School in Clinton, Connecticut discuss the book and explain why mysteries are so popular with readers of all ages. Actor Doug Cox is celebrity reader. And children's book expert Anita Silvey ("100 Best Books for Children") shares some stories about the late Ms. Raskin. Kitty Felde is host.
If you heard last week’s show SPY SCHOOL, you heard part of a conversation with writer Stuart Gibbs. What you didn’t hear was the wildlife encounter in the middle of that conversation that stopped us in the middle of our tracks. Stuart Gibbs shows off his knowledge of the groundhog family. And we talk about how a Hollywood agent was the one who first inspired him to write for kids.
Is there really a secret school in Washington, DC to train kids to become spies? We ask the experts in this episode: kids from Key Elementary in our nation's capital and the man whose job description includes overseeing the activities and budget of the CIA, California Congressman Eric Swalwell. Author "Spy Kids" Stuart Gibbs joins us to share the inspiration for our novel "Spy Kids."
How do we treat those who are different? What does it take to be kind? Kids from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss RJ Palacio's "Wonder" with host Kitty Felde. The writer tells the story about the sidewalk incident that inspired the book. Our celebrity reader is WNYC's "On the Media" cohost Bob Garfield.
We had a longer conversation with Jack Gantos at the Nantucket Book Festival - too much to include in Episode 36, our discussion of DEAD END IN NORVELT. Jack talks about his first 36 rejections, his switch from teaching to writing full time, and about his beloved hometown of Norvelt, Pennsylvania. It's a conversation we had at Mitchell's Book Corner on Nantucket Island. Jack received the 2012 Newbery Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Best Historic Fiction for "Dead End in Norvelt." His other ...more
Writer Jack Gantos has his own unusual take on a childhood in the town named after Eleanor Roosevelt - the real-life place called Norvelt, Pennsylvania. Readers from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia discuss DEAD END IN NORVELT with host Kitty Felde. KPFK radio host Wenzel Jones is celebrity reader.
We take a trip to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 - Freedom Summer. The second in writer Deborah Wiles' 1960's trilogy. "Revolution" is discussed by a trio of George Washington Middle Schoolers at the neighborhood bookstore Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, Virginia. Wiles talks about writing fiction from the facts of history. KNX-CBS Newsradio anchor Mark Austin Thomas is celebrity reader.
The Book Club for Kids podcast is based in the smallest quadrant of Washington, DC - Southwest. It's a diverse neighborhood, home to Arena Stage, sunset cruise ships, and its famous fish market. The area was not treated kindly by urban renewal. Now, SW is experiencing another massive overhaul: new buildings, new neighbors, and a reinvented waterfront. The Crossing the Street SW Festival asked residents to define their neighborhood and imagine the future they'd like to see. Book Club for Kids was...more
Who knew there was a legion of mice who help the CIA keep the world safe? Their headquarters? In the walls and basement of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Our readers are from the Ambassador School of Global Education, housed on the old Ambassador Hotel site in Los Angeles. Writer Heather Vogel Frederick joins us and former CIA operative Varerie Plame is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
A trio of readers from Swanson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia discuss mountain climbing, parental permission, and Dan Gemeinhart's novel "The Honest Truth." Dan talks about inspirations for the characters. Celebrity reader Christina Dale tells us about climbing Mt. Rainier. Kitty Felde is host.
How do we measure up to our parents' expectations? Does everybody deserve a day off? What's the toughest part of being a homeschooled kid? Our group of readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado weigh in on these questions and more as they discuss Lisa Graff's novel ABSOLUTELY ALMOST. Lisa talks about where the characters came from and how she wrote her first book for her newborn baby brother. NYC actor Thaddeus Fitzpatrick is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.
It's our favorite question: "what's YOUR favorite book?" In this bonus episode, we hear from kids in northern Virginia and Chicago, Illinois. Get out your library cards!
Book Club goes to the dogs. Or rather, one particular dog: OLD YELLER, the classic tale of a Texas hound dog by Fred Gipson. The book was the pick of one Washington DC reader who loved the book so much, she wrote a letter to the late Mr. Gipson and won a national honor award in the Letters About Literature contest. We'll hear from Ellie and her classmates at Lafayette Elementary School in DC nd a real dog expert: Mia Cobb, a canine scientist from down under. Actor and Texas native Michael McKinl...more