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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

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Welcome to the Book Club for Kids, a free 20-minute podcast where middle graders talk about books with host Kitty Felde.

this week: the Apprentice witch - james nicol

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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.



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Coming Soon:


A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

The Apprentice Witch - James Nicol

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

The War That Saved My Life -  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Secret Zoo - Bryan Chick

Divergent - Veronica Roth

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Double Identity - Margaret Haddix

Hello, Universe - Erin Entrada Kelly

A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -  Ransom Riggs

Keeper of Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

Garvey's Choice - Nikki Grimes

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze - Alan        Silberberg

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

Divergent - Veronica Roth


                       Start reading now!

What folks say about us:

A superb podcast presented by the journalist Kitty Felde that does what it says on the tin — manages to include other young people, yet isn’t annoying.
— The Times of London 12/25/17
Excellent biweekly podcast
— Common Sense Media
The best thing about it is that kids talk, not parents.
— Fifth grader from San Gabriel, California
If you need a reminder how brilliant children can be, I recommend Book Club for Kids. As I was working my way through the archives, I was continually excited to hear fifth graders and middle schoolers explain their love of reading and writing. It’s a simple format where Kitty Felde, the warm and enthusiastic host, interviews children about what their favorite books mean to them.
— Isaac Farley - The Bello Collective
This is fabulous! And I’m not the star: Those kids shine like jewels. Awesome readers, thinkers and speakers. And a Congresswoman who was on the front lines! And can I just say the production quality was tip top all the way. So seamless and engagement. So well put together. I was pleasantly astounded!
— Rita Williams-Garcia, author of "One Crazy Summer"
I’m not sure I can accurately explain to you how wonderful it was to listen to this. Your students are so very smart and thoughtful and honest and great!
— Laurel Snyder, author of "Orphan Island"
I learned that reading books will take you on an adventure that you will never forget.
— participant from East Rancho Dominguez Library, Compton, California
I felt so honored to be included in your podcast. Thank you for what you are doing for young people and books. You are touching lives.
— Kimberly Willis Holt, author of "Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel"
It made me feel more connected to the book.
— 5th grader from Washington, DC
The best thing about Book Club for Kids is friends coming together reading books.
— 5th grader from Falls Church, Virginia
Talking to other people about a book makes my brain grow by hearing other opinions.
— 5th grader in Mr. Rodriguez' class at LA's Ambassador School of Global Education

"Thank you, again, for all that you do for our students.  I know that the 5th graders were beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to talk about what they've read and express themselves to someone who is very interested in their opinions, but most importantly, in them."

                                                                        - Flordeliza L. Cadiz Marks, Library Media Specialist, Maury Elementary School, Washington DC

The program was the best! It was so inviting. It is by kids for kids.
— 5th grader at Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania
I would recommend it because kids want to be heard.
— another 5th grader from Hanover Middle School
Our students love participating in the discussions. You and your podcast are truly inspiring and appreciated.
— Britany Locher - Jefferson Academy, Washington DC
My daughter’s specific book club discussion transitioned into a larger discussion on bullying and elementary schools...I forwarded your link to her teacher and principal. This gave them a interesting perspective on what bullying is like in the elementary schools from a child’s perspective.
— Diane Devendorf - Old Town Alexandria Mom of Teens

Book Club for Kids has joined with the producers of Brains OnEar Snacks,Tumble Science Podcast for KidsSparkle StoriesStory Pirates, and The Show About Science to create the advocacy group Kids Listen. Our goal is to create a community of podcasters for young ears, growing the genre, and developing standards and ethics. 

Book CLub for Kids is funded in part by these generous folks:

The Capitol Hill Community Foundation

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