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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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All of Our Episodes

Kitty Felde

Moo - Sharon Creech

Old Yeller - Fred Gipson

One Amazing Elephant - Linda Oatman High

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

Orleans - Sherri L. Smith

Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories - Mary Amato

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano - Sonia Manzano

Ribblestrop - Andy Mulligan

The Secret Zoo - Bryan Chick

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

The War That Saved My Life -  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Wonder - RJ Palacio

The Worst Class Trip Ever - Dave Barry

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

 

UPCOMING BOOKS ON THE PODCAST:

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Double Identity - Margaret Haddix

Hello, Universe - Erin Entrada Kelly

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds

Public School Superhero - James Patterson

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -  Ransom Riggs

Keeper of Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

Garvey's Choice - Nikki Grimes

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

Divergent - Veronica Roth

 

 

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Episode 70 - Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg

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 Hazel, Sierra, and Elizabeth from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington

Hazel, Sierra, and Elizabeth from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington

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.

 Celebrity reader and star of "The West Wing" and "Scandal" and co-host of " The West Wing Weekly " podcast  Joshua Malina  

Celebrity reader and star of "The West Wing" and "Scandal" and co-host of "The West Wing Weekly" podcast Joshua Malina 

Favorite Books from Eliot-Hine Middle School:

Holes - Louis Sachar

The Girl Who Fell - S.M Parker

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

ALan Silberberg's Favorite BOok:

Half Magic - Edward Eager

Joshua Malina's favorite book:

Busy, Busy World - Richard Scarry

 

Elliot-Hine Middle School
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All of Our Episodes

Kitty Felde

Absolutely Almost - Lisa Graff

Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

The Apprentice Witch - James Nicol

Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl

Bees on the Roof - Robbie Shell

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel - Kimberly Willis Holt

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade - Denise Vega

Counting by 7's - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

Eye of the Storm - Kate Messner

The First Rule of Punk - Celia Perez

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Flying the Dragon - Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Foxheart - Claire Legrand

Gilded - Christina Farley

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Shang

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Hoodoo - Ronald L. Smith

The Hound of Rowan - Henry Neff

Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager

Hypatia Academy - Esther Goldenberg

I Lived on Butterfly Hill - Marjorie Agosin

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine

A Little Wicked - Janet Macreery

A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell

A Mango Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

Moo - Sharon Creech

Old Yeller - Fred Gipson

One Amazing Elephant - Linda Oatman High

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

Orleans - Sherri L. Smith

Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories - Mary Amato

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano - Sonia Manzano

Ribblestrop - Andy Mulligan

The Secret Zoo - Bryan Chick

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

The War That Saved My Life -  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Wonder - RJ Palacio

The Worst Class Trip Ever - Dave Barry

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

 

UPCOMING BOOKS ON THE PODCAST:

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Double Identity - Margaret Haddix

Hello, Universe - Erin Entrada Kelly

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds

Public School Superhero - James Patterson

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

 

 

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Episode 69 - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Kitty Felde

 Desirae, Matthew, and Aidan from Pinchbeck Elementary School 

Desirae, Matthew, and Aidan from Pinchbeck Elementary School 

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.

Favorite Books from Pinchbeck Elementary:

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Wish - Barbara O'Connor

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Congressoman Karen Bass' Favorite Book:

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Helene Cooper

Roosevelt Grady - Louisa B. Shotwell

I, Juan de Pareja: The Story of a Great Painter and the Slave He Helped Become a Great Artist - Elizabeth De Trevino

What Then, Raman? - Shirley Arora

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Episode 68 - The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

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 Ethan, Addy, Alivia, and Loryn

Ethan, Addy, Alivia, and Loryn

This episode's for animal lovers and fantasy fans. The book is "The Secret Zoo" by Bryan Chick. Readers from the Broomfield Public Library in Colorado discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader knows something about animals. Haley Creamer is a Hoof Stock Keeper at the Denver Zoo.

 Writer  Bryan Chick
 Haley Creamer from the  Denver Zoo

Haley Creamer from the Denver Zoo

Favorite Books from Addy, loryn, alivia, and Ethan:

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

The Lightning Thief -  Rick Riordan

The Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

The Map to Everywhere - Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Bryan Chick's favorite book:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Haley Creamer's favorite book:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -  Laura Numeroff

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Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Brambleton Middle School

Kitty Felde

 Looking for a good book? These Virginia readers love adventure and books that relate to them. 

Looking for a good book? These Virginia readers love adventure and books that relate to them. 

Favorite Books from Olivia, Brandon, Angela, Matt, Taylor, Tara, Zaara, Kato, Raihan, Saathvik, Layne, Alden, Ella, Chloe, Sparsha, and Sadie from Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia

Carry On - Rainbow Rowell

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien 

Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

Holes - Louis Sacher

The Crossroads - Chris Grabenstein

Smile - Raina Telgemeier

Purple Heart - Patricia McCormick

Kon-Tiki - Thor Heyerdahl

Theodore Boone - John Grisham

The Zombie Awakening - Chris Grabenstein

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyer

The Monument - Gary Paulsen

Sisters - Raina Telgemeier


 

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Episode 67 - The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

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 Tomii and Iyana are 5th graders at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC

Tomii and Iyana are 5th graders at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC

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.

 Celebrity reader  Valente Rodriguez

Celebrity reader Valente Rodriguez

Favorite Books of Tomii and Iyana:

Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell

Favorite Book of Karina Yan Glaser:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Favorite Books and Authors of Valente Rodriguez: 

H.G. Wells

Jules Verne

Isaac Asimov

Ray Bradbury

Bless Me. Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya

And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him - Tomas Rivera

FDR - Jean Edward Smith

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Many thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for supporting this episode. The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. 

Episode 66 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kitty Felde

 Back row: Connor, Bridget; Front row: Nora, Katya

Back row: Connor, Bridget; Front row: Nora, Katya

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.

 Our celebrity reader is  Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Favorite Books from Belvedere Elementary:

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands

The Last Dragon - Silvana De Mari

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's Favorite Book:

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

Congresswoman Julia Brownley's Favorite Book:

The Poinsonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

 

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Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Capitol Hill

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 Fifth grade readers at Capitol Hill Day School

Fifth grade readers at Capitol Hill Day School

Favorite Books of Kai, Eleanor, Brady, Grace, Sabine, Greg, Sam, Mari, Thomas, Charlie, Ella, Chase 1 and Chase 2, and Violet at Capitol Hill Day School:

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Fun Jungle - Stuart Gibbs

The War That Saved My Life - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Phasma - Delilah S. Dawson

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands

The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani

Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Book - Adam Gidwitz

See You in the Cosmos - Jack Cheng

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Page - Tamora Pierce

 

Episode 65 - The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

Kitty Felde

 Club Read kids at Changing Hands bookstore (l-r) Jensen, Adeline, Giuliana, Ronan, and Wyatt

Club Read kids at Changing Hands bookstore (l-r) Jensen, Adeline, Giuliana, Ronan, and Wyatt

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.

 Writer  James Nicol
 Radio journalist  Susan Valot

Radio journalist Susan Valot

Favorite Books from Ronan, Wyatt, Adeline, Jensen, and Giuliana:

What the Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy - Gregory Maguire

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race - Chris Grabenstein

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott

Number the Stars - Lois Lowry

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

James Nicol's Favorite Books: 

1001 Dalmations - Dodie Smith

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Susan Valot's Favorite Book:

Inkheart - Cornelia Funke

 

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Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from the British International School and around the world

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 Year 6 Readers at the British International School in Washington, D.C.

Year 6 Readers at the British International School in Washington, D.C.

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.

Favorite books from Daphne, Mohammad, Lucia, Arne, Sofia, Jack, Mai, Christopher, Micayla, Juan, Frederike, Aden, Meredith, Yul, Norah, and Marco at the British International School in Washington

Pandamonium - Stuart Gibbs

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

Wierd But True 8 - National Geographic Kids

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Blitzcat - Robert Westall

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

 Decisive Battles of World History (a lecture series by Gregory Aldrete)

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

The Night Diary - Veera Hiranandani

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Big Bad Ironclad! ( A Civil War Steamship Showdown) - Nathan Hale

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein

Episode 64 - The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

Kitty Felde

 Ellie, Max, and Kat from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC

Ellie, Max, and Kat from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC

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 young readers.  Actor Michael Paul Chan ("Major Crimes" and "The Goonies") is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

 Writer  Ali Standish
 Celebrity reader, actor  Michael Paul Chan

Celebrity reader, actor Michael Paul Chan

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Favorite books from Kat, Max, and ellie:

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

The Dark - Lemony Snicket

The Princess Princess Ever After - Katie O'Neill

Favorite books of Ali Standish: 

Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

One Shadow on the Wall - Leah Henderson

Michael Paul Chan's Favorite Book:

Crow Boy - Taro Yashima

Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida

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 The readers of The Bolles Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida: Ashvatha, Julia, Gabe, Sophie-Grace, Sarah, and Ian

The readers of The Bolles Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida: Ashvatha, Julia, Gabe, Sophie-Grace, Sarah, and Ian

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.

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Favorite books from Julia, Ian, Sarah, Vivien, Julia, Sophie Grace, Gabriel, and Ashvatha at The bolles middle school: 

Heist Society - Ally Carter

I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein

I Am Princess X - Cherie Priest

The Scorch Trials - James Dashner

The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

 

Episode 63 - Click Here - Live from the Colorado Book Festival

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 Saphira, Emily, Denise Vega, M.J. and Levi (back row) Duncan (down center)

Saphira, Emily, Denise Vega, M.J. and Levi (back row) Duncan (down center)

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.

 Anna Jo Haynes brought Headstart to Denver and founded the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. She’s also cofounder of the Colorado Chidren’s Campaign. 

Anna Jo Haynes brought Headstart to Denver and founded the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. She’s also cofounder of the Colorado Chidren’s Campaign. 

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Favorite books from Saphira, Emily, Duncan, M.J. & Levi

Half a World Away - Cynthia Kadohata

Demon Road - Derek Landy

The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan

Sculduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy

One of Us is Lying - Karen M. McManus

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Wolverine comics

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Denise Vega's Favorite book:

Zanballer - R.R. Knudsen

Anna Jo Haynes' favorite book:

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama

Episode 62 - The First Rule of Punk - with celebrity reader Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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 Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor are 7th graders at Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia

Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor are 7th graders at Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia

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. 

 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosts his own podcast  CHICAGO STORIES  (Photo Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosts his own podcast CHICAGO STORIES (Photo Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins)

 Writer  Celia Perez  

Writer Celia Perez 

Chicago Public Library tells us they're thrilled that Book Club for Kids selected “The First Rule of Punk.” Their kids’ librarians voted the title as the winner of CPL’s “Mock Newbery Award.” It was also a Best of the Best 2017 title, selected as one of CPL’s Best Fiction for Older Readers.


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Favorite Books of Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor:

Everland - Wendy Spinale

The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer

The Crossroads: A Haunted Mystery - Chris Grabenstein

Celia Perez' Favorite Book:

Pacy Lin series - Grace Lin

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Favorite BOok:

I'll Take You There - Wally Lamb

(Chicago's One Book One City selection for 2018)


Bonus Episode - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

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 Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

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 American Revolution. Kitty Felde is host.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Actress CW James

Our celebrity reader Simona "SW James" focuses on activism through art. Her first publication is expected to be released Spring 2016. She's produced performances throughout the East Coast, from showcases to recital/monologues to plays.  Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @swjtheguru. 


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Recommended reading from Amandla, Imani, Angela, and Eunhea:


Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Liberty Porter, First Daughter -  Julia DeVillers and Paige Pooler
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
A Bridge to Terabithia -  Katherine Paterson


Episode 61 - Loving vs. Virginia - Patricia Hruby Powell

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 Leah, Abigail, Serena, and Claire and Robert at Alexandria's Hooray for Books! 

Leah, Abigail, Serena, and Claire and Robert at Alexandria's Hooray for Books! 

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.

 

 Actress Crystal West

Actress Crystal West

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Favorite Books from Leah, Abigail, Serena, and Claire and Robert:

Silence Series - Natasha Preston

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) - Rick Riordan

Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition - Catherine Ryan Hyde

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

The Cay - Theodore Taylor

Patricia Hruby Powell's Favorite Books:

Far From the Tree - Robin Benway

Bull - David Elliott

 Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn West

Crystal Smith's Favorite Book:

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, an African Tale - John Steptoe

Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from St. Eugene School in Wisconsin and from kids around the country

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 Emily from St. Eugene School in Wisconsin

Emily from St. Eugene School in Wisconsin

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.

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Teresa, Addison, and Pablo at St. Eugene School in Fox Point, Wisconsin


Favorite Books from Addison, Emily, Pablo and Teresa School in Fox Point, Wisconsin:

Junie B. Jones: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff) - Barbara Park

It All Comes Down to This - Karen English

My Life as a GamerJanet Tashjian

Smile -  Raina Telgemeier

Maggie from Califoria's Favorite Book:

The 14th Goldfish - Jennifer Holm

Simone's Favorite Book: 

Towers Falling - Jewell Parker Rhodes

Heffner470 of Iowa's Favorite Book:

I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore

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