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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

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Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

The Hound of Rowan - Henry Neff

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

Flying the Dragon - Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

A Mango Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

Orleans - Sherri L. Smith

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Shang

I Lived on Butterfly Hill - Marjorie Agosin

Hoodoo - Ronald L. Smith

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

Ribblestrop - Andy Mulligan

Eye of the Storm - Kate Messner

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine

Bees on the Roof - Robbie Shell

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

Old Yeller - Fred Gipson

Absolutely Almost - Lisa Graff

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Foxheart - Claire Legrand

Counting by 7's - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager

A Little Wicked - Janet Macreery

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

The Worst Class Trip Ever - Dave Barry

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

UPCOMING BOOKS ON THE PODCAST:

Moo - Sharon Creech

Tales from the Odyssey - Mary Pope Osborne

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

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

Gilded - Christina Farley

One Amazing Elephant - Linda Oatman High

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano - Sonia Manzano

Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

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Episode 53: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

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Mya, Annie, Alexee, Grace, Tyler, Lauren, Aidan, and Eli from Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania 

Mya, Annie, Alexee, Grace, Tyler, Lauren, Aidan, and Eli from Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania 

A story about a boy and his fox, about war and peace, about strangers and family. Students from Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania discuss Sara Pennypacker's novel "Pax" with host Kitty Felde. The writer talks about how the book came about and public radio legend Jay Allison is celebrity reader.

Sara Pennypacker is a Golden Kite Award winner

Sara Pennypacker is a Golden Kite Award winner

Radio legend Jay Allison (photo by Melissa Allison)

Radio legend Jay Allison (photo by Melissa Allison)

Get your copy of the book here.

Get your copy of the book here.

Favorite Books from Hanover Middle School:

The Thing About Jellyfish - Ali Benjamin

The Maze Runner series - James Dashner

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

I Survived series -  Lauren Tarshis

Waiting for Normal - Leslie Connor

Wings of Fire series - Tui T. Sutherland

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

Sara Pennypacker's Favorite Book:

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

Jay Allison's Favorite book:

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Jay Allison says it's a book made to be read aloud. "The language is utterly relaxed and controlled at the same time, every sentence just so. All five of my kids have heard it over and over, but my reading is a poor substitute for E.B. White's. That is my favorite book-on-tape: Charlotte's Web read by E.B. White.  Perfection."

Episode 52: The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

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Atalia, Abigail, and Sumayah

Atalia, Abigail, and Sumayah

The Worst Class Trip Ever

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 becoming a writer. Kitty Felde is host.

Dave Barry's favorite book

Dave Barry's favorite book

Congressman Jeff Denham from California is celebrity reader

Congressman Jeff Denham from California is celebrity reader

Get your copy of the book here

Get your copy of the book here

Favorite Books of Atalia, Sumaya, and Abigail:

Warriors - Erin Hunter 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

Congressman Denham's Favorite Book:

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Dave Barry's Favorite BOok:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Bonus Episode: The Book Meese

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Mateo is host of The Book Meese podcast

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.

Listen to The Book Meese discussion of Ellen Raskin's classic mystery THE WESTING GAME.

Want more Westing Game? Check out the Book Club for Kids episode, too!

Episode 51 - When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

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Tristan, Mateo, Luna, and Logan with host Kitty Felde, taping this episode live at the Podcast Movement convention in Anaheim.

Tristan, Mateo, Luna, and Logan with host Kitty Felde, taping this episode live at the Podcast Movement convention in Anaheim.

Writer Grace Lin

Writer Grace Lin

Mignon Fogarty, star of the Grammar Girl podcast

Mignon Fogarty, star of the Grammar Girl podcast

Favorite Books from Tristan, Mateo, Luna, and Logan at Podcast Movement:

Bad Kitty - Nick Bruel

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

One Piece - Eiichiro Oda

Eregon - Christopher Paolini

Mignon Fogarty's Favorite Book:

The Eighth Day of Creation - Horace Freeland Judson

Grace Lin's Favorite Book:

Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

Get your copy from our friends at Hooray for Books! right HERE.

Get your copy from our friends at Hooray for Books! right HERE.

Posing for the official portrait at Podcast Movement in Anaheim

Posing for the official portrait at Podcast Movement in Anaheim

Book Club for Kids readers at Podcast Movement

Mateo has his own podcast that he does with Logan and other friends: 

Summer Intern Isabel's Favorite Episode - The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Shang

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This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi. Read more about our interns here.

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi. Read more about our interns here.

Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi

Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi.

 It was supposed to be the perfect year...until Lucy's Chinese great aunt arrived. Things went downhill from there. These readers from Alexandria, Virginia discuss Wendy Shang's middle grade novel "The Great Wall of Lucy Wu" with host Kitty Felde. They quiz writer Wendy Shang about writers block and favorite books. California Congresswoman Judy Chu is the celebrity reader.

Read more about our interns here.

Writer Wendy Shang

Thanks to Hooray for Books! for hosting this episode of Book Club for Kids!

Congresswoman Judy Chu from Southern California is our celebrity reader

Congresswoman Judy Chu from Southern California is our celebrity reader

 

Books Recommended by Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi:

The Mortal Instruments series - City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

The Mallory Towers series - Enid Blyton

The Warriors series - Erin Hunter

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Recommended by Wendy Shang:

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

Recommended by Congresswoman Judy Chu:

Nancy Drew mysteries - Carolyn Keene




Summer Intern Secilia's Favorite Episode - Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

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This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Secilia Corona. Read more about our interns here.

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Secilia Corona. Read more about our interns here.

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

5th graders from St. Lucy's Catholic School in Long Beach, California discuss their own reactions when they meet disabled children after reading Sharon M. 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.

Fifth grade readers at St. Lucy Catholic School in Long Beach, California: : Grace, Giovanni, Vincent, Xavier, Alana, Zeus, Ethan, Eliyah, Samantha, and Zachary.

Fifth grade readers at St. Lucy Catholic School in Long Beach, California: : Grace, Giovanni, Vincent, Xavier, Alana, Zeus, Ethan, Eliyah, Samantha, and Zachary.

Sharon L. Draper on Book Club for Kids
Mindy Shaw is the voice of C-Span Radio. Her favorite book is the one her husband Jack Shaw wrote.

Mindy Shaw is the voice of C-Span Radio. Her favorite book is the one her husband Jack Shaw wrote.


Books recommended by students at St. Lucy Catholic School:

The Secret Hum of a Daisy – Tracy Holczer
Superfudge – Judy Blume
Under the Blood Red Sun – Graham Salisbury
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
Potterwookiee: The Creature from my Closet – Obert Skye

Secilia's Favorite Book:

Spook - Science Tackles the Afterlife - Mary Roach

Recommended by Sharon Draper:

Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston – Valerie Boyd


Episode 50 - When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

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Molly, Marcus, Jack, and Kathleen are 5th graders at Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC

Molly, Marcus, Jack, and Kathleen are 5th graders at Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC

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. 

Celebrity reader Neda Ulaby is Arts & Entertainment reporter for NPR

Celebrity reader Neda Ulaby is Arts & Entertainment reporter for NPR

Writer Rebecca Stead says Oscar likes to rub his face on books.

Writer Rebecca Stead says Oscar likes to rub his face on books.

When You Reach Me on Book Club for Kids podcast

Get your own copy of the book HERE from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Favorite Books from Lafayette Elementary:

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

FunJungle - Stuart Gibbs

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

Legend - Marie Lu

Echo - Pam Muñoz Ryan

Rebecca Stead's Favorite Books:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

So Long, See You Tomorrow - William Maxwell

Saffy's Angel - Hillary McKay

Episode 49 - Ungifted by Gordon Korman

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Elizabeth, Juan, and Malia from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill

Elizabeth, Juan, and Malia from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

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.

Writer Gordon Korman shows off his latest book.

Writer Gordon Korman shows off his latest book.

Celebrity reader Randy Kerdoon, sports anchor from KNX news radio in Los Angeles, shows off his favorite books.

Celebrity reader Randy Kerdoon, sports anchor from KNX news radio in Los Angeles, shows off his favorite books.


Favorite Books from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill:

The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland

Favorite Books from Gordon Korman:

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling

Favorite books of Randy Kerdoon:

And the Crowd Goes Wild: Relive the Most Celebrated Sporting Events Ever Broadcast - Joe Garner

Cars of the Sizzling '60s: A Decade of Great Rides and Good Vibrations: A Decade of Great Rides and Good Vibrations – Thabo Shenge Luthuli


Ungifted on Book Club for Kids

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Episode 48 - A Little Wicked live from the National Archives

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The Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore (Chimee, Makayla, Aubrey, and Sarah) with host Kitty Felde at the National Archives taping - pictures by TONYA WRIGHT OF WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore (Chimee, Makayla, Aubrey, and Sarah) with host Kitty Felde at the National Archives taping - pictures by TONYA WRIGHT OF WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Writer Janet Macreery - photo by TONYA WRIGHT OF WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Writer Janet Macreery - photo by TONYA WRIGHT OF WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Celebrity reader NPR's Susan Stamberg shows off her favorite book - photo by TONYA WRIGHT of WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Celebrity reader NPR's Susan Stamberg shows off her favorite book - photo by TONYA WRIGHT of WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Favorite Books from the Girlfriends Book Club of Baltimore:

The Books of Elsewhere - Jacqueline West

The Sisters Grimm - Michael Buckley

Courtney Crumrin - Ted Naifeh

The Curiosity House - H. C. Chester and Lauren Oliver

Susan Stamberg's Favorite Book:

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Janet Macreery's Favorite Book:

Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson

Favorite books from our Audience:

I, Funny - James Patterson

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

any books by Vince Flynn

The Shack - William Young

Ruby and the Booker Boys - Derrick Barnes

Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry

 

A Little Wicked on Book Club for Kids

Get your own copy of the book HERE from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Bonus Episode: Favorite Books from the National Archives

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North Carolina reader Solomon loved the book so much, he made a poster for it - picture courtesy of Melanie Seanard

North Carolina reader Solomon loved the book so much, he made a poster for it - picture courtesy of Melanie Seanard

Favorite Books from the National Archives

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?"

        *check out these other terrific "Hit the Road!" episodes from our Kids Listen compadres.

FAVORITE BOOKS FROM SOPHIA, ELIZABETH, PHILIP, JONAH, SOLOMON, AVA, LOIC, KELLY, KERA, AND ZOE:

Silence - Shusaku Endo

Percy Jackson & the Olympians - Rick Riordan

The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Warriors - Erin Hunter

Ranger's Apprentice - John Flanagan

Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl - Joyce Hansen

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Summer Intern Nan's Favorite Episode - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

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Kaiden, Francisco, Kevin, Jefferson, and Nicholas are fifth graders at Thomson Elementary and Two Rivers Elementary in Washington, DC.

Kaiden, Francisco, Kevin, Jefferson, and Nicholas are fifth graders at Thomson Elementary and Two Rivers Elementary in Washington, DC.

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 fingerpuppet who seems to have all the right answers. This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Nan Ding. Read more about our interns here.

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Nan Ding. Read more about our interns here.

Writer Tom Angleberger is a big Daniel Pinkwater fan.

Writer Tom Angleberger is a big Daniel Pinkwater fan.

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is also a writer and producer of the new Fox animated show "Bordertown."

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is also a writer and producer of the new Fox animated show "Bordertown."

Favorite books from the kids from Thomson and Two Rivers Elementary Schools:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America
Geronimo Stilton - Elisabetta Dami
Ronaldinho: Football's Flamboyant Maestro - Jethro Soutar
Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend - Luca Caioli

Favorite book of Tom Angleberger:

Lizard Music – Daniel Pinkwater

Favorite book of Lalo Alcaraz:

Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes - Christopher Knowles

Favorite book of Nan Ding:

The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle


Learn how to make your  own Origami Yoda and more

from Tom Angleberger

Read more about Lalo Alcaraz


Bonus Episode from Book Power for Kids

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Leilani's not shy about talking about her favorite book

Leilani's not shy about talking about her favorite book

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 book reviews are as fun as the books themselves. See if you agree:

Favorite Books from Wyatt, Vance, Chaska, Chloe, Dante, Felicity, Otis, Mirabel, Leilani, 

The Whispering Skull - Jonathan Stroud

The Search for WandLa - Tony DiTerlizzi

Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine

Astronaut Handbook - Meghan McCarthy

Look Inside: Your Body - Louie Stowell

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde - Dean and Shannon Hale 

The Magic City - Edith Nesbit

Stellaluna - Janell Cannon

Hilo: the Boy Who Crashed to Earth - Judd Winick

 

Book Power for Kids is another great Kids Listen podcast where "book reviews are as fun as the books they're about." Chaska, Leilani, and Mirabel Power review and act out their favorite books for you.

Episode 47 - Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager

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Diego, Callie, and Valeria are 5th graders at Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia

Diego, Callie, and Valeria are 5th graders at Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia

Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager

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.

Writer Lindsay Eager and daughter Fin

Writer Lindsay Eager and daughter Fin

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is our celebrity reader.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is our celebrity reader.

Hour of the Bees on Book Club for Kids

Get the book HERE from our friends at Hooray for Books!


Book Club for Kids at the National Archives

Come join us at the national archives!

Book Club for Kids will be taping a live episode Saturday, July 8th at the National Archives in Washington, DC. We'll also be participating on July 7th & 8th at the "Write Stuff Literacy, Writing and Research" Festival. Can't be there in person? Register for the free webinar!

Favorite books from Diego, Valeria, and Callie at Belvedere Elementary:

Holes - Louis Sachar

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

Macbeth - William Shakespeare

Favorite Book of Lindsay Eager:

Danny, the Champion of the World - Roald Dahl

Favorite Book of Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham:

I Love You to the Moon and Back - Tim Warnes

Episode 46 - The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

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Our readers from Maury Elementary: Kevin, Rain, Aniyah, and Kelis

Our readers from Maury Elementary: Kevin, Rain, Aniyah, and Kelis

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

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.

CBS Television Channel 2 political reporter Dave Bryan

CBS Television Channel 2 political reporter Dave Bryan

Get your copy of the book HERE!

Get your copy of the book HERE!

Favorite books from Maury Elementary:

Home of the Brave - Katherine Applegate

Smile  Raina Telgemeier

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

Favorite book of Kate DiCamillo:

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Favorite Book of Dave Bryan:

Walt Disney's Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier

(A Little Golden Book) - Irwin & Mel Crawford

Book Club for Kids at the National Archives

Come join us at the national archives!

Book Club for Kids will be taping a live episode Saturday, July 8th at the National Archives in Washington, DC. We'll also be participating on July 7th & 8th at the "Write Stuff Literacy, Writing and Research" Festival. Can't be there in person? Register for the free webinar!

Bonus Episode: Favorite Books Straight Out of Compton

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The after school readers at East Rancho Dominguez Library in Compton, California.

The after school readers at East Rancho Dominguez Library in Compton, California.

Favorite Books in Compton

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.

Favorite Books from Compton:

The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature - Stan and Jan Berenstain

Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More! - National Geographic Kids

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park - Liz Lee Heinecke

Shark - Brian Skerry

The Whipping Boy - Sid Fleischman and Peter Sis

Come join us Friday and Saturday, July 7 & 8 at the National Archives for the first “Write” Stuff: Literacy, Writing, and Research Festival." We'll be taping a live show and learning all about how to research at the National Archives and other places!

Free!

But you MUST register. More information HERE.

Episode 45 - Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt

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Our readers (L-R) Nate, Isabel, Michael, Nane, Neve, and Juliana

Our readers (L-R) Nate, Isabel, Michael, Nane, Neve, and Juliana

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

by Kimberly Willis Holt

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.

Get the book HERE

Get the book HERE

Favorite Books from Juliana, Neve, Nane, Michael, Nate, and Isabella at the Gaithersburg Book Festival:

The Man Who Loved Clowns - June Rae Wood

My Diary From the Edge of the World - Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Ranger's Apprentice - John Flanagan

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Kimberly Willis Holt's Favorite Books:

My Father's Summers: A Daughter's Memoir - Kathi Appelt

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Susan Stith's Favorite Book:

Mosby the Kennedy Center Cat - Beppie Noyes

Favorite Books from the Audience:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

The Seven Storey Mountain - Thomas Merton

The Good Earth - Pearl Buck

Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Los Angeles

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Fourth grade readers at Cienega Elementary (photo by Tracy King)

Fourth grade readers at Cienega Elementary (photo by Tracy King)

Favorite Books from Jasmine, Brenda, Melanie, Jose, Austin, Ashley, Brian, Julian, and Layla

4th graders at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

The Witches - Roald Dahl

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down - Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie - Zack Zombie

Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier

Captain Underpants - Dav Pilkey

The Frog Princess -  E.D. Baker

Episode 44 - The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

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Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

What mysterious creatures haunt the Caribbean Islands? Writer Tracey Baptiste tells tales of things that go bump in the night in THE JUMBIES. Students from Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Tamika Katon-Donegal is celebrity reader.

Celebrity reader, actress Tamika Katon-Donegal

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 Writes to the Colonel - Gabriel García Márquez

Favorite book of Tamika Katon-Donegal:

Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

 

Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Michigan

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Henry from Michigan shares his favorite book

Henry from Michigan shares his favorite book

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."

Brian, Emma and Quinn

Favorite Books from Henry, Brian, Emma, and Quinn:

Fort - Cynthia DeFelice

Wings of Fire - Tui Sutherland

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - Jeff Kinney

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick

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