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Absolutely Almost - Lisa Graff

Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

Alligator Bayou - Donna Jo Napoli

The Apprentice Witch - James Nicol

As Brave As You - Jason Reynolds

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

Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

Counting by 7's - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

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

Garvey’s Choice - Nikki Grimes

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

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine

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

A Mango Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze - Alan Silberberg

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

Tales from the Odyssey - Mary Pope Osborne

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

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 Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

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

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

 

UPCOMING BOOKS ON THE PODCAST:

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Double Identity - Margaret Haddix

Hello, Universe - Erin Entrada Kelly

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Public School Superhero - James Patterson

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children -  Ransom Riggs

Keeper of Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

Divergent - Veronica Roth

 

 

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Episode 80 - Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

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Abbey, Nola, Isabel, and Calah

Abbey, Nola, Isabel, and Calah

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.

NPR National Correspondent  Debbie Elliott

NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott

Favorite Books from the New Orleans Public Library:

The Inquisitor’s Tale - Adam Gidwitz

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Debbie Elliott’s Favorite Book:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Donna Jo Napoli’s Favorite Book:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Episode 78 - The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Messina, Alice, and Sophia from Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC

Messina, Alice, and Sophia from Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC

‘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 is actor Quinn Marchman.

Celebrity reader  Quinn Marchman

Celebrity reader Quinn Marchman

 

 Favorite Books from Two Rivers Charter School:

Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan

Counting By 7’s - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? - Patricia and Fred McKissack

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Quinn Marchman’s Favorite Book:

The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop - Saul Williams


Thanks to Tim Podell at Good Conversations for sharing the interview with Christopher Paul Curtis.

Episode 77 - Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

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Virginia, William, Lara, Leila, and Henry from McLean, Virginia

Virginia, William, Lara, Leila, and Henry from McLean, Virginia

November is a month when we honor veterans, celebrate Native American culture, and sit down to Thanksgiving with our families. This week’s episode touches on all three as 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.

Elayne Silversmith, librarian at the  National Museum of the American Indian

Elayne Silversmith, librarian at the National Museum of the American Indian

Favorite Books from Chesterbrook Elementary:

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins

The Underneath - Kathi Appelt

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Elayne Silversmith’s Favorite Book:

A Coyote Columbus Story - Thomas King

Joseph Brushac’s Favorite Book:

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

Episode 76 - The Meringue Witches by Isora Morales Suarez

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Nadia, Aubrey, Nichelle, Makayla, and Sarah from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore

Nadia, Aubrey, Nichelle, Makayla, and Sarah from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore

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 she told us that one of her novels for kids had just been published in English by a nonprofit called Cubano Books. Some of our favorite readers from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore discuss Isora’s unusual fairy tale “The Meringue Witches” with host Kitty Felde. Cuban ex-pat Adolfo Nodal is celebrity reader.

Writer Isora Morales Suarez autographs her novel

Writer Isora Morales Suarez autographs her novel

Favorite Books from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore:

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

Marley and Me: Life and love with the World’s Worst Dog - John Grogan

Nightmares - Jason Segel

El Deafo - Cece Bell

One of Us is Lying - Karen McManus

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Translation of this interview with Isora Morales Suarez:

And why this book?

Well then, why did I write this book? This book is an important part of my life. Because I live in a place called Ciudad Nuclear (Nuclear City). It’s a special place in Cuba, because it’s a place where they were going to build the first nuclear plant, but, the maps changed color in Europe, socialism fell, and it wasn’t built. The project was paralyzed, and many people were suddenly without jobs, suddenly without—these were people who had studied at university to do these jobs—their dreams were broken. And then, since their dreams were broken, the city languished.

So, I use this city as the setting for my book. In my book, Ciudad Nuclear is called Ciudad Nublada (Cloudy City). And then I made an entire fantasy story, a story of witches, dragons, magicians, princesses—so that people would cheer up! Because people get very sad because they don’t have money, because everything is very difficult. But I believe that humans can’t lose the capacity to dream. Dreams keep us alive in the most difficult moments.

So, I still live in this place—I haven’t been able to leave—and since I’ve always had a difficult relationship with this place, because life is very hard here, I decided to write about it, because it was tormenting me, and I didn’t want it to torment me any more. I wanted to make a story for kids, for young people, but also for adults, and I wanted to tell them: we have to dream, because if we don’t dream, we’re lost. If we don’t dream and we don’t act in solidarity, if we don’t help each other when we’re—when we’re scared—ay, sorry—because sometimes we’re scared. We’re anxious, and we’re scared that everything will go wrong in life—excuse me. So I wanted to write this book so that people would have faith that the world can be better—people help each other, support each other, love each other—so that people trust that the world can be a place of love and not of war. Always a place of love, never a place of war.

This book isn’t the only one you’ve written?

Yes, it’s my first book. I didn’t—I didn’t start—I wrote my first book when I was almost fifty years old. Because before my life was very stressful. I have a son, Eric, my son Eric who is my greatest treasure. So then, my son studied in Cuba to become a dancer. My son—he is a dancer now. So then, I had to struggle a lot, to work a lot at different jobs, and I couldn’t concentrate, because I had to work, I had to arrange things—I raised my son alone—his father and I divorced, and his father went to another city to live and had another family. So then, I had to arrange everything for my son. His clothing, his shoes, his food, his—everything. And so, I couldn’t concentrate because I had to take care of these things.

My son graduated, started working, and things started to go well for him. Then I took a deep breath, and said—“Ay, what am I going to do now?” Because all of the sudden—it had been lots, a lot a lot of struggle with everything, with the food, with money, with everything—and suddenly I was like—and now, what do I do? And then I said, “Well, I always wanted to be a writer.” My mother, who is a lovely woman, always told me, from the time I was a little girl, that I was going to be a writer. Because when I was a child I was different from my sisters. My sisters didn’t read, and I read and read and read, I was always reading from the time I was little. And so my mom would say that I—her daughter—was going to be a writer. And I would say, “Why do you say that?” And she would tell me that it was because I really liked books. And I would respond, “But writing is very hard—it must be very hard.” And then my mom would reply, “But you’re going to write.” And she said it as if it was a fact. Her fact: she knew it was going to happen. Because mothers are never wrong.

And so, I said, “Well, my mom says I’m going to be a writer—that is, my mother was my greatest inspiration. And so, I started to write. And I said, “Well, I have to write a fantasy.” Because reality is a little hard. So I wanted to create a book of fantasy, of magic, and I want that magic to be good for people. And that’s why I wrote this book.

Hoodoo by Ron L. Smith

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Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

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."

Award-winning writer  Ronald L. Smith

Award-winning writer Ronald L. Smith

Celebrity reader  Brian Watt  is a veteran public radio journalist

Celebrity reader Brian Watt is a veteran public radio journalist


Favorite Books from Lina, Kyra, and Ava:

Radiance - Alyson Noel

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

A Night Divided - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Recommended by Ronald L. Smith:

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

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron


Our First Bilingual Episode in English and Spanish

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Our MacFarland Middle School readers share their favorites.

Our MacFarland Middle School readers share their favorites.

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.

Episode 73 - Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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James, Ryan, and Amelia from BASIS Charter School in Washington, DC

James, Ryan, and Amelia from BASIS Charter School in Washington, DC

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.

Celebrity reader, actress  Denise Krueger

Celebrity reader, actress Denise Krueger


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Favorite Books from Basis DC Charter School:

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Natalie Babbitt's Favorite Book:

The Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan

Favorite Book of Denise Krueger:

Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren

 

Episode 72 - As Brave as You - Jason Reynolds

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Members of the boys book club at DC's Truesdell Education Campus (l-r) Rock, Ben, Joshua, Devon, and David

Members of the boys book club at DC's Truesdell Education Campus (l-r) Rock, Ben, Joshua, Devon, and David

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.

Actor  Kim Estes

Actor Kim Estes

Favorite Books from Truesdell Education Campus:

Bad Boy - Walter Dean Myers

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Dog Man - Dav Pilkey

Dr. Seuss

Jason Reynolds' Favorite Book:

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

Kim Estes' Favorite Book:

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

 

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

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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 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 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)


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

Episode 59 - The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

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The Champion Boys Book Club of Washinton DC: back row: Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki; front row: Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, Zane

The Champion Boys Book Club of Washinton DC: back row: Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki; front row: Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, Zane

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 Yesenia Iglesias. Host Kitty Felde discusses the book with members of the Champion Boys Book Club who debate what kinds of protests are effective in the 21st century.


Writer  Sonia Manzano
Celebrity reader, actress  Yesenia Iglesias

Celebrity reader, actress Yesenia Iglesias


Los Angeles reader Hermonie was inspired by the episode to create this visual summation of the plot. Thanks, Hermonie!

Los Angeles reader Hermonie was inspired by the episode to create this visual summation of the plot. Thanks, Hermonie!

Favorite Books of the The Champion Boys Book Club

Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki, Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, and Zane:

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles - Julie Andrews Edwards

Fearless - Elvira Woodruff

Big Nate: Game On! - Lincoln Peirce

Restart - Gordon Korman

(If you love Gordon Korman, listen to his episode Ungifted!)

Sand Spider - Carl Bowen

Harry Potter - JK Rowling

As Brave as You - Jason Reynolds

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes - Wade Albert White

Sonia Manzano's Favorite Book:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Yesenia Iglesias' Favorite Book:

Buttermilk Bear - Stephen Cosgrove

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Episode 58 - Gilded by Christina Farley

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Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

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 celebrity reader.

Celebrity reader, actress   Julia Cho  from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

Celebrity reader, actress Julia Cho from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

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Favorite Books of Coryn, Peter, and Mariana:

Wolves of the Beyond series - Kathryn Lasky

Winter Girls - Laurie Halse Anderson

The Juvy Three - Gordon Korman

Favorite Book of Christina Farley:

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Favorite Books of Julia Cho:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

 

Episode 57 - Moo by Sharon Creech

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: Raynika, Christopher, and Stone from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC

: Raynika, Christopher, and Stone from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC

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. 

Writer  Sharon Creech
Congressman  David Valadao  is a dairy farmer in California's central valley with more than 100 Holstein and Jersey milk cows.

Congressman David Valadao is a dairy farmer in California's central valley with more than 100 Holstein and Jersey milk cows.


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Favorite Books from Tyler Elementary in Washington DC:

The Trials of Apollo - Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Favorite Book of Sharon Creech:

Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Favorite Book of Congressman David Valadao:

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown - Eric Blehm


Thanks this week to the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival, and The Briar Patch bookstore in Bangor, Maine for sharing their audio interviews with Sharon Creech with us. 

And thanks to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for your support of this episode.

Watch the Movie, Listen to the Podcast - Wonder by RJ Palacio

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Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota are 7th graders at DC's Jefferson Academy

Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota are 7th graders at DC's Jefferson Academy

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 shares the story about a sidewalk incident that inspired the book. Our celebrity reader is WNYC's "On the Media" cohost Bob Garfield.

Celebrity reader  Bob Garfield , cohost of "On the Media"

Celebrity reader Bob Garfield, cohost of "On the Media"

Favorite Books of Joey, Najae, Anaya, and Dakota at Jefferson Academy: 

Those That Wake - Jesse Karp

The Marvelous World - Troy CLE

Time of the Eagle - Sherryl Jordan

Lifeguard - Deborah Blumentha

Dear Dumb Diary - Jim Benton

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell

Favorite Books of Bob Garfield:

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss


This episode from Jefferson Academy is made possible by a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Episode 55 - One Amazing Elephant recorded live from Virginia's Fall for the Book Festival

Kitty Felde

Fall for the Book 2017 - top row: Holly Vagley, Kitty Felde, Linda Oatman High; bottom row: Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha  (photo courtesy of Holly Vagley)

Fall for the Book 2017 - top row: Holly Vagley, Kitty Felde, Linda Oatman High; bottom row: Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha  (photo courtesy of Holly Vagley)

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.

Favorite books from Fall for the Book Festival:

Loot - Jude Watson

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Favorite book of Linda Oatman High:

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Favorite book of Holly Vagley:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

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

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

pictures courtesy of Holly Vagley

Episode 52: The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

Kitty Felde

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