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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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Episode 81 - Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

Kitty Felde

Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC

Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC

“Garvey’s Choice” is the poetic tale of a star-struck young man trying to please his father. Award-winning writer Nikki Grimes answers questions from readers at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC. Actor Haskell V. Anderson III is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Favorite Books from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC:

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

The Untold Story Of The Real Me: Young Voices From Prison – Free Minds Writers

Beowulf

Nikki Grimes’ Favorite Books:

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

M.C. Higgins, the Great - Virginia Hamilton

Haskell Anderson’s Favorite Book:

The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

Favorite Books from Gunston Hall

Kitty Felde

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This week, we talk to group of young writers who met for a workshop at Virginia’s historic Gunston Hall, home of founding father George Mason. Host Kitty Felde asked these writers our favorite question: what’s your favorite book?

Favorite Books from Gunston Hall:

Whatever After - Sarah Mlynowski

The Mazerunner - James Dashner

No Man’s Land

One For the Murphys - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had - Kristin Sims Levine

The Guardian Herd - Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

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

Kitty Felde

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 64 - The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

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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

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

Kitty Felde

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 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

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pictures courtesy of Holly Vagley

Episode 54 - The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Kitty Felde

Helen, Zoe and Kelly from Woodbridge, Virginia

Helen, Zoe and Kelly from Woodbridge, Virginia

Who says witches and monsters and  dragons have to be the bad guys? That’s certainly not the case in Kelly Barnhill’s 2017 Newbery Award winning novel "The Girl Who Drank the Moon." Our readers from Woodbridge, Virginia discuss the power of the moon and how much sorrow children can handle with host Kitty Felde. Writer Kelly Barnhill discusses fake news and how a swamp monster popped into her head out of nowhere. KCRW Morning Edition host Chery Glaser is our celebrity reader.

Writer  Kelly Barnhill  (photo courtesy of startribune.com)

Writer Kelly Barnhill (photo courtesy of startribune.com)

KCRW Morning Edition host  Chery Glaser

KCRW Morning Edition host Chery Glaser

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

The girls mentioned R.J. Palacio's WONDER. Here's our  WONDER  episode.

The girls mentioned R.J. Palacio's WONDER. Here's our WONDER episode.

Favorite Books of Zoe, Helen, and Kelly

Auggie & Me - R.J. Palacio

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly - Joyce Hansen

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Favorite Books of Kelly Barnhill

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

Favorite Book of Chery Glaser

Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

Episode 46 - The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

Kitty Felde

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

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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!

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

Kitty Felde

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

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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

Episode 43 - Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Kitty Felde

Nayely, Maryanne, Alfonso, and Miguel at the East Rancho Dominguez branch of the LA County Library - photo by Camille Ray

Nayely, Maryanne, Alfonso, and Miguel at the East Rancho Dominguez branch of the LA County Library - photo by Camille Ray

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Our quartet of readers from the East Rancho Dominguez Library in Compton love books! But what happens if your brain mixes up letters and you're dyslexic and reading is a complete mystery? That's the challenge faced by the heroine in "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Hunt says she was one of those kids whose reading life was saved by a very special teacher. Actress Mimi Kennedy (Mom, Midnight in Paris, Dharma & Greg) is our celebrity reader. 

Mimi Kennedy  is trying to convert her furry friend Hugo to a "Jane Eyre" lover.

Mimi Kennedy is trying to convert her furry friend Hugo to a "Jane Eyre" lover.

Fish in a Tree on Book Club for Kids

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Favorite Books from Nayely, Maryanne, Alfonso and Miguel:

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad  - Ann Petry

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros

Holes - Louis Sachar

Favorite Book of Mimi Kennedy:

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Favorite Book of Lynda Mullaly Hunt:

The Cay - Theodore Taylor

 

Episode 38 - Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Kitty Felde

Kiran, Natalie, Grace, Jack, Emilia, Charlotte, and Alix - 5th graders at Key Elementary School in Washington, DC

Kiran, Natalie, Grace, Jack, Emilia, Charlotte, and Alix - 5th graders at Key Elementary School in Washington, DC

Is there really a secret school in Washington, DC to train kids to become spies? We ask the experts in this episode: kids from Key Elementary in our nation's capital and the man whose job description includes overseeing the activities and budget of the CIA, California Congressman Eric Swalwell. Author "Spy Kids" Stuart Gibbs joins us to share the inspiration for our novel "Spy Kids." 


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Writer  Stuart Gibbs .  Want to hear more from Stuart? Listen  HERE .

Writer Stuart Gibbs.

Want to hear more from Stuart? Listen HERE.

Celebrity reader, Congressman Eric Swalwell of California. He's the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on the CIA.

Celebrity reader, Congressman Eric Swalwell of California. He's the ranking member on the House Subcommittee on the CIA.

Favorite books from the kids at Keys Elementary in Washington, DC:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Out of My Mind - Sharon L. Draper

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms - Katherine Rundell

Hunger GamesCarolyn McCormick and Suzanne Collins

Scorpio Rising - Anthony Horowitz

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Favorite book of Congressman Eric Swalwell:

Encyclopedia Brown - Donald J. Sobol

Favorite book of Stuart Gibbs:

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin