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Episode 80 - Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

Kitty Felde

 
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

Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

Kitty Felde

Jack, Carolina, and Eleanor at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey

Jack, Carolina, and Eleanor at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey

Americans have a romanticized image of English boarding schools. RIBBLESTROP is the opposite of that. Writer Andy Mulligan has created what must be the most dangerous school on planet earth. And this trio of readers at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey, debate whether they'd like to attend. Peter Sagal, playwright and host of NPR's quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer Andy Mulligan and one of his favorite books

Writer Andy Mulligan and one of his favorite books

Peter Sagal  is host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"

Peter Sagal is host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"



favorite books from Carolina, Jack, and Eleanor:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library - Chris Grabenstein

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls - Claire Legrand

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Andy Mulligan’s favorite books:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne

Animal Farm - George Orwell


Episode 75 - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Kitty Felde

Meredith, Daphne, and Ulrich are 5th graders at the British International School in Washington, DC

Meredith, Daphne, and Ulrich are 5th graders at the British International School in Washington, DC

This week, we tackle a classic – the 1963 winner of the Newbery Award “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Our readers are 5th graders from the British International School in Washington, DC. Our celebrity reader is public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill. Madeline L’Engle passed away in 2007, but we're joined by her granddaughters Charlotte Jones Volklis and Lena Roy.  They've written a new biography of their grandmother based on her journals called “Becoming Madeleine.” Kitty Felde is host. 

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy wrote a biography called “ Becoming Madeleine .”

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy wrote a biography called “Becoming Madeleine.”

Public radio journalist  Stephanie O’Neill

Public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill

Favorite Books from British International School:

Panda-monium - Stuart Gibbs

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

Favorite Books from Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

Stephanie O’Neill’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

Episode 53: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Kitty Felde

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 24 - Al Capone Does My Shirts - live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival

Kitty Felde

Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: (l-r) William, Tejas, Anish, Kitty Felde, Emma, Natalie, Lexie ( photo by Tonya Wright)

Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: (l-r) William, Tejas, Anish, Kitty Felde, Emma, Natalie, Lexie (photo by Tonya Wright)

It was a rainy, muddy, fabulous day at the Gaithersburg Book Festival where this group of middle school students from Maryland discussed whether they'd like living on Alcatraz and if it's better to be the oldest or youngest in the family. Gennifer Choldenko answers their questions about researching the book. NPR newscaster Jack Speer is celebrity reader. Past Book Club for Kids guests drop by as well. Kitty Felde is host.

Author Gennifer Choldenko ( photo by Margaret Stevens)

Author Gennifer Choldenko (photo by Margaret Stevens)

Celebrity reader, NPR newscaster Jack Speer. ( photo by Margaret Stevens)

Celebrity reader, NPR newscaster Jack Speer. (photo by Margaret Stevens)

Photos by Margaret Stevens and Tonya Wright



Favorites from William, Tejas, Anish, Emma, Natalie, and Lexie:
Magnus  Chase – Rick Riordan
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life – Wendy Mass
Mouse Net – Prudence Breitrose
Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood – Richard E. Kim
The Selection Series – Kiera Cass
The Land of Stories – Chris Colfer

Book suggestions from Gennifer Choldenko:

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Across Five Aprils - Irene Hunt

The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Book suggestion from Ron L. Smith:

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

Book suggestion from Jack Speer:
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Go Dog, Go – P.D. Eastman

Favorites from the audience at the Gaithersburg Book Festival
Oh, Say Can You See – Dr. Seuss
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Anything by Sydney Sheldon, Stephen King or Dan Brown

Episode 23 - The Shadows by Jacqueline West

Kitty Felde

The Girlfriends Book Club - Nadia, Nicole, Makayla, and Aubrey -  photo by Tonya Wright

The Girlfriends Book Club - Nadia, Nicole, Makayla, and Aubrey - photo by Tonya Wright

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Would you like to step into a painting and enter another world? That's the world of "The Shadows" by Jacqueline West, the first in the Books of Elsewhere series. It was the choice of the Girlfriends Book Club - Nicole, Nadia, Mikaela, and  Aubry.

Celebrity reader Doualy Xaykaothao is a journalist with Minnesota Public Radio

Celebrity reader Doualy Xaykaothao is a journalist with Minnesota Public Radio


 Books Recommended by the Girlfriends Book Club of Baltimore:

Black Water - D.J. MacHale (part of the Pendragon series)

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

Authors Recommended by Jacqueline West:

Roald Dahl

Kate DiCamillo

Eva Ibbotson

Neil Gaiman


Episode 21 - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Kitty Felde

Leandra, Paula, Marianne, Rio, and Gabby, 7th graders at Newport Mill Middle School, are big "Red Queen" fans.

Leandra, Paula, Marianne, Rio, and Gabby, 7th graders at Newport Mill Middle School, are big "Red Queen" fans.

This week, we enter a world divided into two kinds of people: the silver ruling elite and the red underclass. It’s Victoria Aveyard’s RED QUEEN. And it was the choice of a group of 7th graders from Maryland. Writer Victoria Aveyard talks about the difference between writing books and writing screenplays. Our celebrity reader, NPR’s Renee Montagne, brings to life our lightning girl Mare who is decidedly not excited about becoming a princess.

NPR Morning Edition Host Renee Montagne

NPR Morning Edition Host Renee Montagne

Recommended by Leandra, Rio, Paula, Marianne, and Gabby:

The Iron Trial - Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

We All Looked Up - Tommy Wallach


Episode 19 - Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

Kitty Felde

Jack, Carolina, and Eleanor at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey

Jack, Carolina, and Eleanor at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey

Americans have a romanticized image of English boarding schools. RIBBLESTROP is the opposite of that. Writer Andy Mulligan has created what must be the most dangerous school on planet earth. And this trio of readers at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey, debate whether they'd like to attend. Peter Sagal, playwright and host of NPR's quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer Andy Mulligan and one of his favorite books

Writer Andy Mulligan and one of his favorite books

Peter Sagal  is host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"

Peter Sagal is host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"


Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

Recommended by Carolina, Jack, and Eleanor:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library - Chris Grabenstein

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls - Claire Legrand

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Recommended by Andy Mulligan:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne

Animal Farm - George Orwell


Episode 11 - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass with Mandalit Del Barco

Kitty Felde

Lila and Julia  join writer Meg Medina to discuss her book.

Lila and Julia  join writer Meg Medina to discuss her book.

Book Club for Kids goes to Hooray For Books! bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia to talk about Meg Medina's novel about bullying and mother-daughter relationships, "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass." Our celebrity reader is National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco. Writer Meg Medina discusses the writing process with a pair of aspiring writers, Lila and Julia. Kitty Felde is the host.

National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco and daughter Amaya love the Oz series by Frank Baum.

National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco and daughter Amaya love the Oz series by Frank Baum.

Recommended Reading: 

Recommended by Mandalit Del Barco:

The Wizard of Oz series – Frank Baum

Recommended by Lila and Julia:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
Nancy Drew mysteries - Carolyn Keene
The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer
Alex Morgan soccer series

Recommended by Adam:

H.I.V.E. series – Mark Walden