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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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Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

Alligator Bayou - Donna Jo Napoli

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

Divergent - Veronica Roth

The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

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 Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

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

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

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

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze - Alan Silberberg

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

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

Pashmina - Nidhi Chanani

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Public School Superhero - James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

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

 Coming soon:

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe - Tricia Springstubb

Double Identity - Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword - Henry LIen

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

The Storm Runner - J.C. Cervantes

Watch Us Rise - Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


Episode 84 - Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Millie, Maddie, Caroline, Ragan, Sarah, Lauren, Ella and Lucky the dog

Millie, Maddie, Caroline, Ragan, Sarah, Lauren, Ella and Lucky the dog

Virgil's grandmother keeps telling him scary stories as life lessons. One of his friends is convinced she can predict the future. Virgil is trying to find a way out of his shell. 

This week we discuss Erin Entrada Kelly's 2018 Newbery Award-winning novel "Hello Universe." Actress Kat Purgal is our celebrity reader. Members of the Rocket Readers book club of Newport Beach, California discuss the book and talk about how school testing stresses them out. 

Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity Reader  Kat Purgal

Celebrity Reader Kat Purgal

Favorite Books from the Rocket Readers of Newport Beach, California:

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

The Boys in the boat - Daniel James Brown

Greenglass House - Kate Milford

Echo - Pam Munoz Ryan

Little Monsters - Kara Thomas

The Apothecary - Maile Meloy

A Spy Among Friends - Ben Macintyre and John le Carré

The Rangers Apprentice - John Flanagan

Favorite Books of Erin Entrada Kelly:

The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Favorite Book of Kat Purgal:

A Time for Dancing - Davida Wills Hurwin

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

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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 50 - When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Kitty Felde

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

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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

Trianna's Favorite Episode - The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderNewbery

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Our summer intern, UC Irvine student Trianna Eichinger

Our summer intern, UC Irvine student Trianna Eichinger

Khalil, Novaun, Kyle, Kofi, and Joseph from Watkins Elementary on Capitol Hill composed a song about Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award winning book "The Crossover."

Khalil, Novaun, Kyle, Kofi, and Joseph from Watkins Elementary on Capitol Hill composed a song about Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award winning book "The Crossover."

Trianna's favorite episode: The crossover

by Kwame Alexander

We asked our Book Club for Kids summer intern, University of California Irvine student, Trianna Eichinger to pick her favorite episode. Trianna says she loves basketball, but not poetry, but these kids' discussion of "The Crossover" may have changed her mind. Kwame Alexander talks about poetry and our celebrity reader is a professional basketball player, LA Laker Tarik Black.

We asked our Book Club for Kids summer intern, University of California Irvine student, Trianna Eichinger to pick her favorite episode. Trianna says she loves basketball, but not poetry, but these kids' discussion of "The Crossover" may have changed her mind. Kwame Alexander talks about poetry and our celebrity reader is a professional basketball player, LA Laker Tarik Black.

With host Kitty Felde.

                                                              Kwame Alexander

                                                             Kwame Alexander

                                               Celebrity reader LA Laker Tarik Black

                                               Celebrity reader LA Laker Tarik Black

Books Recommended by Kwame Alexander:

The Greatest: My Own Story - Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham

Manchild in the Promised Land - Claude Brown and Nathan McCall

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes - David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad

Recommended by Tarik Black: 

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

Recommended by the kids of Watkins Elementary:

Stat: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court - Amar'e Stoudemire and Tim Jessell

Picture Yourself Legend Tripping: Your Complete Guide to Finding UFOs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Urban Legends in Your Own Backyard - Jeff Belanger  

John Henry - Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

House of Robots - James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

National Geographic Kids Everything Dogs: All the Canine Facts, Photos, and Fun You Can Get Your Paws On! - Becky Baines

Recommended by Mimi:

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

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