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Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

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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 66 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kitty Felde

Back row: Connor, Bridget; Front row: Nora, Katya

Back row: Connor, Bridget; Front row: Nora, Katya

In this episode, we travel back to a world at war – to England at the beginning of the London Blitz. The book is "The War That Saved My Life." Writer Kimberley Brubaker Bradley tells the tale of the mass evacuation of children to the British countryside. Our readers are from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley from Thousand Oaks, California.

Our celebrity reader is  Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Favorite Books from Belvedere Elementary:

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands

The Last Dragon - Silvana De Mari

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's Favorite Book:

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

Congresswoman Julia Brownley's Favorite Book:

The Poinsonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

 

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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

Bonus Episode - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Kitty Felde

Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

This week, we celebrate George Washington's birthday, Black History Month, and the opening of the film "Black Panther." It seemed like the perfect time to reprise our episode "Chains" about the role African-Americans played in the Revolutionary War.  A trio of readers from Maryland discuss the book. Actress S.W. James is celebrity reader. This reprise episode features a new interview with writer Laurie Halse Anderson. She talks about why she's written so many books set at the time of the American Revolution. Kitty Felde is host.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Actress CW James

Our celebrity reader Simona "SW James" focuses on activism through art. Her first publication is expected to be released Spring 2016. She's produced performances throughout the East Coast, from showcases to recital/monologues to plays.  Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @swjtheguru. 


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Recommended reading from Amandla, Imani, Angela, and Eunhea:


Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Liberty Porter, First Daughter -  Julia DeVillers and Paige Pooler
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
A Bridge to Terabithia -  Katherine Paterson


Bonus Episode: The Book Meese

Kitty Felde

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 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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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!

Episode 40 - Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Kitty Felde

Laura, Leah, and Juliet (top to bottom) at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Laura, Leah, and Juliet (top to bottom) at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Got a nickname? Everybody in Key West seems to have one. Including a little girl named Turtle. Readers at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado discuss Jennifer Holm's "Turtle in Paradise" with host Kitty Felde. KQED public radio's Rachel Myrow is celebrity reader.

Writer  Jennifer L. Holm   Want to hear more from Jennifer? Listen  HERE .

Writer Jennifer L. Holm

Want to hear more from Jennifer? Listen HERE.

Celebrity reader and KQED Silicon Valley Correspondent Rachel Myrow. She's also co-host of the podcast  Love in the Digital Age .

Celebrity reader and KQED Silicon Valley Correspondent Rachel Myrow. She's also co-host of the podcast Love in the Digital Age.

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Favorite Books from Laura, Leah and Juliet:

Wonder - RJ Palacio

A Dog's Purpose - W. Bruce Cameron

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Rachel Myrow's Favorite Book:

Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Jennifer L. Holm's Favorite Book: 

The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander

 

 

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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Want your own copy of the book? Order it now.

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

Episode 31 - Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Kitty Felde

Ellie, Helena, and Leah from Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC

Ellie, Helena, and Leah from Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Book Club goes to the dogs. Or rather, one particular dog: "Old Yeller," the classic tale of a Texas hound dog by Fred Gipson. The book was the pick of one Washington DC reader who loved the book so much, she wrote a letter to the late Mr. Gipson and won a national honor award in the Letters About Literature contest. We'll hear from Ellie and her classmates at Lafayette Elementary School in DC nd a real dog expert: Mia Cobb, a canine scientist from down under. Actor and Texas native Michael McKinley is our celebrity reader.

Mia Cobb and Rudy can be reached at  Do You Believe in Dog ?

Mia Cobb and Rudy can be reached at Do You Believe in Dog?

Celebrity reader and Texas native Michael McKinley

Celebrity reader and Texas native Michael McKinley

Book Recommendations from Ellie, Leah, and Helena:

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

The Mazerunner series - James Dashner

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Books Recommended by Mia Cobb:

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know - Alexandra Horowitz

Alanna - Tamora Pierce

 

 

 

 

 

Our First International Episode: Kids in Quito, Ecuador Share Their Favorite Books

Kitty Felde

Ana, Dora, Ian, Isabela, Isadora, Isi, Jessica, Joaquin, Johnny, Julieta, Leo, Nicolas, Willa, and Zach from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador. 

Ana, Dora, Ian, Isabela, Isadora, Isi, Jessica, Joaquin, Johnny, Julieta, Leo, Nicolas, Willa, and Zach from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador. 

Our International Readers

Ever wonder what kids in South America are reading? We find out as students from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador share their favorite books with host Kitty Felde.

Favorite books from the kids at Academia Cotopaxi in Ecuador:

Guinea Pig Scientists - Mel Boring

The Martian - Andy Weir

Love, Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins

The Meaning of Maggie - Megan Jean Sovern

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

The Giver - Lois Lowry

Uprising - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Flora and Ulysses- Kate DiCamillo

Trianna's Favorite Episode - The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderNewbery

Kitty Felde

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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Episode 25 - Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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Steven Arin, and Angel from Carter G. Woodson Charter School in Chicago.

Steven Arin, and Angel from Carter G. Woodson Charter School in Chicago.

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Imagine walking to school in 20 degree cold, milking cows in a barn in rural Maine, meeting a kid too young to be a dad. That's the world created by Gary D. Schmidt in his novel "Orbiting Jupiter." Students from Chicago's Carter G. Woodson Middle School discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is the former Governor and current U.S. Senator from Maine, Angus King.

Imagine walking to school in 20 degree cold, milking cows in a barn in rural Maine, meeting a kid too young to be a dad. That's the world created by Gary D. Schmidt in his novel "Orbiting Jupiter." Students from Chicago's Carter G. Woodson Middle School discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is the former Governor and current U.S. Senator from Maine, Angus King.

Celebrity reader,  U.S. Senator Angus King , the former governor of Maine.

Celebrity reader, U.S. Senator Angus King, the former governor of Maine.



Book Recommendations from Carter G. Woodson:

Addy on the Inside – James Howe
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle  
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
Mark of the Thief - Jennifer A. Nielsen 

Book Recommendations from Senator Angus King:

Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
Lincoln at Gettysburg – Garry Wills
Governor’s Travels: How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America – Angus King

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 16 - I Lived on Butterfly Hill

Kitty Felde

Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California

Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California

It was 1973 when the president of Chile was thrown out of office by a military coup. That’s the backdrop for the novel “I Lived on Butterfly Hill” by Marjorie Agosin. Students from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California discuss the book. Val Zavala, longtime anchor of "SoCal Connected" on public television station KCET in Los Angeles is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader Val Zavala, anchor of "SoCal Connected" on KCET public television

Celebrity reader Val Zavala, anchor of "SoCal Connected" on KCET public television


Recommended reading from Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad:

Because of Mr. Terupt - Rob Buyea

Fault in Our Stars - John Green

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

The Wish Stealers - Tracy Trivas




Episode 8 - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Kitty Felde

Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

What role did African-Americans play in the Revolutionary War? "Chains" - the first in a trilogy by Laurie Halse Anderson - takes us to Manhattan in the 1770's. A trio of readers from Maryland discuss the book. Actress S.W. James is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.


Actress CW James

Our celebrity reader Simona "SW James" focuses on activism through art. Her first publication is expected to be released Spring 2016. She's produced performances throughout the East Coast, from showcases to recital/monologues to plays.  Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @swjtheguru. 


 

Recommended reading from Amandla, Imani, Angela, and Eunhea:


Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Liberty Porter, First Daughter -  Julia DeVillers and Paige Pooler
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
A Bridge to Terabithia -  Katherine Paterson


 

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