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Episode 85 - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Kitty Felde

Sa'Mirror and Imani from  Anne Beers Elementary School  in Washington, DC

Sa'Mirror and Imani from Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington, DC

Would you like to be a legend? To have people tell stories about you long after you’re gone? Would you like to be “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli? This Newbery Award-winning classic is our Book Club for Kids pick this week. Our readers are from Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington, D.C. and John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect” and “A Mighty Wind”) is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.


Want to be an FBI agent? Check out this episode featuring Ed You, the FBI agent who protects us from weapons of mass destruction.


Here’s what Book Club for Kids looked like in the old days. Watch these students from Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet in Southern California tape an episode and ask Jerry Spinelli questions:


Favorite Books from Anne Beers Elementary School:

Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park

I Am Malala - How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) - Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

John Michael Higgins’ Favorite Book:

The 13 Clocks - James Thurber


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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. 

Congressman Adam Schiff reads from Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Kitty Felde

Elanor, Anna, Helen, and Charlotte from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois

Elanor, Anna, Helen, and Charlotte from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois

Would you like to grow up on a desert island with no adults to boss you around? That's the locale for our book "Orphan Island" by Laurel Snyder. Our readers from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois talk about the challenges of growing up and try to get our writer to disclose some of the answers to the mysteries in the book. Congressman Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is our celebrity reader.

Writer  Laurel Snyder
Celebrity reader  Congressman Adam Schiff  from California

Celebrity reader Congressman Adam Schiff from California

FAVORITE BOOKS OF ELANOR, ANNa, HELEN, AND CHARLOTTE

Lockwood & Co - Jonathan Stroud

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

One - Sarah Crossan

The Leviathon Series - Scott Westerfeld

FAVORITE BOOKS OF LAUREL SNYDER

The 13 Clocks - James Thurber

The Tillerman Trilogy - Cynthia Voigt

Her inspiration for Orphan Island:

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

FAVORITE BOOK OF CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Episode 79 - The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

Kitty Felde

River, Sayre, and Cole compete in  Oregon’s Battle of the Books

River, Sayre, and Cole compete in Oregon’s Battle of the Books

This week, we get a new look at an old fairy tale – the story of the Russian witch known as Baba Yaga. A boys book club in Portland, Oregon met us at Powell's Books to discuss Katherine Marsh's novel "The Door by the Staircase" with host Kitty Felde. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who represents Portland on Capitol, is celebrity reader.

Favorite Books from Portland, Oregon

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Ballpark Mysteries - David A. Kelly

Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Favorite Book:

Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics - Marion Nestle

Katherine Marsh’s Favorite Book:

Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell


Powell’s Books  in downtown Portland, Oregon

Powell’s Books in downtown Portland, Oregon

Hoodoo by Ron L. Smith

Kitty Felde

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


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


Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Kitty Felde

Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya are 7th graders at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Maryland.

Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya are 7th graders at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Maryland.

Ever wonder why dystopian novels are so popular? Our trio of readers from Suitland, Maryland tell us why as they discuss "Orleans" by Sherri L. Smith. Journalist Cheryl Devall is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

The author,  Sherri L. Smith

The author, Sherri L. Smith

Celebrity reader  Cheryl Deval l is a veteran newspaper and public radio journalist who's a Californian by birth and a Louisianan by heritage.

Celebrity reader Cheryl Devall is a veteran newspaper and public radio journalist who's a Californian by birth and a Louisianan by heritage.


Books Recommended by Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya:

Silence - Natasha Preston

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl - Paige McKenzie

Recommended by Sherri L. Smith:

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Recommended by Cheryl Devall:

The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken – Wendell Pierce


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

Get your copy of the book from our friends at  Hooray for Books!

Get your copy of the book from our friends at Hooray for Books!

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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. 

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


Episode 57 - Moo by Sharon Creech

Kitty Felde

: 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.


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

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


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.

Episode 56 - Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Kitty Felde

Elanor, Anna, Helen, and Charlotte from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois

Elanor, Anna, Helen, and Charlotte from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois

Would you like to grow up on a desert island with no adults to boss you around? That's the locale for our book "Orphan Island" by Laurel Snyder. Our readers from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois talk about the challenges of growing up and try to get our writer to disclose some of the answers to the mysteries in the book. Congressman Adam Schiff from California is our celebrity reader.

Writer  Laurel Snyder
Celebrity reader  Congressman Adam Schiff  from California

Celebrity reader Congressman Adam Schiff from California

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

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

FAVORITE BOOKS OF ELANOR, ANNa, HELEN, AND CHARLOTTE

Lockwood & Co - Jonathan Stroud

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

One - Sarah Crossan

The Leviathon Series - Scott Westerfeld

FAVORITE BOOKS OF LAUREL SNYDER

The 13 Clocks - James Thurber

The Tillerman Trilogy - Cynthia Voigt

Her inspiration for Orphan Island:

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

FAVORITE BOOK OF CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

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

Kitty Felde

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.

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!

Summer Intern Secilia's Favorite Episode - Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Kitty Felde

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Secilia Corona. Read more about our interns  here .

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Secilia Corona. Read more about our interns here.

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

5th graders from St. Lucy's Catholic School in Long Beach, California discuss their own reactions when they meet disabled children after reading Sharon M. Draper's novel "Out of My Mind." It's the story of a young girl trapped in a wheelchair, unable to speak, who blossoms. Mindy Shaw, the voice of C-Span Radio, is the celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Fifth grade readers at St. Lucy Catholic School in Long Beach, California: : Grace, Giovanni, Vincent, Xavier, Alana, Zeus, Ethan, Eliyah, Samantha, and Zachary.

Fifth grade readers at St. Lucy Catholic School in Long Beach, California: : Grace, Giovanni, Vincent, Xavier, Alana, Zeus, Ethan, Eliyah, Samantha, and Zachary.

Sharon L. Draper on Book Club for Kids
Mindy Shaw is the voice of C-Span Radio. Her favorite book is the one her husband Jack Shaw wrote.

Mindy Shaw is the voice of C-Span Radio. Her favorite book is the one her husband Jack Shaw wrote.


Books recommended by students at St. Lucy Catholic School:

The Secret Hum of a Daisy – Tracy Holczer
Superfudge – Judy Blume
Under the Blood Red Sun – Graham Salisbury
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
Potterwookiee: The Creature from my Closet – Obert Skye

Secilia's Favorite Book:

Spook - Science Tackles the Afterlife - Mary Roach

Recommended by Sharon Draper:

Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston – Valerie Boyd


Summer Intern Nan's Favorite Episode - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

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Kaiden, Francisco, Kevin, Jefferson, and Nicholas are fifth graders at Thomson Elementary and Two Rivers Elementary in Washington, DC.

Kaiden, Francisco, Kevin, Jefferson, and Nicholas are fifth graders at Thomson Elementary and Two Rivers Elementary in Washington, DC.

The Force is with us on Book Club as we tackle a tale of middle grade angst and paper cuts. Who can rescue these hapless heroes? How about a Yoda fingerpuppet who seems to have all the right answers. This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Nan Ding. Read more about our interns here.

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Nan Ding. Read more about our interns here.

Writer Tom Angleberger is a big Daniel Pinkwater fan.

Writer Tom Angleberger is a big Daniel Pinkwater fan.

Nationally syndicated cartoonist  Lalo Alcaraz  is also a writer and producer of the new Fox animated show "Bordertown."

Nationally syndicated cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is also a writer and producer of the new Fox animated show "Bordertown."

Favorite books from the kids from Thomson and Two Rivers Elementary Schools:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America
Geronimo Stilton - Elisabetta Dami
Ronaldinho: Football's Flamboyant Maestro - Jethro Soutar
Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend - Luca Caioli

Favorite book of Tom Angleberger:

Lizard Music – Daniel Pinkwater

Favorite book of Lalo Alcaraz:

Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes - Christopher Knowles

Favorite book of Nan Ding:

The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle


Learn how to make your  own Origami Yoda and more

from Tom Angleberger

Read more about Lalo Alcaraz


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

Get your copy of the book  HERE !

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 42 - Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Kitty Felde

George, Carolyn, Xavier, and Christopher from Roanoke Catholic School in Roanoke, Virginia

George, Carolyn, Xavier, and Christopher from Roanoke Catholic School in Roanoke, Virginia

Counting by 7's - Holly Goldberg Sloan

What is a family? Willow Chance loves her adoptive parents. After they're killed in an accident, she helps create a new, very unusual family. Eighth graders from Roanoke Catholic School in Virginia discuss Holly Goldberg Sloan's New York Times best-selling novel "Counting By 7's" with host Kitty Felde. Actress Jo Mei reads from the book. Holly shares a secret about the book that she only shares when she makes classroom visits.

"Counting by 7's" is part of a very special Kids Listen Sweeps! Kidcasts covering everything from science to music are tackling the theme: Family Tree. You can find a link to the many Kids Listen podcasts on the theme right HERE.

Writer Holly Goldberg Sloan with one of her biggest fans, Zorro from Puerto Rico!  Want to hear more from Holly? Click HERE.

Writer Holly Goldberg Sloan with one of her biggest fans, Zorro from Puerto Rico!

Want to hear more from Holly? Click HERE.

Celebrity reader, actress Jo Mei

Celebrity reader, actress Jo Mei

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

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

Favorite books from Xavier, Carolyn, Christopher, and George from Roanoke Catholic School in Virginia:

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

The Infernal Devices - Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

The Ranger's Apprentice series - John Flanagan

The Heroes of Olympus series - Rick Riordan

Holly goldberg sloan's Favorite books:

Nancy Drew series - Carolyn Keene

Jo Mei's favorite book:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K, Rowling

also mentioned on the show: 

Out of My Mind - Sharon L. Draper

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." 


Get the book:

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

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 37 - Wonder by RJ Palacio

Kitty Felde

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

Wonder - RJ Palacio

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 tells the story about the 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 36 - Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Kitty Felde

Our readers, 5th graders at Belvedere Elementary School in Virginia - L-R: Alice, Dibora, Daniel, Liam, Ava

Our readers, 5th graders at Belvedere Elementary School in Virginia - L-R: Alice, Dibora, Daniel, Liam, Ava

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Writer Jack Gantos has his own unusual take on a childhood in the town named after Eleanor Roosevelt - the real-life place called Norvelt, Pennsylvania. Readers from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia discuss "Dead End in Norvelt" with host Kitty Felde. KPFK radio host Wenzel Jones is celebrity reader.

Writer  Jack Gantos  at the Nantucket Book Festival.  Want to hear more from Jack? Listen  HERE .

Writer Jack Gantos at the Nantucket Book Festival.

Want to hear more from Jack? Listen HERE.

Jack received the 2012 Newbery Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Best Historic Fiction for "Dead End in Norvelt." His other works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book.

Celebrity reader Wenzel Jones

Celebrity reader Wenzel Jones

Favorite books from Belvedere Elementary in Virginia:

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Candymakers - Wendy Mass

Wereworld - Curtis Jobling

Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

Warriors series - Erin Hunter

Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland

Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

Jack Gantos' Favorite Book:

Moby Dick - Herman Melville

"Hard to find another classic on my shelf that I reread every five years - the language, themes, journey, spleen and spine of it are very satisfying."

Wenzel Jones' Favorite Book: 

Onions in the Stew - Betty MacDonald

 

Episode 32 - Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Kitty Felde

Alex, Sarah, Bell, and Stella at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Alex, Sarah, Bell, and Stella at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

How do we measure up to our parents' expectations? Does everybody deserve a day off? What's the toughest part of being a homeschooled kid? Our group of readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado weigh in on these questions and more as they discuss Lisa Graff's novel "Absolutely Almost." Lisa talks about where the characters came from and how she wrote her first book for her newborn baby brother. NYC actor Thaddeus Fitzpatrick is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

How do we measure up to our parents' expectations? Does everybody deserve a day off? What's the toughest part of being a homeschooled kid? Our group of readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado weigh in on these questions and more as they discuss Lisa Graff's novel "Absolutely Almost." Lisa talks about where the characters came from and how she wrote her first book for her newborn baby brother. NYC actor Thaddeus Fitzpatrick is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Lisa Graff  and her favorite book

Writer Lisa Graff and her favorite book

Our celebrity reader, New York actor  Thaddeus Fitzpatrick.

Our celebrity reader, New York actor Thaddeus Fitzpatrick.

Books recommended by Bell, Sarah, Alex, and Stella:

Eragon - Christopher Paolini

Warriors - Erin Hunter

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel - Megan Morrison

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J. K. Rowling

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente

Recommended by Lisa Graff:

Holes - Louis Sachar