Contact Us

Wanna be on the show? Got a book suggestion? 


Washington, DC
USA

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.

bookmark.png

Filtering by Tag: books

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


2018 GNG Seal.png

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

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


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. 


Got a favorite book? Want to be on the show? Call us at:  323-639-3560.
Tell us your: FIRST NAME, CITY WHERE YOU LIVE, NAME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOK, and WHY YOU LIKE IT.

We'll put you on an upcoming Book Club for Kids episode!


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 58 - Gilded by Christina Farley

Kitty Felde

Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Athletes are heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Winter Olympics. We get there first courtesy of writer Christina Farley. We may not race down a mountainside, avoiding moguls or leaping into the air on the ice rink to execute a perfect triple lutz, but there are thrills and spills aplenty in "Gilded." Plus, we learn some Korean mythology and folk tales. Readers from the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Julia Cho is our celebrity reader.

Celebrity reader, actress   Julia Cho  from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

Celebrity reader, actress Julia Cho from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

Want the book?  Get it  from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Want the book? Get it from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Favorite Books of Coryn, Peter, and Mariana:

Wolves of the Beyond series - Kathryn Lasky

Winter Girls - Laurie Halse Anderson

The Juvy Three - Gordon Korman

Favorite Book of Christina Farley:

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Favorite Books of Julia Cho:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

 

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

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 49 - Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Kitty Felde

Elizabeth, Juan, and Malia from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill

Elizabeth, Juan, and Malia from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

Readers from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill discuss Gordon Korman's story of a prankster who lands in a "Gifted" program. KNX sports anchor (and Talking About Cars podcast host) Randy Kerdoon is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Gordon Korman  shows off his latest book.

Writer Gordon Korman shows off his latest book.

Celebrity reader Randy Kerdoon, sports anchor from  KNX news radio  in Los Angeles, shows off his favorite books.

Celebrity reader Randy Kerdoon, sports anchor from KNX news radio in Los Angeles, shows off his favorite books.


Favorite Books from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill:

The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland

Favorite Books from Gordon Korman:

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling

Favorite books of Randy Kerdoon:

And the Crowd Goes Wild: Relive the Most Celebrated Sporting Events Ever Broadcast - Joe Garner

Cars of the Sizzling '60s: A Decade of Great Rides and Good Vibrations: A Decade of Great Rides and Good Vibrations – Thabo Shenge Luthuli


Ungifted on Book Club for Kids

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

Get your own Book Club for Kids tee shirt   HERE  .

Get your own Book Club for Kids tee shirt HERE.

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

Kitty Felde

Nan Ding.JPG
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 44 - The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Kitty Felde

Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

What mysterious creatures haunt the Caribbean Islands? Writer Tracey Baptiste tells tales of things that go bump in the night in THE JUMBIES. Students from Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Tamika Katon-Donegal is celebrity reader.

Celebrity reader, actress  Tamika Katon-Donegal

Celebrity reader, actress Tamika Katon-Donegal

Get your copy of "The Jumbies"  HERE !

Get your copy of "The Jumbies" HERE!

 

Favorite Books from Brianna, Gloria, Salvador, and Giovanni:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney

The Witches - Roald Dahl

Favorite Book of Tracey Baptiste:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

No One Writes to the Colonel - Gabriel García Márquez

Favorite book of Tamika Katon-Donegal:

Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

 

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

Get the book HERE.

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 34 - Spy Mice with celebrity reader Valerie Plame

Kitty Felde

Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan from LA's Ambassador School of Global Education   

Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan from LA's Ambassador School of Global Education
 

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Who knew there was a legion of mice who help the CIA keep the world safe? Their headquarters? In the walls and basement of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Our readers are from the Ambassador School of Global Education, housed on the old Ambassador Hotel site in Los Angeles. Writer Heather Vogel Frederick joins us and former CIA operative Varerie Plame is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader, former CIA operative Valerie Plame

Celebrity reader, former CIA operative Valerie Plame

Favorite Books from Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan:

Fairy Tales – Jacob Grimm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Alan Dean Foster
The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan
Stone Soup – Marci Brown
Percy Jackson – series
Rick Riordan - series
Dork Diaries – Rachel Renee Russell
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

Kitty’s Favorite Book:
Skellig – David Almond

Valerie Plame’s Favorite Books:
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – David Finnegan

Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh

Heather Vogel Frederick’s Favorite Book:
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White


 

Favorite Books of

Want the coolest watch on planet Earth?   Stainless Steel and Polycarbonate Dial with a soft, lightweight and durable silicone strap. Japanese Movement; splash-proof design.   Get yours  HERE !

Want the coolest watch on planet Earth? 

Stainless Steel and Polycarbonate Dial with a soft, lightweight and durable silicone strap. Japanese Movement; splash-proof design. 

Get yours HERE!

Episode 33 - The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Kitty Felde

Harper, Claire, and Charlotte

Harper, Claire, and Charlotte

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

A trio of readers from Swanson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia discuss mountain climbing, parental permission, and Dan Gemeinhart's novel "The Honest Truth." Dan talks about inspirations for the characters. Celebrity reader Christina Dale tells us about climbing Mt. Rainier. Kitty Felde is host.

Climber and celebrity reader Christina Dale

Climber and celebrity reader Christina Dale

 You asked for a neoprene version of our popular lunch sack. Here it is! It's water-resistant, 8" by 9 1/2" by 4 1/2" with our logo and caption: "the podcast that feeds your brain."    Support the podcast and take home this fabulous thank you gift!     Get yours now!

 You asked for a neoprene version of our popular lunch sack. Here it is! It's water-resistant, 8" by 9 1/2" by 4 1/2" with our logo and caption: "the podcast that feeds your brain." 

Support the podcast and take home this fabulous thank you gift!

Get yours now!

Favorite Books from Claire, Harper, and Charlotte:

Out of My Mind – Sharon M. Draper
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Rigg
Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Favorite Books from Dan Gemeinhart:

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech

Love That Dog – Sharon Creech
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
A Snicker of Magic – Natalie Lloyd

Recommended by Christina Dale:
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver

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

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 30 - Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories at Fall for the Book Festival 2016

Kitty Felde

Jay, Neha, and Naomi 

Jay, Neha, and Naomi 

Our Teacher is a Vampire and other (not) true Stories by Mary Amato live at Fall for the BOok

Recorded live at Virginia's Fall for the Book Festival, our trio of readers Jay, Neha and Naomi discuss Mary Amato's novel "Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories." Topics range from writing to the world's worst substitute teachers. Actor Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg is our celebrity reader. The kids ask Mary Amato about the book. Mindy Steinman is guest host.

Books Recommended by Jay, Neha, and Naomi

The Brotherband Chronicles - John Flanagan

Ranger's Apprentice - John Flanagan

Out of My Mind – Sharon L. Draper

Harry Potter - J.K Rowling

Airhead - Matt Cafet

Trick of the Light - Rob Thurman

Recommended by Mary Amato:

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

Recommended by Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg:

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? - Jean Fritz

Rifles for Watie - Harold Keith

Recommended by the audience at Fall for the Book:

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

Nancy Drew series - Carolyn Keene

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Episode 28 - The Lions of Little Rock with US Education Secretary John King

Kitty Felde

Demie and Mejae are from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

Demie and Mejae are from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

The Lions of little Rock - Kristin Levine

Students from Washington DC's Jefferson Academy reflect on desegregation sixty years after the Little Rock Nine. They discuss Kristin Levine's novel "The Lions of Little Rock." The author describes how she came to tell the story. U.S. Education Secretary John King is the celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

U.S. Secretary of Education read "The Lions of Little Rock" with his own middle grade daughter

U.S. Secretary of Education read "The Lions of Little Rock" with his own middle grade daughter


Books Recommended by Demie and Mejae:

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

Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai


For more information about U.S. Education Secretary John King's "Opportunity Across America" bus tour, follow the link.


Want to read more about the 1960's? Listen to this  episode  of "One Crazy Summer."

Want to read more about the 1960's? Listen to this episode of "One Crazy Summer."

Episode 26 - Milo Speck, Accidental Agent by Linda Urban

Kitty Felde

Adam, Francisco, and Marcus at the Blackstone Library in Chicago

Adam, Francisco, and Marcus at the Blackstone Library in Chicago

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent by Linda Urban

You know, you don’t hear much these days about ogres – the fee, fi, fo, fum sort of creatures the size of a trash truck. Ogres are front and center in our book this week: "Milo Speck, Accidental Agent" by Linda Urban.

You know, you don’t hear much these days about ogres – the fee, fi, fo, fum sort of creatures the size of a trash truck. Ogres are front and center in our book this week: "Milo Speck, Accidental Agent" by Linda Urban.

Dan Frischman is not just an actor, he's a writer, too!

Dan Frischman is not just an actor, he's a writer, too!

Writer Linda Urban

Writer Linda Urban

Books Recommended by Adam and Marcus:

The Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan

The Legend of Zelda series - Jack C. Harris

The entry at the Blackstone Memorial Library, modeled after the Erechtheion, a temple on the Athenian Acropolis. Its architect, Solon S. Beman, was a leading architect of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Episode 25 - Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Kitty Felde

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 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 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