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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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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 45 - Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt

Kitty Felde

Our readers (L-R) Nate, Isabel, Michael, Nane, Neve, and Juliana

Our readers (L-R) Nate, Isabel, Michael, Nane, Neve, and Juliana

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

by Kimberly Willis Holt

On our return visit to the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland, we taped a live show with six young readers who debate the merits of homeschooling, what makes a perfect teacher, and gardening with host Kitty Felde. The fifth graders quiz writer Kimberly Willis Holt about her writing process. Actress Susan Stith is celebrity reader.

Get the book  HERE

Get the book HERE

Favorite Books from Juliana, Neve, Nane, Michael, Nate, and Isabella at the Gaithersburg Book Festival:

The Man Who Loved Clowns - June Rae Wood

My Diary From the Edge of the World - Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Ranger's Apprentice - John Flanagan

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Kimberly Willis Holt's Favorite Books:

My Father's Summers: A Daughter's Memoir - Kathi Appelt

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Susan Stith's Favorite Book:

Mosby the Kennedy Center Cat - Beppie Noyes

Favorite Books from the Audience:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

The Seven Storey Mountain - Thomas Merton

The Good Earth - Pearl Buck

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 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 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

Episode 29 - Bees on the Roof from the Baltimore Book Festival

Kitty Felde

Our live taping at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival

Our live taping at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival

Bees on the Roof - Live from the Baltimore Book Festival

We take the show on the road to the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's stage at the Baltimore Book Festival for a conversation about Robbie Shell's novel "Bees on the Roof." Our group of readers have been meeting to talk about books almost since they first began reading: Nicole, Sarah, Makayla, Nadia, Aubrey, and Valerie are all members of the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore. It's a live show taped under a tent at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and you can hear boat whistles, a crying baby, the bass from the rock band playing down the way, even fire engines in the background! Writer Robbie Shell tells the girls where the characters came from and celebrity reader, DC actress Grace Baker, gives us a taste of the book.

Books Recommended by the Baltimore Girlfriends Book Club:

Nightmares - Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

President of the Whole Fifth Grade - Sherri Winston

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

The Apothecary - Maile Meloy

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

Robbie Shell's favorite books:

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

Grace Baker's favorite book:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

 

Episode 27 - Hypatia Academy by Esther Goldenberg with NPR's Rachel Martin

Kitty Felde

Our readers - Chelsea, Maggie, and Bridget

Our readers - Chelsea, Maggie, and Bridget

Hypatia Academy by Esther Goldenberg

Our readers in Maryland feel fortunate indeed to live down the street from their favorite author. When we asked them which book they wanted to discuss, there was only one choice: Esther Goldenberg's tale of a very strange school HYPATIA ACADEMY. NPR's Rachel Martin is celebrity reader. The girls quiz writer Esther Goldenberg about writing the book. Kitty Felde is host.

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin

Books Recommended by Chelsea, Maggie, and Bridget

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper
Savvy – Ingrid Law
The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
Divergent – Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

 


Like mysterious boarding schools? NPR personalities like Peter Sagal? Try this  episode  of Ribblestrop!

Like mysterious boarding schools? NPR personalities like Peter Sagal? Try this episode of Ribblestrop!