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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 90 - Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

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Ellie, Bea, and Tommy from Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC

Ellie, Bea, and Tommy from Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC

"Esperanza Rising" is a riches to rags tale about a wealthy Mexican family who end up as farmworkers in California's Central Valley. Students from Murch Elementary School in Washington, DC compare the book to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess." Actress Christine Avila is celebrity reader. Writer Pam Munoz Ryan talks about her real-life grandmother whose life inspired the book. Kitty Felde is host. 

Celebrity reader actress  Christine Avila

Celebrity reader actress Christine Avila

FAVORITE BOOKS FROM Murch elementary SCHOOL:

Danny Dragonbreath - Ursula Vernon

Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Pam Munoz Ryan’s Favorite series:

Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Christine Avila’s favorite book:

A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman - Alice Kessler-Harris

Thanks to Tim Podell of Good Conversations for our conversation with Pam Munoz Ryan.

Episode 81 - Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

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Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC

Alysia, Saleem, Kimberly, and Juan from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC

“Garvey’s Choice” is the poetic tale of a star-struck young man trying to please his father. Award-winning writer Nikki Grimes answers questions from readers at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC. Actor Haskell V. Anderson III is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Favorite Books from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC:

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

The Untold Story Of The Real Me: Young Voices From Prison – Free Minds Writers

Beowulf

Nikki Grimes’ Favorite Books:

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

M.C. Higgins, the Great - Virginia Hamilton

Haskell Anderson’s Favorite Book:

The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

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


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

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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


Episode 14 - Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

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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.

5th graders from St. Lucy's Catholic School in Long Beach, California discuss their own reaction to disabled children after reading Sharon 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. With host Kitty Felde.

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

Recommended by Sharon Draper:

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


Episode 12 - 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.

Our trio of readers from Suitland, Maryland discuss the dystopian novel "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 11 - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass with Mandalit Del Barco

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Lila and Julia  join writer Meg Medina to discuss her book.

Lila and Julia  join writer Meg Medina to discuss her book.

Book Club for Kids goes to Hooray For Books! bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia to talk about Meg Medina's novel about bullying and mother-daughter relationships, "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass." Our celebrity reader is National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco. Writer Meg Medina discusses the writing process with a pair of aspiring writers, Lila and Julia. Kitty Felde is the host.

National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco and daughter Amaya love the Oz series by Frank Baum.

National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco and daughter Amaya love the Oz series by Frank Baum.

Recommended Reading: 

Recommended by Mandalit Del Barco:

The Wizard of Oz series – Frank Baum

Recommended by Lila and Julia:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
Nancy Drew mysteries - Carolyn Keene
The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer
Alex Morgan soccer series

Recommended by Adam:

H.I.V.E. series – Mark Walden