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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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Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

Alligator Bayou - Donna Jo Napoli

Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl

Bees on the Roof - Robbie Shell

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel - Kimberly Willis Holt

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade - Denise Vega

Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

Counting by 7's - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Divergent - Veronica Roth

The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

Eye of the Storm - Kate Messner

The First Rule of Punk - Celia Perez

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Flying the Dragon - Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Foxheart - Claire Legrand

Garvey’s Choice - Nikki Grimes

Gilded - Christina Farley

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Shang

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Hoodoo - Ronald L. Smith

The Hound of Rowan - Henry Neff

Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager

Hypatia Academy - Esther Goldenberg

I Lived on Butterfly Hill - Marjorie Agosin

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine

A Little Wicked - Janet Macreery

A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell

A Mango Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze - Alan Silberberg

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

Moo - Sharon Creech

Old Yeller - Fred Gipson

One Amazing Elephant - Linda Oatman High

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

Orleans - Sherri L. Smith

Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories - Mary Amato

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

Pashmina - Nidhi Chanani

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Public School Superhero - James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano - Sonia Manzano

Ribblestrop - Andy Mulligan

The Secret Zoo - Bryan Chick

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

Tales from the Odyssey - Mary Pope Osborne

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

The War That Saved My Life -  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Wonder - RJ Palacio

The Worst Class Trip Ever - Dave Barry

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

 Coming soon:

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe - Tricia Springstubb

Double Identity - Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword - Henry LIen

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

The Storm Runner - J.C. Cervantes

Watch Us Rise - Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


Episode 91 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Kitty Felde

Daniel, Katelyn, and Isabella from the DC International School

Daniel, Katelyn, and Isabella from the DC International School

Do you ever feel different? Peculiar? Perhaps not as peculiar as the kids in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." Readers from the DC International School discuss Ransom Riggs' novel and pose questions to the author. NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

NPR Special Correspondent  Melissa Block

NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block

Favorite Books from the DC International School:

Delirium - Lauren Oliver

James Patterson books

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

Ransom Riggs’ Favorite Book:

All American Boys - Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Melissa Block’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White


Thanks to JoBlo.com "a movie news website" for audio from Ransom Riggs.

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 83 - Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Kitty Felde

Zaekwon, Marjhay, and Maven from Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC

Zaekwon, Marjhay, and Maven from Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC

He's on trial for murder. Does that make him a bad person? Our readers from Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC tackle tough questions about a tough book: Walter Dean Myer's award-winning novel "Monster." Actor Larry Powell is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Actor  Larry Powell

FAVORITE BOOKS FROM KRAMER MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WASHINGTON, DC:

Holes - Louis Sachar

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

LARRY POWELL’S FAVORITE PLAY:

The Piano Lesson - August Wilson


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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. 

Episode 82 - Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

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Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia

Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia

Do you wish you had a super power? Want to hang out with some elves? This week, a book club from Maryland picks our book: Shannon Messenger's fantasy novel "Keeper of the Lost Cities." Nick Roman is our celebrity reader and our readers interview the writer. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader All Things Considered host  Nick Roman

Celebrity reader All Things Considered host Nick Roman

Favorite Books from Maryland readers Catherine, Maya Grace, and Olivia:

Warriors - Erin Hunter

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands T

The Serpent’s Secret - Sayantani DasGupta

Shannon Messenger’s Favorite Book:

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine

Nick Roman’s Favorite Book:

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor - Gordon W. Prange


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


Episode 70 - Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg

Kitty Felde

Hazel, Sierra, and Elizabeth from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington

Hazel, Sierra, and Elizabeth from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington

Can a book be funny and deal with one of the toughest topics around? "Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze" is writer and illustrator Alan Silberberg's tale of 7th grade angst and dealing with the loss of a parent. Seventh graders from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington, D.C. discuss the book and ask questions of author Silberberg. Actor Joshua Malina ("West Wing," "Scandal," the "West Wing Weekly" podcast) is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader and star of "The West Wing" and "Scandal" and co-host of " The West Wing Weekly " podcast  Joshua Malina

Celebrity reader and star of "The West Wing" and "Scandal" and co-host of "The West Wing Weekly" podcast Joshua Malina

Favorite Books from Eliot-Hine Middle School:

Holes - Louis Sachar

The Girl Who Fell - S.M Parker

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

ALan Silberberg's Favorite BOok:

Half Magic - Edward Eager

Joshua Malina's favorite book:

Busy, Busy World - Richard Scarry

 

Elliot-Hine Middle School
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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.

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 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

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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 39 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Kitty Felde

Ava, Drew, Ella, Ollie, Charlie, and Sonia 

Ava, Drew, Ella, Ollie, Charlie, and Sonia 

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Ellen Raskin's "The Westing Game" was first published in 1978. It won the Newbery award and has been a kid favorite ever since. Students at Abraham Pierson School in Clinton, Connecticut discuss the book and explain why mysteries are so popular with readers of all ages. Actor Doug Cox is celebrity reader. And children's book expert Anita Silvey ("100 Best Books for Children") shares some stories about the late Ms. Raskin. Kitty Felde is host.

GET YOUR COPY OF THE WESTING GAME HERE!

Celebrity reader, actor  Doug Cox .

Celebrity reader, actor Doug Cox.

Writer Ellen Raskin  If you want to hear an interview with the late author, click  here .  If you want to see early drafts of "The Westing Game," click  here .

Writer Ellen Raskin

If you want to hear an interview with the late author, click here.

If you want to see early drafts of "The Westing Game," click here.

FAVORITE BOOKS FROM THE KIDS AT ABRAHAM PIERSON:

The Unwanteds - Lisa McMann

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

The Lost Celt - A. E. Conran

The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods - Rick Riordan

Doug Cox' favorite books:

The Wizard of Oz series - L. Frank Baum

 

 

The readers from Abraham Pierson School dressed up like their favorite characters. Can you guess which one they chose?

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.

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

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