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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


Congressman Adam Schiff reads from Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

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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 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


Hoodoo by Ron L. Smith

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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


Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

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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 Amy Do's Favorite Episode - Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

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Summer intern Amy Do will read just about anywhere

Summer intern Amy Do will read just about anywhere

What happens when you discover your uncle was actually a spy? Do you join the family business? Readers from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss best-selling author Anthony Horowitz' first novel in the Alex Rider series "Stormbreaker." Anthony Horowitz discusses the novel and FBI Agent Ed You is our celebrity reader and tells us what it's really like to be a spy. Kitty Felde is host.

Malique, Tarahn, and Nicco from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

Malique, Tarahn, and Nicco from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

What does it take to be a spy? We ask a real FBI agent and talk to writer Anthony Horowitz about his James Bond Jr.: Alex Rider in "Stormbreaker."

Anthony Horowitz    not only wrote the Alex Rider series (including "Stormbreaker"), he created the World War II TV mystery series "Foyle's War" and his own Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels.

Anthony Horowitz not only wrote the Alex Rider series (including "Stormbreaker"), he created the World War II TV mystery series "Foyle's War" and his own Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels.

Our celebrity reader is Supervisory Special Agent Ed You from the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in the Biological Countermeasures Unit

Our celebrity reader is Supervisory Special Agent Ed You from the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in the Biological Countermeasures Unit

Favorite Books from Jefferson Academy:

"Maximum Ride" – James Patterson
"Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream" - Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan

Amy Do's Favorite Book:

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (mature)

 



Episode 56 - Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

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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

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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.

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 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 37 - Wonder by RJ Palacio

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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 33 - The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

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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

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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 32 - Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

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

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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 24 - Al Capone Does My Shirts - live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival

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Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: (l-r) William, Tejas, Anish, Kitty Felde, Emma, Natalie, Lexie ( photo by Tonya Wright)

Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: (l-r) William, Tejas, Anish, Kitty Felde, Emma, Natalie, Lexie (photo by Tonya Wright)

It was a rainy, muddy, fabulous day at the Gaithersburg Book Festival where this group of middle school students from Maryland discussed whether they'd like living on Alcatraz and if it's better to be the oldest or youngest in the family. Gennifer Choldenko answers their questions about researching the book. NPR newscaster Jack Speer is celebrity reader. Past Book Club for Kids guests drop by as well. Kitty Felde is host.

Author Gennifer Choldenko ( photo by Margaret Stevens)

Author Gennifer Choldenko (photo by Margaret Stevens)

Celebrity reader, NPR newscaster Jack Speer. ( photo by Margaret Stevens)

Celebrity reader, NPR newscaster Jack Speer. (photo by Margaret Stevens)

Photos by Margaret Stevens and Tonya Wright



Favorites from William, Tejas, Anish, Emma, Natalie, and Lexie:
Magnus  Chase – Rick Riordan
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life – Wendy Mass
Mouse Net – Prudence Breitrose
Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood – Richard E. Kim
The Selection Series – Kiera Cass
The Land of Stories – Chris Colfer

Book suggestions from Gennifer Choldenko:

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Across Five Aprils - Irene Hunt

The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Book suggestion from Ron L. Smith:

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

Book suggestion from Jack Speer:
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Go Dog, Go – P.D. Eastman

Favorites from the audience at the Gaithersburg Book Festival
Oh, Say Can You See – Dr. Seuss
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Anything by Sydney Sheldon, Stephen King or Dan Brown

Episode 22 - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Crystal, Amaya, Kaiya, Jayla, and Japan from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

Crystal, Amaya, Kaiya, Jayla, and Japan from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

A trio of sisters fly from Brooklyn to Oakland in the late 1960's to get to know their estranged mother. She sends them to a rather unusual summer camp run by the Black Panthers. Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia talks about knowing she was a writer long before she could read. Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland is celebrity reader. She sent her own two kids to that breakfast with the Black Panthers. Students from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC are our readers. Kitty Felde is host.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Sacramento, California

Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Sacramento, California

Here's a link to a study guide to help talk to kids about the

Black Panthers.


Books recommended by the girls of Jefferson Academy:

The Red Sun - Alane Adams

Beowolf

The Ghost Huntress - Marley Gibson

A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Recommended by Congresswoman Barbara Lee:

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Episode 21 - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Leandra, Paula, Marianne, Rio, and Gabby, 7th graders at Newport Mill Middle School, are big "Red Queen" fans.

Leandra, Paula, Marianne, Rio, and Gabby, 7th graders at Newport Mill Middle School, are big "Red Queen" fans.

This week, we enter a world divided into two kinds of people: the silver ruling elite and the red underclass. It’s Victoria Aveyard’s RED QUEEN. And it was the choice of a group of 7th graders from Maryland. Writer Victoria Aveyard talks about the difference between writing books and writing screenplays. Our celebrity reader, NPR’s Renee Montagne, brings to life our lightning girl Mare who is decidedly not excited about becoming a princess.

NPR Morning Edition Host Renee Montagne

NPR Morning Edition Host Renee Montagne

Recommended by Leandra, Rio, Paula, Marianne, and Gabby:

The Iron Trial - Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

We All Looked Up - Tommy Wallach


Episode 17 - Hoodoo

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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


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

Recommended by Lina, Kyra, and Ava:

Radiance - Alyson Noel

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

A Night Divided - Jennifer A. Nielsen


Episode 16 - I Lived on Butterfly Hill

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Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California

Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California

It was 1973 when the president of Chile was thrown out of office by a military coup. That’s the backdrop for the novel “I Lived on Butterfly Hill” by Marjorie Agosin. Students from Sequoyah School in Pasadena, California discuss the book. Val Zavala, longtime anchor of "SoCal Connected" on public television station KCET in Los Angeles is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader Val Zavala, anchor of "SoCal Connected" on KCET public television

Celebrity reader Val Zavala, anchor of "SoCal Connected" on KCET public television


Recommended reading from Nadia, Anna, Riya, and Nadia Trinidad:

Because of Mr. Terupt - Rob Buyea

Fault in Our Stars - John Green

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

The Wish Stealers - Tracy Trivas




Episode 13 - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger with Lalo Alcaraz

Kitty Felde

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

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

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."

Recommended by 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

Recommended by Tom Angleberger:

Lizard Music – Daniel Pinkwater

Recommended by Lalo Alcaraz:

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


Learn how to make your  own Origami Yoda and more

from Tom Angleberger

Read more about Lalo Alcaraz