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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 92 - The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

Kitty Felde

Michael, Seth, Alex, and Kyle are members of “The Great Brain Book Club”

Michael, Seth, Alex, and Kyle are members of “The Great Brain Book Club”

This week, we catch up with readers in Houston, Texas who love "The Great Brain" books by John D. Fitzgerald SO much, they named their book club after it. Not familiar with the book? A lot of the plot involves the oldest brother Tom who always has a new scheme to separate kids from their money. Our celebrity reader is J. Keith van Straaten, host of the game show podcast Go Fact Yourself. Our writer John D. Fitzgerald is no longer with us, but Sharon Madsen, the resident expert on Fitzgerald, says he was a man of many talents. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader J. Keith van Straaten is the host of the  Go Fact Yourself  podcast. You can find him at gofactyourpod.com and on Twitter at @gofactyourpod

Celebrity reader J. Keith van Straaten is the host of the Go Fact Yourself podcast. You can find him at gofactyourpod.com and on Twitter at @gofactyourpod

Sharon Madsen is the top John D. Fitzgerald expert

Sharon Madsen is the top John D. Fitzgerald expert

Sharon Madsen shared these pictures of the Fitzgerald family.


Favorite Books from “The Great Brain” Book Club:

The Great Brain at the Academy - John D. Fitzgerald

Crocodile Tears (the Alex Rider Series) - Anthony Horowitz

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

Sharon Madsen’s Favorite Book:

The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

J. Keith van Straaten’s Favorite Book:

The Pigman - Paul Zindel

Bonus Episode: The Book Meese

Kitty Felde

Mateo is host of The Book Meese podcast

Book Club for Kids isn't the only podcast out there that celebrates books for young readers. One of our guests on last week's episode (Episode 51: When the Sea Turned to Silver) is a podcaster himself. Mateo tells us all about The Book Meese.

Listen to The Book Meese discussion of Ellen Raskin's classic mystery THE WESTING GAME.

Want more Westing Game? Check out the Book Club for Kids episode, too!

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  .

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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

Trianna's Favorite Episode - The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderNewbery

Kitty Felde

Our summer intern, UC Irvine student Trianna Eichinger

Our summer intern, UC Irvine student Trianna Eichinger

Khalil, Novaun, Kyle, Kofi, and Joseph from Watkins Elementary on Capitol Hill composed a song about Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award winning book "The Crossover."

Khalil, Novaun, Kyle, Kofi, and Joseph from Watkins Elementary on Capitol Hill composed a song about Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award winning book "The Crossover."

Trianna's favorite episode: The crossover

by Kwame Alexander

We asked our Book Club for Kids summer intern, University of California Irvine student, Trianna Eichinger to pick her favorite episode. Trianna says she loves basketball, but not poetry, but these kids' discussion of "The Crossover" may have changed her mind. Kwame Alexander talks about poetry and our celebrity reader is a professional basketball player, LA Laker Tarik Black.

We asked our Book Club for Kids summer intern, University of California Irvine student, Trianna Eichinger to pick her favorite episode. Trianna says she loves basketball, but not poetry, but these kids' discussion of "The Crossover" may have changed her mind. Kwame Alexander talks about poetry and our celebrity reader is a professional basketball player, LA Laker Tarik Black.

With host Kitty Felde.

                                                              Kwame Alexander

                                                             Kwame Alexander

                                               Celebrity reader LA Laker Tarik Black

                                               Celebrity reader LA Laker Tarik Black

Books Recommended by Kwame Alexander:

The Greatest: My Own Story - Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham

Manchild in the Promised Land - Claude Brown and Nathan McCall

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

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes - David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad

Recommended by Tarik Black: 

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

Recommended by the kids of Watkins Elementary:

Stat: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court - Amar'e Stoudemire and Tim Jessell

Picture Yourself Legend Tripping: Your Complete Guide to Finding UFOs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Urban Legends in Your Own Backyard - Jeff Belanger  

John Henry - Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

House of Robots - James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

National Geographic Kids Everything Dogs: All the Canine Facts, Photos, and Fun You Can Get Your Paws On! - Becky Baines

Recommended by Mimi:

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

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Episode 11 - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass with Mandalit Del Barco

Kitty Felde

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