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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 43 - Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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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

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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

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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 36 - Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

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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 34 - Spy Mice with celebrity reader Valerie Plame

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Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan from LA's Ambassador School of Global Education   

Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan from LA's Ambassador School of Global Education
 

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Who knew there was a legion of mice who help the CIA keep the world safe? Their headquarters? In the walls and basement of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Our readers are from the Ambassador School of Global Education, housed on the old Ambassador Hotel site in Los Angeles. Writer Heather Vogel Frederick joins us and former CIA operative Varerie Plame is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader, former CIA operative Valerie Plame

Celebrity reader, former CIA operative Valerie Plame

Favorite Books from Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan:

Fairy Tales – Jacob Grimm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Alan Dean Foster
The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan
Stone Soup – Marci Brown
Percy Jackson – series
Rick Riordan - series
Dork Diaries – Rachel Renee Russell
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

Kitty’s Favorite Book:
Skellig – David Almond

Valerie Plame’s Favorite Books:
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – David Finnegan

Harriet the Spy – Louise Fitzhugh

Heather Vogel Frederick’s Favorite Book:
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White


 

Favorite Books of

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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 28 - The Lions of Little Rock with US Education Secretary John King

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Demie and Mejae are from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

Demie and Mejae are from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

The Lions of little Rock - Kristin Levine

Students from Washington DC's Jefferson Academy reflect on desegregation sixty years after the Little Rock Nine. They discuss Kristin Levine's novel "The Lions of Little Rock." The author describes how she came to tell the story. U.S. Education Secretary John King is the celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

U.S. Secretary of Education read "The Lions of Little Rock" with his own middle grade daughter

U.S. Secretary of Education read "The Lions of Little Rock" with his own middle grade daughter


Books Recommended by Demie and Mejae:

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

Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai


For more information about U.S. Education Secretary John King's "Opportunity Across America" bus tour, follow the link.


Want to read more about the 1960's? Listen to this  episode  of "One Crazy Summer."

Want to read more about the 1960's? Listen to this episode of "One Crazy Summer."

Trianna's Favorite Episode - The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderNewbery

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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 26 - Milo Speck, Accidental Agent by Linda Urban

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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 23 - The Shadows by Jacqueline West

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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


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 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 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


Episode 9 - Passenger on the Pearl - Live at Fall For the Book Festival 2015

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Kendall, Vibha, and Gareth with author Winifred Conkling

Kendall, Vibha, and Gareth with author Winifred Conkling

The largest attempted slave escape on U.S. soil happened in SouthWest Washington, DC. That's the tale in "Passenger on the Pearl." Young readers discuss the book in front of a live audience at George Mason University's Fall For the Book celebration. Writer Winifred Conkling discusses the history. Actress Lolita Marie reads from the book. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader Lolita Marie

Celebrity reader Lolita Marie

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Books recommended by Kendall, Vibha, and Gareth:

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

Percy Jackson & the Olympians – Rick Riordan

Recommended by Winifred Conkling

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

Recommended by Lolita Marie

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Recommended by our audience:

Tonight on the Titanic - Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss

Eragon - Christopher Paolini

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

 


Information on the effort to build a replica of the schooner Pearl:  http://pearlcoalition.org/

 


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Episode 5 - The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff

Kitty Felde

Kids from DC discuss Henry Neff’s tale of a mysterious tapestry, a top secret school, extremely odd pets, and Celtic mythology: “The Hound of Rowan” with host Kitty Felde. Plus, an interview with writer Neff and celebrity reader, DC City Councilman Charles Allen.

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