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Episode 89 - Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Kitty Felde

Quera, Jasmine, Myron, and London from  Kelly Miller Middle School  in Washington, DC

Quera, Jasmine, Myron, and London from Kelly Miller Middle School in Washington, DC

Is a podcast about a graphic novel like dancing about architecture? Give a listen to our latest episode "Pashmina" by Nidhi Chanani. It's a tale about a magical pashina and secrets and mothers and daughters. Our readers are students at Kelly Miller Middle School in Washington, DC. Rasika Mathur is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Nichi Chanani
Actress  Raskika Mathur

Favorite Books from Kelly Miller Middle School:

The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas

Rapunzel - Paul O. Zelinsky

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renée Russell

Nidhi Chanani’s Favorite Books:

Jason Reynolds’ Track series

Rasika Mathur’s Favorite Book:

You and Your Dog - David Taylor

That Dog - Nannette Newman

All of Our Episodes

Kitty Felde


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

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 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

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

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

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

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

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Small Spaces - Katherine Arden

The Storm Runner - JC Cervantes

Watch Us Rise - Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
















Episode 84 - Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Kitty Felde

Millie, Maddie, Caroline, Ragan, Sarah, Lauren, Ella and Lucky the dog

Millie, Maddie, Caroline, Ragan, Sarah, Lauren, Ella and Lucky the dog

Virgil's grandmother keeps telling him scary stories as life lessons. One of his friends is convinced she can predict the future. Virgil is trying to find a way out of his shell. 

This week we discuss Erin Entrada Kelly's 2018 Newbery Award-winning novel "Hello Universe." Actress Kat Purgal is our celebrity reader. Members of the Rocket Readers book club of Newport Beach, California discuss the book and talk about how school testing stresses them out. 

Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity Reader  Kat Purgal

Celebrity Reader Kat Purgal

Favorite Books from the Rocket Readers of Newport Beach, California:

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

The Boys in the boat - Daniel James Brown

Greenglass House - Kate Milford

Echo - Pam Munoz Ryan

Little Monsters - Kara Thomas

The Apothecary - Maile Meloy

A Spy Among Friends - Ben Macintyre and John le Carré

The Rangers Apprentice - John Flanagan

Favorite Books of Erin Entrada Kelly:

The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Favorite Book of Kat Purgal:

A Time for Dancing - Davida Wills Hurwin

Episode 80 - Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

Kitty Felde

 
Abbey, Nola, Isabel, and Calah

Abbey, Nola, Isabel, and Calah

New Orleans is a city rich in history and rich in wonderful food. Both are topics in this week's discussion of Donna Jo Napoli's novel "Alligator Bayou." Readers at the New Orleans Public Library discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott.

NPR National Correspondent  Debbie Elliott

NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott

Favorite Books from the New Orleans Public Library:

The Inquisitor’s Tale - Adam Gidwitz

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Debbie Elliott’s Favorite Book:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Donna Jo Napoli’s Favorite Book:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Episode 79 - The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

Kitty Felde

River, Sayre, and Cole compete in  Oregon’s Battle of the Books

River, Sayre, and Cole compete in Oregon’s Battle of the Books

This week, we get a new look at an old fairy tale – the story of the Russian witch known as Baba Yaga. A boys book club in Portland, Oregon met us at Powell's Books to discuss Katherine Marsh's novel "The Door by the Staircase" with host Kitty Felde. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who represents Portland on Capitol, is celebrity reader.

Favorite Books from Portland, Oregon

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Ballpark Mysteries - David A. Kelly

Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Favorite Book:

Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics - Marion Nestle

Katherine Marsh’s Favorite Book:

Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O’Dell


Powell’s Books  in downtown Portland, Oregon

Powell’s Books in downtown Portland, Oregon

Episode 76 - The Meringue Witches by Isora Morales Suarez

Kitty Felde

Nadia, Aubrey, Nichelle, Makayla, and Sarah from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore

Nadia, Aubrey, Nichelle, Makayla, and Sarah from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore

This episode began with a chance meeting in a tiny art gallery in the city of Cienfuegos, Cuba. Writer Isora Morales Suarez was minding the store to pay the bills, but she told us that one of her novels for kids had just been published in English by a nonprofit called Cubano Books. Some of our favorite readers from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore discuss Isora’s unusual fairy tale “The Meringue Witches” with host Kitty Felde. Cuban ex-pat Adolfo Nodal is celebrity reader.

Writer Isora Morales Suarez autographs her novel

Writer Isora Morales Suarez autographs her novel

Favorite Books from the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore:

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

Marley and Me: Life and love with the World’s Worst Dog - John Grogan

Nightmares - Jason Segel

El Deafo - Cece Bell

One of Us is Lying - Karen McManus

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Translation of this interview with Isora Morales Suarez:

And why this book?

Well then, why did I write this book? This book is an important part of my life. Because I live in a place called Ciudad Nuclear (Nuclear City). It’s a special place in Cuba, because it’s a place where they were going to build the first nuclear plant, but, the maps changed color in Europe, socialism fell, and it wasn’t built. The project was paralyzed, and many people were suddenly without jobs, suddenly without—these were people who had studied at university to do these jobs—their dreams were broken. And then, since their dreams were broken, the city languished.

So, I use this city as the setting for my book. In my book, Ciudad Nuclear is called Ciudad Nublada (Cloudy City). And then I made an entire fantasy story, a story of witches, dragons, magicians, princesses—so that people would cheer up! Because people get very sad because they don’t have money, because everything is very difficult. But I believe that humans can’t lose the capacity to dream. Dreams keep us alive in the most difficult moments.

So, I still live in this place—I haven’t been able to leave—and since I’ve always had a difficult relationship with this place, because life is very hard here, I decided to write about it, because it was tormenting me, and I didn’t want it to torment me any more. I wanted to make a story for kids, for young people, but also for adults, and I wanted to tell them: we have to dream, because if we don’t dream, we’re lost. If we don’t dream and we don’t act in solidarity, if we don’t help each other when we’re—when we’re scared—ay, sorry—because sometimes we’re scared. We’re anxious, and we’re scared that everything will go wrong in life—excuse me. So I wanted to write this book so that people would have faith that the world can be better—people help each other, support each other, love each other—so that people trust that the world can be a place of love and not of war. Always a place of love, never a place of war.

This book isn’t the only one you’ve written?

Yes, it’s my first book. I didn’t—I didn’t start—I wrote my first book when I was almost fifty years old. Because before my life was very stressful. I have a son, Eric, my son Eric who is my greatest treasure. So then, my son studied in Cuba to become a dancer. My son—he is a dancer now. So then, I had to struggle a lot, to work a lot at different jobs, and I couldn’t concentrate, because I had to work, I had to arrange things—I raised my son alone—his father and I divorced, and his father went to another city to live and had another family. So then, I had to arrange everything for my son. His clothing, his shoes, his food, his—everything. And so, I couldn’t concentrate because I had to take care of these things.

My son graduated, started working, and things started to go well for him. Then I took a deep breath, and said—“Ay, what am I going to do now?” Because all of the sudden—it had been lots, a lot a lot of struggle with everything, with the food, with money, with everything—and suddenly I was like—and now, what do I do? And then I said, “Well, I always wanted to be a writer.” My mother, who is a lovely woman, always told me, from the time I was a little girl, that I was going to be a writer. Because when I was a child I was different from my sisters. My sisters didn’t read, and I read and read and read, I was always reading from the time I was little. And so my mom would say that I—her daughter—was going to be a writer. And I would say, “Why do you say that?” And she would tell me that it was because I really liked books. And I would respond, “But writing is very hard—it must be very hard.” And then my mom would reply, “But you’re going to write.” And she said it as if it was a fact. Her fact: she knew it was going to happen. Because mothers are never wrong.

And so, I said, “Well, my mom says I’m going to be a writer—that is, my mother was my greatest inspiration. And so, I started to write. And I said, “Well, I have to write a fantasy.” Because reality is a little hard. So I wanted to create a book of fantasy, of magic, and I want that magic to be good for people. And that’s why I wrote this book.

Episode 74 - Tales from the Odyssey - Mary Pope Osborne

Kitty Felde

Rashard and Ziya from Kimball Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Rashard and Ziya from Kimball Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Do you believe in one-eyed monsters? Greek gods? This week, readers from two Washington, D.C. schools - Kimball Elementary and Jefferson Academy - discuss Mary Pope Osborne’s take on Homer’s classic adventure “Tales from the Odyssey.” Mary talks about writing a modern take on Odysseus - as well as her best-selling “Magic Treehouse” series. Our celebrity reader is John Dryden, a veteran of BBC radio dramas and head of scripted content for the podcast network Panoply Media. Kitty Felde is host.

Do you believe in Cyclops? Were they real? Check out this article about how archeologists are helping us better understand Greek mythology.

 

Favorite Books from Kimball Elementary:

Serendipity - Stephen Cosgrove

El Deafo - Cece Bell

Favorite Books from Jefferson Academy

The Rose that Grew from Concrete - Tupac Shakur

Atlanta Falcons: 50 Seasons - Arthur Blank and I.J. Rosenberg

Magic Treehouse - Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne's Favorite Book:

The Long Winter - Laura Ingals Wilder


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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 69 - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Kitty Felde

WARNING: This episode contains spoilers!

Desirae, Matthew, and Aidan from Pinchbeck Elementary School

Desirae, Matthew, and Aidan from Pinchbeck Elementary School

What do you know about South Sudan? Our book is "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park. Fifth grade readers from Pinchbeck Elementary School in Henrico, Virginia consider things they take for granted: clean water from the tap and a guaranteed education. Our celebrity reader is one of the top African experts on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Karen Bass from California. Writer Linda Sue Park talks about writing fiction from fact. Kitty Felde is host.

Favorite Books from Pinchbeck Elementary:

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Wish - Barbara O'Connor

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Congressoman Karen Bass' Favorite Book:

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Helene Cooper

Roosevelt Grady - Louisa B. Shotwell

I, Juan de Pareja: The Story of a Great Painter and the Slave He Helped Become a Great Artist - Elizabeth De Trevino

What Then, Raman? - Shirley Arora

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Episode 66 - The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kitty Felde

Back row: Connor, Bridget; Front row: Nora, Katya

Back row: Connor, Bridget; Front row: Nora, Katya

In this episode, we travel back to a world at war – to England at the beginning of the London Blitz. The book is "The War That Saved My Life." Writer Kimberley Brubaker Bradley tells the tale of the mass evacuation of children to the British countryside. Our readers are from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley from Thousand Oaks, California.

Our celebrity reader is  Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley

Favorite Books from Belvedere Elementary:

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

The Blackthorn Key - Kevin Sands

The Last Dragon - Silvana De Mari

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's Favorite Book:

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

Congresswoman Julia Brownley's Favorite Book:

The Poinsonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

 

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Episode 58 - Gilded by Christina Farley

Kitty Felde

Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Mariana, Coryn, and Peter at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia

Athletes are heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Winter Olympics. We get there first courtesy of writer Christina Farley. We may not race down a mountainside, avoiding moguls or leaping into the air on the ice rink to execute a perfect triple lutz, but there are thrills and spills aplenty in "Gilded." Plus, we learn some Korean mythology and folk tales. Readers from the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield, Virginia discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Julia Cho is our celebrity reader.

Celebrity reader, actress   Julia Cho  from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

Celebrity reader, actress Julia Cho from "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"

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Favorite Books of Coryn, Peter, and Mariana:

Wolves of the Beyond series - Kathryn Lasky

Winter Girls - Laurie Halse Anderson

The Juvy Three - Gordon Korman

Favorite Book of Christina Farley:

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Favorite Books of Julia Cho:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

 

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 51 - When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

Kitty Felde

Tristan, Mateo, Luna, and Logan with host Kitty Felde, taping this episode live at the Podcast Movement convention in Anaheim.

Tristan, Mateo, Luna, and Logan with host Kitty Felde, taping this episode live at the Podcast Movement convention in Anaheim.

Writer  Grace Lin

Writer Grace Lin

Mignon Fogarty, star of the  Grammar Girl  podcast

Mignon Fogarty, star of the Grammar Girl podcast

Favorite Books from Tristan, Mateo, Luna, and Logan at Podcast Movement:

Bad Kitty - Nick Bruel

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

One Piece - Eiichiro Oda

Eregon - Christopher Paolini

Mignon Fogarty's Favorite Book:

The Eighth Day of Creation - Horace Freeland Judson

Grace Lin's Favorite Book:

Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

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Posing for the official portrait at Podcast Movement in Anaheim

Posing for the official portrait at Podcast Movement in Anaheim

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Mateo has his own podcast that he does with Logan and other friends: 

Our First International Episode: Kids in Quito, Ecuador Share Their Favorite Books

Kitty Felde

Ana, Dora, Ian, Isabela, Isadora, Isi, Jessica, Joaquin, Johnny, Julieta, Leo, Nicolas, Willa, and Zach from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador. 

Ana, Dora, Ian, Isabela, Isadora, Isi, Jessica, Joaquin, Johnny, Julieta, Leo, Nicolas, Willa, and Zach from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador. 

Our International Readers

Ever wonder what kids in South America are reading? We find out as students from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador share their favorite books with host Kitty Felde.

Favorite books from the kids at Academia Cotopaxi in Ecuador:

Guinea Pig Scientists - Mel Boring

The Martian - Andy Weir

Love, Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins

The Meaning of Maggie - Megan Jean Sovern

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

The Giver - Lois Lowry

Uprising - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Flora and Ulysses- Kate DiCamillo