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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 51 - When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

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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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Get your copy from our friends at Hooray for Books! right HERE.

Posing for the official portrait at Podcast Movement in Anaheim

Posing for the official portrait at Podcast Movement in Anaheim

Book Club for Kids readers at Podcast Movement

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

Summer Intern Isabel's Favorite Episode - The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Shang

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This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi. Read more about our interns  here .

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi. Read more about our interns here.

Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi

Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Isabel Choi.

 It was supposed to be the perfect year...until Lucy's Chinese great aunt arrived. Things went downhill from there. These readers from Alexandria, Virginia discuss Wendy Shang's middle grade novel "The Great Wall of Lucy Wu" with host Kitty Felde. They quiz writer Wendy Shang about writers block and favorite books. California Congresswoman Judy Chu is the celebrity reader.

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Writer  Wendy Shang

Thanks to Hooray for Books! for hosting this episode of Book Club for Kids!

Congresswoman Judy Chu from Southern California is our celebrity reader

Congresswoman Judy Chu from Southern California is our celebrity reader

 

Books Recommended by Frances, Leah, Ilona, and Madi:

The Mortal Instruments series - City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

The Mallory Towers series - Enid Blyton

The Warriors series - Erin Hunter

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Recommended by Wendy Shang:

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

Recommended by Congresswoman Judy Chu:

Nancy Drew mysteries - Carolyn Keene




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 50 - When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

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Molly, Marcus, Jack, and Kathleen are 5th graders at Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC

Molly, Marcus, Jack, and Kathleen are 5th graders at Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC

If you were a time traveler, would you go to the future or the past? That's the question readers from Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC ponder as they discuss the Newbery Award-winning "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead. NPR reporter Neda Ulaby is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host. 

Celebrity reader  Neda Ulaby  is Arts & Entertainment reporter for NPR

Celebrity reader Neda Ulaby is Arts & Entertainment reporter for NPR

Writer  Rebecca Stead  says Oscar likes to rub his face on books.

Writer Rebecca Stead says Oscar likes to rub his face on books.


When You Reach Me on Book Club for Kids podcast

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Favorite Books from Lafayette Elementary:

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

FunJungle - Stuart Gibbs

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

Legend - Marie Lu

Echo - Pam Muñoz Ryan

Rebecca Stead's Favorite Books:

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

So Long, See You Tomorrow - William Maxwell

Saffy's Angel - Hillary McKay

Episode 49 - Ungifted by Gordon Korman

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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

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Get your own Book Club for Kids tee shirt   HERE  .

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Episode 48 - A Little Wicked live from the National Archives

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The Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore (Chimee, Makayla, Aubrey, and Sarah) with host Kitty Felde at the National Archives taping - pictures by TONYA WRIGHT OF  WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

The Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore (Chimee, Makayla, Aubrey, and Sarah) with host Kitty Felde at the National Archives taping - pictures by TONYA WRIGHT OF WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Writer  Janet Macreery  - photo by TONYA WRIGHT OF  WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Writer Janet Macreery - photo by TONYA WRIGHT OF WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Celebrity reader NPR's  Susan Stamberg  shows off her favorite book - photo by TONYA WRIGHT of  WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Celebrity reader NPR's Susan Stamberg shows off her favorite book - photo by TONYA WRIGHT of WWW.MRSTRWRIGHTPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Favorite Books from the Girlfriends Book Club of Baltimore:

The Books of Elsewhere - Jacqueline West

The Sisters Grimm - Michael Buckley

Courtney Crumrin - Ted Naifeh

The Curiosity House - H. C. Chester and Lauren Oliver

Susan Stamberg's Favorite Book:

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Janet Macreery's Favorite Book:

Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson

Favorite books from our Audience:

I, Funny - James Patterson

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

any books by Vince Flynn

The Shack - William Young

Ruby and the Booker Boys - Derrick Barnes

Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry

 

A Little Wicked on Book Club for Kids

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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 47 - Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager

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Diego, Callie, and Valeria are 5th graders at Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia

Diego, Callie, and Valeria are 5th graders at Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia

Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager

The worst summer vacation ever? Being stuck in the middle of a New Mexico desert with the crabbiest grandfather on planet earth. But there are also magical bees that promise the end of of a drought.

Students from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia discuss HOUR OF THE BEES and writer Lindsay Eager tells where the tale began. 

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham from New Mexico is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Lindsay Eager  and daughter Fin

Writer Lindsay Eager and daughter Fin

Congresswoman  Michelle Lujan Grisham  is our celebrity reader.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is our celebrity reader.

Hour of the Bees on Book Club for Kids

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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!

Favorite books from Diego, Valeria, and Callie at Belvedere Elementary:

Holes - Louis Sachar

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

Macbeth - William Shakespeare

Favorite Book of Lindsay Eager:

Danny, the Champion of the World - Roald Dahl

Favorite Book of Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham:

I Love You to the Moon and Back - Tim Warnes

Episode 46 - The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

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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 45 - Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt

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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

Episode 44 - The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

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Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

What mysterious creatures haunt the Caribbean Islands? Writer Tracey Baptiste tells tales of things that go bump in the night in THE JUMBIES. Students from Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Tamika Katon-Donegal is celebrity reader.

Celebrity reader, actress  Tamika Katon-Donegal

Celebrity reader, actress Tamika Katon-Donegal

Get your copy of "The Jumbies"  HERE !

Get your copy of "The Jumbies" HERE!

 

Favorite Books from Brianna, Gloria, Salvador, and Giovanni:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney

The Witches - Roald Dahl

Favorite Book of Tracey Baptiste:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

No One Writes to the Colonel - Gabriel García Márquez

Favorite book of Tamika Katon-Donegal:

Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

 

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 41 - Foxheart by Claire Legrand

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Iona (top left), Gabi and Kailas (l-r bottom)

Iona (top left), Gabi and Kailas (l-r bottom)

Foxheart - Claire Legrand

Witches, monsters, and a brave little thief. Those are the ingredients in Claire Legrand's novel "Foxheart." The book was chosen by Book Club for Kids fan Kailas. She and her two fellow readers Iona and Gabi discussed the novel one sunny Sunday afternoon upstairs at Boulder Bookstore with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is actor Wesley Mann. And writer Claire Legrand explains how "Foxheart" began as a short story on a website.

Wesley Mann has acted in film, television, microphone and onstage for over thirty years. You may recognize him as Mr. Lawler on "That’s So Raven," Mr. Bell on "Liv And Maddie," and The Caterpillar on "Adventures In Wonderland." 

Wesley Mann has acted in film, television, microphone and onstage for over thirty years. You may recognize him as Mr. Lawler on "That’s So Raven," Mr. Bell on "Liv And Maddie," and The Caterpillar on "Adventures In Wonderland." 

Our Colorado hosts at Boulder Bookstore

Our Colorado hosts at Boulder Bookstore

Get your copy of "Foxheart" now! Order  here  from our friends at Hooray for Books!

Get your copy of "Foxheart" now! Order here from our friends at Hooray for Books!

 

Favorite Books of Kailas, Gabi and Iona:

Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Disney Book Group

Favorite Books of Wesley Mann

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

One Hundred and One Famous Poems

Favorite Book of Claire Legrand

His Dark Materials series - Philip Pullman

Episode 40 - Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

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Laura, Leah, and Juliet (top to bottom) at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Laura, Leah, and Juliet (top to bottom) at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Got a nickname? Everybody in Key West seems to have one. Including a little girl named Turtle. Readers at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado discuss Jennifer Holm's "Turtle in Paradise" with host Kitty Felde. KQED public radio's Rachel Myrow is celebrity reader.

Writer  Jennifer L. Holm   Want to hear more from Jennifer? Listen  HERE .

Writer Jennifer L. Holm

Want to hear more from Jennifer? Listen HERE.

Celebrity reader and KQED Silicon Valley Correspondent Rachel Myrow. She's also co-host of the podcast  Love in the Digital Age .

Celebrity reader and KQED Silicon Valley Correspondent Rachel Myrow. She's also co-host of the podcast Love in the Digital Age.

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Favorite Books from Laura, Leah and Juliet:

Wonder - RJ Palacio

A Dog's Purpose - W. Bruce Cameron

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Rachel Myrow's Favorite Book:

Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Jennifer L. Holm's Favorite Book: 

The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander

 

 

Episode 39 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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 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 35 - Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Kitty Felde

Serena, Noor, and Leah from George Washington Middle School, meeting at Alexandria, Virginia's favorite bookstore Hooray for Books!

Serena, Noor, and Leah from George Washington Middle School, meeting at Alexandria, Virginia's favorite bookstore Hooray for Books!

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

We take a trip to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 - Freedom Summer. The second in writer Deborah Wiles' 1960's trilogy. "Revolution" is discussed by a trio of George Washington Middle Schoolers at the neighborhood bookstore Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, Virginia. Wiles talks about writing fiction from the facts of history. KNX-CBS Newsradio anchor Mark Austin Thomas is celebrity reader.

Writer  Deborah Wiles  (picture by Sonya Sones)

Writer Deborah Wiles (picture by Sonya Sones)

Celebrity reader Mark Austin Thomas is a news anchor for KNX-CBS Newsradio in Los Angeles

Celebrity reader Mark Austin Thomas is a news anchor for KNX-CBS Newsradio in Los Angeles

Favorite Books from Leah, Serena, and Noor

Ruby Redford - Lauren Child

Spirit Animals - Sean Williams

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Favorite Books from Deborah Wiles

Delta Wedding - Eudora Whelty

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Favorite Books from Mark Austin Thomas

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein