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Episode 62 - The First Rule of Punk - with celebrity reader Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Kitty Felde

Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor are 7th graders at Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia

Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor are 7th graders at Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia

Malu is moving to Chicago and she's not very happy about it. She's also not very happy with the way her mother would like her to be. Two things do make her happy: punk music and creating zines. The book is the 2018 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor winner "The First Rule of Punk" by Celia Perez. Students from Virginia talk about those times when they acted "punk" with host Kitty Felde. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is celebrity reader. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosts his own podcast  CHICAGO STORIES  (Photo Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosts his own podcast CHICAGO STORIES (Photo Credit: City of Chicago/Brooke Collins)

Writer  Celia Perez  

Writer Celia Perez 

Chicago Public Library tells us they're thrilled that Book Club for Kids selected “The First Rule of Punk.” Their kids’ librarians voted the title as the winner of CPL’s “Mock Newbery Award.” It was also a Best of the Best 2017 title, selected as one of CPL’s Best Fiction for Older Readers.


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Favorite Books of Kayley, Angelina, and Taylor:

Everland - Wendy Spinale

The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer

The Crossroads: A Haunted Mystery - Chris Grabenstein

Celia Perez' Favorite Book:

Pacy Lin series - Grace Lin

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Favorite BOok:

I'll Take You There - Wally Lamb

(Chicago's One Book One City selection for 2018)


Episode 61 - Loving vs. Virginia - Patricia Hruby Powell

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Leah, Abigail, Serena, and Claire and Robert at Alexandria's Hooray for Books! 

Leah, Abigail, Serena, and Claire and Robert at Alexandria's Hooray for Books! 

For Valentines Day, we have a special love story – part fiction, part fact, based on a landmark US Supreme Court case. It’s called "Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case" by Patricia Hruby Powell. It’s the story of an interracial couple who only wanted to marry the person they loved. Our celebrity reader, actress Crystal West. Readers from Virginia discuss the book and the legal case that took place in their own state. Kitty Felde is host.

 

Actress Crystal West

Actress Crystal West

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Favorite Books from Leah, Abigail, Serena, and Claire and Robert:

Silence Series - Natasha Preston

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) - Rick Riordan

Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition - Catherine Ryan Hyde

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

The Cay - Theodore Taylor

Patricia Hruby Powell's Favorite Books:

Far From the Tree - Robin Benway

Bull - David Elliott

 Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn West

Crystal Smith's Favorite Book:

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, an African Tale - John Steptoe

Episode 59 - The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

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The Champion Boys Book Club of Washinton DC: back row: Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki; front row: Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, Zane

The Champion Boys Book Club of Washinton DC: back row: Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki; front row: Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, Zane

In this episode, we look back at the 1960’s and a lesser known protest movement. Writer Sonia Manzano (probably better known as "Maria" from Sesame Street) says her encounter with Puerto Rican American activists known as the Young Lords opened her eyes. Her book is "The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. It's the story of a young girl discovering her inner activist amid the New York protests over garbage collection that grew into a takeover of a neighborhood church. Our celebrity reader is actress Yesenia Iglesias. Host Kitty Felde discusses the book with members of the Champion Boys Book Club who debate what kinds of protests are effective in the 21st century.


Writer  Sonia Manzano
Celebrity reader, actress  Yesenia Iglesias

Celebrity reader, actress Yesenia Iglesias


Los Angeles reader Hermonie was inspired by the episode to create this visual summation of the plot. Thanks, Hermonie!

Los Angeles reader Hermonie was inspired by the episode to create this visual summation of the plot. Thanks, Hermonie!

Favorite Books of the The Champion Boys Book Club

Nelson, Joshua, Emmanuel, Akili, Langston, Mehki, Justice, Carter, Chase, Caleb, Damian, and Zane:

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles - Julie Andrews Edwards

Fearless - Elvira Woodruff

Big Nate: Game On! - Lincoln Peirce

Restart - Gordon Korman

(If you love Gordon Korman, listen to his episode Ungifted!)

Sand Spider - Carl Bowen

Harry Potter - JK Rowling

As Brave as You - Jason Reynolds

The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes - Wade Albert White

Sonia Manzano's Favorite Book:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Yesenia Iglesias' Favorite Book:

Buttermilk Bear - Stephen Cosgrove

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Episode 58 - Gilded by Christina Farley

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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 57 - Moo by Sharon Creech

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: Raynika, Christopher, and Stone from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC

: Raynika, Christopher, and Stone from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC

Do you love cows? This is the episode for you. Sharon Draper's tale of a stubborn cow in "Moo." Students from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, DC discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Congressman David Valadao, an actual dairy farmer from California, is celebrity reader and talks about the personalities of cows. 

Writer  Sharon Creech
Congressman  David Valadao  is a dairy farmer in California's central valley with more than 100 Holstein and Jersey milk cows.

Congressman David Valadao is a dairy farmer in California's central valley with more than 100 Holstein and Jersey milk cows.


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Favorite Books from Tyler Elementary in Washington DC:

The Trials of Apollo - Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Favorite Book of Sharon Creech:

Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Favorite Book of Congressman David Valadao:

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown - Eric Blehm


Thanks this week to the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival, and The Briar Patch bookstore in Bangor, Maine for sharing their audio interviews with Sharon Creech with us. 

And thanks to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for your support of this episode.

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

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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

Kitty Felde

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.

Episode 55 - One Amazing Elephant recorded live from Virginia's Fall for the Book Festival

Kitty Felde

Fall for the Book 2017 - top row: Holly Vagley, Kitty Felde, Linda Oatman High; bottom row: Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha  (photo courtesy of Holly Vagley)

Fall for the Book 2017 - top row: Holly Vagley, Kitty Felde, Linda Oatman High; bottom row: Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha  (photo courtesy of Holly Vagley)

We talk about grandparents and circus folks...and elephants. Our book is called "One Amazing Elephant" by Linda Oatman High. Our readers Akshaj, Ishnoor, and Medha from Virginia have some firsthand experience with elephants (did you know that elephants smell like hay?) Our celebrity reader is actress Holly Vagley. Writer Oatman High says the idea for the story came from her late grandmother...after she was dead. Taped live at Virginia's 2017 Fall for the Book Festival.

Favorite books from Fall for the Book Festival:

Loot - Jude Watson

Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

Favorite book of Linda Oatman High:

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Favorite book of Holly Vagley:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

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pictures courtesy of Holly Vagley

Episode 54 - The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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Helen, Zoe and Kelly from Woodbridge, Virginia

Helen, Zoe and Kelly from Woodbridge, Virginia

Who says witches and monsters and  dragons have to be the bad guys? That’s certainly not the case in Kelly Barnhill’s 2017 Newbery Award winning novel "The Girl Who Drank the Moon." Our readers from Woodbridge, Virginia discuss the power of the moon and how much sorrow children can handle with host Kitty Felde. Writer Kelly Barnhill discusses fake news and how a swamp monster popped into her head out of nowhere. KCRW Morning Edition host Chery Glaser is our celebrity reader.

Writer  Kelly Barnhill  (photo courtesy of startribune.com)

Writer Kelly Barnhill (photo courtesy of startribune.com)

KCRW Morning Edition host  Chery Glaser

KCRW Morning Edition host Chery Glaser

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The girls mentioned R.J. Palacio's WONDER. Here's our  WONDER  episode.

The girls mentioned R.J. Palacio's WONDER. Here's our WONDER episode.

Favorite Books of Zoe, Helen, and Kelly

Auggie & Me - R.J. Palacio

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly - Joyce Hansen

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Favorite Books of Kelly Barnhill

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

Favorite Book of Chery Glaser

Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

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 52: The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

Kitty Felde

Atalia, Abigail, and Sumayah

Atalia, Abigail, and Sumayah

The Worst Class Trip Ever

Dave Barry's tale of a group of 8th graders on a class field trip to Washington, DC where danger is as close as the mysterious guys in the airplane seat behind them. A trio of middle schoolers from Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, and BASIS DC Middle School on Capitol Hill talk about what the real Washington DC is like and discuss their nagging worries about safety. Congressman Jeff Denham from California is celebrity reader. Writer Dave Barry discusses Florida, comedy, and becoming a writer. Kitty Felde is host.

Dave Barry 's favorite book

Dave Barry's favorite book

Congressman Jeff Denham  from California is celebrity reader

Congressman Jeff Denham from California is celebrity reader

Get your copy of the book  here

Get your copy of the book here

Favorite Books of Atalia, Sumaya, and Abigail:

Warriors - Erin Hunter 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

Congressman Denham's Favorite Book:

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Dave Barry's Favorite BOok:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

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 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

Book Club for Kids readers at Podcast Movement

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

Episode 50 - When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Kitty Felde

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

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

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Episode 48 - A Little Wicked live from the National Archives

Kitty Felde

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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Episode 47 - Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager

Kitty Felde

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

Kitty Felde

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

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

Episode 44 - The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Kitty Felde

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