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Summer Intern John's Favorite Episode - Foxheart by Claire Legrand

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Summer intern John Gomez picks "Foxheart" as his favorite episode

Summer intern John Gomez picks "Foxheart" as his favorite episode

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

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

Every summer, we ask our interns to pick their favorite episode. UC Irvine graduate John Gomez chose Claire Legrand's novel "Foxheart." Witches, monsters, and a brave little thief. Those are the ingredients in the book. Book Club for Kids fan Kailas and her two fellow readers Iona and Gabi discuss the novel at Boulder Bookstore with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is actor Wesley Mann. Writer Claire Legrand explains how "Foxheart" began as a short story challenge.

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

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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 John Gomez

Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

Favorite Book of Claire Legrand

His Dark Materials series - Philip Pullman

Episode 72 - As Brave as You - Jason Reynolds

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Members of the boys book club at DC's Truesdell Education Campus (l-r) Rock, Ben, Joshua, Devon, and David

Members of the boys book club at DC's Truesdell Education Campus (l-r) Rock, Ben, Joshua, Devon, and David

Going on a summer road trip? Join us as we take a summer road trip to the south with a pair of brothers from Brooklyn. Our readers are all members of the boys book club at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington, DC. The boys discuss Jason Reynolds’s tale of a blind grandfather, a gun, and a bird named Michael Jackson. It’s called AS BRAVE AS YOU. Emmy Award-winning actor Kim Estes is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Actor  Kim Estes

Actor Kim Estes

Favorite Books from Truesdell Education Campus:

Bad Boy - Walter Dean Myers

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Dog Man - Dav Pilkey

Dr. Seuss

Jason Reynolds' Favorite Book:

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

Kim Estes' Favorite Book:

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

 

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Episode 71 - The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine

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Molly, Hailey, Ailaina, and Lira from Maury Elementary School in DC

Molly, Hailey, Ailaina, and Lira from Maury Elementary School in DC

What makes a modern princess? Readers from Maury Elementary in Washington, D.C. say it takes a bad ass like our heroine in Gail Carson Levine's fairy tale "The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre." Our Newbery honor winner talks about her love of fairy tales and how the novel grew out of her passion to fight prejudice of all kinds. Actress Tessa Auberjonois is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

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Favorite Books from Maury Elementary School:

Star Wars: A New Hope The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy - Alexandra Bracken

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

Switch - Ingrid Law

Number the Stars - Lois Lowry

Gail Carson Levine's Favorite Book:

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Tessa Auberjonois' Favorite Books:

Mandy - Julie Andrews

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Golden Compass - Phillip Pullman

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Long before Book Club for Kids was a podcast, it was a television show on LA Cable 36. Here's our discussion of another of Gail Carson Levine's books "Ella Enchanted."

Episode 69 - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

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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 68 - The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

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Ethan, Addy, Alivia, and Loryn

Ethan, Addy, Alivia, and Loryn

This episode's for animal lovers and fantasy fans. The book is "The Secret Zoo" by Bryan Chick. Readers from the Broomfield Public Library in Colorado discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader knows something about animals. Haley Creamer is a Hoof Stock Keeper at the Denver Zoo.

Writer  Bryan Chick
Haley Creamer from the  Denver Zoo

Haley Creamer from the Denver Zoo

Favorite Books from Addy, loryn, alivia, and Ethan:

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

The Lightning Thief -  Rick Riordan

The Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

The Map to Everywhere - Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Bryan Chick's favorite book:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Haley Creamer's favorite book:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie -  Laura Numeroff

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Episode 67 - The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

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Tomii and Iyana are 5th graders at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC

Tomii and Iyana are 5th graders at Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC

Meet the Vanderbeeker family - large, loud, unpredictable. They'll try almost anything to stay in their beloved Harlem neighborhood. The 2017 New York Times'  Notable Children's Book by Karina Yan Glaser is discussed by readers at DC's Excel Academy Public Charter School. Actor Valente Rodriguez is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader  Valente Rodriguez

Celebrity reader Valente Rodriguez

Favorite Books of Tomii and Iyana:

Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell

Favorite Book of Karina Yan Glaser:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Favorite Books and Authors of Valente Rodriguez: 

H.G. Wells

Jules Verne

Isaac Asimov

Ray Bradbury

Bless Me. Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya

And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him - Tomas Rivera

FDR - Jean Edward Smith

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

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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 65 - The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

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Club Read kids at Changing Hands bookstore (l-r) Jensen, Adeline, Giuliana, Ronan, and Wyatt

Club Read kids at Changing Hands bookstore (l-r) Jensen, Adeline, Giuliana, Ronan, and Wyatt

Think becoming a witch is easy? Think again. Readers from Changing Hands bookstore in Phoenix discuss James Nicol's tale of becoming a professional witch called "The Apprentice Witch." Our celebrity reader is public radio journalist (and amateur ice hockey player) Susan Valot. Our writer talks about how he created the rules for his magical world and confesses that he wasn't much of a reader when he was young.

Writer  James Nicol
Radio journalist  Susan Valot

Radio journalist Susan Valot

Favorite Books from Ronan, Wyatt, Adeline, Jensen, and Giuliana:

What the Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy - Gregory Maguire

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race - Chris Grabenstein

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott

Number the Stars - Lois Lowry

The Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

James Nicol's Favorite Books: 

1001 Dalmations - Dodie Smith

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Susan Valot's Favorite Book:

Inkheart - Cornelia Funke

 

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Episode 64 - The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

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Ellie, Max, and Kat from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC

Ellie, Max, and Kat from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC

This past weekend, thousands and thousands of kids marched in Washington and cities around the nation to call attention to a serious topic kids shouldn’t have to face: gun violence. This week on Book Club for Kids, we talk about the novel "The Ethan I Was Before." It's the story about a boy facing a life and death situation. Our readers from Capitol Hill Day School talk about trauma and the resilience of children. Writer Ali Standish talks about how you write a book about a serious topic for young readers.  Actor Michael Paul Chan ("Major Crimes" and "The Goonies") is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer  Ali Standish
Celebrity reader, actor  Michael Paul Chan

Celebrity reader, actor Michael Paul Chan

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Favorite books from Kat, Max, and ellie:

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Wonder - RJ Palacio

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

The Dark - Lemony Snicket

The Princess Princess Ever After - Katie O'Neill

Favorite books of Ali Standish: 

Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

One Shadow on the Wall - Leah Henderson

Michael Paul Chan's Favorite Book:

Crow Boy - Taro Yashima

Episode 63 - Click Here - Live from the Colorado Book Festival

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Saphira, Emily, Denise Vega, M.J. and Levi (back row) Duncan (down center)

Saphira, Emily, Denise Vega, M.J. and Levi (back row) Duncan (down center)

In an era when kids share so much of their lives online, how do you survive middle school?

On this special on the road edition of Book Club for Kids from the Colorado Book Festival, a quintet of readers from the Denver area discuss Denise Vega's novel "Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade." Our celebrity reader is Colorado education legend Anna Jo Haynes.

Anna Jo Haynes brought Headstart to Denver and founded the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. She’s also cofounder of the Colorado Chidren’s Campaign. 

Anna Jo Haynes brought Headstart to Denver and founded the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. She’s also cofounder of the Colorado Chidren’s Campaign. 

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Favorite books from Saphira, Emily, Duncan, M.J. & Levi

Half a World Away - Cynthia Kadohata

Demon Road - Derek Landy

The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan

Sculduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy

One of Us is Lying - Karen M. McManus

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Wolverine comics

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Denise Vega's Favorite book:

Zanballer - R.R. Knudsen

Anna Jo Haynes' favorite book:

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama

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

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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)


Bonus Episode - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

Amandla,  Imani, Angela, and Eunhea, readers from Robert Goddard Montessori School, Grace Christian School, Fairhaven School, and St. Anne's School – all in Maryland.

This week, we celebrate George Washington's birthday, Black History Month, and the opening of the film "Black Panther." It seemed like the perfect time to reprise our episode "Chains" about the role African-Americans played in the Revolutionary War.  A trio of readers from Maryland discuss the book. Actress S.W. James is celebrity reader. This reprise episode features a new interview with writer Laurie Halse Anderson. She talks about why she's written so many books set at the time of the American Revolution. Kitty Felde is host.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Actress CW James

Our celebrity reader Simona "SW James" focuses on activism through art. Her first publication is expected to be released Spring 2016. She's produced performances throughout the East Coast, from showcases to recital/monologues to plays.  Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @swjtheguru. 


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Recommended reading from Amandla, Imani, Angela, and Eunhea:


Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Liberty Porter, First Daughter -  Julia DeVillers and Paige Pooler
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
A Bridge to Terabithia -  Katherine Paterson


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

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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

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

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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