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Episode 77 - Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

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Virginia, William, Lara, Leila, and Henry from McLean, Virginia

Virginia, William, Lara, Leila, and Henry from McLean, Virginia

November is a month when we honor veterans, celebrate Native American culture, and sit down to Thanksgiving with our families. This week’s episode touches on all three as we discuss a fictionalized story about one of the Navajo Code Talkers - the Marines who were recruited to use their native language to help the Allies win World War II. Students from Chesterbrook Elementary School in Virginia discuss Joseph Bruchac’s novel “Code Talker” with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is Elayne Silversmith. the librarian at the Vine Deloria, Jr. library at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Elayne Silversmith, librarian at the  National Museum of the American Indian

Elayne Silversmith, librarian at the National Museum of the American Indian

Favorite Books from Chesterbrook Elementary:

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Gregor the Overlander - Suzanne Collins

The Underneath - Kathi Appelt

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Elayne Silversmith’s Favorite Book:

A Coyote Columbus Story - Thomas King

Joseph Brushac’s Favorite Book:

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

Episode 76 - The Meringue Witches by Isora Morales Suarez

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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.

Hoodoo by Ron L. Smith

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Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Lina Nguyen, Kyra Johnson, and Ava Muniz are 6th graders at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa

Writer Ronald L. Smith takes us on a trip down south, to the backwoods of Alabama, where a young boy was born with a heart-shaped birthmark, the mark of magic, or Hoodoo, according to his grandmama. Hoodoo must learn to tap his inner powers of magic to battle evil. Veteran public radio journalist Brian Watt is celebrity reader. Ron Smith just won the Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award from the American Library Association for "Hoodoo."

Award-winning writer  Ronald L. Smith

Award-winning writer Ronald L. Smith

Celebrity reader  Brian Watt  is a veteran public radio journalist

Celebrity reader Brian Watt is a veteran public radio journalist


Favorite Books from Lina, Kyra, and Ava:

Radiance - Alyson Noel

Hoot - Carl Hiaasen

A Night Divided - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Recommended by Ronald L. Smith:

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron


Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

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Jack, Carolina, and Eleanor at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey

Jack, Carolina, and Eleanor at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey

Americans have a romanticized image of English boarding schools. RIBBLESTROP is the opposite of that. Writer Andy Mulligan has created what must be the most dangerous school on planet earth. And this trio of readers at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey, debate whether they'd like to attend. Peter Sagal, playwright and host of NPR's quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Writer Andy Mulligan and one of his favorite books

Writer Andy Mulligan and one of his favorite books

Peter Sagal  is host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"

Peter Sagal is host of the NPR quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"



favorite books from Carolina, Jack, and Eleanor:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library - Chris Grabenstein

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls - Claire Legrand

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Andy Mulligan’s favorite books:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne

Animal Farm - George Orwell


Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

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Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya are 7th graders at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Maryland.

Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya are 7th graders at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Maryland.

Ever wonder why dystopian novels are so popular? Our trio of readers from Suitland, Maryland tell us why as they discuss "Orleans" by Sherri L. Smith. Journalist Cheryl Devall is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

The author,  Sherri L. Smith

The author, Sherri L. Smith

Celebrity reader  Cheryl Deval l is a veteran newspaper and public radio journalist who's a Californian by birth and a Louisianan by heritage.

Celebrity reader Cheryl Devall is a veteran newspaper and public radio journalist who's a Californian by birth and a Louisianan by heritage.


Books Recommended by Dainicia, Naomi, and Nya:

Silence - Natasha Preston

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl - Paige McKenzie

Recommended by Sherri L. Smith:

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Recommended by Cheryl Devall:

The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken – Wendell Pierce


Episode 75 - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

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Meredith, Daphne, and Ulrich are 5th graders at the British International School in Washington, DC

Meredith, Daphne, and Ulrich are 5th graders at the British International School in Washington, DC

This week, we tackle a classic – the 1963 winner of the Newbery Award “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Our readers are 5th graders from the British International School in Washington, DC. Our celebrity reader is public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill. Madeline L’Engle passed away in 2007, but we're joined by her granddaughters Charlotte Jones Volklis and Lena Roy.  They've written a new biography of their grandmother based on her journals called “Becoming Madeleine.” Kitty Felde is host. 

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy wrote a biography called “ Becoming Madeleine .”

Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy wrote a biography called “Becoming Madeleine.”

Public radio journalist  Stephanie O’Neill

Public radio journalist Stephanie O’Neill

Favorite Books from British International School:

Panda-monium - Stuart Gibbs

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

Space Case - Stuart Gibbs

Favorite Books from Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

Stephanie O’Neill’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

Our First Bilingual Episode in English and Spanish

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Our MacFarland Middle School readers share their favorites.

Our MacFarland Middle School readers share their favorites.

This week, we’re asking students at MarFarland Middle School in Washington DC our favorite question: what’s your favorite book? What’s so special about that? These students are telling us all about it in English – and Español.

It’s our first bilingual episode of the Book Club for Kids. The readers will answer first in English, and then in Spanish. Kitty Felde is host.

Episode 73 - Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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James, Ryan, and Amelia from BASIS Charter School in Washington, DC

James, Ryan, and Amelia from BASIS Charter School in Washington, DC

Would you like to live forever? That's the question our readers from Basis DC Charter School ponder as they discuss Natalie Babbitt's classic tale "Tuck Everlasting" with host Kitty Felde. Actress Denise Krueger is celebrity reader. The late writer talks about her own view of life and death.

Celebrity reader, actress  Denise Krueger

Celebrity reader, actress Denise Krueger


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Favorite Books from Basis DC Charter School:

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Natalie Babbitt's Favorite Book:

The Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan

Favorite Book of Denise Krueger:

Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren

 

Summer Intern Amy Do's Favorite Episode - Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

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Summer intern Amy Do will read just about anywhere

Summer intern Amy Do will read just about anywhere

What happens when you discover your uncle was actually a spy? Do you join the family business? Readers from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss best-selling author Anthony Horowitz' first novel in the Alex Rider series "Stormbreaker." Anthony Horowitz discusses the novel and FBI Agent Ed You is our celebrity reader and tells us what it's really like to be a spy. Kitty Felde is host.

Malique, Tarahn, and Nicco from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

Malique, Tarahn, and Nicco from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC

What does it take to be a spy? We ask a real FBI agent and talk to writer Anthony Horowitz about his James Bond Jr.: Alex Rider in "Stormbreaker."

Anthony Horowitz    not only wrote the Alex Rider series (including "Stormbreaker"), he created the World War II TV mystery series "Foyle's War" and his own Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels.

Anthony Horowitz not only wrote the Alex Rider series (including "Stormbreaker"), he created the World War II TV mystery series "Foyle's War" and his own Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels.

Our celebrity reader is Supervisory Special Agent Ed You from the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in the Biological Countermeasures Unit

Our celebrity reader is Supervisory Special Agent Ed You from the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in the Biological Countermeasures Unit

Favorite Books from Jefferson Academy:

"Maximum Ride" – James Patterson
"Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream" - Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan

Amy Do's Favorite Book:

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (mature)

 



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 70 - Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg

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Hazel, Sierra, and Elizabeth from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington

Hazel, Sierra, and Elizabeth from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington

Can a book be funny and deal with one of the toughest topics around? "Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze" is writer and illustrator Alan Silberberg's tale of 7th grade angst and dealing with the loss of a parent. Seventh graders from Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington, D.C. discuss the book and ask questions of author Silberberg. Actor Joshua Malina ("West Wing," "Scandal," the "West Wing Weekly" podcast) is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader and star of "The West Wing" and "Scandal" and co-host of " The West Wing Weekly " podcast  Joshua Malina

Celebrity reader and star of "The West Wing" and "Scandal" and co-host of "The West Wing Weekly" podcast Joshua Malina

Favorite Books from Eliot-Hine Middle School:

Holes - Louis Sachar

The Girl Who Fell - S.M Parker

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

ALan Silberberg's Favorite BOok:

Half Magic - Edward Eager

Joshua Malina's favorite book:

Busy, Busy World - Richard Scarry

 

Elliot-Hine Middle School
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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