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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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Tips for Reluctant Readers

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Tip #15: Saving Summer Brains

Kitty Felde

Readers discuss "The Great Wall of Lucy Wu" at Alexandria's Hooray for Books!

Readers discuss "The Great Wall of Lucy Wu" at Alexandria's Hooray for Books!

My brain is fried in summer. I can only imagine what a kids' brain is like after nine months of school. So perhaps the idea of picking up a book of any kind is a bridge too far.

Well, here's some good news: listening can make you learn even better. In an ATLANTIC article, Emma Rodero, a communications professor at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain says that “listening, unlike looking at a written page, is more active, since the brain has to process the information at the pace it is played.”

Even better news: there is a growing number of new podcasts out there designed specifically for kids - not just about books, but about science and music and all of their interests. Want to know what's out there? Check out the new organization Kids Listen.

So give in to summer brain: grab a cool drink, put on the headphones, and enjoy!


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Tip #5: Put Those iPads to Work

Kitty Felde

Readers from Gunston Middle School in Virginia.

Readers from Gunston Middle School in Virginia.

This tip comes from Jenny Shanker, librarian at Gunston Middle School in Virginia. She suggests printing out the QRL codes provided here and pasting them to the back cover of the book discussed in the podcast. Or put it on a poster in the library. Students point the QRL reader on their tablet at the back of the book and immediately, they can listen to the 20 minute podcast...and check out the book.

Such a great suggestion! 

QRL codes are now available on our website for every episode.

Don't have an iPad? No problem. Download one of the many free QRL Reader apps for your smartphone at iTunes or the Google Play Store.


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