What's the Book Club for Kids?
The Book Club for Kids is a free, 20-minute podcast where young readers talk about a book. The show includes a celebrity reading and an interview with the author. Kitty Felde is host.
What's a podcast?
It's like YouTube for your ears. Or your own personal radio station. Subscribe on iTunes or download new episodes on your smartphone or tablet or computer for free!
Is it brand new?
Yes and no.
Book Club for Kids began on the radio in 2000, on National Public Radio affiliate KPCC in Pasadena, California. Host Kitty Felde found out a lot of non-driving teens and tweens were trapped in carpools all over Los Angeles, forced to listen to public radio. Kitty created Book Club for Kids for them. It was honored with the prestigious "Literacy in Media" award.
A live version of the show was a regular feature at the LA Times Festival of Books. In 2003, show moved to television, taped at various Los Angeles libraries, broadcasting on cable channel LA36. The show is still running in reruns online.
In 2015, Book Club for Kids became a podcast!
Who's this Kitty Felde person?
Kitty's the host and executive producer of the Book Club for Kids podcast. She’s an award-winning public radio journalist, winning dozens of Golden Mike Awards, AP Awards, and ABA Silver Gavel Awards. She’s reported from Africa, The Netherlands, Canada, Los Angeles, and Washington.
Kitty also writes plays and kids books. She's working on her second middle grade novel set on Capitol Hill. She fell in love with young adult literature when she was still a young adult herself, working at her local public library.
Want to hear more from Kitty about the show? Listen here.