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Bonus Episode The Bolles School in Florida Favorite Books

It's our favorite question: what's your favorite book? Readers from The Bolles Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida, with help from school librarian Jaime Ann Sanborn, shared with us their list of favorites.


Episode 63 - Click Here: to find out how I survived 7th grade by Denise Vega

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: How I Survived Seventh Grade." Our celebrity reader is Colorado education legend Anna Jo Haynes.


Bonus Episode Laurie Halse Anderson

We spoke to writer Laurie Halse Anderson a few weeks ago about her Revolutionary War novels. But there was more to the conversation – about poetry, track and field, and writing.


Episode 62 The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez

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.


Bonus Episode Chains with Laurie Halse Anderson interview

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...


Episode 61 - Loving vs Virginia

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.


Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from readers at St Eugene School and across the country

We're taking favorite book suggestions! Today, we’ll hear from readers at St. Eugene School in Fox Point, Wisconsin, and then hear book suggestions from other readers in California, Indiana, and Iowa. You can be on the Book Club for Kids podcast, too. Just give us a call! Our new call-in number is 323- 639-3560. Just tell us your first name, the name of your favorite book, and why you like it.


Episode 60 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Williamsburg has changed enormously since Betty Smith published "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" in 1943. But a trio of DC readers tell host Kitty Felde that they find contemporary themes - the chasm between rich and poor, the rise of the #MeToo movement - in the novel. Nancy Smith Pfeiffer, the 95 year old daughter of Betty Smith, tells us about rushing home from school to read the latest pages of the novel, hot off her mother's typewriter. Actress Sonia Manzano (Maria from "Sesame Street") is...


Bonus Episode Sonia Manzano

Last week, we talked about the book “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” – a tale of a young girl finding her inner activist in the streets of New York’s El Barrio neighborhood in the late 1960’s. Writer Sonia Manzano told us a bit about her own activism, but we wanted to hear more. And frankly, we wanted to hear about the acting side of her life, particularly her many years playing Maria on "Sesame Street" – it was a gig that led to her writing scenes for the show. Sonia says hands down,...


Episode 59 - The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

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...


Episode 58 - Gilded by Christina Farley

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...


Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from California, Ohio, Florida, and Virginia

Were you lucky enough to get a gift certificate to your favorite bookstore for Hannukah or Christmas or Kwanzaa? Can't decide which books you want to get? We have some suggestions. Actually, we have several suggestions. We talked to some experts - readers from Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Arizona, and California to ask them for their book suggestions.


Episode 57 - Moo by Sharon Creech

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.


Bonus Episode - A Conversation about Writing with Laurel Snyder

We spoke to writer Laurel Snyder in Episode 56 about her novel "Orphan Island," but she had more to say about writing and the unsolved mysteries in her book.


Bonus Schiff

Our celebrity reader this week, Congressman Adam Schiff from California, shared two of his favorite books on Episode 56. But those choices - and a third favorite book - seem to have made a difference in what careers he decided to pursue as an adult. Also, we tell you how YOU can be on the show with just a phone call!


Episode 56 Orphan Island

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.


Wonder - the podcast

How do we treat those who are different? What does it take to be kind? Kids from DC's Jefferson Academy discuss R.J. Palacio's novel "Wonder" with host Kitty Felde. The writer tells the story about a sidewalk incident that inspired the book. Our celebrity reader is Bob Garfield, cohost of WNYC's "On the Media."


Episode 55 - One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High

We talk about grandparents and circus folks...and elephants. Our book is called "One Amazing Elephant" by Linda Oatman High. Our readers Aksaj, 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.


Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Kelly Barnhill

Writer Kelly Barnhill writes in longhand and explains that the habit began when her laptop burst into flames. She also confesses she's written a number of books that are only for her.


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

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. A trio of readers from Woodbridge, Virginia discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. KCRW Morning Edition host Chery Glaser is celebrity reader. Writer Kelly Barnhill says the book was inspired by the debate over "fake news."


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