Book Club for Kids

Book Club for Kids
The free podcast for middle grade readers. The best books, the smartest readers.
Episode 83 - Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Feb 13 • 22 min
He’s on trial for murder. Does that make him a bad person? Our readers from Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC tackle tough questions about a tough book: Walter Dean Myer’s award-winning novel “Monster.” Actor Larry Powell is celebrity reader. Kitty…
Bonus Episode: A conversation with writer Shannon Messenger
Feb 6 • 9 min
Ever wonder how writers keep all the details organized when they’re writing a long series? Find out in this conversation with writer Shannon Messenger. Kitty Felde is host.
Episode 82 - Keeper of Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Jan 30 • 21 min
Do you wish you had a super power? Want to hang out with some elves? This week, a book club from Maryland picks our book: Shannon Messenger’s “Keeper of Lost Cities.” Nick Roman is our celebrity reader and our readers interview the writer. Kitty Felde is…
Nikki Grimes
Jan 23 • 4 min
Last week, our readers from Washington DC discussed Nikki Grimes’ novel in verse GARVEY’S CHOICE. This week, we hear some more from poet Nikki Grimes about the power of poetry, spirituality in a secular world, and a sneak preview of her next project.
Episode 81 - Garveys Choice by Nikki Grimes
Jan 16 • 23 min
“Garvey’s Choice” is the poetic tale of a star-struck young man trying to please his father. Award-winning writer Nikki Grimes answers questions from readers at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC. Actor Haskell V. Anderson III is our celebrity…
Bonus Donna Jo Napoli
Jan 9 • 14 min
Last week, we talked to writer Donna Jo Napoli about her novel ALLIGATOR BAYOU. It’s a novel set in Louisiana, a tale about the relationship between Italian immigrants and the African American population. We talked to Donna at Podcast Movement in…
Episode 80 - Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
Jan 2 • 23 min
New Orleans is a city rich in history and rich in wonderful food. Both are topics in this week’s discussion of Donna Jo Napoli’s novel “Alligator Bayou.” Readers at the New Orleans Public Library discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity…
Bonus Episode - Katherine Marsh
Dec 26, 2018 • 6 min
Katherine Marsh says her son helped a lot with the creation of “The Door by the Staircase.” She also offers some writing tips.
Episode 79 -The Door By The Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Dec 19, 2018 • 21 min
This week, we get a new look at an old fairy tale – the story of the Russian witch known as Baba Yaga. A boys book club in Portland, Oregon met us at Powell’s Books to discuss Katherine Marsh’s novel “The Door by the Staircase” with host Kitty Felde.…
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Virginia’s Gunston Hall
Dec 12, 2018 • 7 min
This week, we talk to group of young writers who met for a workshop at Virginia’s historic Gunston Hall, home of founding father George Mason. Host Kitty Felde asked these writers our favorite question: what’s your favorite book?
Episode 78 - The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963
Dec 5, 2018 • 22 min
‘The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963” touches on a tragic moment in American history: the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. But it’s really a family story about a road trip. Readers from Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC discuss…
Bonus Episode St Tammany
Nov 28, 2018 • 4 min
What are kids in Louisiana reading these days? We hear from readers who all participanted in the 2018 Battle of the Books competition in at a public library about 45 miles north of New Orleans in a community called St. Tamany Parish. Kitty Felde is host.
Episode 77 - Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Nov 21, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Bonus Episode Australia
Nov 14, 2018 • 5 min
This week, we’re talking to kids in Australia, asking them their favorite books. We caught up with two of them on a tram – the same tram where the royal couple Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan took to a beach in south Melbourne. We have pictures on…
Episode 76 The Meringue Witches by Isora Morales Suarez
Nov 7, 2018 • 19 min
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 just had her first novel for kids published in English. The Girlfriends Book Club…
New Zealand’s Favorite Books
Oct 31, 2018 • 6 min
This week, we take you thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to the south island of New Zealand. In and around the city of Christchurch, we asked kids to tell us their favorite books. You may be surprised by some of their choices.
Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
Oct 24, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan
Oct 17, 2018 • 22 min
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,…
Orleans - Sherri L. Smith
Oct 10, 2018 • 21 min
What if hurricanes just get worse and worse? That’s the premise for Sherri L. Smith’s dystopian tale “Orleans.” Students from Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Maryland explain why dystopian novels are actually hopeful. At least…
Bonus Episode: More about Madeleine LEngle
Oct 3, 2018 • 13 min
Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy have written a new biography about their grandmother, Newbery Award winning writer Madeleine L’Engle called “Becoming Madeleine.” They share stories about the woman who wrote ‘A Wrinkle in Time.”
Episode 75 A Wrinkle in Time
Sep 26, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Bonus Bilingual Episode
Sep 18, 2018 • 10 min
This week, we’re asking students at MarFarland Middle School in Washington DC our favorite question: what’s your favorite book? So what’s so special about that? These students are telling us all about it in English – and español. It’s our first bilingual…
Episode 73 - Tales From the Odyssey
Sep 12, 2018 • 21 min
Do you believe in one-eyed monsters? Greek gods? This week, readers from two Washington, D.C. schools discuss Mary Pope Osborne’s take on Homer’s classic adventure “Tales from the Odyssey.” Mary talks about writing a modern take on Odysseus - as well as…
Jason Reynolds
Sep 5, 2018 • 10 min
Writer Jason Reynolds visits more than 100 schools a year, inspiring readers and writers around the country. He’s a National Book Award Finalist, winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teen, and…
Episode 73 Tuck Everlasting
Aug 29, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Bonus Episode: Summer Reading Favorites
Aug 22, 2018 • 4 min
Listeners from across the country have been calling in with their favorite book suggestions. Start reading!
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
Aug 15, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Bonus Episode HOLA
Aug 6, 2018 • 4 min
Southern California readers at Heart of Los Angeles Youth share their favorite books with host Kitty Felde.
Foxheart by Claire Legrand
Aug 1, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Bonus Episode: Kids Listen Summer Mixtape
Jul 25, 2018 • 34 min
Book Club for Kids is a proud member of Kids Listen, a grassroots organization that advocates for high quality audio for kids. In preparation for your summer road trip, we introduce you to some of the terrific Kids Listen shows.
Episode 72 - As Brave as You
Jul 16, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Bonus Episode: Gail Carson Levine
Jul 11, 2018 • 11 min
Last week, we talked about Gail Carson Levine’s novel THE LOST KINGDOM OF BAMARRE. But there was more to the conversation. This week, we talk to Gail about writing, about the long slog to get her Newbery Honor book ELLA ENCHANTED published, about poetry,…
Episode 71 - The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre
Jul 2, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Bonus Episode: Alan Silberberg
Jun 27, 2018 • 3 min
Which came first - the story or the illustrations? We ask writer Alan Silberberg. He writes and illustrates “Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze.” Kitty Felde is host.
Episode 70 - Milo Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Jun 20, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Bonus Episode Linda Sue Park
Jun 11, 2018 • 4 min
We spoke to Linda Sue Park about her novel about one of the Lost Boys of Sudan “A Long Walk to Water.” But Linda’s the author of nearly a dozen books and winner of the 2002 Newbery Award for “A Single Shard.” Not surprisingly, she had a lot to say about…
Episode 69 - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Jun 4, 2018 • 20 min
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.…
Episode 68 - The Secret Zoo
May 21, 2018 • 20 min
An episode for animal lovers and fantasy fans. Readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado discuss Bryan Chick’s novel “The Secret Zoo” with host Kitty Felde. Haley Creamer from the Denver Zoo is celebrity reader. It’s…
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Ashburn, Virginia
May 14, 2018 • 8 min
This week, we head out to Ashburn, Virginia to talk to readers at Brambleton Middle School to find out their favorite books. Most of their choices seem to break down into two main categories: adventure and books that relate to the real-life experiences of…
Episode 67 - The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
May 7, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Episode 66 - The War That Saved My Life
Apr 23, 2018 • 22 min
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.…
Bonus Episode Capitol Hill Day School
Apr 16, 2018 • 7 min
Fifth graders from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington share their favorite books.
Episode 65 - The Apprentice Witch - James Nicol
Apr 9, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from the British International School
Apr 2, 2018 • 9 min
Did you ever wonder what kids from other countries like to read? This week, we talk to kids from the United Arab Emerits, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Venezuela – as well as kids from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. They all attend the British…
Episode 64 - The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
Mar 26, 2018 • 20 min
“The Ethan I Was Before” is 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…
Bonus Episode The Bolles School in Florida Favorite Books
Mar 19, 2018 • 4 min
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
Mar 12, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Bonus Episode Laurie Halse Anderson
Mar 2, 2018 • 6 min
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
Feb 26, 2018 • 21 min
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…
Bonus Episode Chains with Laurie Halse Anderson interview
Feb 16, 2018 • 23 min
This week, we celebrate George Washington’s birthday, Black History Month, and the opening of “Black Panther.” It’s the perfect time to reprise our episode “Chains” about the role African-Americans played in the Revolutionary War. Readers from Maryland…
Episode 61 - Loving vs Virginia
Feb 12, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from readers at St Eugene School and across the country
Feb 5, 2018 • 7 min
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.…
Episode 60 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Jan 29, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Bonus Episode Sonia Manzano
Jan 22, 2018 • 9 min
On last week’s episode, 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…
Episode 59 - The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
Jan 16, 2018 • 22 min
We look back at the 1960’s and a lesser known protest movement. Writer Sonia Manzano (“Maria” from Sesame Street) says her encounter with Puerto Rican American activists led to her book. “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano is the story of a young girl…
Episode 58 - Gilded by Christina Farley
Jan 2, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from California, Ohio, Florida, and Virginia
Dec 26, 2017 • 6 min
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…
Episode 57 - Moo by Sharon Creech
Dec 18, 2017 • 18 min
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…
Bonus Episode - A Conversation about Writing with Laurel Snyder
Dec 12, 2017 • 7 min
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
Dec 8, 2017 • 4 min
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,…
Episode 56 - Orphan Island
Dec 5, 2017 • 26 min
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…
Wonder - the podcast
Nov 16, 2017 • 19 min
Love the movie? Want more “Wonder?” Listen to 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…
Episode 55 - One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High
Nov 6, 2017 • 23 min
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…
Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Kelly Barnhill
Oct 30, 2017 • 7 min
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
Oct 24, 2017 • 27 min
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…
Episode 53 - Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Oct 3, 2017 • 24 min
A story about a boy and his fox, about war and peace, about strangers and family. Students from Hanover Middle School in Pennsylvania - located not far from the Gettysburg battlefield - discuss Sara Pennypacker’s novel “Pax” with host Kitty Felde. They…
Episode 52 - The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
Sep 26, 2017 • 19 min
Dave Barry’s tale of a group of 8th graders on a class field trip to Washington, DC where danger is as close as the mysterious guys in the airplane seat behind them. Middle schoolers from Capitol Hill talk about what the real Washington DC is like and…
Bonus Episode: The Book Meese
Sep 20, 2017 • 4 min
Book Club for Kids isn’t the only podcast out there that celebrates books for young readers. One of our guests on last week’s episode (Episode 51: When the Sea Turned to Silver) is a podcaster himself. Mateo tells us all about The Book Meese.
Episode 51: When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
Sep 13, 2017 • 27 min
Book Club for Kids was invited to tape a live show at the Podcast Movement convention in Anaheim - the only kidcast featured on three days of tapings. Readers from the Walden School in San Gabriel discuss Grace Lin’s tale of Chinese folk tales WHEN THE…
Summer Intern Isabel’s Favorite Episode: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Shang
Sep 6, 2017 • 21 min
Summer intern Isabel Choi picked her favorite episode: THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU by Wendy Shang. It’s a tale of a Chinese-American girl coming to terms with her heritage…and her crabby relative. Congresswoman Judy Chu is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is…
Summer Intern Secilia’s Favorite Episode: Out of My Mind
Aug 30, 2017 • 21 min
Summer intern Secilia Corona picks her favorite episode: OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon M. Draper. Fifth graders from St. Lucy’s Catholic School in Long Beach, California discuss their own reactions when they meet disabled children after reading Sharon Draper’s…
Episode 50 - When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead
Aug 15, 2017 • 23 min
If you were a time traveler, would you go to the future or the past? That’s the question readers from Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC ponder as they discuss the Newbery Award-winning “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead. NPR reporter Neda…
Episode 49 - Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Aug 1, 2017 • 26 min
What does it mean to be “gifted?” Don’t we all have unique gifts to share with the world? Readers from Eliot-Hine Middle School on Capitol Hill discuss Gordon Korman’s story of a prankster who lands in a “Gifted” program. KNX sports anchor (and Talking…
Episode 48 - A Little Wicked live from the National Archives
Jul 18, 2017 • 49 min
Is it OUTLANDER for kids? A young woman escapes clan warfare in Scotland, only to land in Massachusetts in the middle of the Salem witch trials. In this live show taped at the National Archives “Write Stuff” Festival, the Girlfriends Book Club discuss…
Bonus Episode: Favorite Books from the National Archives
Jul 11, 2017 • 6 min
July is road trip month and Book Club for Kids has joined with other Kids Listen* podcasts to create “Hit the Road!” episodes. One of the most popular road trip destinations is Washington, DC. So we found readers from across America who were visiting the…
Summer Intern Nan’s Favorite Episode - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Jul 5, 2017 • 22 min
The Force is with us on Book Club as we tackle a tale of middle grade angst and paper cuts. Who can rescue these hapless heroes? How about a Yoda finger puppet who seems to have all the right answers. THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger is…
Bonus Episode from Book Power for Kids
Jun 27, 2017 • 6 min
Kids from the Book Power for Kids podcast in Missouri and Florida share their favorite books on this Bonus Episode. Book Power for Kids says reviewing books is as much fun as reading them.
Episode 47 - Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager
Jun 20, 2017 • 23 min
The worst summer vacation ever? Being stuck in the middle of a New Mexico desert with the crabbiest grandfather on planet earth. But there are also magical bees that promise the end of of a drought. Students from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls…
Episode 46 - The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
Jun 7, 2017 • 20 min
Suppose you discovered a tiger in a cage. Would you set him free? That’s the dilemna for the heros of THE TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo. Readers from Maury Elementary in Washington, DC tackle the book. Writer Kate DiCamillo joins us as well. CBS-TV…
Bonus Episode: Favorite Books Straight Out of Compton
May 31, 2017 • 3 min
There’s a new library in Compton and kids pack the East Rancho Dominguez branch - NOT playing games on the computers, but checking out STACKS of books. Here’s a few of their favorites.
Episode 45 - Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt
May 23, 2017 • 30 min
On our return visit to the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Maryland, we taped a live show with six young readers who debate the merits of homeschooling, what makes a perfect teacher, and gardening with host Kitty Felde. The book is BLOOMING AT THE TEXAS…
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Los Angeles
May 17, 2017 • 4 min
Got a favorite book? Need a great book to read next? These fourth graders from Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles have LOTS of suggesions.
Episode 44 - The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
May 9, 2017 • 18 min
What mysterious creatures haunt the Caribbean Islands? Writer Tracey Baptiste tells tales of things that go bump in the night in THE JUMBIES. Students from Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Actress Tamika…
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Michigan
May 3, 2017 • 3 min
Kids from northern Michigan share their list of favorite books with host Kitty Felde. Their teacher Nikky Willison says, “They are voracious readers and enjoy reading and talking about books! During the school day they have the multiple opportunities to…
Episode 43 - Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Apr 26, 2017 • 20 min
Our quartet of readers from the East Rancho Dominguez Library in Compton love books! But what happens if your brain mixes up letters and you’re dyslexic and reading is a complete mystery? That’s the challenge faced by the heroine in “Fish in a Tree” by…
Bonus Episode - More from Holly Goldberg Sloan
Apr 19, 2017 • 14 min
More conversation with best-selling writer Holly Goldberg Sloan about her novel “Counting by 7’s” - tackling serious topics, writing for Hollywood films, and growing up all over the world.
Episode 42 - Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Apr 11, 2017 • 23 min
What is a family? Willow Chance loves her adoptive parents. After they’re killed in an accident, she helps create a new, very unusual family. Eighth graders from Roanoke Catholic School in Virginia discuss Holly Goldberg Sloan’s New York Times…
Episode 41 - Foxheart by Claire Legrand
Mar 29, 2017 • 23 min
Witches, monsters, and a brave little thief. Those are the ingredients in Claire Legrand’s novel “Foxheart.” The book was chosen by Book Club for Kids fan Kailas. She and her two fellow readers Iona and Gabi discussed the novel one sunny Sunday afternoon…
Bonus Episode - More from writer Jennifer L. Holm
Mar 22, 2017 • 10 min
Last week, we heard a bit from writer Jennifer L. Holm when we discussed her book “Turtle in Paradise.” In this Bonus Episode, we hear more about Jenni’s trilogy of books inspired by family stories.
Episode 40 - Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Mar 15, 2017 • 21 min
Got a nickname? Everybody in Key West seems to have one. Including a little girl named Turtle. Readers at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado discuss Jennifer Holm’s “Turtle in Paradise” with host Kitty Felde. KQED public…
Episode 39 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Mar 1, 2017 • 20 min
Ellen Raskin’s “The Westing Game” was first published in 1978. It won the Newbery award and has been a kid favorite ever since. Students at Abraham Pierson School in Clinton, Connecticut discuss the book and explain why mysteries are so popular with…
Bonus Episode - More from Stuart Gibbs
Feb 22, 2017 • 13 min
If you heard last week’s show SPY SCHOOL, you heard part of a conversation with writer Stuart Gibbs. What you didn’t hear was the wildlife encounter in the middle of that conversation that stopped us in the middle of our tracks. Stuart Gibbs shows off his…
Episode 38 - Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Feb 14, 2017 • 22 min
Is there really a secret school in Washington, DC to train kids to become spies? We ask the experts in this episode: kids from Key Elementary in our nation’s capital and the man whose job description includes overseeing the activities and budget of the…
Episode 37 - Wonder by RJ Palacio
Jan 31, 2017 • 19 min
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 tells the story about the sidewalk incident that inspired the book. Our celebrity…
Bonus Episode - Conversation with Jack Gantos
Jan 25, 2017 • 18 min
We had a longer conversation with Jack Gantos at the Nantucket Book Festival - too much to include in Episode 36, our discussion of “Dead End in Norvelt.” Jack talks about his first 36 rejections, his switch from teaching to writing full time, and about…
Episode 36 - Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos
Jan 17, 2017 • 24 min
Writer Jack Gantos has his own unusual take on a childhood in the town named after Eleanor Roosevelt - the real-life place called Norvelt, Pennsylvania. Readers from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia discuss DEAD END IN NORVELT with…
Episode 35 - Revolution by Deborah Wiles
Jan 4, 2017 • 17 min
We take a trip to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 - Freedom Summer. The second in writer Deborah Wiles’ 1960’s trilogy. “Revolution” is discussed by a trio of George Washington Middle Schoolers at the neighborhood bookstore Hooray for Books! in…
Holiday Episode - Live from the Crossing the Street SW Festival in Washington, DC
Dec 21, 2016 • 8 min
The Book Club for Kids podcast is based in the smallest quadrant of Washington, DC - Southwest. It’s a diverse neighborhood, home to Arena Stage, sunset cruise ships, and its famous fish market. The area was not treated kindly by urban renewal. Now, SW is…
Episode 34 - Spy Mice with celebrity reader Valerie Plame
Dec 6, 2016 • 21 min
Who knew there was a legion of mice who help the CIA keep the world safe? Their headquarters? In the walls and basement of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Our readers are from the Ambassador School of Global Education, housed on the old…
Episode 33 - The Honest Truth
Nov 22, 2016 • 25 min
A trio of readers from Swanson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia discuss mountain climbing, parental permission, and Dan Gemeinhart’s novel “The Honest Truth.” Dan talks about inspirations for the characters. Celebrity reader Christina Dale tells us…