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Book Club for Kids podcast

Book Club for Kids

The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The show includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. The host is award winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde. Book Club won the California Library Association Technology Award and the DC Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Humanitites. Named one of the top 10 podcasts for kids by THE TIMES of London.

The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The show includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. The host is award winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde. Book Club won the California Library Association Technology Award and the DC Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Humanitites. Named one of the top 10 podcasts for kids by THE TIMES of London.

 

#100

A Conversation with Writer Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani explains why she chose to use diary entries to tell her story in The Night Diary and offers tips to young people about how to get their older relatives to open up about their life stories. Kitty Felde is host. ... Read more

28 Jul 2021

05 MINS

05:23

28 Jul 2021


#99

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

What would you bring with you if you had to leave your home forever? It's just one of the topics we discuss with readers from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C. as we tackle The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. It's a novel written as a diary about the creation of independent India and Pakistan. Our celebrity reader is actress Nivi Varanasi. Kitty Felde is host. ... Read more

21 Jul 2021

18 MINS

18:24

21 Jul 2021


#98

Favorite Books from the National Archives

We ask kids and their parents to answer our favorite question: what's your favorite book? Listen for some great summer reading suggestions! ... Read more

14 Jul 2021

05 MINS

05:05

14 Jul 2021


#97

A Little Wicked

We reprise our episode taped before a live audience at the National Archives. Readers from the Girlfriends BookClub Baltimore discuss A Little Wicked by Janet Macreery with host Kitty Felde. Celebrity reader is NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg. ... Read more

07 Jul 2021

45 MINS

45:16

07 Jul 2021


#96

Bonus Geoff Rodkey

Geoff Rodkey is both a successful screenwriter and writer of books for kids. Including "We're Not From Here." He talks about the difference between writing screenplays and novels, about science fiction, and about creating non-binary characters. Kitty Felde is host. Lots more interviews with authors at the website www.bookclubforkids.org. ... Read more

30 Jun 2021

09 MINS

09:30

30 Jun 2021


#95

Were Not from Here by Geoff Rodkey

Earth is doomed, so a band of survivors is looking for a friendly planet to save them. But our earthling reputation isn't so great. Will they be allowed to stay? Readers from Maury Elementary School discuss Geoff Rodkey's We're Not From Here. Our celebrity readers is Mat Kaplan, host of Planetary Radio. Kitty Felde is host. Free reading tips: www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

23 Jun 2021

21 MINS

21:06

23 Jun 2021


#94

Favorite Books from Nantucket

We get book suggestions from readers at the Nantucket Book Festival.  www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

16 Jun 2021

09 MINS

09:58

16 Jun 2021


#93

Old Yeller

Pets play such an important part in our lives and the loss of an animal creates a hole in our hearts. The Newbery Honor award winning classic Old Yeller by Fred Gipson does the same thing. We hear from a trio of fifth graders from Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, DC who talk about their own pets. Actor and dancer Michael McKinley is celebrity reader. Dog expert Mia Cobb from Australia joins us. Kitty Felde is host.   www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

09 Jun 2021

24 MINS

24:07

09 Jun 2021


#92

A Conversation with Meg Medina

How long does it take to publish a book? Newbery award winning writer Meg Medina says most of her time is spent rewriting and rewriting. More conversations with writers at our website www.bookclubforkids.org. ... Read more

02 Jun 2021

05 MINS

05:00

02 Jun 2021


#91

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Book Club for Kids goes to Hooray For Books! bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia to talk about Meg Medina's novel about bullying and mother-daughter relationships Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Our celebrity reader is National Public Radio Arts Correspondent Mandalit Del Barco. Writer Meg Medina discusses the writing process with a pair of aspiring writers, Lila and Julia. Kitty Felde is the host. www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

26 May 2021

19 MINS

19:26

26 May 2021


#90

A Conversation with Writer Rob Buyea

We continue the conversation with writer Rob Buyea about how his experiences as a classroom teacher influenced his writing of "Because of Mr. Terupt." Kitty Felde is host. www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

19 May 2021

07 MINS

07:20

19 May 2021


#89

Episode 119 - Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Were you lucky enough to have one special teacher who changed your life? This week, our book is all about that gifted educator and the classroom that was lucky enough to have him: "Because of Mr. Terupt" by Rob Buyea. Readers from Harmony Township Elementary School in New Jersey talk about their own teachers - and about learning in this socially distanced/hybrid/covid school year. They also interview author Rob Buyea. Actor Garrett M. Brown is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host. Reading tips, book suggestions, and more at our website www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

12 May 2021

21 MINS

21:08

12 May 2021


#88

May the Fourth Be With You The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

We celebrate the Star Wars national holiday May the Fourth with our favorite Star Wars episode The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host. www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

04 May 2021

21 MINS

21:31

04 May 2021


#87

Favorite Books from the Baltimore Book Festival

We miss book festivals! It's the best place to meet authors, fellow book lovers, and come home with a stack of books and pages of great book suggestions. This week, we turn back the clock to 2015 for our visit to the Baltimore Book Festival for some terrific book suggestions. And if you're looking for a book festival this weekend, join host Kitty Felde at the virtual Literary Hill BookFest. She's on a panel with LBJ's granddaughter to talk about the power of children's literature to dismantle divisions. Sunday, May 2 noon eastern time Here's the link: https://www.literaryhillbookfest.org/ ... Read more

28 Apr 2021

07 MINS

07:08

28 Apr 2021


#86

Flying the Dragon

The pink blooms on the cherry trees are fading in Washington, DC. And the <a href= "https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/event/blossom-kite-fly/"> Cherry Blossom Festival</a> is virtual this year. But you can still fly a kite. Or fight with a kite. That's the battle in Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi. We reprise this episode taped live at Hooray for Books! bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia where Natalie joined our young readers and answered their questions. Congressman Mark Takano is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host. <a href= "Http://www.bookclubforkids.org">www.bookclubforkids.org</a> ... Read more

21 Apr 2021

19 MINS

19:13

21 Apr 2021


#85

Passenger on the Pearl by Winifred Conkling

The Book Club for Kids podcast began in the smallest quadrant of Washington DC called Southwest. It was the waterfront for DC, the place where ships would dock bringing everything from building supplies to fresh fish to slaves. This week marks the 173rd anniversary of what Washington Post writer Colbert King calls "<a href= "https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-todays-uphill-struggle-to-combat-voter-suppression-remember-the-pearl/2021/04/09/87ec4e48-98b0-11eb-b28d-bfa7bb5cb2a5_story.html">one of the most courageous acts in antebellum America</a>": the attempted escape of African American slaves on a ship docked at the Southwest waterfront, a ship called the Pearl. This week, Book Club for Kids honors its roots by reprising our one episode featuring a non fiction book: Passenger on the Pearl by Winifred Conkling, taped before a live audience at Virginia's Fall for the Book Festival. Lolita Marie is our celebrity reader. www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

14 Apr 2021

40 MINS

40:49

14 Apr 2021


#84

A Conversation with New Zealand Writer Brian Falkner

Are children's writers different than those who write for adults? New Zealand Brian Falkner has a few thoughts. He also shares his techniques for organizing his stories and talks about creating the next generation of young writers. Kitty Felde is host. More author interviews at the website www.bookclubforkids.org. ... Read more

07 Apr 2021

09 MINS

09:48

07 Apr 2021


#83

Shooting Stars by Brian Falkner

Do you have a code for the way you live your life? Egan does. And the world wants to follow it. Egan has spent most of his life in the New Zealand bush. Can he survive the modern world and keep to his own code? That's our book Shooting Stars by Brian Falkner. Readers from Southwell School in Hamilton, New Zealand discuss the book and ask questions of writer Brian Falkner. New Zealand's Ambassador to the United States Rosemary Banks is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host. Find out how you can be on the show. Visit our website: www.bookclubforkids.org. ... Read more

31 Mar 2021

21 MINS

21:33

31 Mar 2021


#82

Favorite Books from New Jersey and Illinois

Running out of good books to read? We're here to help. This week, we hear great book suggestions about tigers, horses, a sinking ship, and more! And we tell you how you can be on the show, too. www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

24 Mar 2021

06 MINS

06:55

24 Mar 2021


#81

Hound of Rowan

Read all the Harry Potter books? Looking for your next great fantasy novel? This week, we discuss The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff. Jamari and Steven at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington, D.C. are our readers. D.C. City Councilman Charles Allen is celebrity reader. Writer Henry Neff takes questions from readers across the country. www.bookclubforkids.org ... Read more

17 Mar 2021

19 MINS

19:52

17 Mar 2021