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By Kitty Felde

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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 Literacy in Media Award.

Episode Date
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

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 discusses the novel and FBI Agent Ed You is our celebrity reader and tells us what it's really like to be a spy. Kitty Felde is host.

Aug 15, 2018
Bonus Episode HOLA

Southern California readers at Heart of Los Angeles Youth share their favorite books with host Kitty Felde.

Aug 06, 2018
Foxheart by Claire Legrand

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 her two fellow readers Iona and Gabi discuss the novel at Boulder Bookstore with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is actor Wesley Mann. Writer Claire Legrand explains how "Foxheart" began as a short story challenge.

Aug 01, 2018
Bonus Episode: Kids Listen Summer Mixtape

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.

Jul 25, 2018
Episode 72 - As Brave as You

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 tale of a blind grandfather, a gun, and a bird named Michael Jackson. It’s called AS BRAVE AS YOU. Emmy Award-winning actor Kim Estes is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Jul 16, 2018
Bonus Episode: Gail Carson Levine

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, and about fairy tales.

Jul 11, 2018
Episode 71 - The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre

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 the novel grew out of her passion to fight prejudice of all kinds. Actress Tessa Auberjonois is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Jul 02, 2018
Bonus Episode: Alan Silberberg

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.

Jun 27, 2018
Episode 70 - Milo Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

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 School in Washington, D.C. discuss the book and ask questions of author Silberberg. Actor Joshua Malina ("West Wing," "Scandal," the "West Wing Weekly" podcast) is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Jun 20, 2018
Bonus Episode Linda Sue Park

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 what she's learned about writing.

Jun 11, 2018
Episode 69 - A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

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. Our celebrity reader is one of the top African experts on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Karen Bass from California. Writer Linda Sue Park talks about writing fiction from fact. Kitty Felde is host.

Jun 05, 2018
Episode 68 - The Secret Zoo

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 part of the Kids Listen School's (almost) Out Summer Sweep! 

May 21, 2018
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Ashburn, Virginia

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 a middle schooler. Kitty Felde is host.

May 14, 2018
Episode 67 - The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

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 Charter School. Actor Valente Rodriguez is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

May 07, 2018
Episode 66 - The War That Saved My Life

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. Our readers are from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia. Our celebrity reader is Congresswoman Julia Brownley from Thousand Oaks, California.

Apr 23, 2018
Bonus Episode Capitol Hill Day School

Fifth graders from Capitol Hill Day School in Washington share their favorite books.

Apr 16, 2018
Episode 65 - The Apprentice Witch - James Nicol

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 hockey player) Susan Valot. Our writer talks about how he created the rules for his magical world and confesses that he wasn't much of a reader when he was young.

Apr 09, 2018
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from the British International School

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 International School of Washington. And we ask them to tell us their favorite books. And guess what? I’ll bet some of their favorites are some of yours, too.

Apr 02, 2018
Episode 64 - The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

This past weekend, thousands and thousands of kids marched in Washington and cities around the nation to call attention to a serious topic kids shouldn’t have to face: gun violence. This week on Book Club for Kids, we talk about the novel "The Ethan I Was Before." It's 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 young readers.  Actor Michael Paul Chan ("Major Crimes" and "The Goonies") is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Mar 26, 2018
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.

Mar 19, 2018
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: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade." Our celebrity reader is Colorado education legend Anna Jo Haynes.

Mar 12, 2018
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. 

Mar 02, 2018
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. 

Feb 26, 2018
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 American Revolution. Kitty Felde is host.

Feb 16, 2018
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.


Feb 13, 2018
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.

Feb 05, 2018
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 celebrity reader since the book is her favorite.

Jan 29, 2018
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, Oscar the Grouch was the easiest character to write for.

Jan 22, 2018
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 actress Yesenia Iglesias. Host Kitty Felde discusses the book with members of the Champion Boys Book Club of Washington, DC who debate what kinds of protests are effective in the 21st century.

Jan 17, 2018
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 celebrity reader.

Jan 02, 2018
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.

Dec 26, 2017
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. 

Dec 18, 2017
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.

Dec 12, 2017
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!

Dec 08, 2017
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.

Dec 06, 2017
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." 

Nov 16, 2017
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 Akshaj, 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.

Nov 06, 2017
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.

Oct 30, 2017
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."

Oct 25, 2017
Episode 53 - Pax by Sara Pennypacker

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 consider what it would be like to live next door to a war. The writer tells how she chose to write about a fox and public radio legend Jay Allison is celebrity reader.

Oct 03, 2017
Episode 52 - The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

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. A trio of middle schoolers from Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, and BASIS DC Middle School on Capitol Hill talk about what the real Washington DC is like and discuss their nagging worries about safety. Congressman Jeff Denham from California is celebrity reader. Writer Dave Barry discusses Florida, comedy, and becoming a writer. Kitty Felde is host.

Sep 26, 2017
Bonus Episode: The Book Meese

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.

Sep 20, 2017
Episode 51: When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

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 SEA TURNED TO SILVER. Mignon Fogarty of the podcast Grammar Girl is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Sep 13, 2017
Summer Intern Isabel's Favorite Episode: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Shang

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 host.

Sep 06, 2017
Summer Intern Secilia's Favorite Episode: Out of My Mind

Summer intern Secilia Corona picks her favorite episode: OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon L. 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 novel "Out of My Mind." It's the story of a young girl trapped in a wheelchair, unable to speak, who blossoms. Mindy Shaw, the voice of C-Span Radio, is the celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Aug 31, 2017
Episode 50 - When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead


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 Ulaby is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Aug 16, 2017
Episode 49 - Ungifted by Gordon Korman


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 About Cars podcast host) Randy Kerdoon is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Aug 02, 2017
Episode 48 - A Little Wicked live from the National Archives

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 Janet Macreery's novel A LITTLE WICKED with host Kitty Felde. Our very special celebrity reader is NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg. Writer Macreery also joins us onstage.

Jul 19, 2017
Bonus Episode: Favorite Books from the National Archives


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 National Archives and asked them our favorite question, "what's YOUR favorite book?"

Jul 11, 2017
Summer Intern Nan's Favorite Episode - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

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 our book this week. Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

This is the favorite episode of 2017 Summer Intern Nan Ding. Read more about our interns here.

Jul 05, 2017
Bonus Episode from Book Power for Kids

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.

Jun 27, 2017
Episode 47 - Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager

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 Church, Virginia discuss HOUR OF THE BEES and writer Lindsay Eager tells where the tale began. 

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham from New Mexico is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Jun 21, 2017
Episode 46 - The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

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 political reporter Dave Bryan is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Jun 07, 2017
Bonus Episode: Favorite Books Straight Out of Compton

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.

May 31, 2017
Episode 45 - Live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival: Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt

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 fifth graders quiz writer Kimberly Willis Holt about her writing process. Actress Susan Stith is celebrity reader.


May 24, 2017
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Los Angeles

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. 

May 17, 2017
Episode 44 - The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

Giovanni, Gloria, Brianna, and Salvador at Cienega Elementary School in Los Angeles

Writer Tracey Baptiste

Writer Tracey Baptiste

Celebrity reader, actress Tamika Katon-Donegal

Celebrity reader, actress Tamika Katon-Donegal

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Favorite Books from Brianna, Gloria, Salvador, and Giovanni:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney

The Witches - Roald Dahl

Favorite Book of Tracey Baptiste:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

No One Writes to the Colonel - Gabriel García Márquez

Favorite book of Tamika Katon-Donegal:

Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris


May 10, 2017
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Michigan


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 interact with books and podcasts.  Book Club for Kids is one of our classroom’s favorite book podcasts."

May 03, 2017
Episode 43 - Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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 Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Hunt says she was one of those kids whose reading life was saved by a very special teacher. Actress Mimi Kennedy (Mom, Midnight in Paris, Dharma & Greg) is our celebrity reader. 

Apr 26, 2017
Bonus Episode - More from Holly Goldberg Sloan

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.

Apr 19, 2017
Episode 42 - Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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 best-selling novel "Counting By 7's" with host Kitty Felde. Actress Jo Mei reads from the book. Holly shares a secret about the book that she only shares when she makes classroom visits.

Apr 11, 2017
Episode 41 - Foxheart by Claire Legrand

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 upstairs at Boulder Bookstore with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is actor Wesley Mann. And writer Claire Legrand explains how "Foxheart" began as a short story on a website.


Mar 29, 2017
Bonus Episode - More from writer Jennifer L. Holm

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.

Mar 22, 2017
Episode 40 - Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

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 radio's Rachel Myrow is celebrity reader.


Mar 15, 2017
Episode 39 - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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 readers of all ages. Actor Doug Cox is celebrity reader. And children's book expert Anita Silvey ("100 Best Books for Children") shares some stories about the late Ms. Raskin. Kitty Felde is host.


Mar 01, 2017
Bonus Episode - More from Stuart Gibbs


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 knowledge of the groundhog family. And we talk about how a Hollywood agent was the one who first inspired him to write for kids.

Feb 22, 2017
Episode 38 - Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

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 CIA, California Congressman Eric Swalwell. Author "Spy Kids" Stuart Gibbs joins us to share the inspiration for our novel "Spy Kids." 

Feb 14, 2017
Episode 37 - Wonder by RJ Palacio

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 reader is WNYC's "On the Media" cohost Bob Garfield.

Feb 01, 2017
Bonus Episode - Conversation with Jack Gantos

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 his beloved hometown of Norvelt, Pennsylvania. It's a conversation we had at Mitchell's Book Corner on Nantucket Island.

Jack received the 2012 Newbery Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Best Historic Fiction for "Dead End in Norvelt." His other works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book.

Jan 25, 2017
Episode 36 - Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

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 host Kitty Felde. KPFK radio host Wenzel Jones is celebrity reader.

Jan 18, 2017
Episode 35 - Revolution by Deborah Wiles

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 Alexandria, Virginia. Wiles talks about writing fiction from the facts of history. KNX-CBS Newsradio anchor Mark Austin Thomas is celebrity reader.

Jan 04, 2017
Holiday Episode - Live from the Crossing the Street SW Festival in Washington, DC

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 experiencing another massive overhaul: new buildings, new neighbors, and a reinvented waterfront. The Crossing the Street SW Festival asked residents to define their neighborhood and imagine the future they'd like to see.

Book Club for Kids was there to ask kids of all ages our favorite question: "What's your favorite book?"

Dec 21, 2016
Episode 34 - Spy Mice with celebrity reader Valerie Plame

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 Ambassador Hotel site in Los Angeles. Writer Heather Vogel Frederick joins us and former CIA operative Varerie Plame is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Dec 07, 2016
Episode 33 - The Honest Truth

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 about climbing Mt. Rainier. Kitty Felde is host.

Nov 22, 2016
Episode 32 - Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

How do we measure up to our parents' expectations? Does everybody deserve a day off? What's the toughest part of being a homeschooled kid? Our group of readers from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado weigh in on these questions and more as they discuss Lisa Graff's novel ABSOLUTELY ALMOST. Lisa talks about where the characters came from and how she wrote her first book for her newborn baby brother. NYC actor Thaddeus Fitzpatrick is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Nov 09, 2016
Bonus Episode: Favorite Books in Virginia and Illinois

It's our favorite question: "what's YOUR favorite book?" In this bonus episode, we hear from kids in northern Virginia and Chicago, Illinois. Get out your library cards!


Nov 02, 2016
Episode 31 - Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Book Club goes to the dogs. Or rather, one particular dog: OLD YELLER, the classic tale of a Texas hound dog by Fred Gipson. The book was the pick of one Washington DC reader who loved the book so much, she wrote a letter to the late Mr. Gipson and won a national honor award in the Letters About Literature contest. We'll hear from Ellie and her classmates at Lafayette Elementary School in DC nd a real dog expert: Mia Cobb, a canine scientist from down under. Actor and Texas native Michael McKinley is our celebrity reader.

Oct 26, 2016
Bonus Episode: Favorite Books in Michigan, New Jersey, and Washington, DC

On this October bonus edition of the Book Club for Kids podcast, we’ll hear which books kids are reading in Ionia, Michigan, Washington DC, and Carlstadt, New Jersey. It’s the question we ask everybody: what’s your favorite book?

Oct 19, 2016
Episode 30 - Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories at Fall for the Book Festival 2016

Recorded live at Virginia's Fall for the Book Festival, our trio of readers Jay, Neha and Naomi discuss Mary Amato's novel "Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories." Topics range from writing to the world's worst substitute teachers. Actor Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg is our celebrity reader. The kids ask Mary Amato about the book. Mindy Shaw is guest host.


Oct 11, 2016
Episode 29 - Bees on the Roof from the Baltimore Book Festival

We take the show on the road to the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children's stage at the Baltimore Book Festival for a conversation about Robbie Shell's novel BEES ON THE ROOF. Our group of readers have been meeting to talk about books almost since they first began reading: Nicole, Sarah, Makayla, Nadia, Aubrey, and Valerie are all members of the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore. It's a live show taped under a tent at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and you can hear boat whistles, a crying baby, the bass from the rock band playing down the way, even fire engines in the background! Writer Robbie Shell tells the girls where the characters came from and celebrity reader, DC actress Grace Baker, gives us a taste of the book.

Sep 27, 2016
September Bonus Episode

Get ready for the new school year by reading one of these favorite books.

Sep 22, 2016
Episode 28 - The Lions of Little Rock with US Education Secretary John King

Students from Washington DC's Jefferson Academy reflect on desegregation sixty years after the Little Rock Nine. They discuss Kristin Levine's novel "The Lions of Little Rock." The author describes how she came to tell the story. U.S. Education Secretary John King is the celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.


Sep 14, 2016
Episode 27 - Hypatia Academy by Esther Goldenberg with NPR's Rachel Martin

Our readers in Maryland feel fortunate indeed to live down the street from their favorite author. When we asked them which book they wanted to discuss, there was only one choice: Esther Goldenberg's tale of a very strange school HYPATIA ACADEMY. NPR's Rachel Martin is celebrity reader. The girls quiz writer Esther Goldenberg about writing the book. Kitty Felde is host.

Aug 30, 2016
Our First International Episode: Kids in Quito, Ecuador Share Their Favorite Books

Ever wonder what kids in South America are reading? We find out as students from Academia Cotopaxi School in Quito, Ecuador share their favorite books with host Kitty Felde.

Aug 17, 2016
Trianna's Favorite Episode - The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

We asked our Book Club for Kids summer intern, University of California Irvine student, Trianna Eichinger to pick her favorite episode. Trianna says she loves basketball, but not poetry, but these kids' discussion of "The Crossover" may have changed her mind. Kwame Alexander talks about poetry and our celebrity reader is a professional basketball player, LA Laker Tarik Black. Kitty Felde is host.

Aug 02, 2016
Bonus Episode - Recommendations from 6th Graders at the Bookopolis Book Club

Sixth graders in the Bookopolis Book Club meet weekly to discuss, share, and celebrate their love of books.  They share some of their favorites with us.

Jul 27, 2016
Bonus Bookopolis Episode

The 4th and 5th graders in the Bookopolis Book Club meet weekly to discuss, share, and celebrate their love of books. They share some of their favorites with us. 

Jul 20, 2016
Episode 26 - Milo Speck, Accidental Agent by Linda Urban

You know, you don’t hear much these days about ogres – the fee, fi, fo, fum sort of creatures the size of a trash truck. Ogres are front and center in our book this week: MILO SPECK, ACCIDENTAL AGENT by Linda Urban. Readers at Chicago's Blackstone Memorial Library discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Dan Frischman is celebrity reader.

Jul 06, 2016
Bonus Episode from the Nantucket Book Festival

We kick off our summer reading with a visit to the Nantucket Book Festival where we asked kids there our favorite question, "What's your favorite book?"

Jun 21, 2016
Episode 25 - Orbiting Jupiter

Imagine walking to school in 20 degree cold, milking cows in a barn in rural Maine, meeting a kid too young to be a dad. That's the world created by Gary D. Schmidt in his novel ORBITING JUPITER. Students from Chicago's Carter G. Woodson Middle School discuss the novel with host Kitty Felde. Our celebrity reader is the former Governor and current U.S. Senator from Maine, Angus King.

Jun 08, 2016
Episode 24 - Al Capone Does My Shirts - live from the Gaithersburg Book Festival

It was a rainy, muddy, fabulous day at the Gaithersburg Book Festival where this group of middle school students from Maryland discussed whether they'd like living on Alcatraz and if it's better to be the oldest or youngest in the family. Gennifer Choldenko answers their questions about researching her book AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS. NPR newscaster Jack Speer is celebrity reader. Past Book Club for Kids guests drop by as well. Kitty Felde is host.

May 25, 2016
Bonus Episode - Favorite Books from Pasadena and Chicago

This week we find out what boys in Chicago and Pasadena have on their "must read" lists with visits to the Blackstone Public Library and the school library at Sequoyah School.

May 18, 2016
Episode 23 - The Shadows by Jacqueline West

Would you like to step into a painting and enter another world? That's the world of THE SHADOWS by Jacqueline West, the first in the Books of Elsewhere series. It was the choice of the Girlfriends Book Club - Nicole, Nadia, Mikaela, and  Aubry. Our celebrity reader is MPR reporter Doualy Xaykaothao. Kitty Felde is host.

May 11, 2016
Bonus Episode - Coal City, Illinois Public Library Favorite Books

The village of Coal City is about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. This week, we hear book recommendations from kids at the Coal City Public Library. 

May 04, 2016
Episode 22 - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

A trio of sisters fly from Brooklyn to Oakland in the late 1960's to get to know their estranged mother. She sends them to a rather unusual summer camp run by the Black Panthers. The book is ONE CRAZY SUMMER. Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia talks about knowing she was a writer long before she could read. Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland is celebrity reader. She sent her own two kids to that breakfast with the Black Panthers. Students from Jefferson Academy in Washington, DC are our readers. Kitty Felde is host.

Apr 26, 2016
Episode 21 - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This week, we enter a world divided into two kinds of people: the silver ruling elite and the red underclass. It’s Victoria Aveyard’s RED QUEEN. And it was the choice of a group of 7th graders from Maryland. Writer Victoria Aveyard talks about the difference between writing books and writing screenplays. Our celebrity reader, NPR’s Renee Montagne, brings to life our lightning girl Mare who is decidedly not excited about becoming a princess.

Apr 14, 2016
Bonus Episode - Ottumwa, Iowa Middle School Book Club Favorites

This Bonus Episode comes to us from the Ottumwa Public Library in Iowa. Ottumwa's Middle School Book Club has been meeting since December of 2015. Since a number of members will be moving out of middle school after this school year, they have already decided they want to form a Teen book club for next school year.

At a recent meeting, the kids came up with a new way to pick their next book for discussion: they wrote their suggestions slips of paper and picked one out of a bowl. How does your book club pick its books? Tell us!

Apr 06, 2016
Episode 20 - Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

Imagine a world where deadly tornadoes are so common, kids can't ride their bikes outside anymore. That's the future Kate Messner writes about in EYE OF THE STORM. Students from Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia discuss the book with host Kitty Felde. Laura Furgione, Deputy Director of the National Weather Service is celebrity reader and talks about the science of tornadoes.

Mar 30, 2016
Episode 19 - Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan

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, New Jersey, debate whether they'd like to attend. Peter Sagal, playwright and host of NPR's quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Mar 16, 2016
Episode 18 - Crenshaw

Sometimes, you just need a friend. Even if he’s imaginary, like the gigantic purple cat named Crenshaw. That’s the name of Newbery Award winning writer Katherine Applegate's new book CRENSHAW. The book is the story of a family on the verge of becoming homeless. Our student readers from Gunston Middle School talk about their own experiences volunteering at a homeless shelter. Actor Rodney Lizcano from the Denver Theater Center is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Mar 02, 2016