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This podcast is for school librarians, teachers, parents, and book lovers who want to help spread the joy of reading to children and teens.

MrsReaderPants Leigh Collazo

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This podcast is for school librarians, teachers, parents, and book lovers who want to help spread the joy of reading to children and teens.

    Ep12: Books for Readers Who Love...Seinfeld

    Ep12: Books for Readers Who Love...Seinfeld

    After a three-week absence from podcasting, I am back and ready for a new episode! Today's episode pays tribute to my favorite TV show of all time...Seinfeld! I am discussing nine books today, all themed by Seinfeld episodes. Fun stuff!
     
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    TITLES DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST:
    Lois Lane series by Gwenda Bond ("The Race")

    Game Seven by Paul Volponi ("The Seven")


    We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen ("The Frogger")


    You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner ("The Lip Reader")


    Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller ("The Puffy Shirt")


    Saving Red by Sonya Sones ("The Bookstore")


    Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn ("The Milleneum")


    One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus ("The Wizard")


    Watched by Marina Budhos ("The Reverse Peephole")

    MUSIC CREDIT:
    "Let It Be Christmas" by Nicolai Heidlas. Licensed under Creative Commons, 2016.
     
     
     

    • 24 min
    Ep11: Books for Readers Who Love The Flash

    Ep11: Books for Readers Who Love The Flash

    After last week's super-serious topic of teen anxiety, I thought we'd take a lighter turn this week. For Episode 11, we are talking about superheroes. This episode was partially inspired by my family's obsession with the TV series The Flash. Though I've never actually sat down to watch it, I know exactly what's going on because it seems it is ALWAYS playing on Sundays at my house. The hubs and my boys LOVE The Flash, and thought they do watch other superhero series, it seems The Flash is the go-to favorite each week.
     
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    TITLES DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST:
    The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

    School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough


    Sidekicked by John David Anderson


    Hero by Mike Lupica


    Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson


    I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest


    Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee


    Dreadnought by April Daniels


    Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti


    Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Traci Deebs


    Powerless by Matthew Cody


    The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow


    V is for Villain by Peter Moore

    MUSIC CREDIT:
    "Let It Be Christmas" by Nicolai Heidlas. Licensed under Creative Commons, 2016.
     
     
     

    • 19 min
    Ep10: Dealing with Teen Anxiety

    Ep10: Dealing with Teen Anxiety

    Today, we are talking about teen anxiety, something that I like to feature with students every school year at this time. For the past two weeks, I have partnered with our school counselor, Andrew Palmer, in a presentation for Year9 (8th grade) students. It's been a fantastic couple of weeks of in-depth conversations with our students on an issue that is all too real for some of them.
    Today's podcast features our first guest interview, our school counselor, Andrew Palmer. As we did with our Year9 student presentation, Mr. Palmer will talk first about anxiety, what it is, and why schools need to help students recognize it. After the interview, I will feature 12 fiction and nonfiction titles that will help teens learn to recognize and manage their own anxiety.
     
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    TITLES DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST:
    Boys Don't Knit (in Public) by Tom Easton
    Ten Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
    Nice Girls Endure by Christina Struyk-Bonn
    Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
    It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
    I Don't Want to Be Crazy by Samantha Shutz
    Freaking Out: Real-Life Stories About Anxiety by Polly Wells; illustrated by Peter Mitchell
    The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens by Jennifer Shannon and Doug Shannon
    Lily & Dunkin by Donna Gephart
    Frazzled by Booki Vivat
    101 Ways to Conquer Teen Anxiety by Thomas McDonagh and Jon Patrick Hatcher
    The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside
     
    MUSIC CREDIT:
    "Let It Be Christmas" by Nicolai Heidlas. Licensed under Creative Commons, 2016.
     
     
     

    • 25 min
    Ep9: It's Valentine's Day!

    Ep9: It's Valentine's Day!

    Happy Valentine's Day! Today's episode has nothing at all to do with flowers and candy and syrupy romances. No way! Instead, I mixed a bunch of different genres into a huge box of book chocolates whose titles spell out "VALENTINE'S DAY." V is for... 
     
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    TITLES DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST:

    Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter


    And I Darken by Kiersten White

    A List of Cages by Robin Roe

    Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick


    Never, Never by Brianna Shrum


    This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston


    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


    Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

    Starflight and Starfall by Melissa Landers


    Dumplin by Julie Murphy


    Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary Thompson

    Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
     
    MUSIC CREDIT:
    "Let It Be Christmas" by Nicolai Heidlas. Licensed under Creative Commons, 2016.
     
     
     

    • 29 min
    Ep8: The Refugee Experience

    Ep8: The Refugee Experience

    With all the turmoil surrounding refugees and their status in the USA right now, I decided to do this week's podcast about books that help students understand the refugee experience. This podcast features 12 titles: 4 picture books for older readers and 8 titles for teens and tweens. All of these titles are well-written and will help young readers start to form their own opinions about what kind of help Western countries give to refugees escaping war and extreme poverty in their homeland.
    All books featured in my podcasts are for teen and tween audiences, though I'm sure many adults will love them as well. For more podcasts, book reviews, lesson ideas, and genrefication tips, please visit me at my blog listed below.
     
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    TITLES DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST:

    Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams


    My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

    The Hiding Game by Gwen Strauss

    Adrift at Sea : a Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Tuan Ho


    How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta


    Hidden by Miriam Halahmy


    The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz


    Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town by Warren St. John.

    Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

    Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys


    Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq


    The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

    MUSIC CREDIT:
    "Let It Be Christmas" by Nicolai Heidlas. Licensed under Creative Commons, 2016.
     
    “Hatred doesn’t solve a thing.
    Justice needs to be fought for and demanded.
    It can come from anyone even a teenager like myself.”
    --Sandra Uwiringiyimana; How Dare the Sun Rise

    • 25 min
    Ep7: Ringing in the Year of the Rooster

    Ep7: Ringing in the Year of the Rooster

    Welcome to Episode #7!  My name is Leigh Collazo, and I am a certified school librarian and former middle school English teacher. I'm currently living and librarian-ing in beautiful Suzhou, China. Above all else, I love talking about books!
    Since I live in China, I couldn't let Chinese New Year pass by without a podcast dedicated to the celebration. Chinese New Year is really quite something, so in this podcast, I talk about what it's like to live in China during Chinese New Year and what my family has done to celebrate.
    My booktalk this time is a bit different. Instead of organizing by genre, I've paired a YA or MG book with each of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Some of these animals were very difficult to pair a book with, so on a couple of them, I had to stretch my imagination a bit!
    All books featured in my podcasts are for teen and tween audiences, though I'm sure many adults will love them as well. For more podcasts, book reviews, lesson ideas, and genrefication tips, please visit me at my blog listed below.
     
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    TITLES DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST:
    The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Anne Wilson
    Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
    Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever by Rachel Toor (Rat)
    Bull by David Elliott (Ox)
    Calvin by Martine Leavitt (Tiger)
    Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (Rabbit)
    Falling Into the Dragon's Mouth by Holly Thompson (Dragon)
    The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Snake)
    The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman (Horse)
    Crow Mountain by Lucy Ingles (Horse)
    West of the Moon by Margie Preus (Goat/Sheep/Ram)
    American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (Monkey)
    Egg & Spoon by Gregory MacGuire (Rooster)
    A Dog in the Cave by Kay Frydenborg (Dog)
    Some Writer! The Story of EB White by Melissa Sweet (Pig)

    MUSIC CREDIT:
    "Let It Be Christmas" by Nicolai Heidlas. Licensed under Creative Commons, 2016.
     
    CHINESE PHRASES MENTIONED:
    Xīn nián kuài lè! -- Happy New Year! Jī nián dà jí! -- Wish you luck in the Year of the Rooster! Zài jiàn -- Goodbye (literally, "again see")

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