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.
Yummy by G Neri
Where do gangsters come from? How can we keep kids out of gangs? Our readers from Charles Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C. have some ideas. They discuss G Neri’s graphic novel Yummy and have a few questions for him. Celebrity reader is Ariel Richardson. FAVORITE BOOKS FROM CHARLES HART MIDDLE SCHOOL: Demon Slayer - Natsuki Hokami
One Piece - Eiichiro Oda
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
G NERI’S FAVORITE BOOK: The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
ARIEL RICHARDSON’S FAVORITE BOOK: All About Love - Bell Hooks
More Favorite Books from LA County
It's the hardest question in the world: what's your favorite book? Kids from LA County schools have some answers for host Kitty Felde.
The Fashion Fairies #2: Claudia the Accessories Fairy - Daisy Meadows
Rascal - Sterling North
Goosebumps - R.L. Stine
Dog Man - Dav Pilkey
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Wings of Fire - Tui T. Sutherland
Jedi Academy - Jeffrey Brown
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan
Banned Books: James and the Giant Peach
Last year, nearly two thousand books were challenged in libraries across America. According to the American Library Association, that’s a 20 percent jump over a year ago.
We looked back at the nearly 150 episodes of the Book Club for Kids and realized how many titles have been challenged over the years. We’re going to revisit those episodes and bring them to you over the coming months, along with the reasons they have been challenged.
Our first book is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. According to the University of Tulsa, in 1986, a Wisconsin town banned the book after religious groups said a scene in the book where a spider licks her lips could be interpreted as sexual. A year later, the book was temporarily banned in schools after a woman complained about the depiction of tobacco and whiskey in the book. And in the early 1990’s a Texas public school system banned the book from elementary schools after the district said the use of curse words like “ass” were inappropriate. None the less, we present our podcast episode of James and the Giant Peach.
Link to Curriculum for James and the Giant Peach
A Conversation with Claribel Ortega
Writer Claribel Ortega talks about why she loves writing fantasy. She also confesses that she's been writing about witches for a long time. Kitty Felde is host.
And give a listen to our Dia de los Muertos episode of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast. Here's a link to the free curriculum guide.
Witchlings by Claribel Ortega
Do witches have cliques? What happens when you're an outcast? Would you be brave enough to hunt down monsters? Students at Brookland Middle School in Washington, DC discuss Claribel Ortega's novel Witchlings. Veteran journalist Stephanie Roberts is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde his host.
Want to learn more about Dia de los Muertos? Listen to this special episode from our sister podcast THE FINA MENDOZA MYSTERIES. There is free curriculum for this episode.
Favorite Books from Brookland Middle School:
Judy B Jones series - Barbara Park
Best Babysitters Ever - Caroline Cala
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Claribel Ortega's Favorite Book:
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Stephanie Roberts' Favorite Book:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day -Judith Viorst
A Conversation with Ali Benjamin
Writer Ali Benjamin (The Thing About Jellyfish) talks about how she manages to focus and block out distractions. Kitty Felde is host.
I love this podcast, can you please do The Giver?
There is Curse words in the podcast even though it’s for kids
I thought this was supposed to be a book club for kids, and there was a bad word in it I do not like this.
I always turn this one when I sleep. It’s so calming and relaxing when I soon drift off. I have trouble going to bed, so while I eat my melitionin and turn this radio on, it has helped me significantly. Thank you