A KidLit Podcast for Parents, Teachers and Writers created by two mommy blogger friends who discuss upper and lower middle grade books, children's books, chapter books, and picture books, as well as, topics such as parenting, homeschool, writing, teaching, cooking, holidays, and more.
Episode 34: Latinx Heritage in Middle Grade Lit
In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, the Mamas were thrilled to chat about two Middle Grade books oozing with Mexican mythology and Día de los Muertos inspired adventures. So, gulp down some Pan de Muerto, grip your calavera, and let the Mamas make you cringe with fright (and hopefully not from their Spanish pronunciations).
Loteria by Karla Arenas Valenti
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera
Pick 6: Latinx Children’s Books
Board Books: La Catrina seriesBoard Books: Life of series by Lil LibrosPicture Book: Dreamer by Yuyi MoralesYoung Adult: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal MaldonadoMiddle Grade: The Sea-Ringed World by Maria Garcia Esperon, Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex AsterChapter Books: Definitely Dominguita series by Terry Catasus Jenningswww.twolitmamas.com
Episode 33: Middle Grade Books for Horse Lovers
Margie hates it but Heather’s inner horsey girl catches her stride in Episode 33 as the Mamas share their childhood memories of horses and explore Middle Grade books and resources in the horsey genre. The Mamas also get on their high horses and rant about banned books. Saddle up and hold on tight!
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson-Hernandez
Pick 6: Resources for Horse-Themed Learning Activities
Horse Illustrated Online Magazine’s young rider tabThe EquinestHorseloversmath.comHorsecrazygirls.com science fair horse projectPrzewalski’s Horse at the National ZooStacy Gregg’s Ponies A-Z
Episode 32: Sporty Stories for Middle Graders
The Mamas embrace their inner Sporty Spice (or Benchwarmer Spice) to share reviews of Middle Grade novels (ages 8-12) about gymnastics, football and soccer, as well as, the personal and family trauma that can sometimes be associated with sports. The Mamas also share six sports-themed activities for the classroom and home. Put on your athletic supporters and let's get started!
Chirp by Kate MessnerTen Thousand Tries by Amy MakechnieBefore the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
Pick Six: Sports-Themed Activities
Fine Motor Skills: Basket TossLanguage & Sensory: Mystery Bag with Sports ItemsLarge Muscle Movement: Skiing on 2x4 BlocksMath: Add and Subtract Game ScoresScience: The Physics of Football video and The Impossible Kick Ted TalkGeography: Pin Team Pennants to the City, State or Country on a Map Show Links:
Episode 31: Middle Grade Books in Space!
In this episode, the Mamas get extra nerdy exploring the final frontier in the latest Middle Grade science fiction novels and short stories. So grab your communicators and listen in as they cover hermetically sealed post-pandemic apartments, talking heads, shape-shifting aliens, and murder on the moon. Oh, it gets creepy, gross and dark, but you're gonna love it.
Science Fiction MG Book Chat:
Cleo Porter and the Body Electric by Jake Burt
Moon Base Alpha Series by Stuart Gibbs
Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout
The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider
Pick 6: The Mamas favorite Sci-Fi short stories
The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model by Charlie Jane Anders Kin by Bruce McAllister Bloodchild by Octavia E. ButlerThere Will Come Soft Rains by Ray BradburyHarrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Episode 30: Book vs. Show: The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mamas don their Siskel & Ebert disguises and debate the pros and cons of the Mysterious Benedict Society’s new Disney+ series vs. the OG book series. Although you can probably guess what the lit-loving Mamas have to say (hint: the book is ALWAYS better), you might enjoy the Middle Grade series recommendations at the end, especially if you’re in love with Mr. Benedict and his society of kid geniuses, like two middle-aged spies we know (yes, we’re talking about the Mamas).
The Mysterious Benedict Society Disney+ Series
The Mysterious Benedict Society book series
Pick 6: If you liked The Mysterious Benedict Society, the Mamas recommend these series
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Mr. Lemoncello series
Savvy, Scrumble & Switch
Episode 29: New Middle Grade Fantasy Books
The Mamas’ fantasies are flying in Episode 29 with two hot Middle Grade fantasy picks. Following the book chat, the Mamas share six more MG fantasies from their TBR Lists for 2021. So, if animals talk to you, you should listen in because you’re in good company, or at least not alone in your fantasy world!
The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant
The Mysterious Disappearance of Aiden S. (as told to his brother) by David Levithan
Pick 6: MG Fantasies from the Mamas 2021 TBR lists
The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book (A Greenglass House Story) by Kate MilfordThe Gilded Girl by Alyssa ColmanCece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela RiveraDragons in a Bag by Zetta ElliotThe Anti-Book by Raphel SimonArlo Finch Series by John August
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